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Admission Requirement for Higher Education Institutions Lithuania

The Lithuanian tertiary education admission requirements & procedure varies depending on the level of studies- Undergraduate, Master’s or Doctorate. Read the post below to know about the admission process for higher education institutions of Lithuania:

General Admission Requirements

For Undergraduate Studies-Bachelor Degree

To gain admittance into the undergraduate degree programme, or integrated studies at the universities in the Republic of Lithuania, students must hold a school leaving certificate/Maturity certificate or its equivalent qualification. 

For Master’s Degree

For admittance into the master’s degree programme, students must hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. 

For Doctoral (PhD) Degree

Students must hold a master’s degree or must have completed integrated studies to gain admission into the doctoral programme. 

Admission Application Conditions

The application procedure varies depending upon the citizenship. 

Students of Lithuania, or other member countries of the EU/EEA or individuals from non-EU/EEA countries who are given right of permanent residence in Lithuania must apply to the higher education institutions in the Republic of Lithuania through joint admission procedure. The Lithuanian Higher Institutions Association for Organizing Joint Admission (LAMA BPO) handles the admission procedures.

All the other international students not mentioned above must apply directly to the institution of their choice.

Dates and Deadlines

The dates and deadlines for admission application vary depending upon the programme, the language in which the programme is taught- English or Lithuania, and citizenship- EU/EEA or non-EU/EEA. So contact the higher education institution of your choice.

Application Procedure

Fill out an application form ad submit it along with the required documents to the institution. The admission office of the institution will issue a confirmation letter to students who are selected. 

After getting the confirmation letter, students must pay the required fees. A Lithuanian student card will be issued after taking admission into the institution. International students must then apply for visa to their nearest Lithuanian embassy in order to study in the Republic of Lithuania.

Preliminary examinations:
Some of the higher education institutions require students to pass preliminary exams. To know about such examination, click here or contact your institution.

Documentation

Documents to be submitted are:
Application form and fees
Educational certificates: School leaving certificate, or secondary education completion certificate, marks, degrees or higher education qualifications (depending upon the level of study)
Certificate of recognition of the academic qualifications issued by the Centre for Quality Assessment (QAC) in Higher Education
Motivation letter: It should include answers to questions like why this institution, why this programme, what are your future plans, etc. Also, the motivation letter must cover past experiences, qualifications, your interest areas, and skills.
A valid copy of your passport or any other identity card
Two passport-size photos (Recent)
A copy of fee payment receipt
Curriculum Vitae: It should covers educational details- qualification and skills, awards and honors, professional experience (if any), co-curricular or volunteer activities undertaken, and references.
English language certificate (if the course of study is in English)
Work experience (if any)
Research project: A brief about the research project to be undertaken during post-graduate studies.
Details of research work or published materials
Letter of recommendation: At least two recommendation letters from the academic referees. 
Evidence of sufficient funds: Includes bank statements or a notarized letter of guarantee from parents or sponsors indicating about their financial status

** All the documents must be translated in one of the following languages: Lithuania, English, Russian, French or German. 

Language Requirements

English Language Proficiency

Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL): TOEFL paper-based score- 525, and iBT score- 70 is accepted.

International English Language testing System( IELTS) score of 5.5 is accepted

Lithuanian Language Proficiency

Some of the higher education institutions require international students to pass a Lithuanian language tests in one of the following 3 levels, depending upon the subject area chosen at the institution: 
  • Level A2: Ways stage 
  • Level B1: Threshold
  • Level B2: Vantage (B2) 

Recognition of Qualifications

As per the Lithuanian law, all the international students are required to submit an evidence of their academic qualification being recognized in Lithuania. The academic qualification are assessed by the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education in Lithuania (QAC) and recognized by the Ministry of Education. To know more about the recognition of qualification, contact the Lithuanian Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (SKVC)

Legalization of the Documents

Candidates who obtained their education in countries that agree to the Hague Convention 1961 must attach "Apostille" to their educational documents. In many countries the "Apostille" is provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Ministry of Education. To know about the countries complying with the 1961 Hague Convention, click here
Candidates who have obtained their studies in countries which did not agree to the Hague convention are required to get double legalization of their educational documents. The documents must be authenticated from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Ministry of Education of their home country; and also they must be authenticated from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania or the Lithuanian Embassy or Consular service in their home country.

As per the higher education law of the Republic of Lithuania, each and every individual who received education in another country and wishes to apply to a higher education institution in Lithuania must get a legal recognition of the academic qualifications.

If the educational document is issued in Belarus, EU or EEA countries, Ukraine, Moldova, Russia ad USA, then an apostille or the legalization is not required.

To know more about the legalization of the educational documents, contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country. 
 

Admission Steps in Brief

Following are the steps:

Examination

Matura/Maturity Examination

Upon completion of the upper secondary education in Lithuania, students must sit for a school leaving examination-Matura. Students who pass this examination are eligible for higher education in Lithuania. This examination assesses the students’ academic knowledge and skills.  The Matura exams are of 2 types:
  • School-level
  • National-level
Students are required to pass a minimum of 2 subject maturity exams. One subject exam is compulsory and the other one is an elective. The compulsory exam is Lithuanian language and literature. Total six maturity examinations can be taken. 
Optional Subjects: Other foreign language, arts, history, chemistry, Geography, biology, computers, philosophy, natural sciences, economics, physics, psychology, information technology, sociology, etc. 

Certificate: Students who pass the examinations receive a “Maturity Certificate”.
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