The Lithuanian Study Abroad Market
In this market report on Lithuania we will cover socio-economic, educational and mobility trends. Lithuania is a the 3rd Baltic country, situated to the south of Latvia, bordering Poland and Belarus. Lithuania has a high-income advanced economy with a very high Human Development Index. Lithuania has the largest economy of the Baltics. Lithuania is a modern economy with a global mindset, and a lot of international companies have offices in the country.
Figures from UNESCO show that nearly 11,000 Lithuanian students are studying overseas for a tertiary degree. UK, Denmark and the Netherlands are the most popular study destinations. Lithuanian students are highly mobile. 8% of all university students decide to study abroad at some point. Many of these students decide to prolong their stay abroad and are pursuing a career overseas. This brain drain is a major challenge for the Lithuanian economy.
With nearly 130,000 students, Lithuania moved to a mass higher education system over the last 15 years and now has one of the highest participation and graduation rates in Europe. But Lithuania’s business community has publicly expressed its concerns about the mismatch between the quality of the skills provided by universities and the requirements of a highly competitive economy. Today almost 47 percent of Lithuanian students study social science, business and law – compared to the EU average of 34 percent – and math and computing only attract 5 percent and 10 percent respectively (source: ec.europa.eu). All this and more in the Market Report on Lithuania.
Population: 2,8 million (2020)
Education: 9 years compulsory
Academic year: September – June
Starting age: 10 – 11
Duration: 8 years (6 years lower secondary, 2 years upper secondary education)
Enrollment numbers: 242,640 (2019 data)
Enrollment rate: 108%
Duration: 4 – 6 years (bachelor 3 – 4 years, Master 2 years, PhD 3- 4 years)
Enrollment numbers: 125,863 (2019)
Tertiary enrollment rate: 72%
Universities / Higher Education Institutions: 22 (14 public, 8 private)
Lithuanian Education System
The education system of Lithuania is state run. The education system comprises of formal and non-formal education. Formal education encompasses primary, basic/lower secondary and upper secondary education, formal vocational education and training, and tertiary education. Non-formal education encompasses pre-school education, pre-primary education, and other non-formal education for adults.
Secondary school system covers eight years, divided into 6 years’ lower secondary education, followed by 2 years upper secondary school.
Lower Secondary education
This educational level lasts for 6 years and is for children aged 10 to 17. This educational level is compulsory and comprises of 2 parts:
- Part 1: a 4-year program carried out in the 5th to 8th forms
- Part 2: a 2-year program executed in the 9th-10th forms or 1st-2nd forms of the gymnasium.
Upper Secondary Education
This stage prepares students for higher education. Upper secondary education in Lithuania is not mandatory. It covers 11th-12th forms of the secondary education or forms 3 and 4 of the gymnasium. This educational level is offered in secondary schools, gymnasiums, and vocational education and training schools.
Admission Higher Education
Admission to higher education is decentralized, and organized at institutional level. The results of the national final examination for secondary education is basis for admission. An upper secondary diploma is required to be admitted to higher education.
In Lithuania, higher education is provided by state-run and private, university and non-university, higher education establishments.
There two types of higher education institutions:
- universities (called universitetas (university), akademija (academy), or seminarija (seminary)) representing university sector of higher edcuation;
- colleges of higher education (called kolegija (higher education college) or aukštoji mokykla (higher education institution)) representing non-university higher education sector.
Following are the degrees offered by the higher education institutions in Lithuania:
- Bachelor’s degree: This degree lasts for 3-4 years
- Master’s degree: This qualification lasts for 1-2 years
- Doctorate degree: The duration of this qualification varies depending upon the study area.
Latest Lithuanian Higher Education study abroad stats
At this point a total number of 10,463 Lithuanian students are studying abroad (source: UNESCO). These are the most popular study abroad destinations among students from Lithuania:
IB schools in Lithuania
American International School of Vilnius – Vilnius – https://www.aisv.lt/
British School of Vilnius – Vilnius – https://www.britishschool.lt/
Vilnius International School – Vilnius – https://www.vischool.lt/
Vilnius Lyceum – Vilnius – https://licejus.lt/index.php/english,2
L’ Ecole Francaise – Vilnius – https://www.aefe.fr/reseau-scolaire-mondial/rechercher-un-etablissement/lituanie-vilnius-lycee-international-francais-de
Saules Golus – Vilnius – http://saulevilnius.lt/atostogos/
Best performing Lithuanian Universities
Looking to partner with Universities from Lithuania? These are the best performing universities.
Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
THE Rank: 601 – 800
THE Rank: 801 – 1000
Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
THE Rank: 1001 – 1200
Upcoming Education Fairs in Lithuania
International Education Fairs Lithuania
Scholarships for Lithuanian students
Auto Transport Scholarship – https://www.a1autotransport.com/a-1-auto-transport-scholarship/
Canon Foundation Research Fellowship – https://www.canonfoundation.org/
Erasmus+ – https://ec.europa.eu/education/
Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree IMM – https://www.innovativemedicine.eu/about/applicants-scholarships/emjmd-scholarship-applicants
GoEuro European Study Abroad Scholarship – https://www.omio.com/travel/study-abroad
Trendhim Scholarship – https://www.trendhim.co.uk/csr/trendhim-scholarship
Japan WorldBank Graduate Scholarships – https://www.worldbank.org/en/programs/scholarships