Educational System in Lithuania
The academic year commences from September and ends in mid-June and is divided into two semesters, spring and autumn. Students have an option to study either full-time or part-time.
Each study programme in lithuania is assessed according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), with each year of study awarded with 60 ECTS credits.
Non-university education is undergraduate studies, and they come in the first cycle.
University degrees are offered in three cycles:
The first cycle is undergraduate (Bachelor)
The second cycle is graduate (Master or specialised professional studies)
The third cycle is postgraduate (Doctoral; residency; postgraduate in the Arts)
During the first cycle, a candidate can opt to study for a Bachelor’s degree and a professional qualification for which you will require 180 – 240 ECTS. When you finish the course, with or without a professional qualification you get a Bachelor’s Diploma. If you only wish to study for the professional qualification, then you will get a Higher Educational Diploma.
Bachelor degrees along with professional qualifications are offered at universities whereas professional qualifications, without degrees, can be taken at colleges.
If you are in the second cycle (or aim to be there) and you wish to study for a Master’s degree or any specialised professional qualification one of the possibilities open to you is the Integrated study programmes. These programmes combine studies of the both first and second cycles. On a successful completion, graduates are awarded a Master’s Diploma which testifies their Master’s degree status. You can also achieve a professional qualification. If you are pursuing Master’s Diploma (which is only offered at the universities), you will have to obtain 90 – 120 ECTS credits.
At this level, if you study for the professional qualification you will be awarded a Higher Education Diploma. The main purpose of the specialised professional studies at this level is to obtain a qualification in a particular field.
In the third cycle, students study at the level of postgraduate qualification. This could be either a Doctorate, a Residency or a postgraduate qualification in the Arts. Postgraduate studies are either offered by a university or a university and science institution collectively. The term of the different postgraduate studies is determined by the Government of Lithuania.
Some Higher Education institutions coordinate summer courses in addition to regular courses. These courses offer mostly academic content which usually lasts for a couple of weeks in the summer. They are often both formal and informal. In few Higher Education institutions, it is likely to gain ECTS credits and scholarships if they are included in the studies for summer courses.