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Location: Vilnius, Lithuania, Europe

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program through the MAUI-Utrecht Network Exchange Consortium open to undergraduate and graduate students

Language of Instruction: English and/or Lithuanian

UMSL Term Abroad: Academic Year, Spring, and fee-paying Summer

Approximate Dates Abroad:
Academic Year: Early September - Late June
Spring Semester: Early February - Late June

Application Deadline: We encourage applicants to this program to apply early - your chances of admission are increased by doing so. Students interested in competitive locations, such as this one, should apply in February of the year academic year prior to term. For example, if you are interested in the Spring 2016, apply in January 2015. 

  • Fall/Academic Year: February 23 (final)
  • Spring: February 23 (final). If after this date, see a Study Abroad Coordinator to determine whether or not placement is still available.

UMSL Student Experiences:

“Vilnius is a beautiful city and the old town is very spread out and relaxed. At night it is almost totally silent, no sounds of traffic or trains, and spotlights shine upon the churches that are on almost every corner and it is a wonderful place to walk around. We have been fortunate to have perfect weather, daytime averages in the 70s and only twice has it rained so far. I have met a few of the locals and they are very eager to show me some of the lesser known parts of Vilnius, such as rooftops and hilltops with fantastic views of the city, and little taverns tucked onto side streets that serve local beer. The beer is very good and they have a great respect for it and the food is delicious as well. And everything is ridiculously cheap. My first night here I spent $10 on dinner for two with two beers. A bag of pasta is 25 cents, a pound of butter is $1, a liter of beer at the store is less than $1 and at a restaurant it is less than $2, a monthly bus pass cost $8. I am living like a king! Winter hasn't arrived yet but so far I would totally recommend this place to all students wanting to study in Europe. There are exchange students from 50+ countries and I've met hundreds of people and the student organization has been great about sponsoring social events, there is something to do every day it seems. Vilnius is a beautiful city, I hope that more students will come here in the future.”  - Nathan Letcher, Biochemistry Major, Academic Year 2013/14 Abroad

UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements

Subjects Available:

  • Advertising
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Biochemistry and Biotechnology
  • Biology
  • Business - Accounting (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Business Administration (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Finance (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Information Systems (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - International Business (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Logistics & Operations Management
  • Business - Management (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Marketing (also available at graduate level)
  • Chemistry
  • Communications (also available at graduate level)
  • Computer Science (also available at graduate level)
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics (also available at graduate level)
  • English (also available at graduate level)
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Languages - Ancient Greek
  • Languages - Arabic
  • Languages - Chinese
  • Languages - French
  • Languages - German
  • Languages - Japanese
  • Languages - Latin
  • Languages - Spanish
  • Literature (also available at graduate level)
  • Mathematics (also available at graduate level)
  • Media Studies
  • Modern European Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science (also available at graduate level)
  • Pre-Law or Law
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy and Administration
  • Social Work
  • Sociology

The University:  Every year over 400 international non-degree students study at Vilnius University. The term “international student” is applied to those students who have completed their prior education in any other country but Lithuania. The University of Vilnius was founded in 1579 making it one of the oldest universities in Eastern and Central Europe.   The histories of the university and the country of Lithuania are intertwined with the university playing an important role in the cultural life of the country, as well as neighboring countries.  The Office of International Programs and Relations can assist students with many problems they may encounter. 

Academics: More than 500 courses are offered in a language other than Lithuanian.  Most of these classes are offered in English, however, students may also take Lithuanian and Russian language courses as well. Actual enrollment in a class is done during the orientation week with the assistance of International Programmes and Relations staff and mentors. Classes for exchange students will start during the 2nd week of the semester.   Students can change classes within the first 3 weeks of the semester.

Teaching methods at VU is based on lectures leading to a final examination or pass/fail evaluation.    Lectures may be supplemented by seminars, tutorials, practical or laboratory work, written or oral assignments, and/or independent research. Class sizes may range from 3 students to 50 students depending on the subject.   The largest classes are usually in the Economics and Management courses.

Housing: Dormitories are situated in Sauletekio or Olandu Street, not far from university buildings.If a student requests a homestay, VU staff can try to find a family for the homestay, but this option is chosen most by students who are participating in the language program.   

Sauletekis Housing: Sauletekis campus is approximately a 30 minute bus or trolley ride from the city centre. Housing consists of suites of 2 rooms with each suite having a toilet and sink.  Each room houses 2 or 3 people and has a bed, writing table, and wardrobe for each student. Blankets, pillows, and sheets are provided.   Common bathroom facilities are shared within each corridor that is shared by the residents of 9 rooms. Each wing of the housing unit has a shared kitchen on each floor that is shared by 9 rooms. The kitchen contains a refrigerator, gas stove, sink, etc. but students are required to provide pans, plates, utensils, etc. Each suite has a storage locker in the kitchen.

Olandu Street Housing: Housing on Olandu Street is approximately 25 minutes from the city center by foot.  Housing consists of a suite of 2 rooms and includes a toilet, sink, and shower. Each room houses 2 or 3 people. Each room contains a bed, a writing table, and a wardrobe for each student  Blankets, pillows, and sheets are provided. Each wing of the housing unit has a shared kitchen on each floor that is shared by 9 rooms.   The kitchen contains a refrigerator, gas stove, sink, etc. but students are required to provide pans, plates, utensils, etc. Each suite has a storage locker in the kitchen.

Activities and Programs: The Vilnius University Health and Sport Center offers students different sport opportunities. Orientation Week and Survival Lithuanian Language Course (SLLC) are offered at the beginning of each semester for all international students for free. There is no preregistration required. During the Orientation Week you can expect guided tour in Vilnius and VU Library, meetings with faculty coordinators, Welcome Party and many other interesting activities which will help you to get acquainted with many Lithuanian and international students. 

Location: Lithuania is the largest of the three Baltic countries with a population of nearly 4 million. Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is situated in the south-east about 150 miles from the Baltic Sea.  The city was founded in the fourteenth century and includes many architectural masterpieces of the Old Town, squares, narrow streets, medieval courtyards and parks that have witnessed many historical events. The Old Campus is located in the old part of Vilnius, directly across the street from the President of Lithuania’s house.   The buildings in this part of the university are centuries old and include a church, observatory, library, and some academic class rooms. 

International Office Website: http://www.vu.lt/en/studies/exchange-students

Course Offerings in English: http://www.vu.lt/en/studies/exchange-students/courses-taught-in-foreign-languages

Cost Estimates for 2014-15*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition $3,789.60
HTH mandatory insurance $175.00
Books and course materials $100.00
Accommodations $550.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $1,100.00
Airfare $1,600.00
Local Transportation $50.00
Other $100.00
TOTAL $7,464.60


Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2014/15 rate - 2015/16 tuition rate TBA April 2015. Non-resident fees may apply.
* Costs are based off a five month semester.
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
* Program information is subject to change.