A secondary school leaving certificate (brandos atestatas - maturity certificate) or an equivalent document is required for admission to Lithuanianís higher education institutions. Holders of an International Baccalaureate are entitled to admission to higher education institutions in Lithuania.
The criteria of the admission for Lithuanian applicants are the results of the school leaving examinations contained in the school leaving certificate and results of entrance examinations, if required. Regulations for entrance examinations which are required for admission to study programmes in medicine, languages, journalism, arts, music, law, international relations, political sciences, and other are set by the individual higher education institutions (regulations of admission for particular programmes is a question to change).
Foreign applicants are admitted by signing an agreement with the higher education institution concerned or as exchange students within the framework of international programmes and bilateral agreements. In case of admission only to a part of a complete study programme, an individual admission procedure must be followed.
Non-residents are required to enrol in a one to two year introductory Lithuanian language programme. At the same time, they may pursue studies in Russian, Polish or, if available, in English. Non-resident students should be able to attend courses held in Lithuanian in the second or third year of studies at the latest.
The amount of one semester of study is measured by a unit of measurement called the credit. The amount of one semester of study is no less than 20 credits and the amount of one year is no less than 40 credits.
The amount of study of an undergraduate study programme completed in four years is no less 160 credits. The minimal amount of credit accorded to a subject is 0,5 credits.
Main grading system generally used by higher education institutions
Various numerical grading systems are used: 1-5; 1-10; 1-20.
Admission is organised by the individual higher education institutions. The deadline for application varies from one institution to the next. Generally, the complete application should be submitted at the beginning of June until 31 August at the latest.
The Republic of Lithuania signed the UNESCO Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Diplomas and Degrees concerning Higher Education in Countries Belonging to the European Region in 1994 and the European Convention on the Equivalence of the Diplomas leading to Admission to Universities in 1996. Furthermore, Lithuania is a signatory state to the Council of Europe/UNESCO Convention on Recognition of Qualification Concerning Higher Education in the European Region reached in Lisbon in April 1997.
On the basis of bilateral agreements and participation in international organisations, higher education institutions in Lithuania are developing the recognition of Lithuanian study programmes on an international scale. The recognition of foreign higher education certificates and degrees is decided by the individual higher education institution. If necessary, information, consultation and recommendations are available from the Lithuanian Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education which performs the tasks of an ENIC/NARIC in Lithuania. Responsibility for the recognition of secondary school leaving certificates, post-secondary certificates on college level and professional education qualifications lies with the Ministry of Education and Science.
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