Studies at VMU
Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) is one of the most liberal universities in Lithuania. The liberal atmosphere at the University is sustained and promoted by humanistic and social values. The University cherishes ideals of free speech, honesty, sharing of ideas and tolerance. Its academic community is committed to the principles of liberal and democratic ideas.
System of Studies @ VMU
The System of studies at VMU is based on three levels that were introduced in 1993: Bachelor, Master and PhD.
The first - Bachelor level - involves undergraduate studies and lasts for four years requiring to obtain 240 ECTS credits; the degree is awarded upon completion and presentation of Bachelor Thesis.
The second - Master level - takes between 1.5 to 2 years of full time study; its purpose is to deepen or expand the graduate’s competences in the chosen field. Students receive Master’s degree after successfully completing 90 to 120 ECTS credits and Master Thesis.
The third level - Doctorate (PhD) - is attained after four years of additional study.
Number of Credits
All courses are measured in credits. ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) is introduced to all faculties of the university.
60 ECTS credits represent the workload of an academic year of study and usually 30 ECTS credits for a semester. One ECTS credit equals approximately 27 hours of studying in the form of lectures, workshops, seminars, practical training, independent research, group studies or written reports.
Mentor's Programme at VMU
In order to make the adaptation process of incoming students at our University much more easier the Mentor Programme was established.
A mentor is a student of Vytautas Magnus University who has already studied abroad (or perhaps is planning to study in the future), has the international and intercultural experience and voluntary helps the incoming foreign students. A mentor is a person who:
- Meets in the station and accompanies new incoming students to the dormitory;
- Assists students to orientate themselves at the University and in Kaunas during the study period;
- Helps to find the library and computer classes, to register to the courses;
- Supports in making new friends among Lithuanian students, etc.
- The Mentors' Programme at VMU aims to help incoming students to adapt and socialize oneselves in the new academic, social and culture environment. The International Office at VMU coordinates the Programme.