Education in Lithuania

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Education in Lithuania Main shitEducation is compulsory in Lithuania. Children start school at age of seven. They can stay at secondary school for 12 years but some of them leave it after tenth form. These pupils usually go to vocational junior colleges (proftechos) and trade schools where they can get both secondary education and qualification.And also they leard a trade. But these schools are getting less popular now, because more and more students want to study at the University.Money for education Officially education in Lithuania is free, but reality shows different things. At universities there are students who pay for their studies big money. And that is a problem in Lithuania. Secondary education is officially and practically free, although there are some private schools where pupils can get the same education. But now secondary education is getting more and more expensive because of the lack of literature and other learning tools. In Vilnius there are few Universities (high schools). The most famous are Vilnius University and Gediminas Technical University. These high schools have the biggest number of students and in Vilnius they are the biggest. Other Universities to mention: Kaunas Technical University (KTU), Klaipeda University, Vilnius Pedagogical University. Also there are some high schools like Lithuanian Law Academy. There are some famous foreign high schools which are very popular among Lithuanian students. Some of them are Concordia International Tallin, SSE Riga, Concordia International (other foreign countries), Harward University UK, etc.Vilnius University was founded in 1579, when Vilnius College was transformed to University status. Now the University has 12 departments, 4 institutes. Now VU has about ~15 thousand students. In Lithuania high school education is acknowledged after ending of main studies. The people who finish the main studies obtain the degree of bachelor of special qualification. Bachelor is the first academical degree, which shows that a person has high education and the main background of selected studies. People must collect not less than 160 credits – and that means 6400 hours. These studies ar


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