International students choose Lithuania for its exceptional European location, its unique culture, its affordability and the country’s excellence in teaching Engineering, Technology and Architecture. Firmly at the top of the national rankings, Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) offers a contemporary education and learning environment, which provides the most sought-after skills in the job market. If this sounds right for you, then read on...
Lithuania: The Economical Version of European Life
Lithuania is quickly fixing its place on the world stage, with one of the fastest growing economies in Europe and an rapidly expanding tourist sector. These visitors are attracted by the beautiful coastline, rugged forests, pristine lakes, vibrant metropolitan life and ancient cultural and historic attractions.
Lithuania’s enduring folk traditions, festivals and stories have given the place a strong sense of national identity, yet this is balanced by the country’s robust wish to learn and innovate, which has led it to the successes it has achieved in recent years.
Lithuania is a member of European Union, and is a part of European academic sphere. Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), one of Lithuania’s foremost places of learning, is a member of a number of international organisations, and has cooperation agreements with more than 350 higher education institutions in 50 countries of the world.
Lithuania offers more economical living costs than many Western European countries, and its population has some of the most bilingual and well-educated persons in Europe. It’s also fairly mild, despite its northern location, and is an ideal choice for lovers of nature, with a lush mix of forests, gently rolling hills, rivers, streams and lakes.
As well as the nation’s growing economy, the population of foreign students within Lithuania continues to rise, with as much as a 12% increase some years, in addition to the various exchange programmes students engage in. Currently there are students from 82 countries of the world studying at Kaunas University of Technology, for example.
At Kaunas, according to official statistics, international students make up 9 percent of all KTU students. With the tens of thousands of students that therefore live in Kaunas, it is often considered something of a student city. Together with the academics and researchers working in Kaunas universities, they contribute to an extremely intelligent, open-minded and creative community.
Kaunas: In the Centre of All Things
Kaunas is the second-largest city in Lithuania with around 300,000 residents. It is located in the south-central region of Lithuania and is formerly the country’s temporary capital. As such, it’s packed with heritage, with plenty of museums and landmarks such as the 14th century Kaunas Castle. The city has historically been a leading center of Lithuanian cultural, academic and economic life, becoming a major industrial city after World War II. It is also regarded as one of the safest places to live in Europe.
Kaunas is a relatively compact city, just 157 square kilometers, so students don’t have to worry too much about being late or having to pay for expensive cab rides. But if you prefer not to walk, Kaunas is very accessible for cyclists.
Kaunas is also famously very affordable. Most international students say that 350-400 Euro (€) per month is enough to live off for a month (minus tuition fees). It really depends on how much you want to travel and go out, but nightclubs, pubs, museums and other attractions are far less expensive than the ones found elsewhere in Europe. A day menu at most restaurants will cost between €3-5, for example.
Dormitory costs at Kaunas University of Technology range from €50–140 per month, food is around €145 per month and public transport is around €5 per month. If instead you choose to rent privately, this can be around €200–600 per month.
The number of cultural events, ranging from gallery nights, photo and design festivals, graphic art exhibitions to open-air cinema and street-food weekends is consistently on the increase, making it easy to see why Kaunas will become the European Capital of Culture in 2022.
Kaunas University of Technology - The Most Internationally Oriented University in Lithuania
Following the examples of the best technological universities in the world, Kaunas University of Technology provides its engineers and graduates of technical study programmes a comprehensive education, integrating modules from social sciences, humanities and arts into the curriculum. The unique to Lithuania MA+ masters’ study model allows students to choose different paths and to tailor their curriculum according to future career plans.
Kaunas University of Technology has 149 study programmes, 61 of these are taught in English. KTU offers education in Environmental Engineering, Architecture, Biomedical Engineering, Food, Mechatronics, Materials Science, Health Telematics Science and Ultrasound Research. As such, KTU is at the forefront of many research breakthroughs in the fields varying from IT and biomedicine to construction.
- Kaunas University of Technology is among 500 top universities in the world in Engineering and Technology - QS Rankings by Subject 2018
- KTU is one of the 50 best universities in Europe and Central Asia - QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia 2019
- KTU’s rank in international students’ category grew by 19% in the last year - QS World University Rankings
- One of two Lithuanian institutions on Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019
But while KTU is at the forefront of research and education, it is also a place of community, with other opportunities to expand knowledge and skills. This includes the high number of student organisations. There are more than 40 student organisations and associations at the University, among them six art societies. KTU students also have gym facilities and can participate in other sports for free.
Scholarships and tuition fee discounts are available.
If you would like to further the world’s understanding of what is possible, being well supported in fast developing cultural and economic hotspot, then get in contact with Kaunas University of Technology via the form below.