Lithuanian studies at Vytautas Magnus University

2018-09-27

Lithuanian studies at Vytautas Magnus University are designed for those who are not only interested in Lithuanian language, history and culture but also seek to make Lithuania a part of their life project – whether short or long term.

It can be studied as a separate program for one whole year or as individual courses. Students can mix and mach courses according to their needs and acquire knowledge and skills that are necessary to complete their personal study programs or pursue their personal vocation.

If a deeper understanding of Lithuania‘s true essence is what you are looking for, Lithuanian studies may help you find some answers, discover your roots perhaps and make it possible to even go one step forward in choosing other programs at Vytautas Magnus University.

If you have just graduated at your home school and still don’t know what to do next or if you are having a gap year because you are not sure about your future plans, immersing yourself in a study program that focuses on the understanding and cognitive experience of (probably) completely different language, history and culture may clear your head and give you a chance to relax a bit.

Consider this a year of practical experiences dedicated to learning one of the oldest languages in the world, discovering a culture that has its roots in Indo-European civilization and exploring a history that looks like a rollercoaster.

If you are of Lithuanian descent, you may find it refreshing not only to be in the land of your ancestors as a tourist but also to see this world through the eyes of the locals. This is how you can make your Lithuanian identity more tangible and grounded.

 

“Survival Lithuanian”, 2 ECTS*

VMU offers an intensive and short (2 weeks) Lithuanian Language course before the beginning of semester for those who want to learn very basic of Lithuanian Language. Aim of the course is to introduce students to a very basic knowledge of Lithuanian that would help them to “survive” in Lithuania. In this intensive course students will learn to introduce themselves, to provide basic biographical information, to ask for the prices while shopping, to ask for directions, basic information at the university, to order food, as well as other useful everyday phrases in Lithuanian. This intensive course is structured around the sociocultural knowledge of Lithuanian Language.

* European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a standard for comparing the study attainment and performance of students of higher education across the EU and other collaborating European countries. One academic year corresponds to 60 ECTS-credits that are equivalent to 1500–1800 hours of study in all countries respective of standard or qualification type and is used to facilitate transfer and progression throughout the Union.

Contact person:

Ms Aurelija Čėglytė
Faculty of Humanities, Vytautas Magnus University
E-mail Aurelija.Ceglyte@vdu.lt
Phone +370 37 327 828

Intensive Lithuanian Language and Culture Summer Course, 6 ECTS*

Each summer the University offers an intensive (4 weeks) Lithuanian Language and Culture Summer Course. During the summer course students are offered an intensive program consisting of lectures, workshops and discussions, sightseeing tours and excursions to learn the Lithuanian language and deepen the knowledge about Lithuanian lifestyle.

Next course starts on July 15, 2019

 

 

Semester long Lithuanian language courses, 6 ECTS*

Each semester VMU offers 2 different levels of Lithuanian Language courses: Beginners level (A1), Intermediate level (A2). Level B1 is available if there are more than 5 registered students to the course.

Beginners level (A1)

The general objective of the course is that after following the requirements and completing the course students should be able to communicate in simple Lithuanian in various situations of personal and social life. During the course, students are expected to gain knowledge, practical skills and experience in comprehension and usage of the Lithuanian language on specific themes. The course aims at developing students’ communicative skills in A1 Lithuanian.

Intermediate level (A2)

This course is aimed at students who previously have had some exposure to Lithuanian or completed elementary (beginner level) Lithuanian course. The goal of this course is to help students to develop better oral, written, listening, and comprehension skills in Lithuanian. Students are introduced to a wide range of topics such as home, work, shopping, food, services, health, entertainments, weather, and other in order to achieve better fluency on variety of topics required for everyday interactions. The course aims to help students to achieve greater command of previously acquired grammatical concepts, as well as to introduce new grammatical material.

Upper-intermediate level (B1)

This course is aimed at students who previously have had some exposure to Lithuanian or completed intermediate level Lithuanian course. The course focuses on the development of conversational ability and building up student’s vocabulary. Reading and writing skills are developed as well. Students are introduced to a wide range of topics such as: conditions and wishes; people and their actions; interests and everyday’s activities; responsibilities, preferences, abilities; hobbies and entertainments, and other in order to achieve better fluency on variety of topics required for different interactions. The course aims to help students to achieve greater command of previously acquired grammatical concepts, as well as to introduce new grammatical material (e.g. participles).

* European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a standard for comparing the study attainment and performance of students of higher education across the EU and other collaborating European countries. One academic year corresponds to 60 ECTS-credits that are equivalent to 1500–1800 hours of study in all countries respective of standard or qualification type and is used to facilitate transfer and progression throughout the Union.

Contact person:

Ms Aurelija Čėglytė
Faculty of Humanities, Vytautas Magnus University
E-mail Aurelija.Ceglyte@vdu.lt
Phone +370 37 327 828

Lithuanian study programme, 30/60 ECTS*

One semester /one academic year study program on Lithuanian language and related subjects.

OBLIGATORY COURSES
Autumn semester (total: 6 credits)

Spring semester (total: 6 credits)

ELECTIVE COURSES
Autumn semester (24 credits)

Spring semester (24 credits)

* European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a standard for comparing the study attainment and performance of students of higher education across the EU and other collaborating European countries. One academic year corresponds to 60 ECTS-credits that are equivalent to 1500–1800 hours of study in all countries respective of standard or qualification type and is used to facilitate transfer and progression throughout the Union.

Contact person:

Ms Aurelija Čėglytė
Faculty of Humanities, Vytautas Magnus University
E-mail Aurelija.Ceglyte@vdu.lt
Phone +370 37 327 828

Scholarship

Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) offers scholarships for:

  • Lithuanian Language and Culture Summer Course @ VMU (next course starts on July 15, 2019 )
  • Lithuanian Studies (Semester/Academic Year Long Course) @ VMU

Apply for the scholarship if…

  • You are interested in Lithuania and Lithuanian language studies;
  • You or your family member are of Lithuanian descent;
  • Your research interests include Lithuania or the Lithuanian language;
  • You would like to have a great time in Kaunas – the most “Lithuanian” city of Lithuania – and visit the places of interest in Lithuania;
  • You are a true friend of Lithuania…

The special VMU Lithuanian Language Studies scholarship for the Lithuanian Language and Culture Summer Course covers the tuition fee for the summer course and accommodation in the dormitory of VMU during the period of the summer course.

The special VMU Lithuanian Language Studies scholarship for the semester/academic year long studies covers the tuition fee for the semester/academic year long course and accommodation in the dormitory of VMU during the study period at VMU.

The deadline for submitting application for 2019 Autumn semester or entire Academic Year 2019-2020 is May 20, 2019 23:59 EET.

Scholarship application form.

Contact person for the scholarship:

Mr. Tomas Mickevičius
International Cooperation Department, Vytautas Magnus University
E-mail Tomas.Mickevicius@vdu.lt
Phone +370 37 327 978