How and what documents should be submitted for admission to institutions of higher education?
Admission to public IHE is organized by the Lithuanian Association of Higher Education for General Admission (LAMA BPO) (http://www.lamabpo.lt/turinys/holders-foreign-qualifications).
The Lithuanians returning from a foreign country, provided they meet certain conditions (residence in a foreign country for at least three years, returned to Lithuania as a child and started schooling at not lower than 8th grade) may be entitled to receive an additional point during admission to the Lithuanian IHE and given other preferential treatment.
Holders of foreign qualifications, seeking to be enrolled to the Lithuanian IHE, are required to:
- Contact the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (hereinafter referred to as SQAHE) regarding academic recognition of foreign qualifications (with the exception of international and European Baccalaureate diplomas);
- Pass the Lithuanian language test (if the selected studies are conducted in Lithuanian language and if the applicant has no proven record of language proficiency issued by competent authority (e.g., relevant documents issued by the embassy, municipality or the Lithuanian community officially registered in a foreign country);
- The pass/fail system used to test the knowledge of Lithuanian language is executed by the Department of Lithuanian studies at Vilnius Universitety. The test is both oral and written. The cost of the test is 31.86 EUR);
- Submit a completed application form of general admission to Lithuanian institutions of higher education via the website of the Association of Lithuanian Higher Education Institutions, LAMA BPO (as a rule of thumb, submission of applications begins on June 1);
- Pass entrance examinations (if required for the selected study programmes);
- Submit the documents before the date specified to the Data Management Office of LAMA BPO for General Admission.
Having come in person to LAMA BPO for General Admission Data Management Office, the person is required to submit the following documents:
- Identity card or passport (compulsory);
- The documents issued by the CQAHE, certifying not lower than secondary education or comparable education, acquired in schools outside the Republic of Lithuania;
- A statement of the CQAHE on determining subject equivalence and credit transfer;
- A certificate on passing the test in the Lithuanian language or a document issued by the competent institution certifying the proficiency in the Lithuanian language (in cases where the studies are conducted in Lithuanian and the person has not taken the state Lithuanian language and literature exam or the maturity exam in Lithuanian). This may be a document issued by a foreign Lithuanian school, a statement certifying a person’s school attendance up to a certain grade. Even though there are no strict forms for this document, it needs to be stamped and signed);
- A certificate or other document proving the Lithuanian descent issued by the Lithuanian community of the country in question, or another competent authority (embassy, etc.) in cases where a person belongs to the Lithuanian diaspora or is a foreigner of Lithuanian origin. The document and its official translation need to be submitted in Lithuanian, English or Russian language.
- A document issued by a foreign competent authority (school, municipality, embassy, etc.) and its official translation (in Lithuanian, English or Russian) confirming that the person lived in a foreign country for three years, if the person is a foreigner of Lithuanian descent;
- A document issued by a competent authority in Lithuanian, English or Russian, attesting that the person lived abroad for at least three years, and after coming to the Republic of Lithuania started schooling at no lower than 8th grade;
- A statement certifying that the person completed schooling in one of Lithuanian schools abroad.
- Vasario 16-osios gimnazija (Privates Litauisches Gymnasium, Federal Republic of Germany);
- Punsko Kovo 11-osios bendrojo lavinimo licėjus (Punsk Lyceum, Republic of Poland);
- Maskvos Jurgio Baltrušaičio lietuvių etninės kultūros bendrojo lavinimo vidurinė mokykla Nr. 1247 (Jurgis Baltrušaitis’ secondary school No 1247 in Moscow, Russian Federation);
- Rygos lietuvių vidurinė mokykla (Riga Lithuanian secondary school, Republic of Latvia);
- Pelesos privati bendrojo lavinimo vidurinė mokykla lietuvių mokomąja kalba (Pelesa private general secondary education school, Republic of Belarus);
- Rimdžiūnų vidurinė mokykla lietuvių dėstomąja kalba (Rimdžiūnai secondary school, with Lithuanian as the language of instruction, Republic of Belarus).
The documents outlined in the last four points have to be submitted if a person is an foreigner of Lithuanian descent or a Lithuanian living abroad. The State promotes return migration, therefore additional points are given to the above mentioned individuals if they choose to study in the Lithuanian IHE.
The admission score is calculated taking into account the information presented in the document on completing secondary education, grade score of maturity examinations, and other additional data about the person in question (sports achievements, outstanding performance in competing at student Olympiads, international competitions, etc.). On the basis of this score, applicants’ priority list is drawn. Admission is based on the competition for seats among all applicants. In the case of an equal number of competitive scores, priority is determined taking into account the grade score of maturity (entrance) examinations and the place of the relevant programme on the preference list indicated in the application. Finally, a list of successful entrants is announced.
Admission procedures to private and public IHE are different. Private universities and colleges may not participate in the general admission to higher education. Such IHE have their own procedure for admission of applicants to respective study programs. A list of all IHE is ailable in AIKOS information system. (AIKOS is an open information, counselling and guidance system)
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