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EDUCATION SYSTEM IN LITHUANIA. Simona Krasauskiene Project Manager Vilnius College of Technologies and Design, Lithuania 2008. Description of types of education Pre-school education. A ge of Children of pre-school type - up to 3 years and kindergartens - up to 6-7 years.

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education system in lithuania

Simona Krasauskiene

Project Manager

Vilnius College of Technologies and Design, Lithuania 2008

Description of types of education
  • Pre-school education.Age of Children of pre-school type - up to 3 years and kindergartens - up to 6-7 years.
  • There are state and non-state pre-school educational institutions, kindergartens run by religious communities, kindergartens employing Montessori's Method, full-time and part-time and etc.
  • General educationis provided by the following educational institutions:

Primary schools of general education – 4 years;

1. Basic-school of general education – 6 years :

* Vocational education schools (+secondary edu.) –

3 years


* Secondary school education – 2 years ( students age -19 years old).

2. Basic-school of general education – 4 years and Gymnasiums - 4 (19 years old).

vocational training
Vocational Training
  • Vocational education is provided of 2 different programmes:

1) gives an opportunity to receive only vocational training,


2) provides both - general education and vocational training.

In vocational schools, pupils who finished basic school can choosefrom two different programmes: one of it gives an opportunity to receive vocational training and general secondary education; pupils with secondary education are offered a separate programme of vocational training in accordance with their wishes.

  • Higher vocational (non-university) education is provided in colleges.
  • Adult education centres make provision for vocational training in the labour market system.
Higher vocational (non-university/college) education is provided for pupils in colleges.
  • Higher vocational education is a continuation of studies after secondary education has been acquired.
  • College music education is received in conservatories.
  • Educational provision of colleges must correspond to the fifth ISCED level (i.e. non-university higher education).

Higher Education Institutions

There are two types of higher education institutions in Lithuania: universities and colleges.

Higher schools enrol people with secondary education, the course of studies in higher schools lasts 3 or 6 years.

In universities (“akademijoje” (academy), “seminarijoje” (seminary), “aukštojoje mokykloje” (higher education institution)) the university type studies dominate.

In colleges non-university, technical applied science studies dominate.

Lithuanian higher education institutions are either state or non-state.

Non-state higher education institutions can pursue their activities according to licence issued by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.

Non-university studies are undergraduate (professional), one-cycle, aimed at acquiring only the professional qualification, testified by the Higher Education Diploma (Bachelor).

University studies are organised in three cycles: first cycle – undergraduate (Bachelor or professional), second cycle – graduate (Master’s or specialised professional) and third cycle – post-graduate (doctoral, residency, or postgraduate art).

Upon the completion of undergraduate university studies, Bachelor Diploma is awarded, testifying Bachelor’s degree or Bachelor’s degree and professional qualification.

After completing undergraduate professional study programme the Higher Education Diploma is awarded, testifying professional qualification.

Upon the completion of graduate Master’s studies, Master’s Diploma is awarded, testifying Master’s qaulification or Master’s and professional qaulification.

there are three modes of studies
There are three modes of studies:
  • Full-time daytime
  • Part-time evening
  • And part-time extra-mural
  • In Lithuania the national system of quality assurance in higher education operates. Lithuania uses its national credit system based on student workload with average of 1600 working hours per academic year. One credit corresponds to 40 national hours of student work (in classes, laboratories, independent work etc.), or to one working week.
admission to higher education institutions
Admission to Higher Education Institutions
  • In order to apply to an undergraduate programme at a higher education institution of Lithuania, Maturity Certificate or comparable qualification (secondary school education) is required.
  • To be admitted to second cycle university programmes individuals should hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification (usually in the respective field).
  • In order to enter the third cycle university studies, an applicant should have either Master’s or corresponding degree in the selected study field.
  • Admission to all cycle studies usually takes place on a competitive basis according to the admission rules set up by the institution of higher education agreed with the Ministry of Education and Sciences of the Republic of Lithuania.