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.
Vilnius College of Technologies and Design, Lithuania 2008
Primary schools of general education – 4 years;
1. Basic-school of general education – 6 years :
* Vocational education schools (+secondary edu.) –
* Secondary school education – 2 years ( students age -19 years old).
2. Basic-school of general education – 4 years and Gymnasiums - 4 (19 years old).
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.
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.
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).
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.