Lithuania offers high quality, modern and innovative education with EU-wide recognized diplomas. In addition, Lithuania offers an opportunity to study while being surrounded by unique and old traditions cherishing culture. Home to one of the fastest-growing economies in the European Union, Lithuania also offers lower living costs than many Western European countries.
There are a total of 23 higher education institutions in Lithuania, which consists of 14 public universities, 8 private universities, and one branch campus of a Polish university. Four Lithuanian universities feature in the QS World University Rankings, with a further three in the QS University Rankings EECA, a ranking of the top universities in emerging Europe and central Asia.
If you are a foreign national who are studying or planning to study in Lithuania, you may want to try to apply for scholarships in Lithuania for international students. These scholarships can financially support your study and stay in Lithuania.
- Lithuania Foundation Scholarship Program: Supports only full-time students of Lithuanian heritage pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees based on the following priorities:
- US citizens and US permanent residents (“green card” holders) pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees
- Students from Lithuania pursuing Master’s, or Doctoral degree in Lithuania
- Students from Lithuania, pursuing Master’s, or Doctoral degree in the US (with a student visa) or elsewhere abroad
- By exception only, students from Lithuania seeking a Bachelor’s degree in Lithuania meeting donor directed fund designations
Preference is given to students studying or conducting research in Lithuanian linguistics, literature, and folklore or Lithuanian history.
The Lithuanian Foundation grants scholarships amounting up to $5,000 for one academic year at a time. Applicants will need to submit applications each academic year in their degree program.
Scholarship requests will not be considered by the Lithuanian Foundation if:
- The student is not of Lithuanian heritage
- The applicant is enrolled in a part-time course of study
- The student is enrolled in an associate or certificate program
- The student is not yet accepted by an accredited college, university or other academic institution
- The applicant does not have a citizenship or appropriate visa for the country in which he or she wishes to study
- The student from Lithuania enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree program in the US (with student visa) or other foreign country
- The scholarship application is not fully completed
Priorities of the Lithuanian Foundation are given to students studying outside the borders of Lithuania, especially to those who are members of he Lithuanian Foundation, Inc.
Scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 academic year will be accepted August 1 to October 1, 2019.
- Lithuanian Foundation Project Grants: Dedicated to supporting projects that contribute to the preservation of the Lithuanian heritage. Lithuanian Foundation concentrates its resources on those projects tat demonstrate the potential for far reaching benefits to the Lithuanian community and the community at large. The Foundation gives priority and invests in new, innovative programs as well as established programs in the émigré community, with an eye to supporting those grant requests that collaborate with other programs to provide a synergistic benefit to the community. In striving to achieve these goals, the Foundation concentrates its giving in the following areas:
- Education: Favor programs that contribute to the strengthening of the Lithuanian heritage school system as well as research that enriches the knowledge base for future generations.
- Culture: Favor projects that accentuate the vibrancy of the Lithuanian culture and invest in projects that create opportunities for cultural expression and a venue for broad participation.
- Community: Favor projects that unite and augment the community and invest in projects that create a vital means of partnership for those who value the Lithuanian heritage.
- Youth: Favor projects that instill a love of culture and a sense of community in the younger generation and consider it crucial to invest in the support of youth organizations, summer camps, artistic performances geared to younger audiences and the like.
The Lithuanian Foundation will not consider the following types of project grant requests:
- Routine organizational / operational and/or travel expenses
- Private for-profit businesses, for-profit organizations or for-profit individuals. (Specific non-profit projects may be submitted by the for profit sector, only if accompanied by a detailed explanation of how the project meets non-profit requirements as well as detailed descriptions of how non-profit funds will be segregated from the for-profit funds).
- Organizations in the USA that do not have valid “federal tax exempt” or “not-for-profit” status
- Governmental agencies, institutions or political organizations
- Lithuanian organizations in the USA requesting funding for capital improvements or repair of buildings and infrastructure if they are not the sole legal owners of the property
- Personal charitable support is not provided
Grant applications will be accepted July 1 to September 1, 2019.
- Lithuanian Government Scholarship for Full-Time Master’s Degree Study in Lithuania: Scholarship program by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania is open for applications for 50 Lithuanian state grants. The scholarships are available for full-time Master’s degree studies at Lithuanian higher education institutions. The scholarships are will be provided to the nationals of the following countries: the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Belarus, the People’s Republic of China, Georgia, the State of Israel, Japan, the Republic of Korea, foreigners of Lithuanian origin, the Republic of Moldova, and the Republic of Ukraine. All successful candidates will receive a monthly scholarship of 380 euros for the duration of the studies.
- A total of 45 monthly scholarships and grants covering the standard study cost are offered to nationals of the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, Georgia, foreign citizens of Lithuanian origin, the Republic of Moldova and the Republic of Ukraine. 30 of the total 45 scholarships and grants will be awarded to nationals of Ukraine.
- A total of 5 monthly scholarships are offered to nationals of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the People’s Republic of China, the State of Israel, Japan and the Republic of Korea.
Only nationals of the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Belarus, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Georgia, the State of Israel, Japan, the Republic of Korea, foreigners of Lithuanian origin, the Republic of Moldova, and the Republic or Ukraine in their full-time Master’s degree studies will be covered for the cost of the studies, up to a limit not exceeding the national standard study cost.
The scholarship can be granted only once. A candidate who has already received funding under this scheme will not be eligible to apply for the scholarship. The scholarship cannot be granted to a candidate who is studying or planning to study in an international joint degree program with a portion of the studies (as a mandatory mobility period) being in the candidate’s home country.
Candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree and have an official letter of acceptance or pre-acceptance for full-time Master’s degree studies from a Lithuanian higher education institution.
Priority will be given to candidates who are planning to or have already started their full-time Master degree in the Lithuanian language. Also, priority will be given to candidates who are studying or planning to study in the following areas: Mathematics, Informatics, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Engineering, Technological Sciences, Health Sciences, Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture, Education Sciences, Art, and Sport.
- Vilnius University Scholarships: Financial support provided to students by Vilnius University.
- Incentive scholarships: Granted to the best students of first cycle, second cycle and integrated studies for their excellent learning outcomes. There are two sizes of incentive scholarships: 1.5 BSB and 2.5 BSB (BSB – Basic Social Benefit which is currently 38 EUR per month).
- One-off social grants: Granted to students of first cycle, second cycle, third cycle and integrated studies in the event of death of family members, natural or other disasters, illness or other similar cases. The size of a one-time social grant is from 2 to 12 BSB.
- One-off earmarked scholarships: Granted to students of first cycle, second cycle, third cycle and integrated studies with relevant achievements in sports, cultural and scientific / social activities. Applications for the autumn semester must be submitted by October 25, and by March 25 for the spring semester. Scholarships are granted by a commission which is formed by the Rector. The size of a one-time target scholarship is from 1 to 15 BSB.
- Nominal scholarships: Granted to the best students of first cycle, second cycle, third cycle and integrated studies based on certain fields of activity for their achievements or contributions in these fields. The grounds and principles of granting nominal scholarships are established in the regulations of a specific nominal scholarship and/or support agreement. Please contact the Academic Core Unit that you study at to find out your options.
- Foreign student scholarships: Granted to foreign university students who came to study according to bilateral cooperation agreements. Scholarship sizes are the same as the sizes of incentive scholarships granted to University students of an appropriate cycle, excluding cases when another scholarship size is agreed and provided in order to maintain partnership.
- PhD student scholarships: Granted to state-funded PhD students, and resident doctor scholarship are granted to state-funded residents. PhD student and resident doctor scholarships are granted according to the procedures established by the Government.
- State Studies Foundation Support for Foreigners of Lithuania: Support for the studies of foreigners of Lithuanian descent at Lithuanian schools of higher education. Students can apply for both the two types of support: scholarship and social disbursement. Students applying for support must be:
- Enrolled to the first cycle, integrated or postgraduate studies at Lithuanian higher education institutions
- Passed last session without academic debt (this does not apply to the first year, first semester students and those who apply for social disbursement). Support is not granted to the students studying languages of the countries they come from.
Successful applicants will receive a monthly scholarship of 3.25 BSB (Basic Social Benefit, which is 38 EUR). A 123.50 EUR is awarded during a tender for grants for one semester. The tender row is made (decreasing importance):
- First year full-time students enrolled on the first cycle, second cycle (postgraduate), third cycle and integrated studies
- Second or subsequent year full-time students enrolled on the first cycle, second cycle (postgraduate), third cycle and integrated studies and have achieved an excellent level of achievement
- Second or subsequent year full-time students enrolled on the first cycle, second cycle (postgraduate), third cycle and integrated studies and have achieved the typical level of achievement
- First year part-time students
- Second or subsequent year part-time students