What is the situation regarding cross-border and domestic mobility?
The Government has decided a nationwide lockdown until 31 January 2021, 24:00.
- Information about COVID-19-related restrictions
- Procedures for travellers arriving/returning from abroad
What should I do if my period of legal residence in Lithuania expired (will expire) during the Covid-19 period?
The students whose visa or residence permit in Lithuania expired during the lockdown as well as those with respect to whom the decision regarding the return has been adopted but the period for the voluntary departure expired during the quarantine must depart from Lithuania.
The students, who need to extend their residence permits in Lithuania or have any other questions regarding migration matters, should contact the International Relations Office at .
Is VU Library open?
During the quarantine period the Library (Scholarly Communication and Information Centre, Central Library and libraries of the faculties and centres) provides only borrowing services for the members of Vilnius University community. Books can be borrowed only when requested in advance.
The services are provided in a non-contact way only. There is no possibility to use study spaces at the Library as Library’s reading rooms are closed.
The reading rooms of Manuscripts and Rare Books Divisions (Central Library) will be closed and there will be no possibility to borrow documents from these collections. You are welcome to use VU Library’s Digital Collections.
You can take out requested books or return the books you no longer need during the following hours:
Scholarly Communication and Information Centre (SCIC)
Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Reading rooms of the faculties
Reading Room of the Faculty of History: Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Reading Rooms of other faculties and centres: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at times indicated here.
Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Rooms
Manuscripts and Rare Books reading rooms at the Central Library are be closed and there is no possibility to borrow documents from these collections. You are welcome to use VU Library’s Digital Collections.
However, if you are a member of VU community and a document or its part is necessary for your research, you can contact the Library’s Rare Books Reading Room (via e-mail ) or Manuscripts Reading Room (via e-mail ) about the possibility of digitising it.
Important information when visiting the library
- When coming to take or return books, please observe no less than a two-metre distance between yourself and other users of the Library.
- It is obligatory to wear face masks in the premises of the Library the entire time.
- Next to book borrowing places you will find a disinfection stand. We kindly ask to disinfect hands when you enter the Library.
- Please observe coughing and sneezing etiquette.
- Users experiencing the symptoms of the upper respiratory tract diseases (fever, cough, difficulty breathing and others) are not allowed in the Library.
How to access documents in your VU Library's user profile?
If you have ever used the computers in the Library and stored some necessary documents in your VU user profile, don’t worry – there is no need to come to the Library in person in order to retrieve them. You can access them from home simply by following these instructions.
Is there a possibility to access databases from home computers?
Members of VU community can access all the subscribed databases from home computers. It is only necessary to install VU VPN on your computer following these instructions. You can search for all information resources in the virtual library.
Is it possible to reduce the tuition fee during the remote process at the University?
Tuition fees for students are not reduced in the light of the changed study format. However, for students having financial difficulties due to the situation, the payment of tuition fees may be paid by instalments or delayed. For questions related to tuition fees, we recommend contacting the administration of your core academic unit.
Are there excursions, trainings and other events hosted at the University?
During the quarantine period excursions and physical events are not organized at Vilnius University. Whenever possible, all trainings, seminars and other events are transferred to the virtual space.
Can I use VU Health and Sport center indoor and outdoor facilities during the quarantine?
During the lockdown VU stadium is only open for VU students and employees who must register in advance.
More information and registration on Health and Sports Center website.
Is VU Botanical Garden open during Covid-19 period?
Information about visiting and working hours of VU Botanical Garden in Kairenai and Vingis can be found at VU Botanical Garden website.
Are VU recreation centres open during Covid-19 period?
Accommodation in the conference, seminar and recreation centre Romuva of Vilnius University and in the training and recreation base in Pervalka will is available as of 15 May 2020.
What actions should I take if I am coming back from vacation / business trip from abroad?
The Lithuanian government has approved countries from which travellers will not be subject to 14 days of self-isolation upon arrival.
There is also a list of countries from which travellers will be subject to a 14-day self-isolation period or travel is still prohibited.
What should I do if I am a university student on an internship / training session?
If the internship provided in the study plan does not take place at the University, follow the guidelines and recommendations of the internship institution. The internship may continue unless the institution where you are conducting your internship decides otherwise. Please contact your supervisors for details and other relevant changes. If it is not possible to carry out the internship remotely, the institution must ensure safe working conditions (e.g. disinfectants, ventilated rooms, secure distance between individuals, etc.)
If the institution does not provide distance training or the required conditions, contact your supervisor at the University to suspend or terminate your internship.
For internships abroad, follow the recommendations of the host organisation and the host country. However, if the conditions set out still seem unsafe, you can terminate the internship.
Can I apply for Erasmus+ internship?
Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Erasmus + programme has not been suspended; therefore, students who are wishing to go abroad in the summer to gain experience and develop professionally can apply for an Erasmus + traineeship. Traveling to other countries is currently restricted; therefore, we encourage you to look for internships and apply now for July-August, when the situation is likely to have stabilised. When choosing a country of placement, we recommend that you not only assess the chances of entering the country but also inquire about the coronavirus-related preventive safety measures and health treatment options in case of illness. More information on the Erasmus + traineeship can be found here.
Can I get a job in Lithuania during the COVID-19 period?
In general, there are no changes in the job application process for international students. However, due to the COVID-19 period many people in Lithuania lost their jobs. Therefore, it might be a greater competition on available positions. Moreover, we suggest to pay attention to job safety, i.e. be sure your employer creates a safe environment or an opportunity to work from home.
VU career counsellors are always ready to help you to deal with your career issues. See the advice on how to search for a job or an internship, write a CV, and prepare for a job interview on the page for Career Guidance. If you would like to discuss your career plans with career counsellors personally, participate in career events, receive feedback concerning your CV or try mock interviews, check our career services.
You can choose and apply for part-time as well as full-time jobs any time during your studies. However, do consider your capabilities to balance work with studies (you can get career counsellors’ advice on time management and also discuss other related issues).
If you have a temporary residence permit (TRP) or a national visa (D) for your studies, you are allowed to work 20 hours per week during the autumn and spring semester, and you do not have to have any work permit for that. The only exceptions are the University’s officially announced summer break (1 July – 31 August) and the internship period included in your study programme. In the aforementioned cases, you are allowed to work full-time (40 hours per week) and you do not have to have any work permit for that. Doctoral students are allowed to work full-time (40 hours per week) throughout the entire time of their studies.
In general, after completing the studies, non-EU and non-EFTA citizens who have found an employer can apply for a work permit (more information about the employment procedures). If you are a recent graduate and a non-EU or non-EFTA citizen, you have the possibility to apply for a temporary residence permit for 12 months for job search or starting self-employment (I want to receive/renew a temporary residence permit). Moreover, you can also check the list of professions-in-need which enables to apply for an EU Blue Card (residence and work permit for up to 3 years) (Expedited Blue Card procedure).
Where can I find reliable information and guidance about the virus?
The website of Vilnius University provides useful information about the virus and signs of infection.
The latest information is shared by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania, the Harvard Medical School and the National Public Health Centre under the Ministry of Health. The centre also offers 24-hour consultations by phone: +370 61879984.
Currently, the Corona Hotline - 1808 - is operating, which is free of charge and offers 24-hour service.
More useful information regarding the coronavirus can be found here.