What is the situation regarding cross-border and domestic mobility?
o control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Government has decided to declare quarantine in the entire territory of the Republic of Lithuania. The quarantine regime shall be effective from 16 March 2020, 00:00, until 31 May 2020, 24:00. But you can follow all the latest information here.
What should I do if my period of legal residence in Lithuania expired (will expire) during the quarantine?
The students, whose residence permit in Lithuania expired (will expire) during the lockdown and who have decided to leave the country after the end of the quarantine in the Republic of Lithuania, should inform the Migration Department about this by email () and send to them a filled in table (More information).
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 .
I am not able to pay the application fee because of the lockdown in my country. What should I do?
Please at first consider the option of making a transfer via online banking: this is still a valid option for applicants from most countries. If it is not possible for you to make the payment at the moment, you may apply for studies a few weeks or even months later since the deadline for applications is the 1 August (it is considered to be extended until the 1 October).
Please make sure not to put your health at risk to make the payment!
There is no possibility to enter Vilnius University Library (the Central Library, the SCIC and faculty reading rooms). During the quarantine period, fines will not be imposed, so you can keep the books you borrowed. You are welcome to use the library’s online resources. We encourage you to contact your subject librarian who will consult on any issues related to electronic resources.
Aiming to ensure safe and steady study process during the quarantine, Vilnius University (VU) Library has launched non-contact book borrowing service for members of VU academic community (students, professors and researchers). Read more.
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. On any other issue, please contact us at (on working days from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.).
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.
How should I attend lectures / seminars / classes while the study process is halted?
This prevention is designed to protect the health of all the members of the community; therefore, studies and work will be done remotely during this period.
For students. Lectures and seminars will not take place at the University's buildings. Lectures, seminars that can be conducted remotely using Microsoft Teams, ZOOM or in the Virtual Learning Environment. A list of useful systems for distance learning can be found here.
For employees. Decisions regarding the organisation of the unit's work and the availability of remote work are made by the unit manager, taking into account the specifics of the unit and the functions performed by the employees. Employees who have preschool-age children and are not able to work remotely may be able to get a temporary incapacity for up to 60 days.
Are there any changes in the procedure for submitting the final theses?
The end date of the semester has not been changed: it remains to be 30 June. However, the dates for submission or presentation of the final theses may change during the semester. Please find more information on your faculty’s website, keep track of the information in your university mailbox. You will be notified of all changes.
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 until the beginning of a new semester. For questions related to tuition fees, we recommend contacting the administration of your core academic unit.
Will there be excursions, trainings and other events hosted at the University?
The Coronavirus Prevention Task Force assessed the current situation at the University and decided to cancel planned events, tours and excursions on the premises of University for 14 days. It is also strongly advised to refrain from participating in other public events.
Is VU Botanical Garden open during quarantine period?
The Botanical Garden in Kairėnai (43 Kairėnų St., Vilnius) reopens on 8 May.
Vingis Department (110 Čiurlionio Str. 110, Vilnius) will remain closed during the quarantine period.
The Botanical Garden will not provide rental and educational services, as well as training classes at stables, will not organise indoor and outdoor events during the quarantine time. All plant and educational expositions in greenhouses, on the terrace of the Green Building and other indoor premises are closed to the public.
The ticket office at the Botanical Garden in Kairėnai will be open as of 8 May:
I-V from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
VI–VII from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Having purchased a ticket at the ticket office just before 6:00 p.m., visitors can stay in the Botanical Garden until 8:00 p.m.
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.
Resident physicians work in hospitals and other healthcare settings on a regular basis. All seminars, lectures and other classes, where resident physician teams work in groups, are cancelled. Lectures, seminars that can be conducted remotely using Microsoft Teams or the Virtual Learning Environment will be conducted remotely.
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.
Before terminating your internship, be sure to inform you unit at the University and the Career guidance unit () regarding scholarship payment issues.
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.
There are no changes made in the job application process for international students. However, we suggest to pay attention to job safety during the quarantine (i.e. choose online jobs or be sure you work in a safe environment).
The quarantine can be a good time to plan your career. Check the career services provided by the University at vu.lt/careerguidance: discuss your career with career counsellors, look through job and internship proposals, get feedback on your CV, etc.
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.