What is the situation regarding cross-border and domestic mobility?
The three-month lockdown in Lithuania was replaced by emergency situation regime from 17 June 2020. Restrictions of freedom of movement remained. According to the decree of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania the control of cross-border movement will continue. 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 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 before the 17th of August, 2020, 12 AM.
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 .
How late can I be to the start of studies if a delay is caused by the pandemic? Will the studies be started using digital means in that case?
If you are unable to come to studies for valid reasons related to the pandemic, you may begin your studies online. In this case you should inform the corresponding Academic Core Unit about your late arrival and provide any documents proving the reason of not being able to come on time.
VU Library is open. Only visitors wearing protective masks or other personal protective measures will be provided services at the library. Please keep a safe distance from other users and observe hand hygiene and disinfection.
Scholarly Communication and Information Centre (SCIC) SCIC is open 24/7. More information.
Reading rooms of the faculties Opening hours of reading rooms of the faculties can be found here.
Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Rooms Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Rooms will be open on working days from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you wish to work in these reading rooms, booking in advance is needed via phone or e-mail: • Rare Books Reading Room: (8 5) 268 7200; • Manuscripts Reading Room: (8 5) 268 7129;
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.
Is VU Botanical Garden open during Covid-19 period?
Botanical Garden in Kairėnai (Kairėnų str. 43, Vilnius) and Vingis Department (Čiurlionio str. 110, Vilnius) is open.
VU Botanical Garden in Kairenai extendes visiting hours and provides to visitors an opportunity to spend time at flowering plant collections on warm summer evenings. Visitors can buy a ticket at the Ticket office in Kairenai until 7.30 p.m., and visit the garden until 9 p.m.
Vingis department welcomes visitors from June 2! Here, visitors will be able to purchase a ticket until 7 p.m. and visit until 8 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. 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.
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.