General University Studies (GUS) Course Units
The purpose of General University Studies course units (modules) is to develop active, creative, open-minded, tolerant, broad-minded and responsible members of their own country and of modern society, who understand the achievements of the past, the problems of the modern world and the possible prospects for the future.
General University Studies (GUS) is the formation of a worldview that embodies the idea of university studies, and the development of erudition and creativity in all undergraduate and integrated study programmes in Vilnius University. GUS develops an understanding of the need to disseminate and share with the general public the most important scientific ideas and intellectual arguments.
GUS course units (modules) in the Curriculum
All the subjects included in the study programme are published in the study programme curriculum plan. After logging in to the eStudent environment, you should select Curriculum in the Studies menu module.
The GUS course units (modules) are only available in the undergraduate (bachelor's degree) and integrated study programmes.
Enrollment to GUS course units (modules)
If the GUS course units (modules) is scheduled in the autumn semester, the enrollment starts in the first days of May and runs until 15 May. Additional registration takes place in the first two weeks of September.
If the GUS course units (modules) is scheduled in the spring semester, the enrollment starts in the first days of December and runs until 15 December. Additional registration takes place in the first two weeks of February.
The exact start date of enrollment for GUS subjects (modules) can be found here.
The enrollment for GUS course units (modules) takes place after the student logs in to the University's eStudent environment and selects the "General Education Electives" module (under Enrollment in the menu section).
Schedule and Examination
Classes are held only on Thursdays and Fridays from 15:00. The exact time of the class is announced during the registration for GUS subjects (modules).
The final assessments in GUS course units (modules) do not have to coincide with final assessments in other subjects (modules), so the dates of examinations in GUS course units (modules) are fixed in advance. There are no examinations for other subjects on those days. The exact time of the GUS final assessment shall be agreed with the students by the lecturer of the GUS course units (modules).
The List of GUS course units (modules)
A new list of GUS course units (modules) is being published for each semester. Anyone can check the list of GUS course units (modules) here.
Optional (Elective) Study Course Units
The compulsory course units (modules)v form the basis of education in the chosen field of study. Optional course units (modules), on the other hand, provide general university education and essentially complement the education of the chosen major and (or) minor field of study (branch).
The University classifies course units (modules) into compulsory and optional subjects according to the type of choice.
Elective course units (modules) are chosen from the list provided in the study programme curricula. A student who is not pursuing a more advanced specialisation in his/her major field of study or a double degree may choose elective course units (modules) from among all the general university subjects offered at the University in accordance with the procedures laid down.
Electives may be taken in the semesters in which they are included in the study curricula. The study curricula shall also specify the amount of credit for the elective subject.
Registration for elective course units (modules). At the end of a semester, students must enroll for the following semester's elective course units (modules). Elections must be made in the eStudent environment, which offers automated options.
The final deadline to enroll elective course units (modules) for Spring semester is 15 December and for the Autumn semester elective course units (modules) is 15 May.
Students have the right to withdraw from their chosen elective course units (modules) and to choose other elective study subjects (modules) instead no later than two weeks into the semester.
First-year students have to register for elective course units (modules) within the first two weeks of the first semester.
If the elective course unit (module) is not selected in time, the debt is recorded.
Non-Curriculum Course Units (Foreign Language Courses)
You can register for these language courses in the eStudent environment (in the Foreign Languages section). Information on possible language learning levels and schedules can be found here. Vilnius University undergraduate (bachelor's degree) and integrated students can additionally study the chosen foreign language and thus expand their knowledge accumulated at the University.
Vilnius University reimburses a part of the cost of studying a foreign language (which is studied additionally as a non-curriculum subject). Therefore, the price of one semester for Vilnius University students is only 55.00 EUR.
Information on the non-curriculum course units (foreign language courses) is included in the diploma supplement and, if necessary, a certificate is issued.
Courses at Partner Institutions
Vilnius University cooperates with the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LMTA) and Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts (VDA) and offers Vilnius University students to choose elective course units from the list of course units, offered by LMTA and VDA. In order to enroll for a elective course unit, offered by another higher education institution, a student should agree his/her choice with the chairman of the Study Programme Committee before starting the enrollment.