Studies and disability

Vilnius University is open for people with disabilities!

We make effort to provide equal opportunities to study and work for people with individual needs by:

  • providing flexible examination conditions;
  • improving physical accessibility of the campus;
  • providing various assistive technology and equipment;
  • counselling students and employees with disability;
  • organising seminars and raising awareness in the community.

Students with disabilities and learning difficulties may fill this form providing basic information about their needs for the Disability Affairs Coordinator. Students and employees are also encouraged to contact the Disability Affairs Coordinators regarding all disability-related questions:

Disability Affairs Coordinator

Indre Sirvinskaite

Phone: (+370 5) 219 3161

5 Universiteto str., room 108-109

LT - 01513 Vilnius

Email: ,

 

Adjustments to study process

There is a possibility to make alternative examination arrangements for students with disabilities (including learning disabilities, mental health or autism caused difficulties). We advise students with disabilities to contact our Disability Affairs Coordinator early (before the start of lectures). Reasonable adjustments shall be discussed individually and depend on student’s individual needs. They may include:

  • Accessible font style and size;
  • Use of various assistive technology and software for studying and during examination;
  • Improvement of physical accessibility;
  • Additional time during examinations;
  • Other individual adjustments.

 

Physical accessibility

Vilnius University is seeking to improve the physical accessibility of the campus. Unfortunately, not all buildings are fully accessible for people with limited mobility.

Among our most accessible academic units are Faculty of PhilosophyFaculty of HistoryInstitute of International Relations and Political ScienceLife Sciences CenterCenter for Physical Sciences and TechnologyScholarly Communication and Information Centre.

Faculties of LawPhysicsEconomics and Communication are partially adapted for people with limited mobility. The Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics is not adapted for people with limited mobility, however its division (Didlaukio str. 47) has three classrooms where theoretical lectures are held with the possibility to view them remotely.

The Scholarly Communication and Information Centre is accessible for people with limited mobility. The central library of the University has sloping platform lifts (you can access the Central Campus by using a mobile stairclimber or with the help of our security staff). You can access the ground floor of the Central Campus from the Grand Courtyard. 

The University encourages disabled persons to show interest, ask questions openly and express their needs, because only then can we guarantee the appropriate implementation of suitable study conditions for such persons.

For detailed information about the accessibility of a physical environment, please contact the contact persons of the core academic units of the University. You can also find more information about the accessibility of various VU units on the "Be slenksčių" project website.

 

Central campus

The Disability Affairs Coordinators’ office is accessible from the Grand Courtyard.

There is a possibility to use a platform lift to get from the M. K. Sarbievijus Courtyard (coming from the side of the Universiteto str.) to the Grand Courtyard and back. For assistance using the platform lift, please call +370 673 16577.

In Summer season (May–September: 10:00 a.m.-19:00 p.m.), it is possible to enter the Grand Courtyard from Šv. Jono street as well.

There is one parking place for people with disabilities (3 Universiteto str.). In order to use the parking place, please call the number on the barrier and inform about your disability.

People with limited mobility may enter the ground floor of the Central administration from the Grand Courtyard.

 

Financial support measures

Students with 45 percent or lower capacity to work are eligible to receive financial support measures:

  1. Financial grants in order to meet the person's special needs – 50 percent of the basic social insurance pension per month (currently 82,30 EUR).
  2. Target benefits for the partial compensation of study expenses – 121,6 EUR per each semester for students who are studying in non-state-funded places of higher education institutions in Lithuania.
  3. Target benefits to improve the accessibility of studies – a benefit of 152 EUR is provided on a monthly basis from the European Union Structural Fund appropriations assigned by the Ministry of Education and Science.
  4. Social grant – monthly benefit of 3,25 BSB (currently 123,50 EUR).
  5. Erasmus+ additional support for students with special needs participating in mobility activities. More information
  6. Students with any degree of disability who studied in a state-funded place and terminated their studies shall be exempt from returning their student's basket to the state budget.
  7. Persons recognized as incapable to work or persons who are unable to repay a state-funded debt due to disability, illness or injury may be exempt from repayment of a state-funded loan or part of it under the decision of the Director of the State Studies Foundation.
  8. Disabled persons enrolling at the University may be exempt from admission and registration fees. These persons must provide the University's Admissions Commission with an application and document supporting their 45% or lower capacity to work.

 

Financial support measures, excluding social grants, are provided to citizens of the Republic of Lithuania and persons who declared their permanent place of residence in the Republic of Lithuania who meet all the following conditions:

  1. The person has 45% or lower capacity to work, or severe or moderate disability according to the procedures established by legal acts.
  2. The person is studying in a higher education institution for the first time (excluding disabled students who resume their studies after previously terminating the studies or after being expelled from a higher education institution):
  • according to a first cycle (bachelor's) or integrated study programme;
  • according to a second cycle (master's) study programme;
  • according to a non-degree study programme;
  • in a third cycle (doctoral) study programme.
  1. The person has no academic debts according to their study programme and/or the person was not subject to any penalties according to the procedures established by the higher education institution.
  2. A target benefit of 121,60 EUR for improving the accessibility of studies is provided to students studying in non-state-funded places.

A target benefit of 121,60 EUR for improving the accessibility of studies is provided to students studying in non-state-funded places.

 

Financial support for meeting the needs of persons with special needs and target benefits for improving the accessibility of studies are provided for one semester. To receive financial support, disabled students must submit their financial support applications and copies of their disability certificates to Vilnius University Student Academic Affairs Department within 10 working days after the beginning of each semester. This can be done either in person, via e-mail or through the eStudentas system. For the autumn semester – from September 1 to October 16 of the current year, and for the spring semester – from February 1 to March 16 of the current year. At the end of the validity period of a disability certificate, a copy of the extended certificate must be submitted to the Student Academic Affairs Department as soon as possible. You can find more information about target benefits here: vsf.lrv.lt/en.

Students who have the right to receive grants for the partial compensation of their study costs can reduce their tuition fee with an amount of 121,60 EUR. Students who paid the entire tuition fee amount for the semester can submit a tuition fee refund application every semester.

Social grants can be received by students studying in first cycle, second cycle and integrated study programmes, students studying in non-degree study programmes (excluding residency), as well as students studying in both state-funded and non-state-funded places (excluding persons who are not citizens of EU/EEC countries). Applications must be filled out twice a year via the internet: between September 15 and October 10 for the autumn semester, and between January 20 and February 20 for the spring semester. You can find more information on the State Studies Foundation website at https://www.vsf.lt/lt/socialines-stipendijos.

Services for students

Psychological counseling, assessment of individual educational needs

Students who encounter problems during their study process or in their personal lives may require consultations provided by a specialist. The aim of psychological counseling is to help people identify, understand and solve their personal or interpersonal difficulties related to psychological well-being or behaviour. Psychological Counseling and Training Centre established in the Faculty of Philosophy provides professional psychological counseling (individual and group sessions), as well as organizes open lectures, training and educational classes.

Health and Sport Centre

VU Health and Sport Centre organizes individualized physical activity classes for students with various types of disabilities. Classes are held both individually and in groups. Students who are interested in health and sports activities are welcomed to contact us via e-mail  (Assoc. Prof. Laimutė Samsonienė).

Facilities of the VU Health and Sport Centre are adapted to the needs of persons with limited mobility. Services are provided to disabled students free of charge.

Dormitories

There are two triple rooms and one double room at Saulėtekio Ave. 12 which are adapted for disabled students. The dormitory has a separate entrance with a ramp.

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