Bilateral Agreements

Bilateral Agreement is an inter-institutional agreement between Vilnius University and partner institution to develop mutual activities, student exchange among them. It offers excellent opportunity for Vilnius University students to spend a semester or two in Australia, Canada, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Brazil, Russia, etc.

 

  • Bilateral Agreement guarantees tuition free studies at partner institution for one or two semesters;
  • Some agreements foresee financial support for exchange students, i.e. stipend and/or free accommodation;
  • There is a possibility to participate in the exchange several times. However, overall period spent on exchanges cannot exceed 4 semesters (BA students), 1-2 semesters (MA students).


Vilnius University has more than 190 bilateral agreements, but only 60 agreements foresee student exchange. The majority of bilateral agreements with European higher education institutions are dedicated to administrative cooperation and staff exchange.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the coordinator:

Julius Pukelis

International Relations Office , Universiteto St. 3, Room 242

e-mail: , Tel. (8-5) 268 7156

 

Student Selection Procedure

 

Stage I. Internal selection


Students choose up to three partner universities in order of priority from the list below, discuss the proposed Learning Agreement, i.e. list of courses that they plan to study at partner Universities, with the Faculty coordinator and bring the following documents to the International Relations Office within the indicated deadline:
1. Application Form;
2. Learning Agreement (if you choose several institutions in the Application Form, separate LAs must be prepared for all institutions and confirmed by the Faculty coordinator, list of coordinators is here);
3. Letter of Motivation (in English);
4. Transcript of Records (in English).

Below you will find a list of partner Universities with which we have active student exchange agreements (the number in brackets indicates what exchange student quota we have for 2017/2018 Spring Semester)

Country Partner University Benefits
Armenia Eurasia International University (5) Free tuition and accommodation, monthly scholarship
Australia University of Melbourne (0) Free tuition (university factsheet 2018)
Brasil  Pontificia Universitade Catolica de Sao Paulo (1) Free tuition (university factsheet 2017)
Universidade Paulista (2) Free tuition
Czech Republic Charles University (0) Free tuition and monthly scholarship (university factsheet)
Estonia University of Tartu (0) Free tuition and accommodation, monthly scholarship
Georgia Tbilisi State University (7) Free tuition and accommodation, monthly scholarship (academic offer in English)
Hong Kong Hong Kong University (1) Free tuition (university factsheet 2017/2018)
City Univeristy of Hong Kong (1) Free tuition
Lingnan University (2) Free tuiion, accommodation (university factsheet)
Japan Akita International University (3) Free tuition, possibility to apply for JASSO scholarship, AIU scholarship is sometimes offered 
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University(4) Free tuition, possibility to apply for JASSO scholarship (university factsheet 2018)
Ryukoku University (4) Free tuition (university factsheet)
Waseda University (0) Free tuition, possibility to apply for MEXT, JASSO scholarships (university factsheet 2017/2018)

University of Tsukuba (0)

Free tuition, possibility to apply for JASSO scholarship
Yamagata University (1) Free tuition, possibility to apply for JASSO scholarship
Yamanashi Gakuin University (2) Free tuition
Osaka Gakuin University (4) Free tuition
Niigata University (1)
Free tuition, possibility to apply for JASSO scholarship
Tohoku University (2) Free tuition, possibility to apply for JASSO scholarship
Kindai University (2) Free tuition (university factsheet 2017/2018)
Kanagawa University (4) Free tuition, monthly scholarship
Hokkaido University (5) Free tuition, possibility to apply for JASSO scholarship
Kazakhstan E. A. Buketov Karaganda State University (3) Free tuition
L. N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University (3) Free tuition
M. Kh. Dulaty Taraz State University (3) Free tuition
China Liaoning University (4) Free tuition and accommodation, monthly scholarship
Beijing Foreign Studies University (1) Free tuition and accommodation
Shenzhen University (2) Free tuition
Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics (2) Free tuition

Guizhou University (6)

Free tuition, accommodation, health insurance, monthly scholarship
Columbia El Rosario University (1) Free tuition (university factsheet)
South Korea Ajou University (5) Free tuition, possibility to apply for ASEM-DUO Fellowship, GKS scholarships (university factsheet 2017)
Chonbuk National University (2) Free tuition
Kyung Hee University (2) Free tuition and accommodation (university factsheet 2017/2018)
Kyungpook University (1) Free tuition and accommodation, possibility to apply for ASEM-DUO Fellowship, GKS scholarships (university factsheet 2017)
Chung-Ang University  (1) Free tuition (university factsheet 2017 Fall)
University of Seoul (0) Free tuition, monthly scholarship (university factsheet 2017)
Sungkyunkwan University (4)
Free tuition (university factsheet 2017 Fall)
Kongju National University (2) Free tuition, possibility to apply for GKS scholarships
Pusan National University (2) Free tuition, possibility to apply for GKS scholarships, sometimes PNU scholarship is offered (university factsheet 2017)
Pukyong National University (2) Free tuition, possibility to apply for GKS scholarships (university factsheet)
Sejong University (4) Free tuition
Seoul National University of Science and Technology (2) Free tuition and accommodation
Kookmin Univeristy (3) free tuition
Korea University Sejong Campus (2) Free tuition (university factsheet 2017)
Handong Global University (5) Free tuition, possibility to apply for ASEM-DUO Fellowship scholarship
Mexico National Autonomous University of Mexico (5) Free tuition
Poland Wroclaw University of Economics (2) Free tuition
Russia Saint Petersburg State University (1) Free tuition and accommodation, monthly scholarship
Moscow State University of Lomonosov (0) Free tuition
Dostoevsky Omsk State University (2) Free Tuition (academic offer in English)
Singapore National University of Singapore (4) Free tuition (university factsheet 2017/2018)
Thailand Thammasat University (0) Free tuition (university factsheet)
Taiwan National Chengchi University (1) Free tuition (university factsheet 2017/2018)
National Taiwan University (5) Free tuition (university factsheet 2017/2018)
National Taipei University of Technology (2) Free tuition (university factsheet)
National Central University (5) Free tuition
National Chiao Tung Univesity (3) Free tuition (university factsheet 2017/2018)
Yuan Ze University (2) Free tuition
Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages (2) Free tuition

Networks:
CREPUQ (Canada)
MAUI (USA) and AEN (Australia)
ISEP (Worldwide, except Europe)

 

How is student selection organized?

Students can choose up to three partner universities and they list them in order of priority. If the student is selected to go to the first site on the Application Form, placement to other two sites is not considered. Students may choose 2-3 universities in the Application Form, but they should write one Motivation Letter for the selection committee where all three choices might be briefly discussed. Selection results are announced during 5 work days from the indicated deadline by email. All students who submitted Application Forms are informed about the selection results. Those students who are selected to participate in the exchange are given further instructions on how to apply to one particular site. Once selection results are announced, changes in the site request cannot be made. It is important to note that final acceptance decision is made by Host University.

 

Stage II. Document Submission.

Selected students get the information about the application procedure at their site by email. It is very helpful if students have already revised application procedure and know what documents/language tests are required because they usually have very little time to prepare final document package for the Host University once the selection results are announced. Passport is always necessary, so please make sure you have it.

 

Stage III. Letter of Acceptance Received.

The student must read the package carefully and submit all additional documents that Host University may request. Having received Letter of Acceptance, the students have to fill in the "Request Form for Studies Abroad", get all the signatures and leave the document at the Faculty.

 

 

F.A.Q.

What is Transcript of Records?
It is a list of courses you have followed at Vilnius University. It is prepared at the Dean's Office at the Faculty in English.

What are the requirements for the Letter of Motivation?
Your Letter of Motivation has to justify your academic needs to participate in the exchange. It has to be clear and selection committee has to see how selected host sites suit your academic aims. Your Letter of Motivation has to be exact and not too long.

What is ASEM-DUO scholarship?
This scholarship is offered by the Korean Government. There are no guarantees that you will get a scholarship because the competition is international. One Vilnius University student is nominated (we usually nominate those students who have to most realistic possibility to win the scholarship, they are not necessarily student with best academic results, there are some specific requirements, Faculty is very important). This scholarship can be offered only to those students who plan to participate in the exchange in Fall semester.

What is GKS  (Global Korea Scholarship)?

This scholarship is offered by Korean Universities. One student is nominated, application is analysed and decision made by Korean University.

Will study abroad period be recognised upon my return to Vilnius University?
Yes, if you got the approval to the proposed Learning Agreement before departure.