Arrival matters

There are a few things to check before and after coming for studies at Vilnius University. Please check this list of things to do on the very first weeks of your studies:  

1. Arrive and register for studies on time

All students must come 1 or 2 days before the beginning of the semester (start of the Orientation Week). If for some reason you are not able to come on time, make sure to inform the Admissions Office and your programme coordinator.

You must register for studies during the first day of the Orientation Week or as soon as you arrive at the Admissions Office in the case of late arrival.

Remember to inform the Accommodation Office of the date of your arrival if you have a dormitory room booked for you as well. 

There is a checklist of things that you should make sure of before you arrive:

  • you have entry visa (or Temporary Residence Permit) if necessary;
  • your passport is valid not less than 1 year after the end of your intended study period at Vilnius University;
  • you have taken your educational documents and their certified copies (the originals and translations into the English, Russian or Lithuanian language);
  • you have Health Insurance valid in Lithuania;
  • you have had a conversation with your mentor if applicable. If you have asked for a mentor and no one has contacted you, please inform ESN VU at immediately;
  • you have a confirmation on accommodation reservation at Student Dormitory. If not, please contact the Accommodation Officer at . if you will be studying in Vilnius and Ms Livija Grikietis at  if you will be studying in Kaunas as soon as possible! 
2. Bring educational documents

Each international student is required to bring his/her educational documents and their certified copies to the Admissions Office upon arrival if they have not been submitted before by mail. (Address: Saulėtekio ave. 9, III building, room 713 A).

Please make sure to bring the original graduation documents and their translations into English, Russian or Lithuanian language. 

NOTE: Admissions Office will not keep the original documents.

3. Participate in the Orientation Week

Arriving in a new country for a longer period can be a very challenging time and there are lots of changes to cope with. We at Vilnius University are always there to help you and this is why we offer you the Orientation Week where you will get a brief guide on how to start your studies and life in Lithuania in the best possible way and will be able to get acquainted with other international students.

The Orientation Week (OW) days | 30 August – 4 September

The Orientation Week programme | or download the PDF version

Timetable for meetings with study programme coordinators | PDF version

NOTE: Orientation week for students who will study in Kaunas Faculty is organized separately in Kaunas.

4. Take the Survival Lithuanian Language Course (SLLC)

Although the language of instruction of your studies will be English or Russian, knowing some Lithuanian is extremely useful in the adaptation period. This is why you should take advantage of Survival Lithuanian Language Courses that are offered to all international students and take place at the beginning of studies as well.

The SLLC will take place during the Orientation Week - on Tuesday, the 3rd of September. Information regarding the room prescribed to your group could be found at the OW programme. 

NOTE: Survival Lithuanian Language Course will be offered to all international students except Medicine and Odontology students because they will have a compulsory language course during the regular semester which will not be offered to other degree students.

5. Order your Lithuanian Student Identity Card (LSIC or LSP)

All students at the Lithuanian higher education institutions from non-EU countries are required to obtain the Lithuanian Student Identity Card (LSIC or LSP as in the Lithuanian language) although the students from EU member states are highly encouraged to do this as well. This is a list of important things to know why an LSP card can be useful for you:

  • it is necessary for getting access to the University library services;
  • it is the best proof of your identity as a student at the University itself (especially while taking exams);
  • it gives you various discounts at theatres, cinemas, and many other services and purchases;
  • it gives you discounts for public transport in the biggest cities of Lithuania and travels between the cities and towns by buses or trains.

Cost of your LSIC:

EUR 12 for Bachelor degree students;

EUR 6 for Master degree students;

EUR 16 for Medicine and Odontology students. 

Getting your LSIC:
You can register on the online LSIC system at as soon as you get your acceptance letter from Vilnius University although you will only be able to order your LSIC after the University registers your data in the system. This is usually done on the second part of August so do not worry about this beforehand.
The whole procedure of obtaining your LSIC is listed on the Vilnius University Student Representation website

6. Register at the Identity Management System

All international students must register at the Identity Management System at to be able to access all of the IT services provided at Vilnius University. This has to be done during the first month of studies although we highly encourage you to do this as soon as possible.
Students services like personal email, eStudent Information system, Virtual Learning Environment, Virtual Library and Internet access can be accessed after registering at the Identity Management System.

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