Although Lithuania is one of Europe’s smallest countries, with a population of just under 3 million, there are more than 30 universities that offer English-language degree programmes to international students. With its unique culture and its modern institutions, Lithuania is an exciting insiders’ tip for students seeking their study-abroad adventure.
A select handful of Lithuanian universities achieve respectable positions in global rankings. Among the top, you usually find Vilnius University and Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (in the country’s capital city) and the young and modern Kaunas University of Technology (in Lithuania’s second-largest city).
|University||QS Ranking 2021||THE Ranking 2021||ARWU Ranking 2020|
|Vilnius Gediminas Technical University||651||801||–|
|Kaunas University of Technology (KTU)||801||1001||–|
|Vytautas Magnus University||801||1001||–|
The QS World University Rankings are among the most important, most-referenced rankings. The QS ranking relies heavily on its academic survey, asking thousands of academics worldwide about the reputation of universities.
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings (or the THE Rankings for short) compile a wide range of statistics. Equal weight is put on teaching quality, research excellence, and research impact through citations (meaning how often a university’s research is referenced elsewhere).
The Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (often just Shanghai Ranking, or ARWU) focuses on research output and quality, for example measured by the number of published and cited scientific papers and the number of staff or alumni winning the Nobel Prize or Fields Medal.
Lithuania, located on the Baltic Sea, is the bustling connecting hub between Western and Eastern Europe. Many Lithuanian universities offer a broad variety of Bachelors and Masters degrees in English.