World Lithuanian University

The goal of the World Lithuanian University (WLU) is to foster collaboration and creative exchange between scientists and students from Lithuania and other corners of the world, to unite the World Lithuanians and to attract everyone interested in modern Lithuania, its daily life, traditions and culture.

WLU is involved in a variety of activities: VMU Summer Academy events, study and internship programs for students and researchers, Lithuanian education projects, etc. At the same time, WLU functions as a conceptual, virtual entity, which is open to initiatives of various clubs, associations, communities, etc.

Vytautas Magnus University, which was re-established a quarter-century ago thanks to the joint efforts of Lithuanian and Diaspora scientists, seeks to become the academic and cultural centre of all Lithuanians around the world: the World Lithuanian University. With its activities, WLU improves mutual collaboration and social connections between creators in Lithuania and the Diaspora. It brings together various initiatives by scientists and artists of the country and the world in order to increase international recognition for joint research projects and to contribute to the spread of Lithuanian language, culture and achievements in arts and the academia all over the globe.

Internship Programs (LISS and SIP)

Internship Program offers a practical opportunity for students to gain professional knowledge of their chosen field, learn or improve Lithuanian language skills and get to know the modern Lithuania.

World Lithuanians and anyone interested in the southern-most Baltic country may apply. Students who successfully end their internship and defend the final project are awarded 6 academic credits (ECTS).

Until now, VMU oversaw the Lithuanian International Student Services (LISS) internship program in collaboration with the Lithuanian American Community. In five years of LISS activities, almost 200 young people from the U.S. and Canada came to Lithuania to do internship.

The initiative has expanded to include participants from all over the world: the World Lithuanian University invites students from any foreign country to apply to Summer Internship Program (SIP). The participants are not required to speak Lithuanian or have Lithuanian origin: anyone interested in this country and looking for a useful way to spend summer is welcome.

It is a six-week internship programme in a private enterprise or a state budget institution. Programme starts on July 7, 2016 and finishes on August 18, 2016.

This programme offers:

  • Internship placements based on the major field of studies
  • Get to know the university and modern Lithuania
  • Introductory week at VMU
  • Lithuanian language classes (optional)
  • Cultural programme and trips (optional)
  • 6 ECTS credits and VMU certificates

Participation fee is EUR 390. It includes the cost of accommodation at the university dormitory in the city centre, additional activities (sightseeing tours, excursions, etc.).

Application deadline – March 15, 2016

Registration to SIP programme

Other activities of WLU

All activities of WLU unite, foster and build traditions, contributing to the development of a multicultural Lithuania and the propagation of Lithuanian academic thought.
WLU publishes information on opportunities and uses other ways to promote involvement of young scientists and researchers in the activities of VMU. It cooperates with Lithuanian Baltic centres of foreign universities and holds seminars and conferences on issues of life in the modern ever-changing world: Lithuanian emigration and re-emigration, questions of identity change, etc.

The World Lithuanian University provides an opportunity for the best students and researchers of VMU to study and do internships abroad. The internships are funded by nominal scholarships established by the university’s sponsors.

“Young people must travel, live abroad, and gain experience of living in a multicultural environment. Then, after coming back to Lithuania, they will be able to promote innovative ideas, transform the work ethic and create business-friendly conditions”, says Francoise Puzyna-Mockūnas, the widow of the famous Diaspora figure late Liūtas Mockūnas, one of the university’s sponsors.

Activities managed by WLU also include a multitude of other scientific and education projects, such as research on World Lithuanian heritage, migrantology studies and Lithuanian education. Aside from fostering and developing relations with Diaspora communities, the World Lithuanian University also organizes book presentations, film viewings and exhibitions related to the Diaspora.

Other former projects

Introductory summer course

The goal of the Introductory Summer Course is to unite people of Lithuanian origin living abroad, to restore their connection to the homeland and to introduce them to the Lithuania of today. The courses seek to nurture the future leaders of World Lithuanian youth who would be able to gather up a circle of active people of Lithuanian descent both beside themselves and inside their communities.

VMU Lithuanian Emigration Institute launched the program in order to assemble young and diligent Diaspora Lithuanians who want to not only strengthen their connection to Lithuania, but also to find their place in the Lithuanian research and labour market. The course program is focused mostly on the history of Lithuania and the analysis of the political, economic, cultural and social situation in the country.

“It is a fun and good way to lure people back at least for a moment, so that they would never abandon at least these images, this sensitivity, this bond with Lithuania, which will always be ours and will remain the only one,” says Prof. Egidijus Aleksandravičius, the founder of the Introductory Summer Course.

Summer school

The Summer School is offered to high school students of Lithuanian heritage from all around the world. School welcomes everyone who is interested in deepening their knowledge of Lithuanian language, culture and history.

A week long program (June 9–13) will include lectures of VMU professors in the student’s chosen field, Lithuanian language course and cultural program.

It is a great opportunity to spend a fun week in Kaunas and make new Lithuanian friends.

The registration fee is 70 euros. For the first ten accepted applicants, accommodation at the VMU Dormitory No. 2 (Vytauto Pr. 71, Kaunas) will be provided.

Lithuanian language and Culture Summer Course

In the annual Lithuanian Language and Culture Summer Course, foreign students are invited to improve their knowledge of the Lithuanian language, learn grammar, become familiar with Lithuanian culture, society, traditions, politics and history. This year the course will be organized for the 16th time by the VMU Faculty of Humanities. In 2013, the number of participants from all around the world reached 68. In 2014, the graduation diploma will be awarded to the 500th participant.

“The language and culture of our region is attractive not just to the youths of the neighboring countries, such as Latvia, Estonia and Poland. Every year, more than 30 guests from Europe, USA and even Australia and East Asia come here to learn Lithuanian and have fun in the summer course for one month,” says Prof. Ineta Dabašinskienė, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and the head of the Lithuanian Language and Culture Summer Course.

Summer School

The Summer School is offered to high school students of Lithuanian heritage from all around the world. School welcomes everyone who is interested in deepening their knowledge of Lithuanian language, culture and history.

A week long program (June 9–13) will include lectures of VMU professors in the student’s chosen field, Lithuanian language course and cultural program.

It is a great opportunity to spend a fun week in Kaunas and make new Lithuanian friends.

The registration fee is 70 euros. For the first ten accepted applicants, accommodation at the VMU Dormitory No. 2 (Vytauto Pr. 71, Kaunas) will be provided.

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