A Globally Oriented University

Vytautas Magnus University devotes special attention to international activities. Their beginnings are traced back to the time when the members of the Lithuanian Diaspora, nurturing thoughts of intellectual and cultural rebirth, started coming to give lectures in the university. Today VMU is collaborating with many universities and scientists around the world, carrying out projects, student and worker exchange, constantly improving the system of studying and research.

VMU works with many universities and scientists around the globe, implementing projects, student and employee exchanges, and improving our study and research system. It is an international and multilingual institution that continuously develops international networks and intercultural dialogues, participates in international scientific, academic and social projects, encourages lecturer and student mobility, and promotes dialogue and tolerance. VMU avoids restrictions posed by political, ideological and economic interests, treating everyone with respect and appreciation and providing the opportunity to attend courses of 30 modern and classic languages.

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Development of Internationality at VMU

  • Vytautas Magnus University’s Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020
  • Vytautas Magnus University’s Erasmus Policy Statement
  • VMU is the first university to have joined the exchange network Campus Europae, which currently unites 19 universities
  • 25 degree study programmes in English (9 BA, 16 MA) and over 500 courses delivered in English
  • 30 intensive foreign language courses. Their number varies by semester
  • VMU implements 2 double degree and 2 joint-degree study programmes with foreign partner universities
  • Every year about about 250 VMU students and 150 employees participate in the Erasmus+ exchange programme, while about 70 university students take part in VMU bilateral exchange
  • The university welcomes over 500 incoming students from abroad annually
  • The university has 17 buildings in Kaunas and three representative offices in Vilnius (Lithuania), Kharkov (Ukraine) and Washington D.C. (USA).

Bringing the Community and the World Together

  • International recognition by the European University Association (EUA) of our liberal arts profile, student and employee mobility, and our horizontal decision-making culture
  • VMU is the leading Baltic university in internationalisation of academic staff (QS Rankings)
  • Over 200 bilateral cooperation agreements with universities in 42 countries
  • Over 330 Erasmus+ partners from 50 countries
  • Over 400 VMU students and 170 staff participate in exchange programmes each year
  • VMU is a member of many international associations such as EUA, EAIE, ECOLAS, EUF, EDEN, AABS, BSRUN, GreenLight, garagErasmus, European Language Council (CEL/ELC)
  • Strategic partnership in North America
  • Strategic collaboration in East Asian countries
  • Intensive cooperation with the European countries
  • Important partners from the Eastern Partnership countries

Keeping Internationality Strong with Language Learning

The development of internationality at VMU is inseparable from language teaching, improvement of multilingual competence and the university community’s linguistic preparation to participate in international study, science, business, culture or personal projects.

In the VMU strategic plan for 2012–2020, linguistic preparation of the students is declared to be one of the one of the most important values of the university, along with academic freedom, autonomy, liberal study system, university culture, wide-ranging humanitarian and social education of the students and balance between studies, science and administration. In light of this fact, the university is undertaking the task to create an optimal system of foreign language learning by matching the students’ expectations and potential, requirements of professional practice and international communication.

Institute of Foreign Languages is an integral part of open, modern university that is the front-runner in the area of language teaching. Its purposeful, determined, intense activities contribute to the development of international dimension with the realization of multilingual politics and interculturalism.