Good news! You may now register to Lithuanian Language and Culture Winter Course: Online edition! More information at bsu.vdu.lt
Course dates: 4 January 2021 – 2 February 2021, tuitio waiver available!
Short courses and Baltic Summer University are a great opportunity for foreign students and partners to get to know VMU: visiting us here in Lithuania, learning various skills, getting to know our language, culture and have a great time along the way.
However, it is equally important for our students to go abroad and discover all sorts of possibilities offered by other universities.
Information about courses at 2021 coming soon!
Our dedication to organise Baltic Summer University stems from the fact that people who choose to spend their summer in foreign countries and learning new things are utterly amazing. And we want to meet them.
And since we believe that we are fully equipped to offer the best summer experience ever, we step into the spotlight and present our services.
So, what is Baltic Summer University?
If this doesn’t sound like an amazing summer university that deserves your presence, we don’t know what does. Please share it with us, we want to know.
Actually interested? Join us this summer!
Where: Kaunas, Lithuania.
What: 7 programmes delivered by the experts in their specific fields, supplemented by a variety of cultural and social events for students to make their acquaintance with Lithuania memorable.
VMU students receive a 50 per cent discount.
Lithuanian Language and Culture Summer Course for people of all ages who want to improve their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in Lithuanian. During the summer course students are offered a comprehensive programme consisting of Lithuanian language classes, lectures, workshops, discussions, movie evenings, sightseeing tours and excursions to learn the language and deepen the knowledge about Lithuanian lifestyle and culture. Qualified teachers and professors head the programme. Lithuanian Language and Culture Course 2020 that will take place in Vilnius on 27-07-2020 to 23-08-2020!
Why Lithuanian Language?
A couple thousand years ago Baltic languages were spoken in a much larger area, covering also large areas of today's Poland, Russia and Belarus. This area shrunk due to Slavic expansion and also due to the Germanic crusades that have destroyed the Old Prussian language. The Baltic area continued to shrink in 15th-19th centuries as the Baltic languages, including Lithuanian, were spoken by peasants whereas the nobility switched to German or Polish (depending on location), regarded to be more prestigious.
The 19th century National Revival restored the prestige of speaking the Baltic languages. Peaceful resistance defended the language under Russian Imperial occupation, when it was forbidden to print Lithuanian or to speak Lithuanian in public. A secret book smuggler network was established (recognised as unique by UNESCO) which illegally imported Lithuanian books and press from Germany. Under the influence of linguist Jonas Jablonskis the language was purified by replacing Slavic loanwords with neologisms and establishing the modern orthography. Due to this reason 19th century Lithuanian differs more from modern Lithuanian than English of the era does differ from the modern English. However, several centuries old Lihuanian is still inteligible for a modern person.
The culmination of national revival was the 1918 declaration of Lithuanian independence, although the language had to survive another onslaught of russification under the Soviet occupation of 1940-1941 and 1944-1990.
Since the 19th century Lithuanian language is regarded by many to be the primary definition of who is Lithuanian and who isn't. The importance of language in defining ethnicity is therefore much greater than in Britain or the USA where a person can easily be regarded to be Irish (for example) even if his native language is not Irish.
Language classes are available for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. The language of instruction is Lithuanian, except for grammar explanations in English for beginners. Intermediate and advanced groups also have lectures on Lithuanian history, ethnic culture, and social and political life.
We are very glad if, during the next semester, you will be studying at Vytautas Magnus University, Education Academy. To make your experience in Lithuania even more unforgettable, we would like to offer an amazing opportunity – free participation in Lithuanian Language and Culture Summer Course 2020 in Vilnius! The course is organized just before the beginning of your Erasmus+ studies: July 27, 2020 – August 23, 2020.
If you would like to learn one of the oldest languages of the world, get to know about the twists and turns of our exciting history and see our breath-taking green nature with amazing rivers and lakes – you must apply to this course!
Everything you need to do is to fill this online application form
After this, we will select 10 the most motivated students who will take part in this course. Please note that the offer does not include a scholarship; however, Education Exchanges Support Foundation of Lithuania will cover the whole price of this course for you.
Moreover, these courses can be included in your Learning Agreement, meaning that you will get credits for them and may be eligible for Erasmus+ scholarship for the said period as well.
More information about this course can be found here.
Or contact the organiser Vilma Leonavičienė: firstname.lastname@example.org
Explore the magic of Vilnius and learn Lithuanian langauage!