Good news! You may now register to both online and contact editions of the Lithuanian Language and Culture Summer Course! More information at bsu.vdu.lt
Course dates: 17 July 2021 – 15 August 2021.
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.
Registration to Lithuanian Language and Culture Summer Courses (online and contact) is open!
Deadline for scholarships: April 4 2021
General registration: June 11 2021
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: A programme 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, in two cities.
VMU students receive a 50 per cent discount.
Study Lithuanian language and culture in Vilnius!
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.
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!
Explore the magic of Vilnius and learn Lithuanian langauage!
Spend your summer holidays improving your English! Join the online English course at Vytautas Magnus University, the Institute of Foreign Languages. Six academic hours of English every day for two weeks! You will not only enhance all your English language skills but also have fun playing language games, singing songs, or participating in online parties!
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