Lithuania is a great option for students looking to experience a unique and lesser-visited country. With its gorgeous scenery, nature lovers will find a wide variety of national parks and landscapes to satisfy their passion for the outdoors. In the cities, students can partake in Lithuania's beautiful traditions and delicious foods.
Lithuania is best for students who are interesting in volunteering, experiencing nature, experiencing a vibrant, lively culture, tasting local dishes.
Students interested in studying in Lithuania can choose from
- A high school exchange program
- A volunteer program
High School Exchange
Students who want a more immersive experience may want to attend a high school exchange program. School uniforms are usually compulsory. Classes include topics such as history, math and sciences, although students can choose extracurricular activities they enjoy. Host families are included with the program, so students are able to experience the local culture more closely.
Students wishing to make a difference in a location most people overlook should consider a volunteer program. The number of programs in this country are limited, but include opportunities from conservation to teaching English to archaeology.
Canadian, Australian, UK, and United States citizens are able to stay for up to 90 days without a visa in Lithuania. High schoolers partaking in volunteer or study abroad programs are generally provided assistance with any potential visa applications.
Homestays are the most common housing options for both volunteer and study abroad programs, although exchange programs may also provide student housing or an apartment.
If you’re flying from North America to Lithuania, flights can cost between $600 to $900 USD, while students traveling within Europe can pay as little as $200.
Lithuania is relatively inexpensive compared to North American and Western European countries. Students budgeting for food, transportation, nights out and additional expenses can expect to spend around $30 USD a day.
Program costs in Lithuania differ depending on length of stay, how much travel is included, type of housing and included amenities. A two-week volunteer program can cost about $350 USD, while semester-long exchanges will vary and usually require communication with a program to know exact costs.
Lithuania is a country that experiences all four seasons, so check the weather to determine exactly what to pack. Generally, the average temperature in the summer is 62 degrees Fahrenheit (17 degrees Celsius) while the winter dips to a chilly 23 degrees Fahrenheit (-5 degrees Celsius).
When traveling in the summer, pack:
- UPF (sun resistant) lightweight clothing
- Sunscreen and insect repellent
- A hat
- A waterproof jacket for rainy days or chilly nights
When traveling in the winter, pack:
- Hat, gloves, scarf
- Warm jacket
- Solid walking shoes for outdoor adventures
- A 230V/50hz power and voltage converter
Students are recommended to receive Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and rabies vaccinations before traveling to Lithuania. Health care facilities are improving, but facilities do not always reach western medical standards. Private clinics have higher levels of care. Payment is generally expected upfront, so traveler's insurance is recommended.
Tick-borne encephalitis and Lyme disease are increasingly common in Lithuania. If students are spending time outdoors, even in city parks, they should properly protect themselves from ticks by wearing 20% DEET, a hat, and clothes that adequately cover exposed areas. If you are spending a lot of time outdoors, consider receiving a TBE vaccination, which is only administered within Europe. High risk season occurs during April through October, but ticks are always present.
High school students will have a fun and safe time in Lithuania if they take general safety precautions. Demonstrations usually remain non-violent, but it is best to avoid them as a general rule. Remain vigilant in crowded areas and keep your valuables close to your body, especially after dark. Do not leave valuables visible in cars. It is not recommended to walk alone at night, so stay in groups and be aware of your surroundings.