The Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU)
Founded in 1919 as the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lithuania and with the amalgamation of Kaunas University of Medicine and the Lithuanian Veterinary Academy in 2000 two other prestigious higher education institutions in Lithuania, today the LSMU is the largest specialized institution for health education in Lithuania successfully integrating studies and clinical practice making it possible to offer university degrees, research and training to a world class standard in biomedical sciences.
The university has five faculties: General medicine, pharmacology, odontology, nursing, and social health, together with four research institutes and uses the Kaunas University Hospital and the Kaunas Red Cross Hospital as a teaching hospitals.
Information for International Students
The Lithuanian University of Health Sciences has been the choice for many international students from over 45 countries Israel, United Kingdom, Spain, Sweden, Sri Lanka , Lebanon, Poland, India, South Korea, India, Germany, Ireland are some among the enrolled here.
With a Senate, which is elected by scientists from all subdivisions of the university, as its governing body, LSMU is a public university of the Republic of Lithuania. The university includes 7 faculties (Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Odontology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Nursing, Faculty of Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Faculty of Animal Husbandry Technology), 6 research institutes, two animal clinics and the Hospital of LSMU. Today, LSMU is the Lithuania’s largest specialized health education institution with over 7,500 students.
The University is a member of numerous international organizations, such as the European University Association (EUA), The Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER), The Association of Medical Schools in Europe (AMSE), Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), Baltic Sea Region University Network (BSRUN), Organisation for PhD Education in Biomedicine and Health Sciences in the European System (ORPHEUS), European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE), World Veterinary Association, and more.
The number of international student studying at LSMU is increasing every year. Lately International students choosing to study at LSMU are mostly from the European Union countries like Spain, Italy, Latvia, Belgium and Poland.
The study programmes at LSMU meet university education standards applied in the EU countries, and graduates are eligible to take the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and PLAB examination of the General Medicine Council in the UK.
With more than 1,000 highly qualified doctors and 2,500 members of the nursing staff care for over 75,000 patients at the University’s Hospital each year, LSMU, is one of the largest general medical institutions in the regional countries. The value and heart of care in General Medicine and Dentistry are based internationally standardised innovative and progressive methods of treatment and diagnostics.
Students seeking to become veterinary doctors obtain their practical skills in large and small animal clinics and operating rooms of the Veterinary Academy, which is housed within a walking distance of the Kaunas city centre campus with modern facilities and a comfortable study environment.
1. School Leaving Certificate
2. Transcripts of high school/ senior secondary school courses verifying successful completion of General Biology and General Chemistry;
NOTE: Education documents shall be legalized
3. Score Reports on SAT Subject Tests for Chemistry and Biology, if available; Certificate proving the knowledge of the English language; For NON EU Candidates
8. Health-certificate based-on a complete medical examination;
9. Two passport-type photographs with a white background (3×4 cm).
The Democratic Republic of Lithuania lies on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea. With a population just over 2.9 million living in a total area of 65000 km2, Lithuania offers the best of tranquil and specious living space residents. Lithuania is a member of the European Union. On 1 January 2015, Lithuania adopted the euro as the official currency and became the 19th member of the Eurozone. The United Nations Human Development Index lists Lithuania as a “very high human development” country. Lithuania has been among the fastest growing economies in the European Union and is ranked 24th in the world in the Ease of Doing Business Index.
The first people settled in the territory of Lithuania after the last glacial period in the 10th millennium BC. Over a millennium, the Indo-Europeans, who arrived in the 3rd – 2nd millennium BC, mixed with the local population and formed various Baltic tribes. By the end of the 14th century, Lithuania was one of the largest countries in Europe and included present-day Belarus, Ukraine, and parts of Poland and Russia. The geopolitical situation between the west and the east determined the multicultural and multi-confessional character of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
The mainly Oceanic/continental climate offers average temperatures of +17°C in July and in January – -4.9°C. However; temperatures can soar up to +30C in summer.
The country boasts a developed modern infrastructure of railways, airports and four-lane highways. Lithuania has an extensive network of motorways. Airlines: Airline connections with Lithuania are excellent. Lithuania has three international airports, Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga Airports with connections to all major Western and Eastern European hubs. Water transport, ferries: Seagoing ferries connect Klaipėda seaport with 6 Baltic Sea ports in Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Poland. Overland Routes: Lithuania boasts well-developed roads and infrastructure of road networks; the quality of Lithuanian roads is much better when compared to that of the neighbouring countries.
Living, Shopping & Social life:
There are ample numbers of supermarkets, shops and convenient stores spread with quick access where ever you choose to live in Lithuanian cities. Lithuania has a lot of shopping malls for so few inhabitants but there isn’t a big difference between Lithuania’s shopping malls and those in other parts of Europe. Vilnius recently became a shopper’s paradise when plenty of massive shopping centres were opened all over the city. Akropolis (a chain of shopping malls in Lithuania) is one of them and definitely worth visiting if you are a shopping malls maniac, as it houses an ice skating rink, bowling lanes and a cinema.
Lithuania offers a surprising variety of restaurants, from those serving hearty Lithuanian meals to French haute cuisine, Spanish tapas and regional classics with modern twists. The rapidly transforming restaurant scene caters for every taste and budget, ranging from luxurious restaurants to quick bites at local bistros. You will be lost for choices with the ample number of buzzling restaurants found in all the major cities and urban areas. Lithuania is a beer drinking country, with the most famous brands being Švyturys, Kalnapilis, Utenos, Horn and Gubernija.
Mobile GSM Networks: There are three major mobile service providers in the country: Omnitel, Bitė GSM and Tele2. Excellent connections are ensured not only in Lithuania but also throughout many other countries. Internet: Cities are teeming with Internet cafes, while smaller towns and villages feature over 500 public Internet access points (in libraries, post offices, tourist information centres, etc.)
Sports and Recreation:
Football (soccer) is Lithuania’s most popular sport, and the country boasts several professional leagues. Basketball has grown in popularity, and Lithuania’s team has excelled in international competitions.
With all Lithuania has to offer it is not surprising why more and more students choose Lithuania as their destination for higher education studies every year, with 92% of them recommending Lithuania to their friends.
For most Lithuanians, Kaunas is undoubtedly the nucleus of Lithuania. According to recent figures, with approximately 308,831 (2013) inhabitants in the municipality, Kaunas is Lithuania’s second largest city. Kaunas has historically been a notable centre of Lithuanian economic, academic, and cultural life. A Beautiful historical city on the banks of the Nemunas River, the buzzing old town has a compact collection of artistic and educational museums, and a rich history. Being a capital destination for medical and biosciences, it has a sizeable student population giving plenty of vibrant, youthful energy. Surrounding streets lined with austere modernist or Art Deco structures from the retro period but it’s also a freewheeling party town making it more attractive to the younger population bringing the best of both worlds. In contrast to the extremely busy capital Vilnius; Kaunas takes a more laidback surrounding making it also a perfect destination for students.
In the early hours of a summertime Saturday or Sunday morning, the serpentine central streets of Laisvės Alėja and Vilniaus are still full of life, especially in the noisy and overflowing bars, restaurants and night clubs. The city now boasts some of the Baltics’ best Italian, Mexican, Indian, Chinese and other cuisines, quirky gastropubs selling local craft beers and great food, as well as some of the region’s most memorable pubs, cocktail bars and clubs. It is also amazing how far the Kaunas dining scene has transformed in recent years.
Due to the of the abundance and variety it boasts, Kaunas is often called a city of museums, some of which are the War Museum of Vytautas the Great, the M. K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum, the Žmuidzinavičius Museum (best known as the Devils’ Museum), which houses a collection of more than two thousand sculptures and carvings of devils from all over the world, Lithuanian Aviation Museum, Museum of the History of Lithuanian Medicine and Pharmacy, and Tadas Ivanauskas Zoological Museum keeping the curious minds busy for students and visitors from all over the world. Dating from the 19th century, there is an old circus tradition in Kaunas giving it the notable and diverse culture life. Kaunas Symphony Orchestra is the main venue for classical music concerts. Kaunas State Drama Theatre, Kaunas Dance Theatre Aura, Kaunas State Puppet Theatre, Kaunas State Musical Theatre, Kaunas Pantomime Theatre, Kaunas Chamber Theatre are some of the popular once.
The city of Kaunas has a number of parks and public open spaces, Ąžuolynas (Oak Grove) park is a main public park in the heart of Kaunas. Kaunas Reservoir Regional Park was established in the eastern edge of Kaunas in 1992. Also, the Kaunas Botanical Garden was founded in 1923, was preserved for today by the initiative of a prominent Lithuanian zoologist Tadas Ivanauskas and biologist Konstantinas Regelis. It serves not only as a recreational area for public, but also serves as a showcase for local plant life, and houses various research facilities providing tranquil living space for the inhabitants of Kaunas.
The six-year programme contains of pre-clinical courses focused in the first three years. Clinical disciplines commence in the fourth year. Your sixth year includes an internship. The university has successfully implemented problem-based learning [PBL] on the programme to activate students to analyse and solve problems. The study programme Medicine aims at preparing medical doctors who are able to successfully study and work in residency and have necessary knowledge and skills to provide emergency medical aid, diagnose illnesses attributed to their competence and provide health care services under the supervision of a physician specialist.
Studying general medicine at LSMU provides you the opportunity of getting training in the Hospital of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Kauno klinikos the largest medical institution in Lithuania. With more than 1200 medical doctors and 2500 nursing specialists are working at the hospital and 35 departments with different clinical profiles and 15 departments for Out Patient care, which all are situated in 15 buildings it provides every aspect of general medicine practice in a condensed area.
Having clinics specialising for Anesthesia, Cardiology, Children’s diseases, Children’s surgery, Ear, nose and throat (ENT), Endocrinology, Eye care, Family medicine, Gastroenterology, General surgery Heart, Thoracic and vascular surgery, Hematology, Infectious diseases, Intensive care, Internal diseases, Laboratory, Maxillofacial surgery, Nephrology, Neonatology, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oncology, Orthopedics and Traumatology, Pathological anatomy, Pediatric surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, Psychiatry, Pulmonology and Immunology, Radiology, Rehabilitation, Rheumatology, Skin and Venereal diseases, Surgery, Urology; the Hospital of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences is the only hospital in Lithuania to have highest level (Level 3) Trauma and Emergency Centre for both adults and children since June 29, 2015.
General Medicine Programme Content
Year 1: Medical Physics; Medical Chemistry; Cytology, Parasitology; Genetics; Basics of Statistics, Informatics and Research; Anatomy ;Human Histology and Embryology; Basics of Latin; Lithuanian Language; General Basics of Health Elective
Year 2: Pharmacology; Locomotion; Metabolism; Homeostasis & Excretion; Respiration; Circulation Department of Physiology; Lithuanian Language; General Psychology; Elective
Year 3: Reproduction & Inheritance; Nervous and Endocrine Regulation; Senses and Perception; Immune Response; Infection Department of Microbiology; Clinical Competence; Lithuanian Languages; Environmental and Social Medicine; Occupational Medicine; Elective
Year 4: Cardiac and Vascular Diseases; Thoracic Pathology, Allergology and Clinical Immunology; Musculoskeletal System Pathology; Haematology and Oncology; Endocrinology and Breast Surgery; Skin and Sexuality; Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology;Public Health; Forensic Medicine and Sections
Year 5: Urinary System Pathology and Clinical Toxicology; Digestive System Pathology; nervous System; Obstetrics and Gynaecology; Children”s Diseases; Intensive and Emergency Medicine
Year 6: Public Health; Disaster Medicine and Clinical Toxicology; Forensic Medicine and Clinical Pathology: Oncology, Clinical Radiology and Clinical Genetics; Clinical Pharmacology; Clinical Practice
The five year programme in Odontology (Dentistry) will qualify you as a Master of Odontology, Odontologist and the programme is taught in English Language. This programme is recognised by the General Dental Council and Irish Dental Council for registration to practise as a dentist in the UK and Ireland with the opportunity to practically train at the Hospital of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences which runs clinics for Dental and oral diseases, Dental and Maxillary Orthopedics, Oral Care and Pediatric Odontology, Orthodontics. The curriculum leads to a master’s degree in Dentistry, which is equivalent to a Doctor of Dental Science (DDS) and forms the basis for specialist education or scientific (PhD) studies. Today, 120 new students are accepted annually to the 5-year dental programme. The acceptance is based on the rules of general admission, which is organised and carried out by LAMA BPO. The Faculty of Odontology offers a perfect possibility of gaining a profession in odontology and also guarantees high-level and attractive studies. According to our experience, only the best graduates choose this study programme. Odontology, as a branch of medical sciences, is designed for talented, active, and responsible students. Integrated studies are also organised in the Faculty of Odontology.
Study programme – Odontology
The curriculum is divided into preclinical and clinical stages, the preclinical stage comprising two years of basic and biomedical studies. During the three-year clinical stage, practical training makes up about one-third of the course load. The degree programme comprises 300 ECTS credits which include lectures, seminars, group teaching, self-learning periods and practical training, both in the phantom-head laboratory and in the clinic. Evaluation is mainly by written examination and presentation of a patient case as a demonstration of practical skills. Each student needs to prepare a thesis, either by participating in a research programme or based on literature review.
The Faculty of Odontology belongs to the Medical Academy. The Faculty is in charge of dental research and higher dental education, both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including continuing education.
Study programme – Dental Hygiene
The curriculum is divided into preclinical and clinical stages, the preclinical stage comprising two years of basic and biomedical studies. During the two-year clinical stage, practical training in speciality subjects makes up about two-thirds of the course load. The degree programme comprises 240 ECTS credits which include lectures, seminars, group teaching, self-learning periods and practical training, both in the phantom class and in the clinic. Evaluation of knowledge and skills is mainly by written examination and practical skills examination in the clinic. Each student needs to prepare a bachelor thesis, either by participating in a research programme or based on literature review.
The Faculty of Odontology is the main institution of dental education in Lithuania. The Faculty has gained international recognition for preparation of specialists, research and clinical work.
Veterinary Medicine is a 5.5 years programme that qualifies you as a Master of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Surgeon. This programme is recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for registration to practise as a vet in the UK and Ireland. Through this programme participants will gain a basic higher education in biosciences related to veterinary medicine, in subjects such as anatomy, histology, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology and immunology, as well as a specialist veterinary education in areas such as veterinary pathology, clinical diagnostics, non-infectious diseases, veterinary parasitology, veterinary pharmacology and pharmacy, obstetrics and gynaecology, epidemiology and infectious diseases.
In modern days, the scope of the activities of a veterinary surgeon is constantly expanding and includes diagnostics, treatment and prophylaxis of various diseases of all kind of domestic animals and birds including aquaculture animals. It is considered to cover a wide range of work in animal treatment, food hygiene and safety, welfare assurance, different laboratory activities, scientific and organizational work including state veterinary services. Graduates are primarily prepared for work in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the diseases of domestic and farm animals and the control of other animal disorders, welfare and food hygiene. The curriculum meets the requirements of EU directives regulating higher veterinary education in the EU. It was first evaluated by EAEVE experts in 2002, and it has significantly improved since that time.
Graduates of integral studies lasting 5.5 years are awarded with a qualification of the veterinary surgeon and master‘s qualification degree.
A person who has acquired professional qualification of a veterinary surgeon can work in this capacity anywhere in Europe. Graduates are able to practice in private and state institutions. Veterinary doctors can diagnose animal diseases, treat animals, apply prophylactic measures, monitor the transfer of animal diseases and food chain safety, conduct research and present their knowledge, solve complex veterinary-related problems, as well as apply gained abilities and knowledge in different activities and further self-education. Food safety managers can analyse and assess the safety aspects of food products and raw materials in relation to human health, covering the entire food chain. They design and manage food safety control systems in the manufacturing process and are familiar with general quality control and management systems. Graduates of the last five years have been very successful in finding jobs in Lithuania or abroad and they successfully work both in the private and state sectors. Private veterinary activity can be pursued by a veterinary surgeon holding a valid license in veterinary practice or veterinary pharmacy. State policy in the areas of animal health and welfare, safety and quality of food supplied on the market in Lithuania is formed by the Sate Food and Veterinary Service.