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GUIDE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS 2013–2014 2013–


OFFICIAL WELCOME Hello, it’s good to see you! I’m looking forward to hear your ideas and am sure that we’ll discuss them in the future more than once or twice. Maybe we’ll even play football together some time? I am delighted you have chosen Kaunas University of Technology for international studies. Be it a semester or four years, I hope the University lives up to your expectations. We have anticipated your arrival. You will have access to the modern laboratory spaces, such as the largest in Lithuania mobile apps lab and the brand new laboratories of Santaka Valley that are among the best equipped in Europe. We are constantly developing our study system so as to deliver you the best combination of theoretical and practical skills and knowledge, and we are inviting best national and international professors to teach you. However, it is your future you’re building thus you have to be active yourself. Use every possibility to travel, to foster your hobbies, to take part in student organisations, to develop your entrepreneurship skills. Your career path begins today, just choose the direction! I promise you that I will listen to your opinion and will help whenever and wherever I can. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and take part in the University management; voice your opinion on studies and University life. I believe studies at KTU will give you invaluable experience and together we’ll build a solid platform for your future success.

Sincerely, Prof Petras Baršauskas, PhD


CONTENTS WELCOME

At KTU You’ll Find Kaunas University of Technology a a Glance

FIRST THINGS FIRST

Pre Arrival Upon Arrival Procedures of Legal Stay In Lithuania

LIVING IN KAUNAS, LITHUANIA Lithuania at a Glance Lithuanian Language Kaunas: the City of Your Studies How to Reach Kaunas?

ACCOMMODATION AND PRACTICAL INFO

Accommodation Internet Eating and Shopping Money Matters Dressing Right for Lithuanian Winter Phoning Practicing Your Faith Postal Services Health Safety Driving

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STUDIES AND STUDENT LIFE Studies Scholarships Student Mobility After Completion Academic Information System (Ais) Lithuanian Student Identity Card (LSIC) Library Planning Your Career Student Organisations Sports Art Societies Student Leisure Centre (SLC) Student Support

CONTACTS

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WELCOME LABAS! HELLO! We are glad you joined us! Here, in Kaunas University of Technology you’ll find a friendly community, devoted professors, modern study equipment and plenty of new friends. We are looking forward to meet you – to hear your stories, to learn about your culture and to know more about your experience. We sincerely hope that you will enjoy your time in Lithuania and will have fond memories about your studies at KTU.

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WELCOME Studying abroad is both educational and personal experience for the ones seeking new challenges. Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) offers study programmes in architecture, business and administration, computer sciences, engineering, physical, social sciences and technologies that will help you to build your career. Studying overseas you will learn more than the subject of your studies. You’ll gain experience, build friendships, learn about cultural differences, have a chance to travel. Everyday life is full of little practical things to take care of. We have collected some of them to facilitate your first weeks or months here. This guide explains what you can expect in Lithuania, helps you to pack your luggage, and assists in finding faculty and libraries. You’ll find out where to look for your international coordinator and informs about usual international student meeting places. All this information will make your life in Kaunas easier. Some information for degree students and for exchange students is different, therefore you must pay attention to the specific chapters named Degree Students or Exchange Students. The official language in the country is Lithuanian and all the signs, notes, names, official documents, TV, etc. are in Lithuanian; however, the information essential for international travellers can be delivered in English, Russian or other languages as well. For easier orientation some words in this guide are also given in Lithuanian – you’ll find them in brackets. National currency of Lithuania is litas (Lt or LTL), with the fixed rate to Euro (EUR): 3.4528 LTL = 1 EUR. Some prices in the guide are given in litas and euros for better understanding of price levels; however, usually you can’t pay in euros but litas. Lithuania uses the 24 hour clock. All the times listed are in this format. The time zone in Lithuania is GMT+2 hours. Feel free to contact KTU Department of International relations (DIR) if you have any questions. Enjoy your stay! If you have studied or are studying at KTU and have some important tips for improving this guide, please let us know (international@ktu.lt).

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AT KTU YOU’LL FIND Interdisciplinarity Kaunas University of Technology offers a wide range of interdisciplinary study programmes. Besides, the flexible structure of study programmes allows you to make your own study curriculum by combining various minors and majors. KTU students have already created over 350 of such combinations. Scientific evidence exists that interdisciplinary approach towards problem solving develops creativity!

International Community Kaunas University of Technology participates in all main study and internship exchange programmes, such as ERASMUS (European Programme for Educational Exchange) and IAESTE (International Internship Programme), and has 356 bilateral agreements with 195 institutions of higher education. KTU partners are the most acknowledged universities from all over the world and our students have the possibility to gain study experience in every continent. For example, recent agreements with Taiwan universities open possibilities for our students to study in a country where technologies are among the most advanced in the world. KTU offers 39 study programmes in English for Lithuanian and international students. There are representatives of nearly forty different countries studying at the University.

Modern Study Environment The students of Kaunas University of Technology have access to the most modern research equipment in Lithuania. The modern mobile applications laboratory is the largest in Lithuania and the laboratories of sustainable chemistry, mechatronics, future energy and environmental engineering, information and telecommunication technologies are among the best equipped in the Baltic States.

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Opportunities of Internship Kaunas University of Technology has strong linkages with business and industry. Therefore, you’ll have a possibility to make connections with Lithuanian and international companies, to gain practical skills in real work environment. Career Days at KTU is the largest career fair among Lithuanian universities.

Start-Up Space Kaunas University of Technology provides its students a ground where their ideas can spring to life. We have a Start-Up Space that assists students, researchers and the graduates of the University in transforming their imagination into businesses, by providing space, organising lectures and workshops, and rendering support to the young entrepreneurs. With the help of Start-Up Space 22 start-up businesses on the intellectual property basis have been founded. You already have a business idea? Show up!

Democracy Student representatives participate in all the meetings where the most important questions of the University life are being discussed. Speak up and you’ll be heard.

Community that Values Sustainability The KTU initiative Green University is setting an example of environmental awareness for its own community and society in general. In 2012, Kaunas University of Technology was awarded QUESTE-SI (Quality System of Science and Technology Universities for Sustainable Industry) accreditation for integrating the sustainability attitude in all its functions, duties and activities. The University is a member of UN Global Compact network that encourages the organisations to embrace the principles of social awareness and to act responsibly towards environment, society and business.

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KAUNAS UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY AT A GLANCE Strategic Outlines • • • •

Public university, since 1922. Faculties: 14, Research Institutes: 13, Research Centres: 2. Campuses in Kaunas and Panevėžys. The University Renewal Programme 2013-2014 was launched in March 2013 aiming to develop internationally competitive interdisciplinary study programmes, to advance internationally acknowledged research, and to increase infrastructure management effectiveness.

Community • • • •

Number of students: 11982 (500 international students and 378 PhD students). Alumni: ~ 130000. Graduates in 2012: ~ 1100. Academic staff: 1036.

Academic Overview • Number of study programmes: 154 (including 39 in English; 46 interdisciplinary; 17 PhD programmes).

• Member of EUA, CESAER, EUCEN and other international educational network organisations.

• Number of research publications per year: ~ 2000. • Participation in international research programmes (7FP, COST, EUREKA, etc.): 92.

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Regional Impact • Founder of two Integrated Science, Studies and Business Valleys – Nemunas and Santaka.

• R&D for business: 1421 K EUR. • Number of business start-ups: 22.

KTU Timeline 1922

The University of Lithuania was founded with Faculty of Technical Sciences in it. Later, the university was renamed Vytautas Magnus University and Kaunas State University.

1951

Five faculties of technical sciences of Kaunas State University – Faculty of Chemical Technology, Faculty of Electro Technology, Faculty of Mechanics, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Faculty of Hydro Technology – joined together to form Kaunas Institute of Polytechnics (KPI).

1962

Faculty of Light Industry (since 1995, Faculty of Design and Technologies) was founded.

1964

Faculty of Radio Electronics (since 1996, Faculty of Telecommunications and Electronics) was founded.

1968

Faculty of Economics and Management was founded.

1977

Faculty of Informatics was founded.

1990

Faculty of Social Sciences was founded.

1990

The university status was reclaimed and Kaunas Institute of Polytechnics became Kaunas University of Technology.

1991

International Studies Centre was founded.

1992

First international study programmes in English and Russian languages were launched.

1993

Faculty of Fundamental Sciences was founded.

1998

KTU joined the Great University Charter and became a member in both International and European University Associations.

2000

Faculty of Humanitarian Sciences was founded.

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2000

The University became a member of European Universities Continuing Education Network – EUCEN.

2001

The University joined the largest network of higher engineering education institutions in Europe – SEFI.

2007

KTU accepted the strategy to become a university for science and innovations.

2009

European Commission granted KTU the right to issue its graduates a Diploma Supplement, which means that KTU degree certificates are recognised in the European Union and other countries that have signed Lisbon Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education.

2013

KTU was awarded QUESTE-SI (Quality System of Science and Technology Universities for Sustainable Industry) accreditation for integrating the sustainability attitude in all its functions, duties and activities.

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Photo by Gintarė Žaltauskaitė

FIRST THINGS FIRST AŠ VYKSTU Į LIETUVĄ I AM GOING TO LITHUANIA Taking the challenge of studying abroad (be it for a semester or for four years) requires strong will and perfect planning. Don’t worry! There are people at Kaunas University of Technology ready to help you, to answer all your enquiries and to plan every step of your journey. Never hesitate to contact us; it’s a pleasure to help you.

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PRE ARRIVAL Before you leave your country you should consider the following:

• Arrival time. Organise your arrival to Kaunas before the beginning of your studies. Department of International Relations (DIR) of KTU can help by providing advice on arrival to Kaunas, orientation sessions and other services you may need help with. A few weeks before you leave you should inform the DIR coordinator (international@ktu.lt) about your arrival date. It’s better to avoid arriving on weekends, especially if you stay in the dormitory – the university is closed then. There are many events and information seminars at the beginning of each new semester that may be helpful to you.

• Educational documents. Check if the DIR has everything what is necessary for your file at KTU, and if you need to bring something more.

• Personal documents. Do not forget your passport or ID card, take your international student card (ISIC, for example), your driving licence, your Letter of Acceptance and other documents that are necessary abroad (translated into English). It is advisable to have some copies or scanned versions of your main documents.

• Passport copies. You might need some on your first days in Lithuania (for membership cards, residence permits, etc.)

• Health insurance. Make sure that you purchase health insurance or have European Health Insurance Card at least for the beginning of your stay in Lithuania. Read more about it in a Health section of this guide (p. 66). All the records must be translated into English. If you have special medical prescriptions, do not forget to take them with you.

• Money. You should have enough (€ 200-300) money (cash) for your first few days to pay the accommodation deposits, to buy extra things you did not bring from home and to make your life comfortable here. Euros or U.S. dollars are the easiest to exchange here. After arrival every student is advised to open a bank account in Lithuanian bank for the period of his/her studies at KTU.

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• Climate is an important factor to be considered, especially for those coming from warmer countries. Although it is exciting to have extremely cold winters when temperature drops below -15oC but without the right equipment, it will be an ordeal. We suggest our students to keep aboard just the essential warm clothing, as you can buy the remaining warm clothes here in Lithuania.

• Contacts. Do not forget all the necessary addresses, maps and essential phone numbers, such as the number of your mentor or the contact person at DIR. If you travel by air:

• Please note to strictly follow the airline policy for baggage restrictions considering both weight issues and banned items on flight.

• Please note to also carry sufficient currency in either euros or dollars (popular exchange currencies) for food and drink during long stopovers between flights.

• You must bring your KTU Acceptance Letter with you.

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UPON ARRIVAL After you arrive to Kaunas (see the guidelines, p. 40) and settle in the dormitory or the place you have found by yourself, we advise you to arrange a couple of things that are essential for your further studies at KTU:

• Visit Department of International Relations International Studies Office located in the main Central Administration building (address K. Donelaičio St. 73). The International Coordinator will provide you with the latest information, inform about the dates of first meetings, etc.

• If you have not met your mentor yet, contact him/her – the mentor will help you on the first days after your arrival and later on.

• Do not miss the Welcome Week and the first meetings of international students – become a member of the KTU international community!

• Meet International Coordinator of your Faculty who is responsible for international students, study formalities, etc. They will introduce you your Faculty, will tell you about studies, lectures, timetables and about student life at your Faculty.

• Make your Study Plan – it is a must for every student to start studies at KTU.

• Order Lithuanian Student Identity Card that gives you an access to libraries and offers plenty of discounts outside the university.

• Check your Migration Responsibilities. If you are staying in Lithuania more than 3 months, you need to take care of certain formalities regarding your legal stay in Lithuania.

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Remember that every time you have questions, you may ask your Mentor, International Coordinator or the coordinator at DIR or International Students Assistance Service. For degree students:

For exchange students:

Vilma Grigaitė K. Donelaičio St. 73, room 104 LT-44029 Kaunas, Lithuania Tel. +370 37 300036 Fax +370 37 300039 E-mail vilma.grigaite@ktu.lt

Renata Motiejūnaitė K. Donelaičio St. 73, room 104 LT-44029 Kaunas, Lithuania Tel. +370 37 300037 Fax +370 37 300039 E-mail renata.motiejunaite@ktu.lt

International Students Support Service ESN KTU K. Donelaičio St. 73, room 104 LT-44029 Kaunas, Lithuania Tel. +370 37 300036 Fax +370 37 300039 E-mail international@ktu.lt

Studentų St. 69, room 104, LT - 51392 Kaunas, Lithuania E-mail ktu@esnlithuania.org www.facebook.com/ESN.KTU

How to reach city centre from the dormitory From the dormitory No. 5, 7, or KTU Guest House. You have to go to the Pašilės bus stop (Molas is on the other side of street), which is in Baršausko Street. Take the bus No. 39 or trolleybus No. 5, 7, 14 or 15, go for 9 stops and get off at the Daukanto stop. After you get off, go to the right and then to the left. Cross Laisvės Avenue, go straight and you will find KTU Central Administration building on the left side.

From the dormitory No. 2. You have to go to the Breslaujos bus stop, which is in Baršausko Street, on the same side of the street. Take the bus No. 39 or trolleybus No. 5, 7, 14 or 15, go for 8 stops and get off at the Daukanto stop. After you get off, go to the right and then to the left. Cross Laisvės Avenue, go straight and you will find KTU Central Administration building on the left side.

*If you need to go to the Faculties of Mechanical Engineering, Social Sciences, etc., you should get off at the Gedimino stop.

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PROCEDURES OF LEGAL STAY IN LITHUANIA PR EU/EEA students Arrival to Lithuania Registration in Kaunas Migration Office Declaration of place of residence

EU/EEA students Citizens of the EU and EEA countries must hold their ID cards or national passports to arrive to Lithuania.

Registration at Kaunas Migration Office After arrival to Lithuania you have to register in Migration Office in Kaunas by presenting the following documents: 1. A valid passport or ID card (plus a photocopy of the document); 2. An application form (obtainable at the Migration Office or KTU DIR); 3. European health insurance card (plus a photocopy of the document); 4. Certificate regarding enrolment at KTU (you will get it at the KTU DIR); 5. Cheque from the bank indicating that you’ve paid 30 Lt for the document certifying your legal stay in Lithuania (receiver: Mokesčių inspekcija; account no. LT247300010112394300; the code of payment is 5740). In 5 working days Migration Office will issue the document certifying your legal stay in Lithuania and will post it to KTU. DIR will inform you about the reception of this document. After reception of the document, you must declare your place of residence in 7 working days at your local Municipality Office (Seniūnija). Guide for International Students 2013–2014

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Declaration of Your Place of Residence You have to present to Seniūnija the following documents: 1. A valid passport or ID card; 2. The document certifying your legal stay in Lithuania, received from Migration Office; 3. Place of residence declaration form (obtainable at KTU DIR or Dormitory)*. *This form has to be signed by the Dormitory Group Administration (they may also give a written confirmation of residing at a dormitory, which is located Gričiupio St. 13 (KTU dormitory No. 10), room 101. If you rent a flat privately, your landlord must come to Seniūnija with you and bring flat ownership documents with him.

Students, studying in Lithuania for less than 90 days within 6 months, don’t have to do any formalities in Migration or Municipality offices.

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Non EU students Exchange students

Degree students

Non EU students

Non EU students

(visa free entry to Lithuania)

(national visa required)

Arrival to Lithuania

Application for a visa at the in the embassy of Lithuania

Application for visa at Kaunas Migration Office Application for TRP at Kaunas Migration Office Formalisation of TRP Declaration of place of residence Application for TRP renewal (yearly)

If you do not need a visa to enter Lithuania (for example, you are from Canada, Korea, Israel, etc.), you can come to Lithuania and stay here for 3 months without visa. If you stay longer than 3 months, you must apply for national visa in Kaunas Migration Office. If you need a visa to enter Lithuania, you must apply for national visa at the embassy of Lithuania in your country or in the nearest embassy of Lithuania.

Application for National Visa You must submit the following documents: 1. Passport and its photocopy (passport’s period of validity must exceed the validity period of the requested visa by at least 3 months). 2. National visa application form filled in capital letters in English (provided by KTU DIR or obtainable at the embassy / its website) including a colour photo 35x45 mm). 3. Document proving that you have enough funds (bank statement or

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sponsor’s affidavit of support and sponsor’s bank statement or official letter from the University or Ministry about the granted scholarship). 4. Valid health insurance, covering the duration of stay, and its photocopy. The amount of medical insurance coverage should be no less than 30,000 EUR. The health insurance should be for one year (starting from the date of your arrival to Lithuania) or shorter (f. e., 6 months) in case of shorter studies. 5. Admission to the university document (provided by KTU DIR). 6. Document certifying that the applicant will have a place of residence in Lithuania (provided by KTU DIR). 7. Mediation letter from the University (provided by KTU DIR). Always check the website of the embassy about the mode of interview appointment (online or telephone registration) and requested documents (country’s specific requirements may be applied).

Usually a visa is issued in 14 days therefore you should apply in advance. National visa is issued free of charge for the period of studies (if you come as an exchange student, the validity of visa corresponds to your study period at KTU) or for 12 month in case of longer studies (degree) at KTU. If you come for up to 12 months (exchange studies or internship), this is the last step in migration procedures. If you come for 1,5 – 4 years, you should get Temporary Residence Permit which replaces national visa.

Application for Temporary Residence Permit (TRP) TRP is issued for those who intend to study for longer than one year in Lithuania. TRP is valid for one year and has to be renewed annually. You should submit the following documents to Kaunas Migration Office at least 6 months before expiration of your national visa: 1. A valid passport (plus a photocopy of all passport pages); 2. An application form (obtainable at the Migration Office or KTU DIR Office); 3. One photo (colour);

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4. Bank statement (from a Lithuanian bank) showing you have sufficient funds to live in Lithuania (no less than 6000 Lt/1740 EUR); 5. Certificate regarding enrolment at KTU and accommodation to KTU dormitory (you will get it from KTU DIR); 6. Cheque from the bank indicating that you’ve paid 300 Lt for TRP application (receiver: Mokesčių inspekcija; account no. LT247300010112394300; the code of payment 5740).

Formalisation of TRP Once the decision to issue TRP is given by the Migration Department of Lithuania, it is sent to KTU DIR or to your indicated address. You should formalise TRP decision before the expiration of your visa, i.e. to get TRP card at Kaunas Migration Office by providing the following documents: 1. A valid passport (plus a photocopy of all stamped pages of the passport). 2. An application form (obtainable at the Migration Office or KTU DIR). 3. Health insurance (valid till the expiration date of TRP) for at least 20,000 Lt. 4. Cheque from the bank indicating that you’ve paid 20 Lt for the document certifying your legal stay in Lithuania (receiver: Mokesčių inspekcija; account no. LT247300010112394300; the code of payment 5740). The TRP is issued within 10 days after accepting your documents. After receiving the TRP, you must declare your place of residence at the Municipality Office (Seniūnija) within 7 working days.

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Declaration of Your Place of Residence You have to present to Seniūnija the following documents: 1. A valid passport or ID card. 2. The document certifying your legal stay in Lithuania, received from Migration Office. 3. Place of residence declaration form (obtainable at KTU DIR or Dormitory)*. *This form has to be signed by the Dormitory Group administration (or they give a confirmation letter, proving that you live in the dormitory, which is located Gričiupio St. 13 (KTU dormitory No. 10), room 101. If you rent a flat privately, the owner of the flat has to go to Seniūnija together with you having the documents of flat’s ownership.

Application for TRP Renewal (Yearly) TRP is issued for no longer than 1 year. If your studies last longer, you must apply for renewal of temporary residence permit at least 2 months before the TRP expires. You must have a valid declaration of place of residence. If you rent a flat privately, the owner of the flat must go to Migration Office to confirm that you live in his/her flat. Documents you have to present to Kaunas Migration Office: 1. A valid passport and TRP (plus a photocopy of all stamped pages and TRP). 2. An application form (obtainable at the Migration Office or KTU DIR). 3. One photo (colour). 4. Bank statement (from Lithuanian bank) showing you have a sufficient amount of money to live in Lithuania (no less than 6000 Lt/1740 EUR). 5. Certificate regarding enrolment at KTU (you will get it from KTU DIR). 6. Cheque from the bank indicating that you’ve paid 300 Lt for TRP renewal (receiver: Mokesčių inspekcija; account no. LT247300010112394300; the code of payment 5740).

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MIGRATION OFFICE Address: Chemijos St. 4b, room 115, Kaunas Tel. +370 37 303246, +370 37 303247 Office hours: I 8:00 - 17:00 II 8:00 - 18:00 III 8:00 - 17:00 IV 8:00 - 18:00 V 8:00 - 15:45 Every first Wednesday of the month 8:00 – 15:00

MUNICIPALITY OFFICE (Gričiupio seniūnija*) Address: Chemijos St. 11, Kaunas Tel. +370 37 451333 Office hours: I 8:00 - 17:00 II 8:00 - 17:00 III 8:00 - 17:00 IV 8:00 - 17:00 V 8:00 - 15:45 Lunch time

12:00 - 12:45

* If you rent privately, the Municipality Office where you need to declare your

place of residence might be different. Contact the KTU DIR for more information. More information on the migration formalities, rights and responsibilities of international citizens in Lithuania: • Migration Department www.migracija.lt • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania www.urm.lt

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Photo by Marius Šiškus

LIVING IN KAUNAS, LITHUANIA AŠ GYVENU KAUNE I LIVE IN KAUNAS Kaunas, often called Student City, is a lively green oasis in the very centre of Lithuania. As you are going to spend some time here, make yourself at home – take part in cultural life, get to know places and people, try Lithuanian food. We need to warn you – you’ll have to watch a basketball game or two at Žalgiris Arena. Everyone here is a basketball fan!

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LITHUANIA AT A GLANCE Facts and Figures • Lithuania, the country of just over 3 million people was first mentioned in historic documents in 1009.

• In more than a thousand years of history Lithuania has become what it is now, a dynamic member state of the European Union, the World Trade Organisation, The United Nations, and NATO.

• Lithuania is situated in a geographical centre of Europe, at the crossroad between Western and Eastern Europe.

• Lithuania uses an education system that satisfies all the requirements of the European Union education policy and has a three cycle education system (Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD studies), corresponding to the European Bologna process.

• Being the 10th least expensive European country to live, it is among the top 40 countries in the International Living 2012 Quality of Life Index.

• Lithuania ranks 1st among the Baltic States, 3rd in Europe and 5th in the world in international investment projects.

• Lithuania ranks 1st in Europe in the expansion of fibre optic and mobile broadband and has one of the fastest broadband connections in the world.

• The capital of Lithuania is Vilnius. Kaunas is the second largest city of Lithuania, with a population of over 300 thousand.

• Out of 125 thousands of students in Lithuania, over 40 are studying in Kaunas. With 6 universities and several colleges, Kaunas deserves its name of a Student City.

• Even though Kaunas is an important industrial centre, it benefits from large recreational areas. There are 7 regional nature parks just outside of the city.

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History in Brief 700 BC 1109 1253 1323 1361 1385 1430 1569 1795 16/02/1918 1921 1940 11/03/1990 2004 2013

The settling of the Balts ethnic group in the present territory of Lithuania The first recorded mention of the name of Lithuania Establishment of the Great Duchy of Lithuania and crowning of first King of Lithuania, Mindaugas The first recorded mention of capital city, Vilnius The first recorded mention of Kaunas Baptism of Lithuania Lithuania became one of the largest states in Europe Commonwealth of Lithuania and Poland Lithuania in the Russian Empire Independent Republic of Lithuania was established Joining the League of Nations Losing independence and becoming a state of the Soviet Union Re-establishment of independence Joining the European Union Lithuanian presidency at the Council of the European Union

Did You Know? • Lithuania is twice bigger than Belgium (65,300 km2) but has almost 4 times smaller population of 3 million.

• Republic of Lithuania has a woman as a president, Ms Dalia Grybauskaitė. • Kaunas was the capital city of Lithuania (de facto) in 1919 – 1940 and Vilnius is official capital city from 1323.

• There are 115 ethnicities in Lithuania although the Lithuanians form the largest ethnic group – 83.5 %.

• Roman Catholic Church is main religion, but there are Eastern Orthodox, Evangelical Lutheran, Evangelical Reformation Churches, Old Believers, Judaism, Sunni, Karaite, Islam and other religious communities.

• The highest Lithuanian hill (Aukštasis, i.e. The Highest) is only ~ 293.84 metres above the sea level. However, Lithuania is rich in lakes and rivers.

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• The highest temparature ever reached in Lithuania was +37 °C, and the lowest dropped to -42,9 °C (ok, it was ~50 years ago).

• Klaipėda seaport is the only one in the Baltic States that does not freeze in winter.

Follow News about Lithuania When you stay in a country it becomes necessary to know what is going on around you. The awareness of daily news also might help you to integrate faster.

• Daily news www.15min.lt (also available in Russian) • Daily news www.delfi.lt (also available in Russian and Polish) • Latest political, economic, business and cultural events in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania www.baltictimes.com

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Main Lithuanian news www.lietuva.lt (also available in French and German) Lithuanian foreign policy news www.urm.lt (also available in French and Russian) Lithuanian higher education news www.smm.lt What’s new at KTU www.ktu.lt For more information about Lithuania visit: • Official gateway to Lithuania www.lietuva.lt • Official travel and tourism guide www.travel.lt • City guides In Your Pocket www.inyourpocket.com • Interactive maps of Lithuania and each city or town www.maps.lt Migrantų Mokymo Centras organises free lectures about Lithuania and its culture. Follow the news on Facebook for KTU international students. Lithuanians are very respectful people and they want to be treated in the same way. Lithuanian people look silent, but this is just a form of respect, and after you break this little wall of silence, they are very friendly and very honest with you. You will like them! Giorgio Fadda from Italy

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LITHUANIAN LANGUAGE Aš kalbu lietuviškai! (I Speak Lithuanian) Aa, Ąą / Ee, Ęę, Ėė / Ii, Įį, Yy / Ss, Šš / Uu, Ųų, Ūū / Zz, Žž Have you ever seen anything like this? These are some letters from our Lithuanian alphabet, which is based upon Latin. Lithuanian language belongs to the Baltic group of Indo-European languages and represents the West Baltic subgroup. It is the oldest of the living Baltic languages. One says it has much in common with Sanskrit. Some of you were worried if you can survive in Lithuania without understanding Lithuanian. Of course you CAN! However, you might want to learn some basics. Although your studies are in English and you can communicate with locals in English or Russian (maybe even in French, Spanish or Turkish), street names, signs, advertisements in the streets are in Lithuanian usually. With just a couple of phrases in local language you may achieve much more than you imagine. And for those, who plan to get internship in a Lithuanian company or get a job after the graduation, knowing Lithuanian will increase your chances significantly.

Learn Lithuanian at KTU KTU offers Lithuanian language courses (from beginner to advanced level) free of charge:

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Learn to read (and tell the taxi driver your home address correctly) Learn to order your food and drinks Say a compliment to a nice girl / boy Mingle with Lithuanian people, discover lifestyle and culture Get your competitive advantage

More information will be provided during the Welcome Week. Take your chance and register within the first 2 weeks of each semester!

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Welcome to Kaunas With the population of over 300 thousand, the second largest city of Lithuania has gained its name as a City of Students (1/3 of students study in Kaunas). Diverse student community contributes to the city atmosphere gahering in cosy old town squares and green parks, small cafes and lively clubs. Every September the streets of Kaunas fill with students coming to study technologies and art, music and medicine, law and agriculture at more than 11 universities and colleges. Our city welcomes students from all over the country and the world. This diversity creates a space for interesting collaborations, inspiring discussions and unforgettable friendships. Situated in the very middle of Lithuania our city benefits from being just an hour’s drive from the capital Vilnius and a couple of hours away from the sea. There are three cross-European highways going past Kaunas, and from the very city centre one can get a train or a bus to any part of Lithuania or set out for an international journey. For those who prefer travelling by plane, Kaunas International Airport is just a half an hour away. Kaunas’ cultural life is loaded with cultural events, such as international film, jazz and dance festivals; our galleries offer a variety of local and international exhibitions. Although Kaunas is an important industrial centre, it benefits from large recreational areas. A relaxing ride on one of many bicycle paths or a walk in a forest park or along the river is a good finishing touch for a day. For more information about Kaunas visit: Kaunas municipality webpage www.kaunas.lt Kaunas tourism information center and convention bureau www.kaunastic.lt Official travel and tourism guide http://www.travel.lt Kaunas city guide In Your Pocket http://www.inyourpocket.com/lithuania/city/kaunas.html Interactive maps of Lithuania and of each city or town http://www.maps.lt Kaunas is the second city where I lived the most after my hometown so it’s like my second home. I have had some wonderful experiences living in dormitory and made some amazing friends. I learnt a lot about myself being independent and living away from family. For me, Lithuania is a good country to study as living expenses are not as high as Western Europe and you receive world-wide recognised diploma. I would love to visit Lithuania again whenever I get a chance and meet my friends. Vinay Kumar from India

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KAUNAS: THE CITY OF YOUR STUDIES Places to See In the beginning of each semester KTU student organisations invite all the students to take a tour in Kaunas. City Rally is a fun way to find beautiful, but not necessarily tourist places of Kaunas.

Kaunas Castle Address: Pilies St. 17 Built in the 14th century at the confluence of the Nemunas and the Neris, Kaunas Castle was the first stone castle in Lithuania. It played a significant role in the defense system of the city – the castle was built in order to resist Crusaders’ attacks. The preserved remains of the castle reveal its original structure, shape, method of construction and provide important information about the development of Lithuanian architecture in the 14th century. Nowadays Kaunas Tourist Information Centre is located in the castle.

Town Hall Address: Rotušės Square Often called the White Swan, the Town Hall building encompasses Gothic, Baroque and early Classicism elements. In the Medieval Ages, the Town Hall, along with the main market place, was the centre of Kaunas. After its reconstruction in 1970, the Town Hall became the Wedding Palace.

Vytautas Church Address: Aleksoto St. 6 The church was constructed in the 15th century and is one of the first Gothic buildings in Kaunas. The church belonged to Franciscan monks. During the Napoleonic wars it was turned into a war ammunition warehouse. Today it is a popular wedding place.

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Kaunas Zoo Address: Radvilėnų St. 21 The only Zoo in Lithuania was established in an old oak grove. Here you can see approximately 270 animal species from different continents.

St. Michael the Archangel Church Address: Nepriklausomybės Square 14 A Neo-Byzantine-style building with all the architectural traits of a Russian Orthodox church. During the Soviet years, the church was turned into an Art Gallery. It is a Catholic church now.

Kauno Marios Regional Park Kauno Marios (Kaunas Sea) is a man-made water basin covering an area of 63.5 sq. km, formed in 1959. The shores of Kauno Marios have a beautiful landscape. The Open-air Folk Museum and Pažaislis Monastery are located nearby, and the Yachting Club welcomes visitors.

Pažaislis Monastery Address: T. Masiulio St. 31 It ranks among the most beautiful Baroque-style buildings in Lithuania. The church and monastery were built for Camaldolese (Benedictine) monks in the 17th century under the supervision of Italian masters from Florence. Pažaislis music festivals are held here in summer.

Laisvės Avenue Freedom Avenue (Laisvės alėja) is 1,7 km-long street, built in the 19th century. This street connects the new and old parts of the city and is meant for the pedestrians only. In Laisvės Avenue you can find theatres, statues and other famous Kaunas objects as well as many bars, cafes and shops.

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Kaunas Cathedral Address: Vilniaus St. 26 Kaunas Cathedral is the only church in Lithuania in the Gothic style of basilica design. After several reconstructions, it also acquired Renaissance and Baroque architectural featurs. The Cathedral has 9 althars, while the sacristy has crystaltype arches.

Kaunas Funiculars Kaunas is the only city in Lithuania with this type of transport, which is used both for transportation and entertainment. The Aleksotas Funicular links the old part of the city with the slopes of Aleksotas, offering a beautiful panoramic view of the city. The Žaliakalnis Funicular is an easy way to reach the Christ‘s Resurrection Church from the city centre.

Christ‘s Resurection Church Address: Žemaičių St. 31A After Lithuania proclaimed independence in 1918, the idea to build a church as a symbol of gratitude to God for regained freedom arose. Built in 1932-1940, it is the biggest basilica-type church in the Baltic States. Construction of the church was stopped by the Soviet occupation. In 1990 the church was returned to worshippers. During the restoration of the church, some changes were made in the project. The tower of the church is 70 meters height now. Visitors have the possibility to go to the observation deck on the church roof to enjoy the panoramic view of the city.

The Open Air Museum of Lithuania in Rumšiškės, which is only ~30 km from Kaunas, invites to celebrate traditional Lithuanian festivals: Pancakes Day in February, St. John Day in June and many others. Traditional Lithuanian festivals as well as archaeology days, nights in the museum, city days are celebrated all over Lithuania.

Museums (for example, Devils’ Museum, Mykolas Žilinskas Art Gallery, M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art, Kaunas Zoo). The list of all museums, working hours, prices are on www.muziejai.lt. Some museums invite students on Wednesdays for free. Don’t miss Museums Night in May when you can have special admissions and ttours for free.

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Tourist information Kauans Tourism Information Centre center and Convention Bureau organises daily walking tours of 90 minutes from 2 May to 28 September. Tour starts in Town Hall square (look for yellow umbrella) from Monday to Friday at 16:00 and on Saturdays at 12:00. Price: 35 Lt. You may like a red Hop on-Hop off tour bus with a professional guide that is available in 8 languages. 40 minutes long excursion costs 40 Lt. Kaunas city tour starts from 5 places in Kaunas (the most popular are Town Hall square and Akropolis) every day 5 times a day. Check the details on www.vilniuscitytour.com.

Things to do There are plenty of possibilities for spending good time in Kaunas (after your studies, of course). The events website Entertainment Bank (www.eb.lt) offers variety of choices: from concerts to clubs and from exhibitions to sports games. Apart from the festivals, that highlight cultural events calendar of the city, there is a great deal of festivities organised by students. We have listed some of the favourite places of fellow international students for playing bowling, billiard, paintball or to learn ice skating bellow. Don’t have a buddy to go with? Just post on KTU international students facebook groups! Kaunas Festivals • Kaunas has an annual celebration in May for the city’s birthday – Kaunas City Days. • Hansa Days in the end of August will give you a taste of Kaunas centuries ago: the view of medieval traditions, merchandise and state, and public life. • Every spring and autumn, the international Kaunas Jazz Festival invites you to jazz with famous performers in a mix of familiar and non-familiar, large and small venues around the city. • The Pažaislis Classical Music Festival is recognised internationally and during the three summer months of the festival, you can hear concerts in different halls, churches, and museums around the city. • In the end of September and the beginning of October you can see the performances of International Festival of Modern Dance.

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Public holidays January 1 New Year February 16 Independence Day March 11 Restoration of Lithuania’s Independence According to the Catholic calendar Easter Sunday and Monday May 1 International Labour Day First Sunday of May Mother’s Day First Sunday of June Father’s Day June 24 Feast of St John July 6 Crowning of Mindaugas (Day of Statehood) August 15 Feast of the Assumption November 1 All Saints’ Day December 24 Christmas Eve December 25-26 Christmas

Cinema and Theatre Cinema. All the films are shown in their original language (most frequently in English) with Lithuanian subtitles, therefore you won’t have problems understanding it. Kaunas main cinema centres are located in two big shopping centres: Akropolis (Karaliaus Mindaugo St. 49) and Mega (Islandijos Rd. 32). Annual international film festivals are organised as well, for example Movie Spring (Kino pavasaris), Scanorama and etc. In summer you can enjoy cinema in open air. For more information on film schedules, and film festivals visit: The biggest event calendar in Lithuania www.eb.lt (available in English) www.cinema.lt www.forumcinemas.lt www.cinamonkinas.lt

Theatre. The plays are mostly in Lithuanian but some international festivals and events are organised as well. Follow on www.theatre.lt.

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Bowling & Billiard City Bowling Karaliaus Mindaugo Av.49 (shopping centre Akropolis) +370 37 999250 www.facebook.com/CitybowlingKaunas Švyturys K. Baršausko St. 66A (in the shopping centre Molas) +370 620 11117 www.boulingassvyturys.lt/ Amerigo Islandijos Road 32 (In the shopping centre Mega) +370 37 328686 www.amerigo.lt/ Boulingo alėja Maironio St. 19 (close to Laisvės av.) +370 37 200030 www.boulingoaleja.lt/ Neo Kaunas Savanorių St. 350 (close to shopping centre Savas) +370 37 311114 www.neokaunas.lt/ Undinė Jonavos St. 40, +370 686 22337, +370 37 200518 www.undine.lt/ Entry (billiard only) Kęstučio St. 71 (close to Laisvės Av.) +370 675 88856, +370 37 225430 www.entry.lt

Ice Skating Akropolio ledas Karaliaus Mindaugo Av.49 (shopping centre Akropolis) www.akropolis.lt/index.php/akropoliai/kauno-akropolis/entertainment-razvlechenija/ice-skating-arena-akropolio-ledas/7274

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Paintball Kaunakiemio St. 4, Kaunas www.kaunasguide.org/entertainment-kaunas/paintball-kaunas/paintball-kaunas-1

Outdoor Activities Panemunės šilas at the Nemunas river is a pleasant place for jogging, strolling, sunbathing and even swimming (it is behind shopping center Molas, ~15 min on foot from the dormitories). Lampėdžiai is a bit further but worth to visit for a lazy or active (both options available) weekend day at the lake (take a trolleybus No. 7 from Pašilės or Breslaujos bus stop and go for 80 minutes until the last bus stop Kaniūkų 1-oji g.). Go and see the basketball! It’s really worthy. Viola Zapletalova from Chech Republic

A Night Out in Kaunas Some of the most popular bars and clubs of Kaunas international students: ZERO Club, address: M. Valančiaus St. 11 (Old Town), www.facebook.com/Zeroclub.Kaunas EMBASSY, (A special friend of KTU international students) Kovo 11-osios St. 22 (close to Girstutis and shop IKI) www.facebook.com/ClubEmbassy REPUBLIC, address: Laisvės Av. 57, www.facebook.com/republicbaras G-LOFT, address: Rotušės Square 3 (Old town), www.facebook.com/gloftkaunas B.O., address: Muitinės St. 9-1 (Old town), www.facebook.com/barasBO LATINO, address: Vilniaus St. 22 (Old town), www.latinobaras.lt

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DŽEM’PUB, address: Laisvės Av. 59 (5th floor), www.facebook.com/DzemPub POP STAR BAR, address: Vasario 16-osios St. 2 (close to Laisvės Av.) www.popstarbar.lt COMBO, address: Raudondvario Rd. 107 (further from the centre of the city; on the bank of the river) www.combo.lt BarBar‘a, Vilniaus St. 56 (Old town) www.barbarabar.lt MOJO Lounge, address: V. Putvinskio St. 50 (Close to Laisvės Av.) www.mojolounge.lt DEJAVU Party Bar, address: Rotušės Square 2 (Old town) www.facebook.com/DejavuPartyBar Bar 210, address: Rotušės Square 2 (Old town), www.facebook.com/BAR210 GARGARAS, address: Raudondvario Rd. 101 (further from the city centre) www.facebook.com/GargarasLoft MACAO Night Club, address: V. Putvinskio St. 51 (close to Laisvės av.) www.facebook.com/macaonightclub BLACK PEARL Lounge Bar, address: Savanorių St. 124 (further from the city centre) www.facebook.com/BlackPearlBar Some of the places have free entrance and sometimes you’ll need to pay. The entrance fee is usually between 10 and 50 litas (3-15 euros).

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HOW TO REACH KAUNAS? You may reach Kaunas by airplane, by bus, by train, by ferry and by car. Some options may lead you to Vilnius which sometimes is more convenient for the arrival by plane. Don’t worry, Vilnius is just 100 km away from Kaunas, just follow the directions below. If you use public transport, your destination in Kaunas is Kaunas Bus Station (Kauno autobusų stotis) or Kaunas Train Station (Kauno geležinkelio stotis). They are situated next to each other and close to the city centre. Maps are available on • www.maps.lt • maps.google.com

We recommend informing the International Office coordinator about your arrival so they can give you the most updated information. International Office will select a Mentor and he/she may meet you up to save you most of the worries on the first days in Kaunas.

By Plane Lithuania has three international airports in Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga (close to Klaipėda, the seaport), which can be reached from the main European cities as well as from all over the world. Cheap flight companies Ryanair and airBaltic (to Kaunas and Vilnius), Wizzair (to Vilnius) can offer you a flight to Lithuania at a student friendly price. Some of you may choose arriving to Riga, Latvia, and then taking the bus to Kaunas. There is a number of possibilities at every airport to use ATM machines, to exchange money, rent a car and use a press kiosk where you can buy phone cards, bus tickets, snacks and drinks.

Kaunas International Airport Contacts: Karmėlava, Kaunas Region. www.kaunas-airport.lt

Kaunas Airport is situated in Karmėlava, only 14 km away from Kaunas. There are direct flights to Kaunas from London, Birmingham, Dublin, Frankfurt, Riga, etc. and many possibilities to transfer flying from other countries. You can reach Kaunas Bus or Train Stations easily:

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• By bus. The bus stop is a bit further on the left as you exit the Arrival Hall. A city bus line No. 29 serves the airport going on the route Kaunas Airport (Karmėlava) Savanorių Ave. - Bus Station - Train Station from approx. 5:00 till 22:30. You may buy your ticket from the driver for 2 Lt or buy an e-ticket card at the press kiosk for 8 Lt (we recommend to buy a single ticket, and your mentor will explain you about etickets later). After ~45 min. get off at the Railway Station (Geležinkelio stotis). If you arrive to Kaunas on a late night flight, city bus No. 29E is for your convenience. The last bus leaves the airport for the city centre only after the last flight has arrived. You can check the bus route and exact timetables on www.kvt.lt

• By express shuttle bus. ShuttleBUS LT Kaunas offers passengers a bus going from Kaunas airport to the chosen Kaunas city hotel or the Bus Station and back. The schedule is coordinated with the flight timetable. The bus can carry up to 20 passengers. The travel price is 13 LT (about 4 EUR). Tickets can be bought from a driver (he accepts only cash in litas or euros) or by contacting the reservation centre on www.goshuttlebus.lt

• By taxi. You will find a taxi at the Arrivals Hall exit. It may cost you 30-40 Lt to reach your dormitory.

International Vilnius Airport Contacts: Rodūnios Rd 10a, Vilnius. www.vilnius-airport.lt

International Vilnius Airport is the main international airport in Lithuania with permanent luggage storage, currency exchange at the Arrival Hall, cafés and 2 airport hotels nearby. You can go to Kaunas by bus or by train; therefore you need to reach Vilnius Bus Station or Vilnius Train Station which are situated next to each other:

• By bus. The bus stop is just to the left as you exit the Arrivals Hall. You may

buy your ticket from the driver for 3.50 Lt. Bus No. 1 goes from the airport to the Bus and Train Stations (15 min.) approx. from 5:30 till 22:00. Timetables on www.vilniustransport.lt.

• By train. The train stop is 150 metres straight as you exit the Arrivals Hall (keep

on the left side of the road; there is an elevator down to the station). The train goes from the airport to the Train Station (7 min.) from 5:56 to 21:20. The oneway fare is 2.50 Lt (purchased on the train). Timetables on www.litrail.lt.

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• By taxi. You will find taxi as you exit the Arrival Hall. Ask to take you to the Bus or Train Station. Depending on hour, it may cost you 25-40 Lt. From Vilnius Once you are at Vilnius Bus Station or Vilnius Train Station, you may reach Kaunas within 1 hour 30 minutes. • From Bus Station. Buses from Vilnius to Kaunas go approx. every 30 minutes. You may buy a ticket at the ticket office (Bilietų kasos) inside the building or at the driver. The price may vary from 18 to 20 Lt. The bus arrives to Kaunas Bus Station. • From Train Station. Trains from Vilnius to Kaunas Train Station go every hour from 4:54 till 19:40. You may a ticket at the ticket office (Bilietų kasos) inside the building, price varies from 16 to 18 Lt. • Timetables on www.stotis.lt

Palanga International Airport Contacts: Liepojos St. 1, Palanga. www.palanga-airport.lt

Palanga International Airport is situated 25 km away from Klaipėda. You can take a bus or a taxi to Klaipėda (30 min. at the price of about 90 Lt).

Riga International Airport (Latvia) Contacts: Riga Airport 10/1. Marupe district, LV 1053, Latvia. www.riga-airport.com

Although Riga Airport is in another country (Latvia), it is only ~260 km from Kaunas. Thus, sometimes it is faster to fly to Riga and to reach Kaunas by bus, than to wait for a transfer flight. First of all, you need to go to Riga Bus Station, which is close to the airport. Bus No. 22 or Airport Express minibus will take you there for a reasonable price. Check airport website for detailed information.

• By bus. There are bus connections from Riga to Kaunas a couple of times a day. One way ticket is around 12 Latas (~60 Lt or 17 EUR). Check for the bus timetables, costs, etc. on www.autoosta.lv. The bus will take you to Kaunas Bus Station in approx. 5 hours. NOTE: Latvia’s national currency is LATAS (until 01/01/2014), which is different to Litas, so keep it in mind and exchange some currency to pay for transport. Latvia and Lithuania are the members of the Schengen Area so you do not need any extra visas. But if you come to KTU with a student visa, you’d better refer to the DIR for the updates.

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By Bus If you live in one of neighbouring countries, we advise you to take a bus: it is quite popular and convenient. You may choose between popular international lines, such as Eurolines, Ecolines, etc. Contacts: Kaunas Bus Station Vytauto Ave. 24, Kaunas. http://www.autobusubilietai.lt. www.kautra.lt Vilnius Bus Station Sodų St. 22, Vilnius. www.autobusustotis.lt, www.toks.lt Eurolines Baltic International Vytauto Ave. 38, Kaunas. www.eurolines-lithuania.lt, www.eurolines.lt Ecolines Vytauto Ave. 23, Kaunas. www.ecolines.net

By Train Although trains are very popular in most European countries, the railway network in Lithuania is not extensively developed.. There are several international railways that go through Vilnius, Kaunas, Šiauliai, Klaipėda and Panevėžys. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket offices in railway stations, which are open 24 hours. Tickets are not sold if there are less than 5 minutes left before departure. Contacts: Vilnius Railway Station Geležinkelio St. 16, Vilnius. www.litrail.lt Kaunas Railway Station M. K. Čiurlionio St. 16, Kaunas. www.litrail.lt

By Ferrie Ferries to Lithuania (Klaipėda) are going from Germany, Sweden and Demark. You can reach Kaunas Bus Station by bus from Klaipėda. Contacts: International Ferry Port Perkėlos St. 10, Klaipėda. www.dfdsseaways.lt

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By Car In Lithuania you will find good motor highway connections between the main cities: from Vilnius (E85/A1), from Riga (Latvia) (E67/A1) or from Warszaw (Poland) (E67/A5). NOTE: You will need to have your health and car insurances. Do not forget a map of the roads or GPS!

How to reach dormitory once you are in Kaunas After arrival to Kaunas Bus Station or Kaunas Train Station, use the following directions to reach your dormitory. There are buses or trolleybuses that will take you to your dormitory (No. 2 or 5 and 7). • From the Train Station (Geležinkelio stotis). The bus stop is on the same side as the Train Station. Take the bus No. 28 or 39 or trolleybus No. 5, 7, 13 or 16, go for 3 or 4 stops and get off at Breslaujos stop (for dormitory No. 2) or Pašilės stop (for dormitories No. 5 and 7). You have to cross the street and walk a little further on (use the map that you received with the Acceptance Letter). • From the Bus Station (Autobusų stotis). The bus stop is on the opposite side of the street than the Bus Station. Take the bus No. 39 or trolleybus No. 5, 7, 13 or 16, go for 4 or 5 stops and get off at Breslaujos stop (for dormitory No. 2) or Pašilės stop (for dormitories No. 5 and 7). You have to cross the street and walk a little (use the map that you got together with the Acceptance Letter). For more information on public transport in Kaunas visit: Kaunas Public Transport www.kvt.lt Routes and timetables (of buses, trolleybuses, minibuses) www.marsrutai.lt Finding necessary address online www.maps.lt E-ticket for public transport in Kaunas Transport system in Kaunas: buses, trolleybuses, minibuses. Time: from 5:00 until 23:00. Tickets: an electronic card (CARD), purchased once and then refilled – only for buses and trolleybuses. Where to get a CARD: at news-stands Kauno Spauda, Lietuvos Spauda, Rkiosk located all around the city, usually close to the bus stops. Price: 8 Lt (you are not allowed to purchase an empty card). You choose the type of ticket you want to purchase. The best choices for students (only with Lithuanian Student Card or ISIC):

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• monthly ticket, valid from the 1st until 31st of a month, 7 days per week (16.80 Lt), • 92 days ticket (valid from the first validation (46 Lt), • single trip e-ticket (0.90 Lt) –top-up your CARD with chosen amount of money and inform that you are going to use student’s discount, • other options available. To activate: press the validator’s button No. 2 or touch the window No. 2 on the screen and hold the card at the indicated area of the validator. During your next journey just approach the CARD to the validator while boarding (use the front door). If you do not have the student card yet: buy a single ticket (1.80 Lt using e-ticket or 2 Lt purchased from the bus driver.) Minibuses: 2.50 Lt purchased only from the driver. CARD is not valid. No discounts.

Taxi in Kaunas It’s recommended to call for a taxi instead of taking one form the street. When you call a taxi it will usually be cheaper than the one you take near the airport, club, bar etc. The price is approx. 1.80 – 2.80 Lt/km (taxi is more expensive at night). Milrasa, +370 37 777333 Eurotaksi, +370 37 333335, Smūgis, +370 37 333333 +370 37 311111 Žaibiškas greitis, +370 37 333111, Taxi Kaunas, +370 60 202010, +370 37 333999 +370 68 202020 Greičiau/Vyto taksi, +370 37 733337 Einesa, +370 37 331633 Miesto taksi, +370 37 338888 Kelyje, +370 37 366666 Always take a taxi at night night going home from a club. Jakub Jawor from Poland

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Photo by Gintarė Žaltauskaitė

ACCOMMODATION AND PRACTICAL INFO MANO ADRESAS – GRIČIUPIO 9 MY ADDRESS IS GRIČIUPIO STREET NO. 9 If you wish to experience what it means to be a student, you should stay at a dormitory. It’s a perfect place to find new friends, to get to know different cultures, to practice languages, to improve your cooking skills and to study, of course. Further you’ll find the tips how to make your temporary home a sweet home.

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ACCOMMODATION KTU Student Dormitories Overview Our dormitories are not only modern and attractive, they are also great places to work, relax, socialise and meet new friends. Within the dormitories you will find a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and a real community spirit. If you wish to apply for accommodation at a dormitory you have to fill in an application form. In total KTU has 11 dormitories. All undergraduate, Master and PhD students, as well as University guests and staff may be accommodated at the dormitories. From 2013, dormitory No. 5 is announced an International Dormitory. However, international students also live in dormitories No. 2, No. 7 and others. Both dormitories No. 5 and No. 2 have single and double rooms. All the rooms are equipped with all the necessary furniture for life and studies: a bed, a chair, a desk and a wardrobe. For international students bedding is provided. The rooms are combined into flats containing two rooms, a small hallway, a toilet and a shower. There is a kitchen with a cooker, a hob, fridge-freezer and meal preparing area. There are no private bathrooms next to the rooms of dormitories No. 7 and KTU Guest House (except business-class rooms of the Guest House), but there are shared bathrooms on every floor. Other facilities are the same as in the dormitories No. 5 and No. 2. All the residents of the dormitories have the Internet access. Also, free laundry and drying facilities are available on the site. The dormitory fee is paid monthly until the 25th of a month. If you live in a dormitory not full month, the period (and the rent) is divided into 2 parts. The periods are: 1-15 of a month (for example, 1st – 15th of September) and 16-31 of a month (for example, 16th – 31st of August). If you start living in the Guide for International Students 2013–2014

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dormitory from the 14th of August, the rent is calculated for the whole month. In this case you can choose to stay from 14th to 15th in KTU Guest House (1 day rent is from 30 Lt) and move into the dormitory from the 16th of August and pay only half of the monthly rent price.

Addresses and Contacts Dormitory No. 5 Gričiupio St. 9, Kaunas Tel.: +370 37 327635 Administrator: Odeta Bulotienė 5dormitory@ktu.lt

Dormitory No. 2 Studentų St. 67, Kaunas Tel.: +370 37 300886 Administrator: Rūta Survilienė 2dormitory@ktu.lt

400 Lt (~ 115 EUR) – single room; deposit: 400 Lt 300 Lt (~ 90 EUR) – double room / price per person; deposit: 300 Lt

400 Lt (~ 115 EUR) – single room; deposit: 400 Lt 300 Lt (~ 90 EUR) – double room / price for a person; deposit: 300 Lt

Dormitory IT administrator: Vytenis Šlivinskas Gričiupio St. 9 (Dormitory No. 5), room No. 336 Tel.: +370 37 327665 support@bt.ktu.lt

Dormitory IT administrator: Rūta Butkutė Studentų St. 71 (dormitory No. 4), room No. 401 Tel.: +370 37 327666 support@bt.ktu.lt

Dormitory No. 7 A. Purėno St. 18, Kaunas Tel.: +370 37 300886 Administrator: Rūta Survilienė 7bendrabutis@ktu.lt

KTU Guest House A. Purėno St. 20, Kaunas Tel.: +370 37 455495 Head: Jurgita Venclavičienė sveciunamai@ktu.lt

240 Lt (~ 70 EUR) – single room; deposit: 200 Lt 240 Lt (~ 70 EUR) – double room / price per person; deposit: 200 Lt Dormitory IT administrator: Rūta Butkutė Studentų St. 71 (dormitory No. 4), room No. 401 Tel.: +370 37 327666 support@bt.ktu.lt

900 Lt (~275 EUR) -– superior single room; deposit: 400 Lt 600 Lt (~ 173 EUR) – superior double room / price per person; deposit: 400 Lt 300 Lt (~87 EUR) – double room / price per person; deposit: 300 Lt Wi-Fi internet Password is given by the administrator

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For more information about KTU dormitories facilities, fees and rules visit: • KTU dormitories webpage www.bendrabuciai.ktu.lt • KTU Guest House Inform the DIR about the date of your arrival so that the room would be prepared for you. We strongly recommend to avoid weekends and after office hours but even if you arrive at late hour, ring the bell at your dormitory entrance and the janitor will let you in. Your name, the key and other related information will be left with dormitory’s janitor. I was quite exited to arrive at KTU to begin with and and more than glad to see my cozy dorm room to receive my tired self after a tiring journey. The administration and my seniors at KTU made my initial toddling here in Kaunas a cake walk! KTU, a place where you are never alone and always Happy. Emil William Thattakath from India

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Private Accommodation If you prefer to have more space or to live in a certain area of Kaunas or have other reasons, you may choose renting a flat. KTU DIR does not intermediate in finding the flat or dealing with the landlord. Rental prices vary depending on the number of rooms, location, living conditions, period of rent, etc. Average rent prices are from 500 to 1000 Lt per month for a flat (1-3 rooms). The rent is usually paid 3-6 months in advance, so you must have some money ready before arriving. Make sure that your landlord agrees for you to declare place of residence in the municipality institutions otherwise you may have problems applying or receiving temporary residence permit (TRP). Offers of private rent online (usually in Lithuanian language): • www.aruodas.lt/ (also available in English and Russian) • www.edomus.lt/ (also available in English and Russian) • www.domoplius.lt/ (also available in English and Russian) • www.fortosiena.lt (also available in English and Russian) • www.namai.lt/ (also available in English) • www.noriunt.lt (also available in English and Russian) • www.butu-nuoma.com • www.bustonuoma.lt/butu-nuoma/nuoma-kaune.html • www.casaswap.com - free international housing network CasaSwap • Go to www.google.com with somebody who understands Lithuanian and search for other options.

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INTERNET University offers computers and internet services to its students everywhere on campus. Ask your international coordinator for more details and connect with your KTU username and password (more on p. 79). Internet is available in the dormitories as well. Wireless internet is available in many places in Kaunas. Laisvės Av., shopping centres Molas and Akropolis are free of charge wireless zones. Many of cafés (Coffe InN, Vero Café, etc) have wireless internet too, ask the bartender for connection details (login name and password). The electricity voltage in Lithuania is 220 V 50 Hz/AC. Plugs are two pin continental sizes, like in the majority of European countries, but if you have Italian, British, or the US device you may need an adapter. You can get it at the airport or electronic shop (Senukai, Elektromarkt, etc.).

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EATING AND SHOPPING Cooking at Home For those who cook there is a variety of products to buy in the shops or markets. You can even find ready-to-cook products and just use the oven, microwave and etc. at home. Unfortunately, we do not have a large choice of Chinese, Indian, Mexican or Lebanese ingredients and spices, but some may be found. Living independently you may wish to learn cooking even if at home you did it only occasionally. Isn’t it a good experience? Here are average prices of some essential products (per peace, kg, liter): Bread Meat Noodles (pasta) Rice Milk Eggs Chocolate

0,5 – 1 EUR 3 – 7 EUR 1 – 3 EUR 1 – 3 EUR 1 – 1,5 EUR ~2 EUR 0,5 – 1,5 EUR

Everyone interested in Lithuanian cuisine should try some national meals, like cepelinai/didžkukuliai (potato dumplings stuffed with meat), koldūnai (dumplings stuffed with meat or curd), Lithuanian sausage. Šaltibarščiai (cold beetroot soup/pink soup) and balta mišrainė (white salad) can be made quite easily, while kepta duona (fried bread with cheese and garlic) is a very popular snack to beer. Some of these you can even buy in a supermarket.

Eating Out There are many places to eat on the KTU student campus and in the Faculties (there are University canteens in almost every faculty) between the lectures. The prices may vary but you can have lunch for 10 Lt. There are many places to eat in and around Laisvės Av., the old town, shopping centres, etc. There are Lithuanian, European (especially pizzerias), Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Azerbaijani, Russian, Armenian, etc., fast food, coffee places and tea houses, as well as res-

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taurants. You may expect to pay 5-25 Lt for pizza, ~20-30 Lt for a steak or sea food, 5-7 Lt for a cup of cappuccino at any average place. Ask for special offers or menu of the day and reduce your expenses! Tipping. While tipping is not obligatory in Lithuania, you may leave some tips (usually 5-10% of the main sum) for good service and good food. My favourite food/drink in Lithuania: Alus (beer). Fried bread. Cepelinas. Alexander Harnish from Germany Cepelinai and kepta duona (fried bread). Claire Masurel from France Pink soup (šaltibarščiai)! Kamil Musa Ordu fromTurkey; Delphine Deloy from France, Merve Acet from Turkey

Shopping Blankets, warm clothes, chair, computer, food… You can get everything in Kaunas and for a decent price! Most shops are open Monday - Friday from 9:00 or 10:00 to 18:00 or 19:00, and on Saturdays until about 15:00-17:00. Some shops (especially supermarkets) and shopping centres stay open later, till 20:00 or 21:00 (all-week-round). There are several chains of supermarkets in Lithuania: MAXIMA, IKI, RIMI, etc. Here you can also buy some daily goods. The shopping centres provide other services such as dry cleaning, fixing of clothes or shoes, making keys, etc. Pharmacy, bank, mobile phone providers’ shops, etc. can be found in every shopping centre as well. Molas is the closest shopping centre to the KTU dormitories. Girstutis (with the supermarket IKI) has an underground market of daily food products. Akropolis is situated in the city centre and offers not only for a wide choice of shops but also entertainment facilities (bowling, ice skating, cinema). You can pay in cash (litas) or use a bank card. The prices in shops are fixed; VAT is included. You can bargain in a market a little (1-5 litas off depending on the price).

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MONEY MATTERS Banking As mentioned before, you can easily pay with your card or exchange US dollars, euros, and British pounds in Lithuania. However, cash withdrawal from ATM using your country’s bank card is charged by your bank and you may benefit by having bank account (and a bank card) in one of the banks in Lithuania (all of them are strictly regulated by the Republic of Lithuania and all deposits are insured). SEB www.seb.lt DNB www.dnb.lt Swedbank www.swedbank.lt (limited opening of accounts for international students) Šiaulių bankas www.sb.lt Finasta www.finasta.com Citadele www.citadele.lt Medicinos bankas www.medbank.lt Show your student card or student status confirmation (ask the DIR) to open a bank account and get a bank card free of charge.

Most of the banks are normally open from Monday to Friday between 8:00 and 17:00 hours, but office hours may vary. On Saturdays some banks are open from 8:00 to 12:00 and all are closed on Sundays. However, you can find some banks with longer opening hours in large shopping centres. All banks have branches throughout the country. You may pay your bills in the bank. If you prefer to pay your bills (i. e. your dormitory fees) by bank transfer, there is a small charge (about 1-3 Lt). When arranging such transfers you may need to show your ID. In addition, banks offer electronic services making it possible for you to manage your bank affairs or payments (such as dormitory fees) on the internet. Cash withdrawal at the ATM of your bank is free of charge (you can withdraw up to 1000-2000 Lt per day, consult your chosen bank). If your parents want to transfer money to your account, please indicate all the

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details requested for international transfer: exact bank name, SWIFT code, IBAN (international code of your bank account; note that the number of your bank card is different form the number of your bank account). Usually the same account is suitable for different currencies: litas, euros, dollars, etc. Consult the bank employee for correct details.

Currency National Currency National currency is litas (Lt, or LTL when we talk about currency exchange rates). Lithuania aims to join the European Monetary Union and to introduce euro. Therefore litas is fixed to Euro at the rate of 1 EUR = 3.4528 LTL. Prices in big supermarkets may be given in litas and in euros, but do not get confused – you can pay in litas only (or use a debit/credit card). 1 Litas = 100 cents. Coins and banknotes are of the following values: Coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cents and 1, 2, 5 litas Banknotes: 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 litas For more information on currency, monetary affairs, etc.: • Bank of Lithuania www.lb.lt

Money Exchange Money can be changed at any bank in Lithuania as well as at many currency exchange offices in larger cities. It is worth changing large amounts at a time to avoid extra service charges. Traveller’s cheques can also be exchanged. Euros and U.S. dollars are easiest to exchange while some other currencies, especially from distant states might be not convertible here. Money transfers to and from abroad incur an extra commission fee, the size of which depends on the destination.

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Bank Cards/ Money Withdrawal Bank cards such as Visa, Visa Electron, MasterCard/Eurocard, Maestro, Diner’s Club and American Express are accepted in banks, most major hotels, restaurants, shops and petrol stations. Cash points (Automatic Teller Machines, bankomatai) are opened 24 hours every day, and there are plenty of them. Note that money withdrawal in another ATM than of your bank can cost extra charge. Please, contact your bank for details. If the bank you chose is an international bank and has branches in other countries, you may withdraw cash there without any additional charge.

Living Costs At the moment, Lithuania is not an expensive country to live in. However the cost of living depends on your lifestyle. Students have to pay for their books and other materials (if not provided by the library or teacher), plus their accommodation and living expenses. For example, monthly public transport ticket with student card discount costs 16.80 Lt, but if you return late or do not want to wait for a bus, you may take a minibus (2.50 Lt) or even a taxi (~20 Lt). Most of the students cook at home. If you have lunch in the canteen, cafeteria or pizzeria, usually you pay 10-15 Lt. If you are planning to travel or to attend cultural and sports events, you will need an extra 200-300 EUR per month. Lithuanian Student Identity Card (ISIC at some extent too) gives discounts for travelling inside the city and the country, for cinema, museums, books, sports, and etc. Please look on www.lsp.lt for a full list of discounts. Please do not forget the costs for visas and other formalities and the dormitory deposit.

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Average monthly living expenses of a single student in Kaunas Dormitory

€ 105

Public transport

€5

Food

€ 145

Hygiene goods

€ 30

Materials for studies

€ 30

Entertainment

€ 75

Other

€ 60

Total

450 €

Degree student applying for Temporary Residence Permit (or extending it) must prove his/her ability to cover studies and accommodation expenses for a period of 1 year. It is required to have at least 425 Lt per month (bank statement for 1740 euros or 6000 Lt) plus the tuition fees and flight ticket back home. I would love to tell you my story how KTU and Lithuania in general changed my life. My family is not rich, it comes from a middle class, but I decided to study abroad. To tell you the truth, in the beginning it was hard to get my family’s permission as they had two main concerns. Their first concern was the economic situation, and the second was me. I chose Lithuania after long searching because it is cheaper than most of other European countries and even than my country. By the way I was so shy before travelling to Kaunas that I was afraid of staying alone at the university (that’s why my family was concerned)! But now I am happy in here. I have a lot of friends, my mentors and other local students helped me to integrate. In a very short time from Zero I became Hero!’ Rahim Mammadov from Azerbaijan

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DRESSING RIGHT FOR LITHUANIAN WINTER In Lithuania temperatures are given in degree Celsius °C (to convert to Fahrenheit multiply Celsius by 1.8 and add 32). Lithuania has a mix of maritime and continental climate. What does it mean? Winters are generally mild and summers are cooler along the coast with temperature extremes increasing inland. Average temperature in Lithuania (°C) Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Average -5 -2 0 +5 +13 +15 +17 +16 +12 +7 +3 -3 temperature Source: www.meteo.lt

However, don’t let these average temperatures deceive you. It could be +30 °C in July and August at midday and -20°C at some January nights. The four seasons of the year are very different in Lithuania and this means that you will need a few sets of different clothing. Warm winter clothing is a necessity in Lithuania. Warm boot, warm gloves, a warm hat that covers the ears are items you will appreciate. Although it can be cold outside, buildings are well-heated and people wear light clothing inside. You may not find warm clothes in your country; don’t worry – you can do the shopping here – larger choice, lower prices. A raincoat and an umbrella as well as water-resistant boots will help you to stay dry and warm during spring and autumn. Summer is a good season to go to the beach and enjoy the sun as well as to get a nice tan. Follow weather forecasts in Kaunas and Lithuania on www.meteo.lt or on your smart phone.

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PHONING You will probably need to communicate a lot, so you need a Lithuanian phone number. It is much cheaper to use a pre-paid card of one of our mobile network providers than to use services of your home country. You may choose among three mobile companies: Omnitel, Tele2 or Bite. Students can buy prepaid cards, but not monthly paid contracts. All GSM providers offer various cards: Extra, Labas, Ežys, etc. Usually it is cheaper to talk and to exchange texts among users of the same network. Thus it is better to choose the same GSM provider and the pre-paid card for the entire group of friends. Pre-paid cards and their top-ups are available at any supermarket, or kiosk. For more information on GSM providers visit: Bite www.bite.lt Labas pre-paid card www.labas.lt Omnitel www.omnitel.lt Extra pre-paid card www.extra.lt Ežys prie-paid card www.ezys.lt Tele2 www.tele2.lt Pildyk pre-paid card www.pildyk.lt

How to dial phone numbers To make an international call from Lithuania, dial: • the international prefix 00, • the code of the country you are calling, • the city code, • the telephone number. To make an international call to Lithuania, dial: • the international prefix for the country you are calling from, • the code for Lithuania +370, • the city code, e.g. for Kaunas 37, • the telephone number. Emergency call number: 112. Bring with yourself the will to know different people and to explore a different country and culture. Giovanni Radighieri from Italy Guide for International Students 2013–2014

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PRACTICING YOUR FAITH Roman Catholic Church is the dominant religion in Lithuania (~80 %). However, there are Eastern Orthodox, Evangelical Lutheran, Evangelical Reformation Churches, Old Believers, Judaism, Sunni, Karaite, Islam, and other religious communities. National holidays are set according to the Roman Catholic calendar but other communities celebrate their holidays as well. There are many Catholic churches in Kaunas. If you are looking for any other church, you may ask your embassy, community or friends. Some of the addresses of the most popular religious communities:

• Mosque: on the corner of Totorių and Trakų streets (near to the Bus station). • Orthodox Church: Vytauto St. 38. • Synagogue and Israelian community: E.Ožeškienės St. 13.

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POSTAL SERVICES A birthday present, packages with clothes or items forgotten at home may be delivered to you at the post office (or sent by courier service which delivers straight to your home). The packages and registered mail sent to you can be picked up at your local post office. Its address is indicated on the card a postman leaves if they don’t find you at home. Post offices are usually open Monday–Friday from 8:00 to 18:00, Saturday 9:00 – 14:00. The opening hours may vary. If you wish to send a letter or a card (national and international) and already have a stamp you can drop it in the yellow post boxes for collection. Stamps are available at post offices and press kiosks. Some of received items might be a subject of customs declaration and customs fees. Kaunas Central Post Office (Kauno centrinis paštas) Address: Laisvės Av. 102, LT-44001 Kaunas Opened: From Monday to Friday: 7:30 – 19:00 On Saturday: 9:00 – 16:00 The post offices closest to the KTU dormitories: Address: Chemijos Av. 2, LT-51001 Kaunas (close to the shop “Iki”) Opened: From Tuesday to Friday: 8:00 – 19:00 On Saturday: 8:00 – 14:00 Address: K. Baršausko St. 66 A, LT-44025 Kaunas (in the shopping centre “Molas”) Opened: From Monday to Friday: 9:00 – 20:00, On Saturday: 10:00 – 15:00 For more information about postal services visit: • Lithuanian Post www.post.lt

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HEALTH Lithuanian health system is organised around the family doctor (Family Clinics, Šeimos klinika). When you have a medical problem, the family doctor is the first to contact, except in cases of the emergency. If you need to consult with a certain specialist, first of all you have to go to the family doctor to get a referral. Medication prescribed by a doctor can be bought at the nearest pharmacy (vaistinė). The purchase of some medicine requires a doctor’s prescription. Pharmacies are usually open from 8 to 19, the ones in shopping centers have longer working hours. Every pharmacy indicates the nearest 24 hours opened pharmacy. In cases of accident or emergency, every hospital (ligoninė) provides first aid. If you need to make an Ambulance call, please, dial 112 – Emergency Number. There are no charges for ambulance transport in the cases of emergency.

Health insurance will let you to recover your expenses for medical services.

• Holders of European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). If you (or your family members) have EHIC, you are entitled to necessary medical care services which are free of charge in the health care institutions belonging to the Lithuanian National Health System. When applying to private medical institutions, ask if they have a contract with TPF (Territorial Patient Fund) for providing medical care free of charge.

• Holders of private health insurance. You have to pay for medical services, and reclaim the cost from your insurance company. Please read the conditions of your health insurance carefully. Collect all cheques, prescriptions, etc. Please notice that most of the dentists (odontologists) are working on private basis and you cannot get the insurance recover except emergency cases.

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KTU has an agreement with one family clinic, which provides medical services for KTU students: AVE VITA klinika Address: Kovo 11-osios St. 22, Kaunas (In the supermarket Girstupio IKI, close to dormitories) Registry phone: (8-37) 22 55 77 www.avevitaklinika.lt info@avevitaklinika.lt Before going to the clinic please always phone or send an e-mail. Working hours: Mondays – Fridays 8:00 – 19:00 Please take your passport and insurance (private one or EHIC), when going to the clinic.

There are many Primary Health Care Institutions (larger than Family Clinics) in Kaunas belonging to the Lithuanian National Health System. They have not only family doctors but also various specialists working there, and you can have more health examinations at the same place. Here we list some of them (international students can visit any of these institutions): Name Kauno Dainavos poliklinika Kauno Kalniečių poliklinika Kauno Centro poliklinika Kauno Šančių poliklinika Kauno Šilainių poliklinika Bendrosios medicinos praktika

Address Pramonės Av. 31, LT-51270 Kaunas Savanorių Av. 369, LT-49427 Kaunas A. Mickevičiaus St. 4, LT-44313 Kaunas Juozapavičiaus pr. 72, LT-45217 Kaunas Baltų Av. 7, LT-48259 Kaunas Savanorių Av. 423, LT-49287 Kaunas

Phone +370 37 403900 +370 37 401422 +370 37 409200 +370 37 342167 +370 37 377771 +370 37 313665

Kaunas hospitals within Lithuanian National Health System: Lietuvos Sveikatos mokslų universiteto ligoninė, Kauno klinikos Kauno klinikinė ligoninė Kauno klinikinė ligoninė (city centre branch) Respublikinė Kauno ligoninė

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Josvainių St. 2, LT-47144 Kaunas +370 37 306011 Laisvės Av. 17 / Gedimino St. +370 37 425919 36, LT-44320 Kaunas Hipodromo St. 13, LT-45130 +370 37 342330 Kaunas

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If you need a hospital because of an emergency, go directly to the Emergency office, usually indicated in Lithuanian: PRIĖMIMO SKYRIUS. List of hospitals, family doctors, practical information on insurance on National Health Insurance Fund www.vlk.lt.

Psychologist When living abroad you have to cope with a new culture, new people and new habits, which, along with the studying or training can at times be a burden. Separation from your family and friends can itself make you feel lonely and homesick. Don’t be ashamed of it, it’s natural. Remember you can contact your teachers or study advisors to talk about personal problems, but don’t hesitate to get professional help as well. The most important thing is that you talk with someone as soon as possible about the things that are troubling you, so you don’t have to cope with them on your own. University Psychologist Service Psychologist Juneta Zelmikienė Studentų St. 63 A, room 207, Kaunas +370 37 300257 e-mail: juneta.zelmikiene@ktu.lt Monday, Tuesday: 9:00 – 12:00, Wednesday: 8:00 – 12:00

Health insurance All international students have to have medical insurance valid in Lithuania for the study period (can be renewed every year). The insurance can be purchased in the student’s home country or from a Lithuanian insurance company upon arrival.

Health insurance for EU citizens Students from EU countries are not required to have any special health insurance. European insurance card or form E111 confirming that a student has EU health insurance is valid in Lithuania.

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Health insurance for non EU citizens Students from non EU countries may purchase their health insurance either at their home country or in Lithuania. If you come to Lithuania without a visa, you have to purchase health insurance for 3 months and extend it when you apply for a visa or TRP. If you came holding a national visa D, it means you have health insurance for the period of visa. When you get TRP, it is more convenient to purchase health insurance in Lithuania (~ 400 Lt (115 EUR) per year). Students from non EU countries applying for a visa or the temporary residence permit in Lithuania have to prove to the consular / migration office that they have a valid health insurance. The following requirements for the insurance contract (policy) have to be fulfilled:

• The health insurance contract (policy) shall guarantee that all the basic medical assistance costs and travel expenses which may arise in connection with the return (for health reasons) of an alien to homeland (medical transportation, including escort by medical brigade or a doctor) will be covered. The following shall be indicated in the insurance policy: • Number of Health insurance contract (policy); • Information about the insurance company (name, address of registered office, telephone and fax numbers); • Full name of insured person; • The amount of health insurance (not less than 20 000 Lt); • Duration of health insurance contract (at least till the end of study period); • Territorial coverage of health insurance contract (policy); • Non-insured events (risks not covered).

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SAFETY Lithuanian Police Forces aim to keep its citizens and guests of the country safe. However, you need to take care of your own safety as well. In emergency call 112 from your mobile.

• Try to keep out of remote dark unknown areas (streets, yards, etc.); on the way

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home make sure that you are not followed by anybody. In the dark staircases of the block houses/ buildings be ready for unexpected meetings, i.e. have a spotlight; especially it is not safe in those staircases of the block houses/ buildings that are not far away from bars, coffee-bars, restaurants or clubs. If you are in a club/bar, choose friends you could trust to leave your drink/ belongings (there is a possibility that somebody could pour sleeping pills into your drink). Do not carry a lot of cash in your wallet/one pocket (take only as much as you need for going out). It is also advised to split money and keep it in several places. Don’t leave your mobile phone on the table when you go to dance in clubs/ bars. Do not leave clubs, bars, discos with unknown/strange people. If you stay late at your friends’ place or in a club/ bar, it is always recommended to take a taxi home. If you are robed or overreached, call the police immediately; Try to memorize the faces, numbers, cars, colours, etc. If you think that you or your flat is being watched or you notice strangely behaving persons in the neighbourhood, call 112. If you know about committed or planned crime, please inform police by anonymous telephones: +370 37 303050, +370 37 303060, +370 37 303333. It is not allowed to drink alcohol in public places in Lithuania unless during events and alcohol is sold in special licensed places. Smoking is forbidden in all indoor places. Using drugs (incl. marihuana) is illegal.

Police has a right to arrest a foreigner if:

• They refused to prove or cannot prove their identity. • There are reasons to suspect that a foreigner is staying illegally in Lithuania and he/she can not prove otherwise. If a foreigner commits a crime in Lithuania, he/she will be put on trial according to the Lithuanian law unless the International Agreements foresee differently.

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DRIVING If you come from mainland Europe, the driving rules in Lithuania are mostly the same: you drive on the right and overtake on the left. Be careful during wintertime because of the weather conditions (snow, for example). Headlights are used all-year-round, 24 hours a day. Seatbelts are compulsory for every passenger in front and back. Some other regulations:

• Winter motoring. Studded tyres may be used from 1st November to 31st March. • Mobile phones and driving. If a mobile phone is used when driving, the use of • •

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a hands-free device is obligatory. Speed limits (km/h): highways 110 (from the 1st May until the 1st October 130), roads 90, cities 50. Drinking and driving. Note that driving under the influence of alcohol is strictly forbidden. The maximum permitted blood alcohol level is 0.4 per mille. Infringement of this rule nearly always results in a penalty in the form of a fine or imprisonment. Light reflecting vest and medical kit must be in every car. The car must be insured with a civil insurance. Have it with you while driving.

For International Driving Licence Holders • All driver‘s licences issued in the EU Member States as well as Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein are valid in Lithuania without any restrictions (with official translation if in your native language). If your driving license expires, you can change it into Lithuanian: there are no exams. • The driving license issued elsewhere has to be changed into Lithuanian after 6 months of living in Lithuania and holding TRP (i.e. if you came with national visa D and got your TRP in a few months, you should count 6 months after you received TRP). You will need to pass a practical examination. If you do not have driving licence at all and want to get a Lithuanian one you’ll need to pass theory and practice exams. More information on driving and regulations: Police Department under the Ministry of the Interior www.policija.lt • State enterprise REGITRA (driving licence, registration of cars, etc.) www.regitra.lt • Emergency number to call police: 112. Guide for International Students 2013–2014

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STUDIES AND STUDENT LIFE AŠ STUDIJUOJU KAUNO TECHNOLOGIJOS UNIVERSITETE I STUDY AT KAUNAS UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY Kaunas University of Technology is your University, even if you came here for a few weeks! Learn how the lectures are organised, what the academic calendar is and how your work will be assessed. Do not miss the opportunity to make sports, sing or dance, join student organisations and take full advantage of your time at KTU. We would like to be your best University!

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STUDIES Academic Structure Qualifying Degrees Higher education in Lithuania is divided into undergraduate (Bachelor), graduate (Master’s), and postgraduate (Doctoral) studies. Kaunas University of Technology awards Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctor’s degrees, which usually take 4, 1.5 or 2, and 4 years respectively.

The Credit System Kaunas University of Technology and all universities in Lithuania, uses as national credit system based on student workload with an average of 1600 working hours per academic year. 1 KTU credit is equal to 1 ECTS credit The academic year consists of 2 semesters (60 credits (60 ECTS credits). One semester corresponds to 30 KTU credits (30 ECTS credits). ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) - was developed by the European Commission in order to provide common procedures to guarantee academic recognition of studies abroad. The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System is a student-centred system based on the student workload required to achieve the objectives of a programme, objectives preferably specified in terms of the learning outcomes and competences to be acquired. Lithuania’s eligibility to participate in the Socrates programme (from 1998) provided the real impetus for ECTS implementation at Kaunas University of Technology. All key documents of ECTS are used at Kaunas University of Technology: the Learning Agreement, the Transcript of Records, and the proof of Recognition. More information about ECTS: • Official EC information ec.europa.eu/education/lifelong-learning-policy/doc48_en.htm Guide for International Students 2013–2014

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Academic Calendar The academic year consists of autumn and spring semesters. The autumn semester always starts on the 1st of September, and the beginning of the spring semester may vary a little (usually it starts in the beginning of February). Academic calendar 2013-2014   Lectures period Christmas Holiday Winter exams session   Lectures period Easter Holiday Spring exams session Summer vacation

Autumn semester dates 03/09/2013 – 21/12/2013 23/12/2013 – 01/01/2014 02/01/2014 – 31/01/2014 Spring semester dates 03/02/2014 – 31/05/2014 14/04/2014 – 21/04/2014 02/06/2014 – 30/06/2014 01/07/2014 – 31/08/2014

There are other important dates during the academic year, check for full academic calendar on http://en.ktu.lt/content/studies/academic-information Main terms Study programme – all the courses that must be passed during the study period to get a qualifying degree. Course – study subject of a certain volume of credits to be studied one semester. Credit – unit to describe the volume (workload) of a course. Semester – half of a year studies at the University. Individual study plan – study plan for one academic year, which consists of obligatory and freely chosen courses. Minor studies – freely chosen second study programme while studying the major one (only for Bachelor’s). Academic Information System (AIS) – individual electronic system where you can find your individual study plan, lectures timetable, your grades, etc.

Study Plans If a student arrives to study a degree programme (degree student), he/she follows general study programme plan with some personal adjustment and flexibility.

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Exchange students form their study plan according to their home institution’s study programme. No matter which group you belong to, you must confirm your study plan at the beginning of each semester. Every student must form his/her study plan after arrival and every following semester. Changes in the study plan may be made during the first two weeks of every semester. After these two weeks a student must confirm the final study plan to the International coordinator of certain faculty. Starting from the second year of studies at KTU degree students must confirm their study plans with the International coordinator of certain faculty until 15th June. Students at KTU usually take 30 ECTS credits per semester. It’s not allowed to take more than 36 ECTS credits per semester. Courses in foreign languages catalogue presents the list of degree programmes and courses at Kaunas University of Technology available in English or Russian for every academic year. The courses presented in this catalogue are of two levels: • undergraduate (Bachelor’s) level; • graduate (Master‘s) level. Course level is indicated in the description of every course. It is also easy to distinguish course level from letters B or M in the course code, like T125B003 – Bachelor’s course, T125M165 – Master’s course. Exchange students should pay attention to the level of the course, while developing individual study plan. It is recommended for Bachelor‘s students to choose undergraduate level courses, and for Master‘s students to choose graduate level courses.

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course is recommended but not obligatory, <50 % - B2 test is obligatory. If a student has higher score, another foreign language can be taken (German, French, Spanish, Russian) for 0 credits (free of charge) otherwise you should pay the tuition fee according the credits of the chosen course of foreign language (applicable for Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and PhD students as well). Exchange students can take language course(s) with credits. Overall sum of credits must not exceed 36 credits per semester.

Study Process and Assessments Lectures Each course has a confirmed content and may possibly include midterm exam, course work, practical and laboratory tasks, etc. There is a written or oral exam upon completion of every course. This information is given by the supervising professor at the beginning of each course. Lecture lasts 1 hour 30 minutes. Attending the lectures is obligatory. If you became ill during the semester or exams session, you must visit a doctor and inform the faculty administration about your illness on the first day you are missing the classes. After you get well, you must get a note from the doctor and to bring it to the faculty. Lectures timetable 1 lecture 8:30 2 lecture 10:30 3 lecture 13:00 4 lecture 15:00 5 lecture 17:00 6 lecture 18:45

Assessment of Knowledge The final grade of each course may consist of several components (provided by the teacher at the beginning of the course): midterm exam, course paper, laboratory works, home works (assessment during semester), and final exam. Usually a student is not allowed to take exam without fulfilling and getting passing grades for each of the semester tasks. Exams are taken during the exams session. The received grades can be checked on Academic Information System http://mano.ktu.lt. The best students of each faculty may receive scholarships.

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If you failed assessment during semester or exam, you should pay 50 Lt to retake it. Repeating of the course next semester will be charged according to the tuition fee per credit. Feel free to use teachers’ consultancy hours (set by each teacher). The grading scale used at KTU is from 1 to 10 where 5 and higher is a passing grade and 4 or lower - a failing grade. A student passes when he/she proves that he/she assimilated not less than 50 % of the required knowledge scope. Pass/fail system Pass

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* KTU grades are not converted into ECTS grades. Instead, the statistical grade distributions is given in the Transcripts of Records for the exchange students.

Final Thesis Each study programme ends in writing the final degree thesis (Bachelor’s, Master’s or doctoral) which are presented and defended at the faculty. Master’s thesis includes a preparatory research (called Research Work) in every semester. If you do not manage to defend your final degree thesis on time, you can do it later by paying 750 Lt. Successful presentation of the thesis means the accomplishing of the degree programme and leads to a degree. Guide for International Students 2013–2014

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SCHOLARSHIPS University’s degree students are entitled to irreclaimable financial support – scholarship. University’s scholarship fund consists of money from State budget, companies and individual donations. Scholarship for Very Good Results in Studies and Science (260 Lt (75 EUR) per month, 1 semester long) Every semester a Dean of a Faculty appoints the students who demonstrate very good results for scholarship. The scholarship is assigned automatically and the student does not need to apply for it. Rector Scholarship for Exceptional Results in Studies and Science (650 Lt (188 EUR) per month, 1 semester long) Nearly 50 Rector‘s scholarships for students who show exceptional results in studies and science are awarded by University‘s Rector‘s order every semester. The applications must be submitted at the faculties. Onetime Incentive Scholarship may be given following Faculty‘s Dean‘s (up to 390 Lt (113EUR)) or Rector’s (up to 1040 Lt (300 EUR)) decision to the student who is active in social life, participates in various projects and other after-studies activities. The students are recommended by faculties. Scholarships of Companies and Sponsors may be given for talented students. The application and requirements vary depending on the scholarship. Information about open calls is published on www.ktu.lt/en, http://mano.ktu.lt, etc. I was surprised by the helpfulness of teachers and of other staff. I had the opportunity to take part in some conferences, and I had a chance to communicate with local students, who were very happy to get to know my culture. Giorgio Fadda from Italy

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STUDENT MOBILITY Degree students can study one or two semesters outside of Lithuania and have a double international experience. The courses that are taken at a foreign university should match the study plan for a certain semester at KTU. Info Day of Studies Abroad is organised in spring where you can find out more and meet the students who had this experience already or study as exchange students at KTU.

LLL/Erasmus LLL/Erasmus is the most popular academic exchange programme in the world. Each faculty has bilateral Erasmus agreements with the universities all around Europe and you can choose one of them. Why to take this opportunity? It is an amazing addition to your experience in studies and social life, possibility to learn another language and opportunity to get a scholarship (350 – 650 EUR per month) to cover your expenses abroad. Degree students may participate in exchange programme from the second year of studies at the University. The Department of International Relations deals with applications. The eligible students are being selected twice a year (the main call is in March – April and the second in September – October). You can learn more on http://en.ktu.lt/content/international/erasmus-studies.

Bilateral Agreements and Open Calls LLL/Erasmus is not the only programme to experience international mobility. KTU has bilateral agreements with universities all over the world and encourages student mobility based on them. Some scholarships are available as well.

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Internships LLL/Erasmus provides opportunities for internship (so called Erasmus placements) in Europe supported by Erasmus scholarship. The internship should be from 3 to 12 months. The selection of candidates is organised by the Department of International Relations several times a year. More information on http:// en.ktu.lt/content/international/academic-mobility. IAESTE (The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience) and AIESEC international programmes expand internship opportunities all over the world. More information on www.karjera.ktu.lt and www.aiesec.lt.

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AFTER COMPLETION Degree students Diploma and the Diploma Supplement After accomplishing the degree programme and the presentation of the final thesis, a student receives KTU diploma which is recognised in the European Union as well as in many other countries in the world. Having Bachelor’s or Master’s degree awarded by KTU you may continue your studies (Master’s or PhD respectively) at KTU or any other university in Europe, or start your professional career. The Diploma Supplement is an annex attached to a higher education diploma. It provides a standardised description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies pursued and successfully completed by the graduate. The Diploma Supplement contributes to the transparency of student academic achievement and facilitates academic and professional recognition of qualifications throughout the entire Europe and other parts of the world. Diploma Supplement is issued to all graduates of Kaunas University of Technology automatically, free of charge and in two languages: Lithuanian and English since 2005. Before leaving Lithuania we recommend you to legalise diploma and diploma supplement by obtaining Apostille at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania. According to the international law requirements, this stamp officially confirms that a signature, seal or stamp on a document is genuine. You may be asked for this at your next university or employer. It might be useful to legalise with Apostille other documents obtained in Lithuania as well.

Transcript of Records (TR) If you decided to stop your studies for any reason or you want to transfer to another university, you may need Transcript of Records which includes all the courses you took and the marks you received while studying at KTU.

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Normally TR may be prepared only after the exams session when all marks are entered into the database. It means that TR will be prepared in February for the autumn semester or in July for the spring semester. In case the Transcript of Records is necessary before graduating, a student can make a request in the DIR or Faculty Office.

Exchange students Transcript of Records (TR) Each exchange student will need the Transcript of Records in order to have their study period abroad recognised at their home university. Normally the Transcript of Records may be prepared only after the exams session when all marks are entered into the database. It means that TR will be prepared in February for the autumn semester, or in July for the spring semester. When the TR is prepared, DIR sends it to the studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home university by post.

Other Documents DIR may issue an official document confirming the period of your studies at KTU. If your home university requires any additional information about your studies here, please inform the DIR in advance!

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ACADEMIC INFORMATION SYSTEM (AIS) KTU has a unified registration system. Once the new user registers, the login name and the password are valid for the following services provided by the KTU computer network: • • • • • •

Academic Information System (AIS) (only for students) http://mano.ktu.lt E-mail; Computerised workstations in the University classrooms or libraries; Wireless internet (Wi-Fi) zones in the University area; Virtual Private Network (VPN); E-learning environments (Moodle, ViPS, etc.). In order to get the login name and password you should register on https://registracija.ktu.lt.

Enter your name, surname and ID (according to KTU database, ID is something like 38909259994. Ask the International coordinator of the faculty if you do not know it). After you provide the information needed for the registration, the sysNew user tem will create your login name and your e-mail address. In further registration steps you will also be able to change a password. The new login name and password will be necessary for all your study period - in KTU libraries, computer classes or buildings with Wi-Fi and for the access of academic information on http://mano.ktu.lt

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In order to see this information, login to http://mano.ktu.lt with your new login name and password that were created during the registration to KTU network system. On the top of the page choose the link according to your interest area:

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Moodle Environment (you might use it in some lectures); Video Lectures System (ViPS); apklausos.ktu.lt (there you can fill in a survey); kokybe.ktu.lt (in this area you can write a comment about study quality); KTU Library; KTU Academic System (there you will find your study plan and study results).

If you go on KTU Academic System, you will find a study plan of a current semester, the schedule of your lectures, notifications about your payments or outstanding debts as well as your status with the library, faculty, student union and dormitory. Click on Individual Plan and you will access the information about each year Study Plans. Moreover you will be able to order a student status certificate from the University. Websites and contacts for inquiries are provided: • when working in the University computer labs, contact the lab IT administrators, Have • when working at the library, contact the librarians, questions? • regarding e-mail, VPN, KTU wireless network issues, contact IT administrators: Studentų g. 48a-101, Kaunas tel: (8 37) 300640, e-mail: pastas@ktu.lt

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LITHUANIAN STUDENT IDENTITY CARD (LSIC) This is the main document that proves your Student status in Lithuania. An electronic LSIC is a student identity card that is also an e-ticket card for public transport, e-wallet, library card, student discount card (for cinema, shopping, internet access, copying etc.). You get up to 80% discount for public transport and 50% discount for intercity transport with LSIC. LSIC is produced for the whole period of your studies at KTU. It’s your document for studies and leisure time. In order to save your time and avoid misunderstandings, the mentors will help you to order your LSIC – contact them for details.

How to Order LSIC? You will need: • a computer, • internet access, • e-mail address (do not use one.lt, mail.ru, rambler.ru or similar). 1 step. Go to the www.lsp.lt Choose English language.

2 step. Click on Register (to register in the system). 3 step. Enter requested information very carefully and follow the directions (if you enter wrong information your LSIC won’t be produced or it will take longer; if you made a mistake, contact your mentor or International Officer). Enter the city where you study (Kaunas). Instead of personal number, enter your passport (ID) number. Fill in other information and press Register. The system will show the error (it won’t recognize your personal number) but don’t mind and click Register once again. Check your e-mail and click received link to confirm registration.

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4 step. Connect to the system http://www.lsp.lt using your email address and the password you entered while filling in the form. You must fill in the rest of information about yourself (university, faculty, etc.). 5 step. It may take from 5 min to a few days the system (or LSIC team) to approve your student status. You will receive the confirmation e-mail. Connect to the system again and upload your photo (have it scanned). Students who participate in Welcome Week will be photographed to have a good quality photo. 6 step. In the My LSIC on www.lsp.lt, choose Order a new LSIC. Choose an office where your LSIC will be delivered (you can choose to collect in any office of Swedbank, DNB, Omnitel or Bitė – these banks and mobile net providers have offices in the most common places like Molas (Baršausko g. 66A), Akropolis shopping centre (Karaliaus Mindaugo pr. 49) and Laisvės al.). Choose the date and time, when you come to collect your LSIC. Pay for it online or print out a receipt which enables you to pay at the office. Print out the LSIC contract and the receipt. You can track the status of your LSIC, when connected to www.lsp.lt. 7 step. As soon as you come to collect your LSIC, bring the LSIC contract and sign it in the presence of an authorized officer. You must have your passport or ID card with you. If you did not pay for the LSIC production online, then make a payment. If you see a mistake on your LSIC, please inform an officer and do not collect the LSIC. LSIC Partnership Programme LSP is designed for students only and provides the most incredible offers. The offers, discounts are updated regularly: check on www.lsp.lt

If You Have Lost/Ruined Your LSIC Please contact KTU Student Union (K.Donelaičio St. 73, Kaunas or phone +370 37 300857) and students who work there will explain you what to do. LSIC coordinator at KTU: lsp@ktusa.lt

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Price New LSIC costs 10 Lt for 1 year + bank fees. So it would be 10 Lt for exchange students and, for example, 20 Lt for Master’s degree students (duration of 2 years).

Advice The production of LSIC from registration to picking it from the bank may take 2-3 weeks. If it takes longer, contact the KTU Student Union (see above for the contacts) or your mentor. If you need a confirmation that you are a student of KTU, go to your faculty and ask to issue a Student status confirming document.

International Student Identity Card (ISIC) During your studies and especially while your LSIC is being produced you may find useful to have ISIC – International Student Identity Card. It gives plenty of discounts in Lithuania and abroad. Note that ISIC can give you discounts for Kaunas public transport, but not for intercity bus and trains. To get your ISIC you’ll need: • Student’s status confirming document (issued by DIR); • 1 photo (30x40 mm); • 30 Lt; • Passport or ID.

Where to get ISIC? Megaturas Address: Karaliaus Mindaugo Av. 49 (in shopping centre Akropolis) Vytautas Magnus University Address: S. Daukanto St. 27, room 210 Zigzag.lt ISIC is made within a couple of Address: E. Ožeškienės St. 27 Lithuanians’ World Center minutes. Address: S. Daukanto St. 11 ZIP travel International Student Identity Card Address: Kęstučio St. 57-1 http://www.isic.lt

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LIBRARY The main textbooks for each course are provided or recommended by the teacher. But you may need many more to write your course paper, or individual research. The easiest option is to go to KTU library. If you wish to take books home, you need to present your student card (LSIC). The library is closed on the last day of every month (except April and November). Faculty libraries have similar (a bit shorter) working hours. Check for the details on http://en.ktu.lt/content/structure/library. Remember that books are given for a certain period. If it is over but you want to keep the book, you have to prolong it. KTU library provides possibilities to use electronic data bases, to read scientific journals and books online. Each library has a reading hall, internet access, and photocopying, scanning, printing facilities (price per A4 page is 0,12 Lt). Central Library Chemical Technology Faculty Library Civil Engineering and Architecture Faculty Library Design and Technologies Faculty Library Economics and Management Faculty Library Informatics Faculty Library Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics Faculty Library Panevezys Institute Library The Central Library is open During the semester and exam sessions Monday - Thursday: 8:00 – 20:00 Friday 8:00 – 18:00 Saturday: 9:00 - 16:00

K.Donelaičio St. 20 Radvilėnų Av.19 Studentų St. 48 Studentų St. 56 Laisvės Av. 55 Studentų St. 50 Kestučio st. 27 Nemuno St. 33, Panevėžys

During summer holidays Monday - Thursday: 8:00 - 17:00 Friday 8:00 - 15:45

More information on KTU library: • KTU library http://en.ktu.lt/content/structure/library

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PLANNING YOUR CAREER KTU Career Centre The mission of KTU Career Centre is to create proper career possibilities for students, directly working with university and companies. The Consultants of the KTU Career Centre help students plan their occupational career properly and get ready for open job market. Seminars and trainings are being organised, and the consultants help in solving KTU student practical training and graduate employment questions.

KTU Career Days Career Days is one of the biggest events organised by Career Centre every spring. It offers a possibility to meet the representatives from more than 80 companies and to get to know more about the market and your future job and career possibilities from the people who are already working there. Every year more than 3500 students come to Career Days. Communication with the representatives of business and industry helps the students to get ready for the labour market and strengthens their motivation to work in their professional field. Moreover, students get information, which is useful in planning further career and determining areas for development of their knowledge and skills. KTU Career Centre Contacts StudentĹł St. 67, rooms 204 ir 205 Tel. : +370 37 321330

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being created, the experience based on experimental problem solving is being generated. KTU Start-up Space invites professionals from various fields – people willing to join new business ideas, and also those, who can provide advice and support on important questions. Contacts Address: Studentų g. 67, Kaunas E-mail: justinas.katkus@ktu.lt Skype: smd.ktu When I tell people about my degree, my specialisation and the things I’ve learned at the International Studies Centre, KTU, I get a bonus as an employee all the time. Amer from Syria

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STUDENT ORGANISATIONS KTU is famous for student unions and other student organisations.

KTU Student Union Contacts K.Donelaičio St. 73 (in the basement), LT-44029 Kaunas, Lithuania Tel. +370-37- 300857, Fax. +370-37- 300962; E-mail: rsv@ktusa.lt www.ktusa.lt

Faculty Student Unions Faculty Representatives of Student Union

Address

VIVAT Chemija Chemical Technology

Radvilenu pl. 19 – 507, 300156 Kaunas;

DiDi Design and Technologies V.F.S.A. Economics and Management ENDI Electrical and Control Engineering FUMSA Fundamental Sciences

Tel.

e-mail web site vivatchemija@ktusa.lt http://www.vivatchemija.lt/ didinkim.kartu@gmail. com  http://www.didi.lt

Studentu 56 – 151a Kaunas

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Laisves al. 55 - 309 Kaunas

300598

info@vfsa.lt http://www.vfsa.lt/

Studentu 69 - 106 Kaunas

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endi@ktusa.lt http://www.endi.lt

Studentu 69 - 108 Kaunas

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HUMSA Humanities

Gedimino 43 - 108, Kaunas

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Info SA Informatics

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MESA Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics PanFiSa Institute of Panevėžys

Kestucio 27 - 111 Kaunas

300433

Nemugo g. 33 – 101, Panevėžys

8-45- 436281

SOMSA Social Sciences

Studentu 69 - 103 Kaunas

300963

Studentu g. 69 - 109 Kaunas

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Studentu g. 69 - 113 Kaunas

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STATIUS Civil Engineering and Architecture RAFES Telecommunication and Electronics

fsamesa@gmail.com http://www.fsamesa.lt panfisa@ktusa.lt http:// www.panfisa.lt somsa@ktusa.lt http://www.somsa.lt fsa.statius@gmail.com http://www.statius.lt/ rafes@rafes.lt http://www.rafes.lt

Other Organisations Erasmus Student Network – ESN KTU. This is the first organization at KTU you got in touch with as your mentor is from ESN KTU. The mission of this organization is to represent international students, and to provide opportunities for cultural understanding and self-development under the principle of Students Helping Students. Many of ESN KTU members have international study experience themselves and they have dealt with similar issues and situations you may be having now so they know how you feel and how to help you. Another aim of ESN KTU is to let incoming students have a good time when living and studying in Kaunas, Lithuania. ESN KTU organises many events and projects. The members gain additional advantage when applying for LLL/Erasmus scholarships for studies and internships. We are glad international students are active ESN KTU members too. Share your experience with the freshers! Contacts Studentų St. 69, room 104 (Dormitory No. 3) ktu@eslithuania.org www.facebook.com/ESN.KTU

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BEST (Board of European Students of Technology) at KTU BEST is an international student organisation uniting more than 70 universities all over Europe. BEST Kaunas gives a chance for the students of Kaunas University of Technology to travel throughout Europe, gain experience and find friends from all over the world. BEST courses offer you the opportunity to gain knowledge in European universities, make friends, improve your English and just spend great time. BEST Career Centre offers you various work, internship and self-improvement programs. Contacts Studentų St. 69 (dormitory No 3), room 112 kaunas@best.eu.org http://best.ktusa.lt

ESTIEM LG Kaunas ESTIEM (European Students of Industrial Engineering and Management) is spread all over Europe. KTU branch is young but active. Join us if you like to be involved in various activities, to travel and to expand your knowledge in engineering or management study field. lr.kaunas@estiem.org www.facebook.com/EstiemLgKaunas

Student Science Organisation The Student Union of Science unifies young and perspective students, same as you are. We share the attitude that science is not about theory, but about making the world a better place. Science, as claimed by A. Einstein, is the experience of mysticism. Students from different faculties (informatics, mechanics, chemistry and etc.) are working together in the sense of science. We are inviting every student with ideas to join us. Address: Studentų St. 48, room 111 smd@ktu.lt

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KTU Club of Debates The club unites students who know how to voice their opinion and can hold on to their position; those who are interested in political, social and cultural life. Tel. +370 37 300080 dainius.stasiulis@ktu.lt www.facebook.com/groups/KTUdebatai

Hiking Club Ąžuolas The club invites people who enjoy hiking and travelling, who love being healthy and the challenges of an active lifestyle. Address: Studentų St. 69 (dormitory No 3), room 119 Club members are available during the week: 11:45 - 12:30) info@azuolas.ktu.lt www.azuolas.ktu.lt At KTU I made a lot of friends from many different cultures. Every one of them was a valuable addition to my life! KTU is the best place to make friends! Víctor Campoy Sirera from Spain

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SPORTS Overview Various sport activities in Kaunas University of Technology are coordinated by the Centre for Physical Education and Sports. More than 400 KTU students participate in different sport competitions every year. Women and men basketball, women and men volleyball, man handball and football teams won many Lithuanian students and SELL championships. Several university students represented Lithuania at four last Summer Olympic Games. Every academic year 21 KTU sport teams take part in Lithuanian students championships. KTU women and men basketball teams collaborate with universities of Czech Republic, Holland, France, Belgium and other countries. Sports Competitions and Events Group organises various sports events for the academic community. One of the best traditional events is Student Basketball Contest, Rectors Cup also overnight basketball tournament Bat, Christmas and Easter volleyball tournaments, Student’s marathon in memoriam of Professor Kazimieras Baršauskas and sports contests for the opening and closing of the academic year.

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Private sport clubs: • Impuls Sports and Entertainment Centre (with the swimming pool) www.impuls.lt • Amazon Gym Wellness and Aerobics Centre www.amazongym.lt • Ažuolynas Sports and Wellness Centre (with tennis courts) www.assc.lt • Wellness Centre Linija (with sauna and swimming pool) www.linijasportas.lt/ • Savas Klubas Sports Club www.savasklubas.lt • ClimbingClub.lt (climbing wall) www.climbing.lt • Lithuanian Sports University (with fitness, aerobics, swimming pool) www.lsu.lt

The nearest swimming pools to the student dormitories: • Lithuanian Academy of Physical Education (address: Sporto St. 6) http://www.lkka.lt/~spcentras/index.htm • Sport Club Linija (address: Taikos Pr. 44a)  http://www.linijasportas.lt • Girstučio swimming pool (address: Kovo 11-osios St. 26)

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ART SOCIETIES Every year many students join various KTU art societies – choir, dance groups, design studio etc. It is an opportunity to express yourself, to show your talent and to make new friends. Art Society

Leader

Address

Tel., e-mail web site

Academic Choir Danguolė “Jaunyste” Beinarytė

KTU Art Society Building +370 698 85854 jaunystes.maestro@gmail.com (Laisvės al. 13 - 507)

Mixed Lecturers and Students Viktoras Choir Masevičius “Absolventas”

KTU Art Society Building +370 37 300082 viktoras.masevicius@ktu.lt (Laisvės al. 13 - 512)

Rock Band New!

Julius Vilnonis

KTU Art Society Building +370 682 10742 vilnonis@yahoo.com (Laisvės al. 13 - 506)

+370 37 300082 Folk Song and Margarita KTU Art Society Building ktu.nemunas@gmail.com Dance Ensemble Tomkevičiūtė (Laisvės al. 13 - 101) nemunas.ktu.lt “Nemunas”

Folklore Ensemble  “Goštauta”

Saulius Lipinskas

+370 610 65451

KTU Art Society Building info@gostauta.lt (Laisvės al. 13 - 508)

http://www.ktu.lt/gostauta

KTU Dixieland Petras “Old Cellar Dixie Tadaras Band”

KTU Art Society Building +370 37 300082 petras.tadaras@ktu.lt (Laisvės al. 13 - 503)

KTU Big Band “Old Cellar Big Band”

Petras Tadaras

KTU Art Society Building +370 37 300082 petras.tadaras@ktu.lt (Laisvės al. 13 - 503)

KTU Orchestra

Virgilijus Norkus

KTU Art Society Building +370 37 300082 virgilijus.norkus@ktu.lt (Laisvės al. 13 - 503)

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Sport Dance Club  “Viesulas”

Gediminas Studentų st. 50 - hall Kavaliauskas

Girls Dance Group ”Modance”

Tatjana Apolonova

KTU Art Society Building +370 603 25767 ktu.modance@gmail.com (Laisvės al. 13-504)

KTU Photostudio

Robertas Misiukonis

3rd dormitory (Studentu st. 69, room 118)

Design Studio

Tadas Vosylius

Art Studio New!

Žiedūnė Duobaitė

KTU Theatre Studia “44”

Ridas Žirgulis

+370 656 64314 gediminas.kavaliauskas@ktu.lt http://dc-viesulas.ktu.lt/

+370 37 451661 / 300846, kfs@fotostudija.ktu.lt http://www.fotostudija.ktu.lt +370 640 34845 3dtadas@gmail.com http://ktuds.wordpress.com +370 616 21841 ziedune.duobaite@gmail.com

KTU Art Society Building +370 37 300082 ridas.zirgulis@ktu.lt (Laisvės al. 13 - 001)

For more information, please contact Culture Center Address: Laisvės av. 13, room 111 Phone: +370 37 300082 kultura@ktu.lt

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STUDENT LEISURE CENTRE (SLC) First in Lithuania KTU Students Leisure Centre is the best place to spend your free time and to socialize. Here you can chat with your friends and drink tea while sitting on a comfortable couch. In SLC you can study for your lectures using computers, internet (also wireless) or copy machine or relax playing table tennis, table football or board games. Game evenings and various discussions are also taking place. There is a microwave and a kettle for those who get hungry. Address: Studentų St. 69 (Dormitory No. 3) More information on: http://lt-lt.facebook.com/pages/KTU-Student%C5%B3-laisvalaikio-centras/167147753747 More information on events in Kaunas and Lithuania: • Entertainment Bank (events calendar online) http://www.eb.lt • Events calendar online Einam http://einam.lt/ • KTU students’ events calendar http://en.ktu.lt/content/studies/ktu-events-calendar

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STUDENT SUPPORT You can get all the advice needed at KTU Department of Student Affairs. It is divided into a Branch of Cultural Affais and a Branch of Social Affairs. The department organizes and administrates the financial issues related with the students of the university. Also, the advisers of Student Affairs Department help solve social problems of the KTU students, organise free time activities, concerts and exhibitions, and coordinate the art societies of the University. For more information, please contact KTU Department of Student Affairs Director Martynas Ubartas Phone: +370 37 300014 E-mail: martynas.ubartas@ktu.lt

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CONTACTS Department of International Relations Central Administration Building K. Donelaičio st. 73 LT-44029 Kaunas Skype: KTU_admission, http://www.ktu.lt/en, KTU international students Rūta Avulytė Moreira, ruta.moreira@ktu.lt, +370 37 300035, room 105 (Director of Department) International Studies Office, Room 104 Neringa Narbutienė, neringa.narbutiene@ktu.lt, +370 37 300088 Head of Office, Enrolment Manager, International Programmes Consultant Renata Motiejūnaitė, renata.motiejunaite@ktu.lt +370 37 300037 Exchange Programmes Manager (incoming; studies and internships) Vilma Grigaitė, vilma.grigaite@ktu.lt, +370 37 300036 Degree Students Manager (migration, academic affairs) International Students Help Desk, international@ktu.lt, +370 37 300036 Academic Exchange and Networks Office, Room 109 Gintarė Vilbikienė, gintare.vilbikiene@ktu.lt, +370 37 300038 Head of Office, Institutional Erasmus Coordinator (staff mobility) Radvilė Gurskytė, radvile.gurskyte@ktu.lt, +370 37 300038 Exchange Programmes Manager (outgoing students: studies and internships)

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Kaunas University of Technology opening hours: Monday – Thursday 8:00 – 17:00 Friday and before public holidays 8:00 – 15:45 Lunch break 12:00 – 12:45 KTU libraries, sport halls an other facilities may have other working hours. International Coordinators at the Faculties and Institutes Faculty of Chemical Technology Faculty of Civil Engineering and Assoc. Prof. Linas Miknius Architecture Radvilėnų Rd. 19, room 237 Assoc. Prof. Lina Šeduikytė Tel.: +370 37 300153 Studentų St. 48, room 401 e-mail: linas.miknius@ktu.lt Tel.: +370 37 300453 e-mail: lina.seduikyte@ktu.lt Faculty of Design and Technologies Faculty of Economics and ManageAssoc. Prof. Kristina Žukienė ment Studentų St. 56, room 250/216 Assoc. Prof. Kęstutis Duoba Tel.: +370 37 300203 Laisvės Av. 55, room 310 e-mail: kristina.zukiene@ktu.lt Tel.: +370 37 300553 e-mail: kestutis.duoba@ktu.lt Faculty of Electrical and Control Engine- Faculty of Fundamental Sciences Assoc. Prof. Kristina Šutienė ering Studentų St. 50, room 217 Assoc. Prof. Virginijus Baranauskas Tel.: +370 37 300303 Studentų St. 48, room 318 e-mail: kristina.sutiene@ktu.lt Tel.: +370 37 300292 E-mail: virginijus.baranauskas@ktu.lt Faculty of Informatics Faculty of Humanities Prof. Robertas Damaševičius Lect. Audronė Daubarienė Studentų St. 50, room 410 Gedimino St. 43, room 213 Tel.: +370 37 320546 Tel.: +370 37 300353 e-mail: audra.daubariene@ktu.lt e-mail: robertas.damasevicius@ktu.lt

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Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics Lect. Jolanta Baskutienė Kęstučio St. 27, room 223 Tel.: +370 37 300402, 3000902 e-mail: jolanta.baskutiene@ktu.lt Faculty of Telecommunications and Electronics Assoc. Prof. Andrius Chaziachmetovas Studentų St. 50, room 347/335a Tel.: +370 37 300503, 300526 E-mail: andrius.chaziachmetovas@ktu.lt Panevėžys Institute Faculty of Technologies Assoc. Prof. Arūnas Tautkus S.Daukanto St. 12, room 114, Panevėžys Tel.: +370 45 516161 e-mail: arunas.tautkus@ktu.lt

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Faculty of Social Sciences Prof. Jurgita Sekliuckienė K. Donelaičio St. 20, room 423 Tel.: +370 37 300127 e-mail: jurgita.sekliuckiene@ktu.lt Institute of Europe Prof. Leonas Žitkus Kęstučio St. 8, room 110 Tel.: +370 37 300138 e-mail: leonas.zitkus@ktu.lt Panevėžys Institute Faculty of Mana gement and Administration Assoc. Prof. Brigita Stanikūnienė Nemuno St. 33, room 220, Panevėžys Tel.: +370 45 596253 e-mail: brigita.stanikuniene@ktu.lt

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Some useful Lithuanian words and phrases Hello See you Goodbye Thank you Sorry, excuse me Please How are you? Fine, thank you Do you speak English? Yes No I don’t understand Could you help me? How to find...? What’s your name? My name is… Nice to meet you

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