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Study Abroad in Siauliai, Lithuania

Siauliai University (SU) is located in the city of Siauliai in the Northern region of Lithuania. It is a mid-sized institution with a population of 12,000 students. It is the newest institution in Lithuania, but has already established itself as a leader in several academic fields. Each faculty at Siauliai has developed courses in English for incoming exchange students.

SU offers a great mentor program in which every incoming students will be matched up with a Lithuanian student who will "show you the ropes" of living in Lithuania. The program offers students a unique chance to have an true inter-cultural experience by building true friendships with host country students.


Trakai Castle

A house located in Dargaicia Village

Dorms at Siauliai University

St. Peter and Paul Cathedral

Siauliai is the fourth largest city in Lithuania. It has a history dating back to 1236 AD. It is located in northern Lithuania less than 150 miles away from Vilnius, Lithuania, Riga, Latvia, and the Baltic Sea. The city is famous for the Hill of Crosses. Destroyed several times during the Soviet occupation of Lithuania, the Hill of Crosses was resurrected after each demolition as a testament to faith, devotion, and the Lithuanian spirit. Siauliai offers many other cultural attractions such as art museums, festivals, and sporting events.

Little known in the U.S., Lithuania is becoming a travel destination for Europeans. Since its emancipation from Soviet rule, Lithuania has joined the European Union and revived its economy. With white sand beaches in the west, forest lakes in the middle, and Europe’s largest baroque old town in Vilnius, students will be pleasantly surprised with what Lithuania has to offer.  


All students can receive transfer credit toward Liberal Arts Core courses and university electives. Students majoring in Anthropology, Art & Design, Art History, Business, Chemistry, Computer Information Systems, Economics, English, History, Management, Marketing, Special Education, and Sport and Exercise Science may find relevant course work.

Siauliai University uses the ECTS credit system. Therefore, students will need to enroll in a minimum of 24 ECTS credits to be considered a full-time UNC student. 1 ECTS credit = .5 (1/2) UNC credit.

Teacher placements are available in primary education, special education, and history. Students have to choose one of following study subjects: “Teacher’s Practical Placement in Special Education Institution”, “Special Pedagogue’s Practical Placement in Mainstream School”, “Pedagogical Practice”, “and Didactics of History”.

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  • Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA and must have completed at least two semesters of courses at UNC.
  • This program is open to all majors with 3 spots open UNC students who can participate each semester.
  • Students may apply for one semester or one academic year.


Students must first complete the UNC study abroad application and an additional application for Siauliai, which they will receive from their Study Abroad Advisor


Fall Application Deadline: March 12
Fall Semester: Early September - End December

Spring Application Deadline: October 1
Spring Semester: Early February - end June


Students intending to study in Lithuania must obtain type D National Visa to enter the Republic of Lithuania.

Students will submit a visa application through the Lithuania Consulate General in Chicago. Student should be prepared to submit the following information with the application form. Although processing time takes approximately ten business days, students should apply for their visa at least 30 days in advance to deal with any unforeseen issues.


Students participating in exchange will pay tuition and fees to UNC. They will pay all other expenses in the host country. The budget given in US dollars is an estimate and is subject to change dependent on exchange rates. Tuition and fees estimates below are based on in-state residency rates with COF. Students will be billed at their current tuition rate.

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Exchange students can apply for Lithuanian State Scholarships for short-term studies.

  • Housing and Meals

    The Department of International Programs will book accommodations for exchange students in the student dorms. Students can choose a single (115 Euro/mo) or double room (72 Euro/mo).

    A bathroom will be shared between the suites. Each floor will share a common kitchen with stove, sink, oven, and fridge. Students will purchase groceries and cook for themselves. Some meals will be available at the campus cafeterias.

  • Program Fees (Billed through UNC account)

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    International Health Insurance


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  • Estimated Additional Expenses (not billed to student account)

    The below estimated total expenses are used to help plan and prepare for the program, as well as calculate eligibility for financial aid.  Not all students will incur all the expenses above.  Note that the last line is not considered a necessary expense and is not included in the total for financial aid purposes.  All amounts listed are estimates and are subject to change depending on international economic factors, past participant reports, and on-site staff reports.  Student expenditures in-country depends greatly on personal spending habits, post- or during-program travel, and available funds.

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    Passport/Visa/Required Documents/Photos/Immunizations


    In-country Health Insurance


    Text/Course materials


    Essential Daily Living Expenses (some expenses included in Housing/Meals above)


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    Additional Spending Money and Personal Travel (not included in financial aid calculation)