Good news to all English-speaking international students: starting from the new academic year in autumn, Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania is to offer 15 BA and MA degree full-time programmes in the English language. These high-standard, internationally relevant studies of the humanities, social and political sciences are a winning ticket to liberal arts education and a firsthand experience of living and learning in a Central Eastern European country.
Aside from over 500 BA and MA semester-long courses in English, incoming students who are not fluent in Lithuanian may choose from 1 BA and 14 MA programmes. Another three English-language programmes are to be launched in 2013: BA programmes of European Economic Studies and Community Development, and MA programme of Contemporary European Politics.
As for the currently available studies, Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy offers 6 programmes for international students. International Development Studies is the only Bachelor’s degree programme taught in English at VMU the next semester, and it focuses on the developing countries of the world: the analysis, comparison and assessment of political, economic and social processes of these regions, etc. Career prospects for the graduates include work at EU institutions, embassies, NGOs, etc. Two more English-language BA programmes are to be launched here in 2013.
The faculty’s other 5 programmes in English are for those who seek a Master‘s degree. Baltic Region Studies and East Asia Region Studies analyze the political and economic processes in the countries of their respective areas, and graduation paves the way for work at public and private institutions, diplomatic missions, etc.
Academic career can be pursued further by enrolling in PhD studies in the field of social sciences. VMU offers doctoral studies as well, in no less than 18 different fields.
Social and Political Critique is an MA programme tailored for those who wish to acquire the skills to not just analyse social and political processes in a manner which would reflect their political and social realities, but also to examine and care for human self-expression and existence evident in these processes.
Diplomacy and International Relations prepares highly qualified specialists and analysts who are able to evaluate the evolution of international relations, including major changes and events in the field, as well as their causes.
Students may also enrol in the Journalism and Media Analysis programme, which produces qualified and dependable journalism professionals who have skills to not only produce content but also critically assess communication processes in the context of the changing media and socio-cultural environment.
There is a new exciting option for the artistic international students at VMU – MA studies of Performance Art at the Music Academy. Entrants may choose from several specializations – piano, strings, wind and percussion instruments, singing of scenic genres, and singing of concert genres. The courses here will help students develop their competencies as musicians, as they will learn to perform complex material written for the studied instrument or vocal much more professionally, and become more independent in their artistic choices.
In a world where global economy is of an increasingly crucial importance, Faculty of Economics and Management retains its relevance by providing international students with high-quality programmes. Marketing and Sales educates Masters of Management and Business Administration who apply their systematic point of view in the permanently shifting conditions and deal with difficult contemporary marketing issues and processes in international markets.
Graduates of Marketing and International Commerce become marketing specialists who think strategically and react to changing domestic and international business environment.
The programme introduces the most recent marketing theories and methods, which the students learn to analyse independently. Students who desire knowledge of global and local financial systems may choose the programme of Finance and Banking, which also teaches practical use of modern risk management instruments and methods, etc.
Applied English Linguistics at the Faculty of Humanities turns students into highly qualified experts who are able to compare and assess two languages and cultures, to independently apply their knowledge while working at international academic and cultural institutions, business companies, etc. They may also receive job offers from companies looking for employees who are able to deal with intercultural differences and provide high quality translation services.