International experience achieved during the studies is an immence advantage aiming an international career. Vilnius College of Design offers students a wide range of opportunities to participate in an international Erasmus+ mobility program and to take part in mobility studies at foreign institutions of higher educationto as well as do an internship at a foreign company during the 2nd year of studies or an internship at a foreign company after graduation while receiving Erasmus+ mobility grants. VCD has signed bilateral agreements and closely co-operates with 69 innovative, advanced and professional instututions in higher education.
We encourage our students to be intensively involved in different international exchange activities. Over 180 VCD students had already done their study semester or internship abroad with the help of Erasmus program, gained new knowledge, had lots of positive experience and developed a number of competences in an international environment.
Each year Vilnius College of Design welcomes over 50 students from abroad coming for their exchange semester. Local students also have great opportunities to get most recent professional experience and acquire knowledge from international incoming lecturers every year. VCD welcomes at least 15 international lecturers from all around the world.
Vilnius College of Design is also a proud member of ESN VDK – Erasmus Student Network organization. Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is one of the largest international student associations in Europe uniting over 400 ESN sections located in higher education across all Europe.
Vilnius College of Design is a member of CUMULUS ( http://www.cumulusassociation.org/) association uniting over 220 progressive and modern institutions of design and media studies in the field of higher education from over 50 countries worldwide. In Lithuania only two institutions are a part of Cumulus – Vilnius College of Design and Vilnius Art Academy. Membership in the association helps Vilnius College of Design to expand and develop its cooperation with institutions in higher education geographically as well as conceptually, offers various opportunities in international activties to the college students as well as the academic staff and benefits in developing its further researches. This also offers great opportunities to learn from experience of leading art and design institutions in higher education worldwide.
- ESN – Erasmus student network (https://esn.org/)
- „Study in Europe“ (http://ec.europa.eu/education/study-in-europe/)
- European student forum (http://www.aegee.org/)
Vilnius College of Design is happy to welcome Erasmus exchange students from partner institutions for Fall (September to January) semester or Spring (February to June) semester. Students can apply to these programs:
Every year in April, Vilnius College of Design invites lecturers and staff from partner institutions for its annual “International Teaching and Staff Week“. The event takes place at Vilnius College of Design in Vilnius, Lithuania. Guest lecturers and staff are invited to join our academic community by hosting a series of lectures, workshops and discussions to the students of Vilnius College of Design, the academic staff and the staff in college administration. The week includes a cultural program for all the guests and ends with a gala dinner in the heart of Vilnius city. The official invitation to partner institutions is sent at the beginning of January.
For further information please contact Vilnius College of Design International Relations and Project Management Department.
Head of International Relations and Project Management Department Mindaugas Latišenka:
Phone +370 650 37727, e-mail.: firstname.lastname@example.org
Students willing to apply to Vilnius College of Design for Erasmus mobility semester should follow these steps:
- Nomination – Each Erasmus students needs to be nominated by their home institution.
- Application and portfolio submission – each student needs to fill in the application form which can be found here (prisegamas priedas nr. 3)
- Skype interview – After all documents are submitted, a skype interview is organized to share general information, discuss students‘ motivations and expectations. Afterwards an official confirmation email is sent.
- Official confirmation and signing of the agreement.
Having a checklist of everyting you have to do and the thing to be taken with you to Vilnius will definitely help you a lot with your preparations. It helps you with the planning and getting an overview of all the necessary purchases you need to make before your upcoming semester abroad as well as all the things that should to be done in advance.
Here you’ll find a short checklist for you of the most important items to bring and things to do.
- Passport or Identity Card (only if you live inside of the EU)
- Visa: if you come from outside of the EU
- Insurance Card
- Other important documents (which?)
- Money (Currency of Lithuania is the €URO): Credit Card or Mastercard (only if your Bank is from inside of the EU)
- Umbrella: It really rains a lot in Lithuania
- Computer: always useful and as a student, you will probably need it
- Smartphone: It is a lot easier to guide yourself around the city with an interactional map on your phone, also you can check the public transport lines there
- First aid kit
- Necessary medicine for yourself
- Vitamin D: especially in autumn, Vilnius has a big lack of sunshine. If you are a person who needs a lot of sunlight to be in a good mood, this can seriously become a problem for you here because you can easily become depressed, trust me on that, I experienced it myself. It’s nothing unusual, winter depression is a known disease… but don’t worry, Vitamin D tablets help against that and keep you on mood even if the sky stays grey for a whole week.
- Note/writing pad and stuff: something to take down you notes is always a good idea
- The Checklist: in the end, you should check, if you are taking all the stuff back home with you, that you brought to Vilnius. It’s basically to check, if you lost anything and to make sure that you don’t miss anything in Vilnius.
Clothing: Wind and waterproof clothes in any case!!!, jackets , underwear, socks, T-Shirts, pullovers, pants, leggins, sleeping clothes, comfortable stuff to relax at home, rain Boots.
Special for Winter: Winter jacket/Thick coat, Thick pullovers (Fleece, Thermotic), thick shoes, thick socks, thermotic underwear, scarf, gloves, hat or headband, house shoes: the floor in the apartments could be really cold, use Layer System to be prepared for every weather.
Living in Vilnius for a longer period of time you have multiple options in terms of finding accommodation. One of the options is finding accommodation before leaving for Vilnius. If this is what you are planning on doing, here are a few websites we would like to advise you.
One of them is www.1home.eu. This is an Estonian company that rents apartments to international students in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. They have apartments available all over the city. Rent prices include internet, utilities and a weekly cleaner. When renting an apartment via www.1home.eu , you rent a room within a shared apartment. This allows you to meet other international students or live with your friends in one apartment. The apartments are located in nice buildings, the rooms include all the basics such as a closet, bed, a desk and a chair. There are also tools like a vacuum cleaner, a washing machine, an iron and a hair dryer available.
Many other students find their apartments via Airbnb and www.Vilniusapartments.com . The average price for apartments is about 350 euro per month (including utilities). The difference in prices however varies between 600 and 160 euros p.p. This variety in prices is mostly caused by whether people share apartments or not. Living alone allows you to have a lot more privacy, but sharing apartments means you can share the rent.
Another option is to live in a hotel for a few weeks and look for apartments while already in Vilnius. The perks of this is that you get some time to get to know the city before you decide where to live. This allows you to find the location that suits you best.
In terms of locations the Senamiestis (the Old Town) is the most recommended neighbourhood. Followed by the Naujamiestis, if you live in the eastern part of the neighbourhood, which is closest to the old town. The rent tends to be higher in the Old Town, but the location is highly recommended by students, as it allows you to live in the centre of all that is happening within Vilnius.
Looking for accommodation can be a tricky thing. We recommend you to stay away from landlords that show even the slightest bit of suspicious behaviour.