Lithuania (LiMSA) - Kaunas
LC GENERAL INFORMATION
289380
300
Anaesthesia, Dermatology, Dermatovenerology, Geriatrics, Gynaecology/Obstetrics, Intensive and Critical Care, Internal Medicine - Cardiology, Internal Medicine - Endocrinology, Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine - Hematology, Internal Medicine - Nephrology, Internal Medicine - Pulmonary, Internal Medicine - Rheumatology, Neonatal - Perinatal Medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Paediatrics, Paediatrics - Surgery, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Radiology, Surgery - Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgery - Cardiovascular Surgery, Surgery - General, Surgery - Maxillofacial Surgery, Surgery - Neurosurgery, Surgery - Orthopedics, Surgery - Plastic Surgery, Surgery - Thoracic Surgery, Surgery - Vascular Surgery, Traumatology, Urology
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, October, November, December
45 SCOPE STUDENTS
9 SCORE STUDENTS
One time per day at the hospital canteen
University dormitory
80% attendance of total working days at hospital is required to receive the certificate at the end of the exchange.

https://lsmuni.lt/en/
LEOs
Viltė Pacevičiūtė
Marija Plioplytė
OVERVIEW

Kaunas is the second biggest city in Lithuania. It’s located in the middle of the country, near the confluence of two main rivers – Nemunas and Neris. The size of the city with its surroundings is 15.7 thousand hectares. There are about 311000 citizens in Kaunas.

Kaunas is an academic city, so the best period to visit it is the school year, but first of all, Kaunas has a huge hospital complex – the Hospital of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Kaunas clinics which is a great place for every medical student to gain some practical knowledge. Secondly, since Kaunas is in the middle of Lithuania, it is very convenient to travel around – every place of our country is easy to reach, for example, it takes only 2.5 h to go to seaside the by bus. What’s more – since Kaunas is not very big, the distances from one destination to another are quite short. Also, even being an academic city, Kaunas has considerably good night life even during the summer. There are also some public swimming areas (Lampedziu quarry), which are very popular and widely used during summer. The same goes for bowery parks, for example, the park of oaks, which is one of a kind in the entire Baltic region.

In 1920-1939 Kaunas used to be a temporary capital of Lithuania, so it has some privileges from those days – beautiful theatres, lots of museums (Kaunas picture gallery, Museum of Devils, Zilinskas gallery, etc.), wonderful old town and a huge pedestrian area – Laisves Avenue (Freedom Avenue). There are also The Zoo, and the botanic garden. The Ninth forth and its museum is very impressive place, where the spirit of World War II can be felt.


UNIVERSITY AND HOSPITALS

The Hospital of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Kaunas Clinics
, founded in 1940, is the largest and one of the most modern health care institutions in Lithuania. The hospital provides a great variety of medical services which, with the help of newest technologies of diagnostics and treatment, meet the highest standards of nowadays medicine. The Hospital of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Kaunas clinics complex consists of 15 buildings which are shared by 34 profile clinics and 15 ambulatory departments. Over 1000 doctors and 2000 nursing specialists are employed here and are able to provide treatment for 2200 in-patients at one time.

The hospital is also an important national centre of science and education where highly skilled specialists carry out important clinical studies and research programs as well as teach the principles of medicine to the new generation of doctors.

The contact person will take you to the department on the first day of the practice and introduce you to your tutor. 
Working hours: from 8-9 am till 2-3 pm, Monday through Friday (it is possible to make arrangements on working hours with the tutor).


Don't forget to bring

  • white coat;
  • hospital footwear
  • stethoscope (if your practice is in the internal medicine department);
  • surgical scrubs (if your practice is in a surgical department).

More information about the hospital:


RESEARCH PROJECTS AND LABS
 
  • Investigation of glioblastoma cell interaction with immune cell exosomes (Pharmacology)
  • Investigation of neuroprotective effects of mitochondria-targeted drugs in experimental stroke models (Neurobiology)
  • Role of IsomiR in the pathogenesis of colorectal cancer: from miRNome-wide bioinformatic analysis to their functional validation (Gastroenterology)
  • Structural organisation and immunohistochemistry of the human intrinsic cardiac nervous system (Anatomy)


BOARDING

We provide 1 meal per day at the hospital canteen.

If you have any special eating habits (e.g., you are a vegetarian, vegan or have food allergies), please inform your contact person and we will try to arrange the menu for you.

LODGING

Students usually live in the university dormitory that is located 10 minutes by walk from the hospital.

We ask students to sign a damage compensation agreement and to give us 50 EUR deposit upon arrival. Money is given back at the time of departure if no damage has occurred in the room, kitchen or other common areas.

The contact person will pick you up from the airport, bus or train station, accompany to the dormitory and help you to move in.

TRANSPORTATION


KAUNAS PUBLIC TRANSPORT: buses, trolleybuses and minibuses.

Trolleybuses and buses run from 4 a.m. until 12 a.m. every day and until 4 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights (once an hour).

The airport bus is synchronized with flight times and operates longer. There is a modern information system at the main stops where special screens show the upcoming transport and waiting times. Destination of every bus and trolleybus is written on the vehicles themselves.

We strongly recommend buying a monthly public transport E-ticket at the newspaper stands or in the places marked by the special sign “Kauno Viešasis Transportas” (KVT) (Kaunas Public Transport).

It costs around 8€ (with an EU ISIC card) or 30 € (without an EU ISIC card) for a month and is valid without limit on buses, trolleybuses and minibuses within the administrative boundary of Kaunas. Your monthly ticket is invalid at night and you must buy a single ticket.

A single ticket costs 0.50 € (with an EU ISIC card) or 1 € (without an EU ISIC card).

SOCIAL PROGRAM


What’s the best way to discover Lithuania? Social program! What’s the greatest way to have fun during your exchange? Social program! What’s the finest way to make unforgettable memories of your journey? SOCIAL PROGRAM!

There is no day without the social program. In July and August, our CP teams offer a variety of activities. Your exchange adventure will start with your Welcome dinner where you will also have the opportunity to taste some traditional Lithuanian dishes. Almost every evening will be spent at local restaurants, cafes, bars and karaoke clubs. CP team also organizes afternoons in treetop climbing parks, kayak trips and much more according to the preferences of incoming students. On free days we take students to our smaller towns Trakai, Kernave, take Kaunas students to visit Vilnius and Vilnius students to Kaunas.

Weekends are reserved for the National Social Program. Every weekend will be busy so students don't have to think about what to do next, just sign up and enjoy! 

The first weekend is reserved for the Upon Arrival Training and National Food and Drinks Party. Both LCs will gather at a lovely summer house and get to know more about Lithuania and what to expect during their exchange! Team building, educational activities and of course the star of the evening - a party meant to acquaint us with one another's customs.

For the second weekend, we prepared a trip meant to introduce you with the deep traditions and crafts Lithuania has to offer. We will have our first national trip through the North East Lithuania and Aukstaitija National Park - our beautiful lake region. Go to Moletai and Anyksciai and experience Lithuanian culture first hand: make your own bread, candles and pottery, try traditional dancing. Take a ride on a railway that dates back to 200 years ago! 

After these two spectacular weekends, we will have the second trip to Lithuanian Seaside. Get ready to explore Lithuania's nature at Varniu regional park, visit our most famous resort towns Palanga and Nida, wander trough Klaipeda, our third largest city and only port in Lithuania. 
 
As you can see, we take great pride in taking care of the students that come to Lithuania. By the end of your exchange - you will have made beautiful memories and made friendships for life. So to commemorate your month here - the last weekend is reserved for a grand Goodbye Party. 

So, what are you waiting for? Lithuania is waiting for you! :)

You can found more information about our National Social Program here

MUST SEE
 
  • The Old Town
  • Kaunas Castle
  • Pazaislis monastery
  • The Museum of War
  • Christ Ressurection Church
  • Vytautas Church
  • The Ninth Forth
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION


Please note that public consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited. Also, as of the 1st Jan 2018, the minimum age for the purchase of alcohol has been increased to 20, and the hours of selling alcohol have been shortened (10 am - 8 pm Mondays-Saturdays and 10 am - 3 pm on Sundays)

Smoking is not allowed in public squares, bus stops and cafes (if not noted otherwise).

Consumption and possession of all drugs is illegal.