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.
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:
- 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)
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.
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.
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).
- The Old Town
- Kaunas Castle
- Pazaislis monastery
- The Museum of War
- Christ Ressurection Church
- Vytautas Church
- The Ninth Forth
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.