The Lithuanian capital of Vilnius is somewhat unique compared to the major cities in the rest of the Baltic States, its old architecture being a hodge-podge of styles with Scandinavian, Russian and German influences. The mix blends well into a charming 'Vilnian Baroque', that fills the cobblestone winding streets of the old quarter. The city is further enhanced by its picturesque setting in a valley at the confluence of the Neris and Vilnia rivers, nestling beneath wooded hills in the south-east corner of Lithuania.
Overlooking the city from a central hill is the landmark Gediminas Castle (named for the medieval Grand Duke who founded the city) with its impressive tower, from which visitors can enjoy an unrivalled view of the old town and the shiny new section on the right bank of the Neris. Gediminas Square is the heart of the old quarter, featuring the splendid classical cathedral. The city boasts numerous other interesting churches, beautiful historic buildings, museums, monuments and parks, and the splendid University of Vilnius, one of Europe's oldest institutions of learning, chartered in 1579.
In its 'golden age' in the Middle Ages, Vilnius was renowned as the region's centre for culture and learning, and today it has reclaimed that reputation, with a packed program of events always on the go, from classical music evenings at the Philharmonic Society Hall and performances at the Opera and Ballet Theatre, Youth Theatre and Academic Drama Theatre to exhibitions in seven art galleries and a vast modern art centre. The city also plays host to numerous commercial fairs and exhibitions annually. Last, but not least, when the sun goes down Vilnius reveals the fun side of its nature, with a nightlife that is fast gaining a reputation as the hottest in Eastern Europe.
Vilnius University, the oldest and largest Lithuanian higher education institution, is an active participant in international scientific and academic activities. Currently, the University has 12 faculties, 7 institutes, 3 university hospitals, the oldest Library in Lithuania (established 1570), Astronomical Observatory, Botanical Garden, St Johns’ Church.
Vilnius University Hospital Santaros Clinics (VUL SK) Is one of the major academic diagnostic and treatment centres, tertiary multi-profile personal health care services providing institutions in the Republic of Lithuania. Its main goal is to ensure and execute highly specialized diagnostic and treatment services, education and scientific work. The prestige and reputation of the hospital were gained for the ability to assess and implement various sophisticated methods of diagnostics, treatment, and nursing, to introduce contemporary medicine technologies applied in the leading worldwide medical centres. VUL SK has a lead in cardiology, cardiac surgery, transplantology, haematology, etc. Modern, up-to-date equipment and medicine technologies are widely used for diagnostics and treatment purposes. Medical professionals improve their skills at international conferences, seminars, and workshops. Due to the innovative and professional work of the medical staff, the majority of Lithuanian residents and inhabitants from the neighbouring countries seek for medical assistance here.
Republican Vilnius University Hospital (RVUL) is a leading trauma centre in the city, providing best emergency care for both Lithuanian residents and tourists. RVUL is best known for its reputation of the top-ranked orthopaedic and neurosurgical departments. Highly professional diagnostic and treatment services ensure best patient care as well as prosperous education and scientific work.
Vilnius University Children’s Hospital (VUVL) provides the highest level of comprehensive care for young patients ranging from infant newborns up to 18-year-olds. Diagnosis and treatment, including surgeries and rehabilitation services, are delivered by the best-trained team of child health care specialists working in Lithuania today. With eight newly equipped operating theatres ensuring the highest standards of safety and positive outcomes, more than 8,000 urgent and elective surgeries are performed annually. The Children’s Hospital has the only specialized Neonatology Centre in Lithuania and has achieved impressive results. Of the 300 newborns treated each year in the Newborn Intensive Care Department, 95% of premature babies survive. The youngest baby saved to date weighed only 493 grams. The Newborn Emergency Team brings the most serious cases from the whole territory of Lithuania to this Centre.
Your Contact Person (CP) will take you to the department on the first day of the internship and introduce you to your tutor. Working hours: from 7-8 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 shoes;
More information about the hospitals:
- Vilnius University Hospital Santaros Clinics (VUL SK)
- Republican Vilnius University Hospital (RVUL)
- Vilnius University Children’s Hospital (VUVL)
- Clinical and laboratory genetic testing for hereditary disorders (Genetics)
- Proliferation and differentiation of human stem cells (Biochemistry)
- Sperm quality distribution in men attending the Fertility Center (Reproductive Medicine
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. Didlaukio St. 59 or Olandų St. 51.
We ask the students to sign a damage compensation agreement and to give us a 50 EUR deposit upon arrival. The money is given back at the time of departure if no damage has occurred in the room, kitchen or other common areas.
Your Contact Person (CP) will pick you up from the airport, bus or train station, accompany you to the dormitory and help you move in.
Vilnius public transport consists of buses and trolleybuses. Public transport operates until 23:00/24:00 every day; after these hours, you can either walk or take a taxi, uber. On Friday and Saturday nights, night buses are available until 2-3 am.
Prices of the tickets:
- full-price ticket: 1 €;
- half-price ticket: 0.50 € (for EU students with ISIC);
- monthly ticket: 5.79 € (for EU students with ISIC), 28.99 € for others + 1.50€ for bus card.
Tickets are valid for both buses and trolleybuses within the administrative boundary of Vilnius. You must have your monthly transport ticket with you as well as your student ID. The discounted monthly ticket is not valid without a European Union Student ID.
- The Old Town
- Gediminas Castle
- Dukes' Palace
- Church of St. Johns
- The Museum of Genocide Victims
- Television Tower
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.