Studies at the university are executed on bachelor’s, master’s, integrated and doctoral degree study levels. After fulfilling all the requirements of the study programme, the student is awarded a diploma of an equivalent qualification degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctor’s). University also provides professional studies in the field of pedagogy that do not grant qualification degree; they are provided for acquisition of qualification and for training for individual practice.
Study programme is comprised of study modules that are mandatory to be completed and assessed during studies.
Forms of studies
In accordance to the intensity of studies, full-time and part-time studies are available.
Full-time studies is the main form of degree and non-degree (professional pedagogical) studies. A standard full-time study workload is 60 credits, but no less than 45 credits per year.
Part-time studies provide a possibility to study at a slower pace. Workload of one year of part-time studies can be less than 45 study credits, but total duration of studies cannot be one and a half times longer than duration of full-time studies, applying a rate of 60 study credits to full-time studies.
Upon graduation, the education provided by different forms of studies is equal.
Study module is a basic unit of study planning; it consists of independent study subject, which is taught for one semester. Study module can consist of various combinations of lectures, lab works, workshops, seminars, student’s independent work, scientific research work, designing and other forms of classes.
Most programmes enable you to take optional modules in addition to compulsory core modules.
Studies of each module are completed by evaluation of student’s knowledge and skills – examination or other final assessment.
Study workload is measured in study credits. Study credit is a unit for assessing study results and student’s working time. 1,600 hours of one year of studies correspond to 60 credits. One study credit is equal to one credit of European credit transfer and accumulation system (ECTS).
Number of examinations per semester in undergraduate and non-degree study programmes must not exceed 7, in master’s studies it must be no more than 5, excluding the retaken or optional modules (no more than two of the latter can be chosen).
Knowledge assessment system
To ensure constant and active participation of the students during the whole semester, their ability to practically apply theoretical knowledge, objective evaluation of study results, the University applies accumulative evaluation system.
Final mark of the study module consists of the marks of intermediate assessments and final assessment multiplied by weighted coefficients (percentage of each assessment), and adding these multiplications. Student, who fails to get assessment of study module’s intermediate tasks, is not allowed to participate in the final assessment of study module.
It is possible to have two repeated assessments: first one – free of charge, second one – payable.
The first and second repeated assessments are not allowed, if student:
The second repeated assessment is not allowed, if student:
Student can continue studies next semester, if 15 or more of the credits of the programme scheduled for the semester are assessed.
The University uses ten-point grading scale. Knowledge and skills are being assessed as follows:
|Mark||Meaning of the mark||Description of the mark|
|Passed||10||Excellent||Excellent, exceptional knowledge and abilities|
|9||Very good||Solid, good knowledge and abilities|
|8||Good||Better than average knowledge and abilities|
|7||Average||Average knowledge and abilities, minor mistakes|
|6||Satisfactory||Knowledge and abilities (skills) are lower than average, mistakes|
|5||Weak||Knowledge and abilities (skills) fulfil minimum requirements|
|Failed||4, 3, 2, 1||Unsatisfactory||Minimum requirements are not fulfilled|
Levels of achievements
There are three levels of student’s academic achievements:
“Today, universities have to take full responsibility for preparation of graduates for the activities that require multi-dimensional, constantly changing skills.
Graduates have to be ready for the activities that we are not even thinking about yet, that will require the use of technologies that are not invented yet.”
R. Bridgstock, G. Hearn (2012)
Labour market requires not only excellent professional knowledge, but also other skills that are relevant in the current context. Report of the World Bank “Skills, not just diplomas” emphasises the most relevant graduate’s skills:
Modern moethods of teaching/learning
Kaunas University of Technology applies various modern methods of teaching/learning to involve the students of the 21st century (brave, self-confident, particularly technologically-aware) in the learning process. Many university lecturers apply methods of teaching/learning that are student-oriented, based on students’ involvement and active participation in the study process. For example:
It is a method of learning that helps to meet challenges and create innovative solutions in everyday activities. This method is convenient to the student, because knowledge acquired while meeting challenged is easier to understand, remember and apply to the further activities in the labour market. Learning while meeting challenges is the most suitable environment that involves and motivates students. Design-based learning methodology helps to solve real life problems that are difficult to structure and have more than one solution.
Design-based method of thinking is:
Design-based teaching method is actively used at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Design and Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture.
It is a way of learning when students are learning by analysing and solving complex problems with lecturer’s assistance. The result of such method of learning is the ability to understand the problem and suggest its solution. Many elements of problem-based learning can have individual variations ensuring that problem-based learning is implemented not only according to preliminary rules, but it is consistent with real context of its application. Application of problem-based learning develops students’ critical thinking, team work and analytical skills. This method develops the skills of problem solving required in practical activities and links theoretical elements with practical activities.
Problem-based learning is:
Problem-based learning is actively used in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Faculty of Chemical Technology and others.
Learning based on case study – method that creates attractive, student-oriented learning environment. The core of this method is linking of theoretical and practical knowledge, and creation of new knowledge. Learning based on case study is characterised by analysis of real cases and situations of particular reality. This way of learning is also useful, because it allows working with real life problems of professional activities, analysing them objectively, comprehending various circumstances and cause of their occurrence. This method is a great opportunity to exchange ideas of solutions related to performance of work, because students not only diagnose the causes of problems in respective cases or summarise the analysed situation, but often try to solve it themselves.
Case study is:
Case study is actively used at School of Economics and Business, Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities and other faculties.
The University provides a complex academic support to the students: “GUIDed” mentorship programme, individual consultations by lecturers, bridging courses of core subjects (English language, mathematics, physics, chemistry, information technologies) for the first-year students of first cycle, psychologist’s consultations, career consultations, etc.
Mentorship is an educational partnership between a more experienced and competent mentor and a motivated student, where the mentor is capable to inspire, encourage and to provide comprehelsive assistance to the student, who intends to adopt the mentor’s experience and to apply the acquired knowledge in the future.
Objectives of KTU “GUIDed” mentorship programme:
Everyone can choose a mentor at the University. There are 5 types of mentors that students can choose in each stage of their studies:
Internship is an integral part of studies, included in a study programme as a separate module, designed to provide possibility for student to learn at an actual workplace. The internship results are being assessed and marked.
Internship programme is tailor-made for every student. Internships are being organised by the University’s academic departments with assistance of the Career and Education Centre and International Relations.
Students’ internships are being organised by the Internship Coordinator, who is assigned by the related University‘s academic department.
Internship Supervisor (tutor) is a teacher, assigned for this duty by the academic department. S/he methodologically supervises internship process, and, together with the related University department, is responsible for student‘s internship as an integral part of study process – for the preparation of internship programme and for the procedure for assessment of completed internship.
Internship Supervisor at the Organisation (mentor) is a person assigned by the organisation that organises student’s internship. S/he consults student on internship issues, is directly responsible for implementation of the content of internship programme and its smooth organisation at the place of internship.
Internship organisation (place of internship) is Lithuanian or international company, institution or organisation where student completes internship under a signed tripartite agreement on internship. Internship organisation must comply with the following criteria:
Place of internship is indicated in the appendix to the graduate‘s diploma.
Status of the student-trainee in the company, institution or organisation during internship is determined by a tripartite agreement on practical training, made between student, university and company, institution or organisation which organises internship. The agreement defines internship duration, completion term, rights and obligations of the parties, rights and obligations of internship supervisors (University and company).
Assessment of internship results and quality
To ensure the quality of the internship, the University’s Internship Supervisor (tutor) and Internship Supervisor at the Organisation (mentor) monitor the process.
Mandatory parts of cumulative evaluation of internship:
Students, who do not complete their internship plan or their completed internship get negative assessment, can be offered to repeat internship individually on their free time. If internship report receives negative marking, repeated assessment is organised under the University‘s current procedure for assessment of study modules.
Student, who does not complete internship, loses his/her right to prepare and defend a final project.
Types of internship
Final degree projects
A study programme is completed by the evaluation of the student’s academic achievements – final degree project. It is a student’s individually prepared work which reveals a level of the student’s knowledge and understanding, ability to analyse a chosen topic, evaluate previous research works in a respective study field, study individually and perform research in that field, describe the research project performed by the student in a correct language, formulate clear and reasonable research conclusions. A final degree project by the student of art studies has to reveal a level of the student’s creativity, ability to develop ideas individually in a creative work, apply up-to-date knowledge and technologies.
The scope of the final degree project of the first degree studies is at least 12 or 15 credits:
The scope of the final degree project of the second degree and integrated studies is 30 credits. The students who study in interdisciplinary study programme prepare one joint final degree project integrating the learning outcomes of all study fields.
A final degree project is included in the student’s individual study plan as a separate module (or several modules, if a student studies in minor studies); the independent tasks are assessed under the schedule provided in the description of the study module. The marks for the independent work are being submitted to the Academic Information System. They form the basis for the module credits given to the student who acquires a right to defend his/her project at a public session of the qualification commission.
Graduation from the studies of a respective study cycle provides a Bachelor’s or Master’s qualification degree.
Types of diplomas
Qualification degrees and certifying diplomas are issued in accordance with the completed study programme:
The diploma with honours is awarded to the graduate who finished studies with final marks not lower than 8, grade point average not lower than 9,5, final degree project not lower than 9-10.
University applies the Grand Charter of the European Universities and the Charter of the European Researchers, declarations and regulations of the Common Space of Education and Scientific Research of the European Union; competence, professionalism, initiative, devotion to duty and responsibility are developed and respected at the University. Values and moral principles of activities, main regulations of ethical behaviour of the University’s community are established and the most important standards of the avoidable behaviour are regulated by the University’s Academic Code of Conduct.
Members of the University’s community follow the main principles of ethics:
Teacher’s standards of ethics
Relationship between the University’s teacher and student are based on the principles of respect, equity, kindness, non-discrimination and tolerance, academic cooperation and transparency. Teacher provides correct, objective and honest assessment of the student’s knowledge and skills, which is in line with objectives of the taught subject. Teacher does not reveal student’s confidential information.
Student’s standards of ethics
Relationships between students and their relationships with the University’s employees are based on the principles of collegiality, amiability, honesty, tolerance and solidarity, focused on the quality of studies and insurance of academic atmosphere. Student commits to:
Each member of the academic community has to comply with the principle of academic integrity.
The University’s students acknowledge truth, knowledge and skills, understand academic values and hope for trust and fair assessment of their achievements; they sign a learning agreement and declaration of academic integrity and have to follow the principle of academic integrity, performing tasks individually and honestly.
The following are considered the most serious violations of academic integrity:
If you have any questions on procedures for co-occurrence inspection and plagiarism detection, settlement of academic violations and implementation of academic penalties, please contact the Study Management team by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appeal is submitted regarding the written decision made at the University in regards to the student, when making of such decision could allegedly violate academic ethics, procedures and/or include technical errors. Appeal cannot be submitted aiming for a repeated evaluation of the performed tasks or aiming for permission to repeat an assessment when the student considers that his/her evaluation is incorrect, or aiming for repeated processing of the made decision without providing any arguments related to the conditions specified in the guidelines.
Complaint is submitted regarding the alleged violation of the student’s rights and legitimate interests caused by the actions or omissions of the University’s employee, other student, department, commission or other body functioning at the University in the following areas: 1) quality assurance in studies; 2) compliance with processes and procedures of the organisation of studies; 3) quality assurance in learning resources and learning environment; 4) compliance with provisions of the Code of Academic Ethics; 5) quality assurance and compliance with procedures in additional services (for example, allocation of financial support, accommodation, leisure activities, etc.); 6) in other cases.
Before the submission of appeal the student has to get acquainted with the documents regulating the area of the alleged violation, other important information, and, if needed, consult the Vice-Dean for Studies of his/her faculty (students of the third cycle studies – consult the head of the International Doctoral School). If possible, first of all it is recommended to solve the issue with the employee or head of the responsible department, commission or other body functioning at the University.
Student Information and Service Centre
Studentų Street 50–168, Kaunas
Tel. +370 (37) 300 327, +370 (614) 20 055
Time of lectures
Classes for all students of all study cycles start at the following time:
Time of the session
1 – Modules of foreign languages; 2 – Faculty can have another time scheduled for classes.
Student attendance in the modules’ classes and performance of the academic activities during these classes provide conditions for the students’ successful learning and good academic achievements; monitoring of the module’s intermediate assessment results and participation in the module helps identifying the student acing learning difficulties and providing them with timely support.
All students and external students, except for the third cycle, have to attend the study modules’ laboratory works; attendance in other types of academic classes is defined by the minimum requirements for attendance set by the study module’s coordinating lecturer.
Requirements for the module’s attendance for students are available in the module’s programme in the University’s Academic Information System and Virtual Learning Environment Moodle.
Absence at sessions
Student, who is not able to attend the module’s class and/or assessment during semester or examination session due to the important justified reasons stipulated by the University, has to notify the faculty’s study centre on the same day and submit the documents justifying his/her absence to the study centre within three working days after his/her return to studies.
University issues the following certificates of studies:
|Academic certificate in Lithuanian (for the persons, who studied bachelor’s and master’s until 1994)||–||7||The services are being provided free of charge to the persons studying at the University|
|Academic certificate in English (issued to the persons, who started bachelor’s and master’s studies from 1994)||–||7|
|Academic certificate including short descriptions of modules (issued to the persons, who started their bachelor’s and master’s studies from 1995)||1 page||7|
|Certificate including short descriptions of modules in English (issued to the persons, who started their bachelor’s and master’s studies from 2000)||1 page||10|
|Comprehensive description of study module (issued to the persons, who started their studies from 2000)||1 piece||5|
|Non-standard certificate, prepared using client’s form or request||–||20|
|Non-standard certificate, which requires additional search for information||–||25|
|Certificate on confirmation of acquired education||–||15|
|Certificate on KTU assessment system in English||–||10|
|Translation of diploma into English (issued to the persons, who started their studies from 1994)||–||7|
|Translation of Bachelor’s diploma supplement into English (issued to the persons, who started their studies from 1994)||–||30|
|Translation into English of Master’s and non-degree studies’ diploma supplement (issued to the persons, who started their studies from 1994)||–||20|
|Copy of diploma, diploma supplement and study certificate||–||30||–|
|Approval of copies of education documents||1 sheet||3||–|
|Putting of certificates into an envelope, sealing and approval of the envelope (when envelope is sent by the person)||–||5||–|
|Sending of prepared documents to the receiver abroad by post||–||10||–|
|Sending of prepared documents to receiver in Lithuania by post||–||5||–|
Prices for preparation and sending of documents are approved by the order of the Rector of Kaunas University of Technology No. A-149-3 “On the Prices for Preparation of Education Documents to the University’s Graduates” of 31 March 2015.
Ordering of certificates
For current students
University’s students can order all certificates on studies electronically in the section “Studies → Ordering of certificates” of the Academic Information System.
When ordering a certificate, students have to read the information at the end of the certificate title – description of the certificate, and consider which type of certificate is required by the institution it will be submitted to. If certificate is for personal use only and will not be submitted to any institution, its electronic form may be downloaded.
Certificates are prepared within 15 working days. Preparation status of the ordered certificate can be monitored in the “History of the ordering of certificates”; students are informed about the prepared certificate, address for its collection and administrator’s working hours by the email provided by the university. Communication with the administrator preparing the certificate is carried out in the “History of the ordering of certificates” via the link “Messages”.
If you have questions, apply to the faculty’s Study Centre.
For students who studied previously
University’s graduates and students who have terminated their studies order certificates by submitting a signed application. Application has to be submitted to your faculty’s Study Centre.
Certificates and other documents are prepared within 15 working days.
If you have questions regarding filling in of the application, apply to the faculty’s Study Centre or by email email@example.com.
Certificates are prepared within 15 working days. Persons are informed about the prepared certificate, address for its collection and administrator’s working hours by the email specified in the application. Certificate can also be sent by registered post (this service is payable).
When certificate is prepared, payment check is sent by the email specified in the application. When collecting the documents which preparation is payable, the employee issuing the certificate has to be provided with a bank receipt or a copy of the payment order confirming the fee has been paid.
Collection of certificate
When collecting a certificate, you have to provide your personal identity document. If a person cannot come and collect a certificate personally, the document can be sent by registered post to his/her specified address (this service is payable). Other person has no right to collect the certificate without a notarised power of attorney.
Non-formal education is studies for retraining, improving or changing of qualification or professional skills. Currently KTU offers about 600 programmes of non-formal education.
Programmes and modules
University offers flexible programmes of non-formal education in the areas of social sciences, humanities, technologies and physical sciences. Non-formal education programmes can be made in accordance with the requests of groups of people or legal persons. Learning can be organised during working day, in the evenings, during holidays and on other time convenient for the students, also as distance learning.
Persons, who have acquired education, but want to improve or change their professional qualification, expand professional and general education, can choose to study preferred study subjects (or groups of subjects) or qualification improvement programmes (various courses, workshops, etc.).
Persons, who have studied chosen study subjects or completed non-formal education programmes of various duration (courses, seminars), are issued a formal certificate. Legal persons, who want to improve or change qualification of their employees, can also apply.
Should you have any questions regarding non-formal education programmes, please contact the Study Centre at a related faculty.
State legal acts regulating the studies
Classification of studies
Provision of study programmes
Inclusion of study results
Compensation of tuition fee
Repayment of tuition fee paid for a student by the State
The documents of Kaunas University of Technology regulating the studies
|Kristina Ukvalbergienė||Director||+370 (650) 59 firstname.lastname@example.org
|K. Donelaičio str. 73-412, Kaunas|
|Study Processes Office|
|Sandra Kavalevskytė||Head||+370 (674) 30 email@example.com||K. Donelaičio str. 73–406a, Kaunas|
|Study Data Management Office|
|Erika Adomavičiūtė||Head||+370 (37) 300 firstname.lastname@example.org||K. Donelaičio str. 73–406a, Kaunas|
|Vaiva Šlėderienė||Senior Coordinator||+370 (665) 17 478
+370 (685) 96 007
+370 (37) 300 007
|email@example.com||K. Donelaičio str. 73–404, Kaunas|