Organisation of studies

Study programme

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

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 credit

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 active participation of the students during the whole semester, their ability to practically apply the knowledge, and in order to objectively assess their endeavours, the University employs cumulative assessment system.

Applying cumulative assessment, the final grade is the sum of the results of intermediate assessments and final assessment (examinations). Student, who fails to perform or get assessment for semester’s tasks, is not allowed to participate in the final assessment.

If student fails to pass an exam during the exam session, s/he is allowed to retake it until the end of the session at the latest. It is allowed to retake two exams: the first one is free of charge, the second one is payable. It is not allowed to retake examination in order to improve a positive result. Student can continue studies next semester, if s/he passes more than 15 of the credits of the programme scheduled for the semester.

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:

  • excellent – at least four-fifths of study modules’ marks are at excellent level (module’s marks are 10 (excellent) or 9 (very good), and others – at least at typical level (module’s marks are 8 (good), 7 (average) or 6 (satisfactory))
  • typical – at least three-fourths of study modules’ marks are at typical (module’s marks are 8 (good), 7 (average) or 6 (satisfactory)) or excellent level (module’s marks are 10 (excellent) or 9 (very good)), and others – at threshold level (module’s marks are 5 (weak));
  •  threshold – when student has passed all the study modules, but his/her academic achievements do not reach typical level

Today, universities have to take full responsibility for preparation of graduates for the activities that require multi-dimensional, constantly changing skills based on continuous learning.

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)

Today job 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:

  • Ability to apply knowledge in practice
  • Ability to solve problems
  • Ability to work in teams

Contemporary teaching/learning methods

Various contemporary teaching/learning methods are being applied at KTU to involve the 21st century students, who are brave, self-confident, highly technologically literate into the learning process. Student-focused, based on involvement and participation teaching/learning methods are the trademark of studies at KTU.

 

Design-based thinking

It is a method of learning that helps to meet challenges and create innovative solutions in everyday activities. This method is beneficial to the student, because knowledge that is created while meeting challenges is easier to understand, remember and transfer into the further activities in job market. Learning by solving challenges is the most suitable environment that involves and motivates students. Design-based learning is useful when solving real life problems that are difficult to structure and have more than one solution.

Design-based method of thinking is:

  • real, alive, constantly changing laboratory
  • learning method based on challenges and their solutions
  • student-focused learning experience
  • creative process
  • more than just a method, it is a way of thinking

Design-based teaching 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.

Problem-based learning

It is a study method when students are learning by analysing and solving complex problems with teacher’s assistance. The result is understanding of the problem and suggesting of 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 practice and links theoretical knowledge with practical activities.

Problem-based learning is:

  • student-focused
  • based on problem solving using already acquired knowledge
  • development of informal learning skills, facilitating successful lifelong learning
  • solution of real problems

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.

Case study

This is a study method that creates attractive, student-focused 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. This way of learning is also useful, because it allows working with real-life job challenges, analysing them objectively, comprehending various circumstances and the causes of their occurrence. This method is a great opportunity to exchange ideas of solutions related to job performance, because students not only diagnose the causes of problems in certain situations introduced by the cases or summarise the analysed situation, but often try to solve them themselves.

Case study is:

  • study method based on analysis of practical, real, relevant problematic situations
  • student-focused
  • introducing positive learning environment
  • providing knowledge through experience
  • allowing to experience team work and unanimous decision-making
  • developing the ability to make difficult decisions
  • developing abilities to make conceptual solutions and apply appropriate theories, models and other abstract principles
  • teaching to plan and implement processes

Case study is actively used in the School of Economics and Business, Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities and others.

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 mentorship programme:

  • To create positive, supportive environment for the University’s students
  • To develop academic and learning culture at the University
  • To reveal the students’ potential, enhancement of academic performance and skills
  • To encourage professional and personal development of students
  • To promote closer communication and cooperation between business and students
  • To assist the student in setting personal and professional goals, as well as in making the plan or strategy for implementation of these goals
  • To provide opportunities for student to improve competences of communication, self-presentation and cooperation
  • To develop students’ leadership competences
  • To identify, encourage and develop young talents at the University

There are 5 different types of mentors at the University, and everyone can have one in any stage of their studies. Each mentor has different functions, therefore goals and style of communication varies.

Peer mentor

Academic advisor Career mentor Research mentor Tutor

upperclassman student

member of academic staff

representative of business company,

specialist of particular area

member of academic staff – scientists or researcher

member of academic staff,

a student whose academic results are excellent

peer mentor – only at the first year of bachelor’s studies academic advisor – during entire studies career mentor – during entire studies research mentor – during entire bachelor’s studies

tutor – during entire studies (particularly recommended in the first two years)

 

Mentorship Programme Coordinator
Monika Pavalkytė
Studentų Street 67-205, Kaunas
Tel. 8 682 64454
Email monika.pavalkyte@ktu.lt

About internship

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:

  • nature of the internships’ activities complies with objectives and tasks of internship programme stipulated in the study programme
  • it has experienced persons, capable to supervise internship
  • it has a relevant material foundation, can provide possibilities for practical training and integrated studies
  • it ensures that student‘s working conditions correspond to the norms of occupational safety, health and hygiene
  • it signs a tripartite contract on practical training

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:

  • evaluation of performance of internship activity
  • evaluation of internship report

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

  • Mandatory internship is obligatory for all the University’s bachelor’s students; its minimal workload is 15 credits. Internship provides understanding about the future professional activities; it can be completed only when half of the study programme is finished. During internship student-trainee expands and applies in practice the acquired knowledge, improves his/her skills, explores professional field and collects data for the final thesis (semester’s project).
  • Additional internship is undertaken by the master’s and bachelor’s students; it can be completed on their free time (for example, after the lectures or during summer holidays), when there are not classes scheduled in the study programme.
  • Additional Erasmus+ internship is undertaken by the bachelor’s and master’s students; it can be completed on their free time, when there are no classes scheduled in the study programme. Additional Erasmus+ internship is not an integral part of the study programme; it can be chosen as one of the modules in the individual set. This internship is regulated by Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014–2020.
  • Research internship is designed for acquisition and expanding of knowledge and research skills through scientific research; it is being undertaken under supervision of highly qualified researchers in the framework of an individual research programme. Research internship is not mandatory, however, it is recommended for the persons, who want to develop their academic career. This type of internship can be completed on free time, after lectures, during summer holidays or other time, when there are no classes scheduled.

Final projects

Study programme is completed by assessing student’s academic achievements in the final project:

  • Final project of the bachelor’s studies is at least 12 credits. If a double Bachelor qualification degree is awarded, final projects of both major and minor studies must be specified (if it is established in normative legal acts), and the mutual scope is at least 15 credits.
  • Final project for the master’s studies is at least 30 credits. The project must be based on individual scientific research, application of knowledge or prepared as a project, revealing abilities correspondent to the programme’s goals. By the final project master’s student must demonstrate a level of knowledge and understanding, ability to analyse chosen subject, evaluate the works of a relevant area (field), previously made by other persons, perform research in that area (field), describe his/her research work, clearly and reasonably, formulate conclusions of the research in accordance with general requirements for preparation, defence and storing of final bachelor’s and master’s projects, approved by the Rector.

Final project is included in the student’s individual study plan as a separate module (or several modules, if a student is studying 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 on the Academic Information System. They form the basis for module credits given to the student, who then acquires a right to defend his/her project at a public session of the qualification commission.

Awarded qualification degrees

Graduates of respective degree studies are awarded Bachelor, Master or Doctor of Science (Arts) qualification degree.

Types of diplomas awarded

  • Graduates of bachelor’s studies are issued Bachelor’s Diploma and Diploma Supplement.
  • Graduates of master’s studies or integrated studies are issued Master’s Diploma and Diploma Supplement.
  • Graduates of Doctoral studies, who have defended doctoral dissertation (art project) are issued Doctor of Science (Art) diploma.
  • Graduates of professional (pedagogical) studies are issued certificate of studies.

Academic ethics

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:

  • Academic freedom and responsibility
  • Ethical inter-relationships in the community
  • Academic integrity
  • Loyalty

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:

  • Respect opinion of others, express comments in a correct manner, be tolerant while evaluating other persons’ characteristics
  • Not to discuss and disclose confidential information of other students and members of the University’s community
  • Not to degrade the title of the student at the University and outside of it by unethical behaviour, using drugs and having other bad habits unacceptable in society, discourteous behaviour
  • Preserve the University’s property and follow the norms of conduct in the University’s premises and within its territory
  • Not to pursue or establish relationship with a teacher that does not comply with the principles of ethics

Academic integrity

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:

  • Plagiarism – presentation of other person’s ideas as your own. Characteristic cases of plagiarism are when: a) a text of another person is provided without quotation marks; b) an idea, visual material or data of another person is retold or quoted without indication of the source.
  • Cheating during intermediate, final or other assessments of the subject. The following cases are considered cheating: a) copying or deliberately allowing another person to copy, prompting, preparation of cheat sheets or using other unauthorised means; b) presentation of the other person’s work or the results of the other persons work as your own; c) the same written work is presented for assessment of several subjects; d) getting an assessment for another person; e) illegal receipt of tasks or tests and/or their use; f) use of the right of co-authorship without any real contribution to the work.
  • Counterfeiting/forgery. Characteristic cases are, when: a) a written work already evaluated by the lecturer is corrected aiming to demand for a better evaluation; b) lecturers’ signatures, certificates or other documents are forged; b) data or results of academic tasks (laboratory works, projects, etc.) are forged.
  • Bribery – offer to pay or payment for academic services (personally or in a group of people), when such payment is not validated under established procedure.
  • Helping another person to perform a dishonest academic act: plagiarism, cheating or forgery.

 

Regulating documents:

  • Academic Code of Conduct of Kaunas University of Technology (approved by the ordinance No. V3-S-1 of the Senate of Kaunas University of Technology of 25 January 2012);
  • Guidelines for Detection of Plagiarism in Students’ Written Works (approved by the order No. A-288 of the Rector of Kaunas University of Technology of 16 May 2017);
  • Other legal acts of the Republic of Lithuania and University’s internal documents.

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 studiju.organizavimas@ktu.lt.

Regarding tasks of the semester’s independent work or examination

If there were settlement procedure violations during semester, session or assessment of final projects, student can submit an appeal.

First it is recommended to talk about the situation with the supervisor of the subject or head of the field’s study programmes. Also, student can apply to the head of department, the Faculty’s Vice-Dean for Studies or the director of Student Services.

If student can justify the occurrence of procedure violations, and fails to find a different solution, appeal must be submitted during three working days after announcement of assessment results at the latest.

The appeal regarding the tasks of the semester’s independent work or examination, if evaluation violated academic ethics or procedures (for example, due to lecturer’s unfairness, health issues or other essential reasons), is submitted to the Board of Academic Ethics.

Regarding final project

Appeal regarding final project, if there were technical mistakes and procedural violations in evaluation, is submitted to the Faculty’s Dean, who issues an order appointing another opponent of the final project or commission for settlement of appeals. New assessment is entered into the Academic Information System under procedure established in the Regulations on Assessment of Study Modules.

Repeated attempts to get assessment of semester’s individual work tasks, to take an exam or to defend final project in order to improve a positive mark are not allowed, except when the student’s appeal has been satisfied by the Board of Academic Ethics (due to lecturer’s unfairness, health issues or other essential reasons).

If you have questions, you can apply to the Student Information Centre, where you will get assistance on filling the appeal form and mediation while submitting an appeal.

 

Student Information Centre
Studentų Street 50–168, Kaunas
Tel. 8 37 300 327, 8 614 20 055

Time of lectures

Classes for all students of all study cycles start at the following time:

 

No.

Užsiėmimas

Time of the session

I

first class

9.00–10.30

II

second class

11.00–12.30

III

third class

13.30–15.00

IV

fourth class

15.30–17.00

V

fifth class*

17.30–19.00*

VI

sixth class*

19.15–20.45*

* – Faculty can have another time scheduled for classes.

Attendance procedure

It is mandatory for the first and second year bachelor’s students to attend theoretical lectures, seminars and workshops, and for the third and fourth year students and master’s students to attend seminars and workshops.

Disciplinary penalties are applied to the students who do not attend lectures and seminars under determined procedure.

In exceptional cases, the Faculty’s Dean can allow a student to attend classes, to perform tasks and to get assessments on individual schedule.

 

Absence

Students, who cannot participate in classes due to justified reasons, have to notify the Faculty’s Study Centre within three working days at the latest. If a student missed classes due to illness, after recovery s/he provides the documents proving illness to the Faculty’s Study Centre on the third day after the issue of such document at the latest.

University issues the following certificates of studies:

Service Amount Price, EUR
Note
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.

If you have questions regarding filling in of the application, apply to the faculty’s Study Centre or by email goda.martuseviciute@ktu.lt.

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).

Payment

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.).

 

Certificates

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

Financial support

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

Study Management
Sandra Kavalevskytė Acting director +370 (37) 300 040 sandra.kavalevskyte@ktu.lt
studiju.organizavimas@ktu.lt
K. Donelaičio str. 73-406a, Kaunas
Study Processes Office
Sandra Kavalevskytė Head +370 (674) 30 672 sandra.kavalevskyte@ktu.lt K. Donelaičio str. 73–406a, Kaunas
Study Data Management Office
Erika Adomavičiūtė Head +370 (37) 300 047 erika.adomaviciute@ktu.lt K. Donelaičio str. 73–406a, Kaunas
Admissions Group
Asta Juškienė
Vaiva Šlėderienė
Project Manager
Senior Coordinator
+370 (37) 300 007
+370 (685) 96 007
+370 (665) 17 478
priemimo.sistema@ktu.lt K. Donelaičio str. 73–404, Kaunas
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