Organisation of studies

Study cycles

The University provides studies of three study cycles – bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral studies – awarding a qualification degree to the graduates. The integrated studies include the bachelor’s and master’s studies. Professional studies provide the qualification.

Bachelor’s studies are the first cycle studies. The persons who have a secondary education and comply with other requirements set out by the University are admitted to these studies. The volume of the study programmes is 180 or 240 study credits; the duration of the full-time studies is 3 or 4 years. The studies are completed by the bachelor’s final degree project; the bachelor’s qualification degree is awarded to the graduates. This degree corresponds to level 6 of the Lithuanian Qualifications Framework and gives the right to conduct professional activities and/or continue studies in the master’s (second cycle) studies. The list of the study programmes of the bachelor’s studies offered at the University is available here.

Master’s studies are the second cycle studies. The graduates of the bachelor’s (first cycle) or integrated (bachelor’s and master’s) studies who comply with other requirements set out by the University are admitted to these studies. The volume of the study programmes is 90 or 120 study credits; the duration of the full-time studies is 1.5 or 2 years. The studies are completed by the master’s final degree project; the master’s qualification degree is awarded to the graduates. This degree corresponds to level 7 of the Lithuanian Qualifications Framework and gives the right to conduct professional activities and/or continue studies in the doctoral (third cycle) studies. The list of the study programmes of the master’s studies offered at the University is available here.

Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a joint second cycle study programme provided by Kaunas University of Technology and ISM University of Management and Economics. The graduates of the bachelor’s (first cycle) studies who have at least 3 years of managerial work experience are admitted to this study programme. The volume of the study programme is 60 study credits; the duration of studies is 1 year. The Master’s Degree of Business Administration (MBA) is awarded to the graduates.

Additional studies are for the persons who have acquired a professional bachelor’s degree at the college or the bachelor’s degree at the university and aim to study in the master’s (second cycle) studies. The volume and duration of the required additional studies are indicated for each specific master’s study programme. Usually, their volume is at least 30 study credits and the duration is at least one semester. The persons who hold the bachelor’s degree are admitted to the additional studies. The person is admitted with the status of an unclassified student. After completion of the additional studies, the student receives a certificate providing the right to enter the master’s studies of that study field.

Integrated studies include the first and second cycle studies. The persons who have a secondary education, have passed the entrance examination and comply with other requirements set out by the University are admitted to these studies. The University provides one study programme of integrated studies – Architecture; its volume is 300 study credits; the duration of studies is 5 years. The studies are completed by the master’s final degree project; the master’s qualification degree is awarded to the graduates. This degree corresponds to level 7 of the Lithuanian Qualifications Framework and gives the right to conduct professional activities and/or continue studies in the doctoral (third cycle) studies.

Doctoral studies are the third cycle studies. The persons who hold a master’s or equivalent qualification degree are admitted to these studies. The duration of the full-time doctoral studies is 4 years. The doctoral studies include the studies (30 study credits), the research, the preparation and defence of the doctoral dissertation. The doctoral studies prepare the scientists who can independently perform research and experimental development works, solve scientific problems, work in an academic and non-academic environment. After the completion of doctoral and studies and defence of the doctoral dissertation, the doctor of science degree is awarded to the graduates. The list of the study fields of doctoral studies offered at the University is available here.

Professional studies are the studies providing a professional qualification. The graduates of the bachelor’s (first cycle) studies who comply with other requirements set out by the University are admitted to these studies. The University provides one study programme of professional studies – Pedagogy Studies; its volume is 60 study credits; the duration of studies is 1 year. The studies are completed by the final project of professional studies; the qualification of a teacher is awarded to the graduates providing them with the right to work at the educational institutions.

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 are 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.

Delivery of studies

The studies can be provided as:

  • Daytime studies – the classes are provided on the working days, usually from 9:00 to 17:00.
  • Evening studies – the classes are provided on the working days, usually from 17:30 to 21:00.
  • Weekend studies – the classes are provided on Saturdays, usually from 9:00 to 21:00, also possible on Friday evenings from 17:00 to 21:00.

The delivery of studies can be:

  • On-campus – all or most of the classes are provided in the physical environment of the University with the participation of the lecturer and students (not remotely); a small part of the study programme can be provided remotely in the digital environment;
  • Blended learning – the classes are provided by combining the physical environment and the digital environment; on campus at the University and remotely in the digital environment;
  • Distance studies – most of the classes are provided in the digital environment, a small part of the study programme can be provided on-campus at the University;
  • Cyclic – intensive studies of one study module during the cycle of 1-2 months; the module’s final assessment is conducted at the end of the cycle.

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).

Assessment

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:

  • Aims to improve a positive evaluation;
  • Previously tried to obtain an assessment in an unfair manner and received an academic penalty (strict reprimand);
  • Systematically missed the classes and received an academic penalty for absence at classes.

The second repeated assessment is not allowed, if student:

  • Was evaluated by a mark less than 3 for the first repeated assessment;
  • Failed to attend the previous assessment without any important justified reasons stipulated by the University (failed to submit the documents supporting the absence within a specified period);
  • Failed to meet requirements for attendance in the module’s classes stipulated by the lecturer (applied only to the last assessment).

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:

  • 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

Study methods

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:

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

 

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:

Design-based thinking

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:

  • Real, alive, constantly changing laboratory;
  • Learning method based on challenges and their solutions;
  • Student-oriented learning experience;
  • Creative process;
  • More than just a method, it is a way of thinking.

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.

Problem-based learning

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:

  • Student-oriented learning;
  • Learning method 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.

Challenge-based learning

It is a method of teaching/learning in which students and lecturers work together while solving real-life challenges (Education, 2011). This method is based on experiential learning. The challenge-based learning encourages the cooperation between students and various stakeholders (scientists, business enterprises, public and non-governmental organisations) aiming to define important ideas, ask thoughtful questions, identify, analyse, propose and implement sustainable solutions (Rådberg et al., 2020). This learning method is based on cooperation, clarity, involvement, encouragement, effectiveness and efficiency and implemented using digital tools, measures and media. The challenge-based learning develops the students’ skills in communication, cooperation, critical thinking, creativity, decision-making, and taking responsibility.

The challenge-based teaching/learning is:

  • student-oriented learning process;
  • finding solutions to real-life, complex challenges of the 21st century. The challenges are proposed by various stakeholders;
  • chance to contribute to the development of solutions that have a long-term impact on today’s society and environment;
  • possibility of working in interdisciplinary teams.

The challenge-based teaching/learning is widely used at the Faculty of Informatics, the Faculty of Chemical Technology, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Design, the School of Economics and Business, the Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities and other faculties.

Case study

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:

  • Learning method based on analysis of practical, real, relevant problematic situations;
  • Student-oriented;
  • Positive learning environment;
  • Possibility to acquire knowledge while experimenting;
  • Experience of team work and unanimous decision-making;
  • Development of ability to make difficult decisions;
  • Development of abilities to make conceptual solutions of problems and apply respective theories, model and other abstract principles;
  • Teaching to plan and implement processes.

Case study is actively used at School of Economics and Business, Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities and other faculties.

Academic assistance

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:

  • 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 of an operational plan for their career and 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

Everyone can choose a mentor at the University. There are 5 types of mentors that students can choose in each stage of their studies:

  • Peer mentor – upperclassman student (in the first year of the first cycle);
  • Academic advisor – member of the academic staff (during the entire studies)
  • Research mentor – member of the academic staff – scientist or researcher (during the entire Bachelor’s studies);
  • Career mentor – representative of a business company, specialist in a certain field (during the entire studies);
  • Tutor – member of the academic staff or student with good academic performance (during the entire studies, particularly recommended in 1-2 year of studies).

Organisation of internship

Internship is an individual study module of the University’s study programme, an integral part of the study module or additional practical activities not included in the study programme intended to help a student or graduate to gain the experience required for practical work.

Internship programme is tailor-made for every student. Internships are being organised by the University’s academic departments with assistance of the Career and Service Centre and Department of International Relations. Students’ professional internships are being organised by the responsible lecturer of the internship study module.

The University’s Internship Supervisor is the University’s lecturer / researcher assigned for methodological supervision of the student’s internship. S/he coordinates the student’s internship plan, consults the student, cooperates with the organisation’s internship supervisor, assesses the suitability of the conditions for the implementation of the internship, monitors the student’s internship, evaluates the student’s internship.

The Organisation’s Internship Supervisor is an employee of the organisation at which the student completes the internship, assigned to supervise the student’s internship. S/he coordinates the student’s internship plan, provides the information required for the implementation of the internship plan, assigns the tasks related to the organisation’s activities and complying with the objectives of the internship to the student, ensures the safety of the student’s work, evaluates the results of the student’s internship, writes a review of the internship consults.

An internship place can be a Lithuanian or foreign enterprise, institution or organisation, with which a tripartite practical training agreement is being signed and which name is being indicated in the supplement of the graduate’s diploma. The internship organisation has to comply with the following criteria:

  • offers the nature of the internship compliant with the objectives, tasks and expected results of the internship specified in the study programme;
  • has experienced employees who can supervise the internship;
  • has a relevant material base;
  • guarantees that student’s internship conditions correspond to the norms of occupational safety, health and hygiene;
  • agrees to host the student for the internship and fulfil the obligations stipulated by the practical training agreement.

Students can find internship and job offers from enterprises at the Platform “WANTed”, search independently or use the internship places offered by the study programme committee, the responsible lecturer of the internship study module, the internship supervisors, lecturers, alumni, career mentors.

University students have the opportunity to do internships not only in Lithuanian companies, but also abroad. More information about international student internships can be found here.

Types of internship

  • Practical training is an integral part of the study module. During the internship, the student shapes his/her practical skills and deepens the theoretical knowledge required for further studies. The internship includes the performance of tasks of theoretical nature. The internship is completed during classes at the University (during laboratory work) or other organisations (during outbound visits).
  • Professional internship is mandatory for all University’s bachelor’s students; its minimal workload is 15 credits. Internship provides an understanding about the future professional activities; it can be completed only when half of the study programme is finished. During the internship, students deepen and apply the knowledge obtained in studies in real-life practical activities, perform real job functions, conduct the research of professional activities and can collect data for their final degree project (semester’s project).
  • Research internship is designed for the 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 can be a component of the study programme or recommended for students, who intend to pursue an academic career. This type of internship can be completed on free time, after lectures, during summer holidays or other times, when there are no classes scheduled.
  • Additional internship is undertaken by the master’s and bachelor’s students; it can be completed on their free time (for example, after lectures or during summer holidays), when there are not classes scheduled in the study programme. This internship is not mandatory but recommended for students who intend to pursue a professional career.
  • Graduate internship is intended for the acquisition of additional skills related to the study programme(s) completed at the University. This internship is not mandatory; it can be completed within 12 months after graduation from the study programme awarding the qualification degree.

Find out more about internship opportunities and personal career management here.

Graduation

Final degree projects

A final degree project is a student’s individually prepared written work prepared while finishing the study programme which demonstrates the results of the study programme achieved by the student, the student’s ability to analyse a chosen topic, apply the knowledge and skills obtained during studies, evaluate previous research and applied research works in a respective study field, apply the research methods, individually conduct research in a respective field and solve the set tasks, formulate clear and reasonable research conclusions, provide recommendations, describe the Project in a correct language. The Projects of the students of art studies have to reveal the level of their creativity, ability to develop ideas individually in creative work and apply up-to-date knowledge and technologies.

At least 15 credits are allocated for the preparation and defence of the degree project of the first cycle studies. At least 30 credits – for the degree project of the second cycle and integrated studies.

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 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.

The topics (thematic areas) of degree projects can be submitted by any academic employee of the University, or can be suggested by the social partners of the University, the industrial, business and public institutions, NGOs, research institutes, or by the student him/herself.

The students who have met all the requirements of the study programme are eligible to defend their degree projects. A degree project is defended at the session of the qualification committee of the study field composed by the Rector’s under the proposal of the Dean. The final evaluation of the degree project consists of the evaluations of the three components – the evaluation of the degree project by the reviewer, the evaluation of the degree project by the qualification committee and the evaluation of the degree project defence by the qualification committee.

 

Qualification degrees

Graduation from the studies of a respective study cycle provides a Bachelor’s or Master’s qualification degree.

The list of study fields and groups of fields, according to which studies shall be conducted in higher education institutions.

Types of diplomas

Qualification degrees and certifying diplomas are issued in accordance with the completed study programme:

  • The students who graduate from a first cycle study programme in one field are granted a qualification degree of a respective field (admitted until 2016) or a group of fields (admitted from 2017) and issued a Bachelor’s diploma with supplement. The students who complete BA+ interdisciplinary competence (admitted from 2019) are issued an additional BA+ certificate.
  • The students who graduate from the major and minor study programmes (admitted until 2016) are granted a double qualification degree of the minor and major fields and issued a diploma with supplement.
  • The students who graduate from a first cycle study programme in two fields (admitted from 2017) are granted a double qualification degree and issued a diploma with supplement.
  • The students who graduate from a second cycle or integrated study programme are granted a qualification degree of a respective field (admitted until 2016) or a group of fields (admitted from 2017) and issued a Master’s diploma with supplement. The students who complete MA+ interdisciplinary competence (admitted from 2016) are issued an additional MA+ certificate.
  • The students who graduate from an interdisciplinary study programme (admitted from 2017) are granted a double qualification degree and issued a diploma with supplement.
  • The students who graduate from a joint study programme are granted a joint qualification degree and issued one joint diploma of two universities with supplement.
  • The students who graduate from the second cycle study programme “Business Administration (MBA) for Managers” are granted a joint Master’s qualification degree in business administration (MBA) and issued one joint diploma of two universities with supplement.
  • The students who complete the professional studies in the field of education are granted a qualification of an educator and issued a study certificate.

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.

Examples of diplomas:

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.

Appeals and complains

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.

Career and Service Centre
Studentų Street 50–168, Kaunas
Tel. +370 (37) 300 327, +370 (614) 20 055

Attendance

Time of lectures

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

 

No.

Time of the session

0

7.45– 8.451

I

9.00–10.30

II

11.00–12.30

III

13.30–15.00

IV

15.30–17.00

V

17.30–19.002

VI

19.15–20.452

1 – Modules of foreign languages; 2 – Faculty can have another time scheduled for classes.

Attendance procedure

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.

Academic certificates

Prices for the preparation of educational documents (the services are provided to the University’s students and unclassified students free of charge and to the graduates and the students who terminated their studies – for a specified fee):

  No. Educational document Language Price, EUR Price without VAT VAT
1. Certificate on the acquired education and/or period of studies (issued to the persons who studied in a one-cycle system of studies until 1993) Lithuanian 10
2. Certificate on the acquired education and/or period of studies (issued to the persons admitted to the first and second cycle studies from 1994) Lithuanian/English 7
3. Transcript on the period and results of Doctoral studies (issued to the persons admitted from 2002) Lithuanian/English 10
4. Transcript on the period and results of Doctoral studies (issued to the persons admitted from 2003) Lithuanian/English 7
5. Academic transcript (issued to the persons who studied in a one-cycle system of studies until 1993) Lithuanian 20
6. Academic transcript (issued to the persons admitted to the first and second cycle studies from 1994) Lithuanian/English 10
7. Academic transcript (issued to the persons admitted to Doctoral studies from 1994) Lithuanian/English 7
8. Academic transcript including the short descriptions of the completed study modules (issued to the persons admitted to the first and second cycle studies from 1995) Lithuanian 12
9. Academic transcript including the short descriptions of the completed study modules (issued to the persons admitted to the first and second cycle studies from 2000) English 12
10. Academic transcript including the short descriptions of the completed study modules (issued to the persons admitted to the Doctoral studies from 2003) Lithuanian/English 12
11. Comprehensive description of a study module (issued to the persons admitted from 2000) Lithuanian 5
12. Comprehensive description of a study module (issued to the persons admitted from 2005) English 5
13. Non-standard certificate prepared using the client’s form or request Lithuanian/English 20
14. Non-standard certificate which requires additional search of information Lithuanian/English 25
15. Certificate on the University’s assessment system English 5
16. Copy of a diploma, a study certificate 30
17. Copy of a diploma appendix/supplement 38

Prices for the provision of additional services (the prices are applied to all the University’s students, graduates and students who terminated their studies):

  No. Additional services Language Price, EUR Price without VAT VAT
1. Translation of a diploma into the English language (issued to the persons admitted to the first and second cycle studies from 1994 to 2005) 15 12.40 2.60
2. Translation of a diploma into the English language (issued to the persons admitted to the first and second cycle studies from 2006) 7 5.78 1.22
3. Translation of a diploma into the English language (issued to the persons who acquired the doctoral degree from 2004) 7 5.78 1.22
4. Copy of a diploma and approval of the authenticity of the copy 3 2.47 0.53
5. Copy of a diploma supplement and approval of the authenticity of the copy (issued to the persons who graduated until 2005) 5 4.13 0.87
6. Copy of a diploma supplement and approval of the authenticity of the copy (issued to the persons who graduated from 2006) 10 8.26 1.74
7. Copy of another educational document and approval 3 2.47 0.53
8. Approval of the acquired education/period of studies, filling of the form provided by the client (institution/person) 20 16.53 3.47
9. Putting of certificates into an envelope, sealing and approval of the envelope (when the envelope is sent by the  person) 5 4.13 0.87
10. Sending of prepared documents to the foreign receiver by post 10 8.26 1.74
11. Sending of prepared documents to the Lithuania receiver by post 5 4.13 0.87
12. Additional copy of a transcript/certificate 3 2.47 0.53

The prices for the preparation of education documents and additional services are approved by order No. A-583 “On the prices for the preparation of educational documents and related services” of the Rector of Kaunas University of Technology of 10th September 2019. 

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 ruta.valaitiene@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

The sum of the payment for the preparation of the certificates and the payment details will be sent by the email specified in the application. The processing of the order will begin after the receipt of your payment.

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.

Order of the copies of diplomas and diploma supplements (appendices)

The person, who damages or loses a diploma, its supplement (appendix) or certificate of studies, has to submit an application for the issue of a copy of the document and a copy of his/her personal ID document. The person has to pay a fee set out by the University for the preparation of the copy.

A copy of the education document is issued within 30 days after the receipt of the application and payment for the service. The payment check for the issue of the copies of education documents will be sent by the email specified in the application.

Confirmation of the person’s acquired education

The institutions or a person who wants a receive a confirmation of the education acquired by the student at the University, have to submit an application if a free format or their form to be filled in, the consent of the provision of personal data* and the proof of the paid service fee** to the Department of Academic Affairs (studiju.organizavimas@ktu.lt or ruta.valaitiene@ktu.lt). The confirmation of the acquired education is provided within 15 working days after the receipt of all the documents.

 

* – Following the European Union General Data Protection Regulation and the Law on Legal Protection of Personal Data of the Republic of Lithuania, Kaunas University of Technology has no right to provide any data related to personal information without the person’s consent. The person’s consent is not required when the data is requested by the law enforcement authorities or the person is applying regarding his/her personal data.

** – The price for the confirmation of the acquired education, the service of completion of the form submitted by the customer (institution/person) is 20.00 EUR. This fee is not applied if the confirmation of the acquired education is requested by the public state authorities (public administration, pre-trial and judicial authorities) or the accredited institutions conducting the procedure of the recognition of education.

Payment details:

Recipient: Kaunas University of Technology
Recipient code: 111950581
Recipient bank accounts (choose one): AB SEB bank LT75 7044 0600 0310 4494, SWIFT: CBVILT2X
AB „Swedbank “LT54 7300 0100 0251 0317, SWIFT: HABALT22
Luminor Bank AB LT70 4010 0425 0240 0369, SWIFT: AGBLLT2X
Amount: 20,00 EUR
Payment code: 103168
Payment description: [name and surname of the person whose education will be confirmed]

Evaluation of the study results

 

Evaluation system

To ensure a constant and active work of students during the entire semester of studies, their ability to apply theoretical knowledge in practice and objective evaluation of the study results, the cumulative evaluation of the study results is applied at the University.

The final mark of a study module consists of the intermediate assessments and a final assessment multiplied by their weighted coefficients (percentage component of each assessment), then adding the multiplications. If a student fails to get the assessment of the study module’s intermediate tasks, he/she is not allowed to participate in the module’s final assessment.

It is possible to take two repeated assessments: the first one is free of charge and the second one is payable. The repeated assessments are only available if the conditions stipulated by the University are met.

 

Evaluation scale

The ten-point evaluation system is applied at the University:

Mark Description of the mark
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 with minor mistakes
6 (satisfactory) Knowledge and abilities (skills) are lower than average including mistakes
5 (weak) Knowledge and abilities (skills) fulfil the minimum requirements
4 (unsatisfactory) Minimum requirements are not fulfilled
3
2
1
0

 

Achievement levels

There are three levels of the student’s study results:

  • Excellent – at least four fifths of the study modules’ evaluations are at excellent level (the module’s evaluations are 10 (excellent) or 9 (very good), the remaining evaluations are at least at standard level (the module’s evaluations are 8 (good), 7 (average) or 6 (satisfactory));
  • Standard – at least three fourths of the study modules’ evaluations are at standard or excellent level and the remaining evaluations are at threshold level (the module’s evaluation is 5 (weak));
  • Threshold – the student has got assessments of all the study modules but his/her study results do not reach the standard level.

 

The volume of the student’s study plan for one semester cannot exceed 45 credits of the studied study modules (including the repeated and additionally chosen modules). If the volume of the studied study modules exceeds 45 credits per semester, the student is offered to repeat the course.

If a state-funded student shows non-satisfactory results and has collected more than 15 credits of academic failure during the entire period of studies, he/she loses the right to the state funding and can continue the studies in the state non-funded place.

Recognition of learning outcomes

Recognition of learning outcomes acquired via formal education

The Guidelines for the Recognition of Learning Outcomes are applied at the University. According to these Guidelines, the learning outcomes can be included for the persons who have graduated, have studied or are studying under the higher education study programmes at the Lithuanian of foreign higher education institutions and want to continue their studies at the University. The learning outcomes are included if they are in principle consistent with the learning outcomes stipulated in the studied or preferred study programme, a part thereof or a study module.

The learning outcomes acquired at another higher education institution can be included in two methods:

  • If the content of studies has been approved by the University, the achieved learning outcomes are included without any limitations. It is applicable if a student leaves for partial studies (after making a relevant agreement and coordinating a study plan) or under the joint study programmes during the student’s studies at the University. A student who wants to complete a part of the study modules at another Lithuanian or foreign higher education institution submits an application and a study plan for partial studies to the faculty’s Vice-Dean for Studies (in case of partial studies in Lithuania) or the international relations coordinator (in case of partial studies abroad). After the return from partial studies, the student immediately submits the documents certifying the acquisition of learning outcomes to the University;
  • If the content of studies has not been approved by the University, the achieved learning outcomes are included after the evaluation of the formal requirements of the learning outcomes and their compliance with the subject requirements of the studied or preferred study programme. It is applicable if a person wants to be admitted to the further semester of the University’s study programme and has acquired a part of that programme’s learning outcomes in his/her previous studies, or the person has already completed the relevant modules of the higher education institution and wants his/her previously acquired learning outcomes to be included instead of a part of the study programme he/she is studying or intends to study at the University (not exceeding 75% of the volume of the study programme). In this case, the person submits a request and the documents proving the previously acquired learning outcomes to the faculty’s Vice-Dean for Studies (in case of partial studies in Lithuania) or the international relations coordinator (in case of partial studies abroad) within two weeks before the beginning of the semester of studies at the latest.

The recognition of learning outcomes acquired via formal learning is free of charge.

Recognition of competencies acquired via non-formal and informal learning

The Guidelines for the Evaluation of Learning Achievements and the Acknowledgement of Competencies Acquired via Non-Formal and Informal Learning are applied at the University. According to these Guidelines, the competencies can be recognised for the persons who have acquired the respective competencies via non-formal learning and aim to get their formal recognition as the learning outcomes of the University’s study programme or module (not exceeding 50 % of the volume of the study programme). The University’s students, unclassified students and the persons who are not the University’s students and have at least secondary education can take part in the procedure of recognition. The person has to make a learning agreement and specify the University’s modules he/she wants to get recognised.

A candidate can apply regarding the recognition of the competencies acquired in work or volunteering activities, non-formal adult education system, during traineeships, courses, seminars, projects, via individual learning, etc.

The evaluation and recognition process consists of the following stages:

  1. Information – the principles of evaluation and recognition of academic achievements, the financial conditions are introduced to a candidate, assistance is provided in selection of the study modules which outcomes (competencies) can be included;
  2. Consultation – a candidate is assigned a consultant (lecturer) who helps to prepare for the evaluation: which proof of the academic achievements corresponding to the outcomes of the study module should be collected and how they should be submitted, how to prepare a file of academic achievements, how to prepare for evaluation according to the respective evaluation methods (test, interview, etc.);
  3. Evaluation – an assessor (responsible lecturer of the study module) analyses the content of the documents submitted by the candidate, prepares a list of the competencies that can potentially be evaluated and recognised, decides on the methods for the evaluation of the learning achievements and sets the date for the evaluation of the achievements;
  4. Recognition of competencies – after the evaluation of the candidate’s learning achievements, the assessor decides to recognise, not recognise or partially recognise the proof of the learning achievements acquired via non-formal and informal learning and submitted by the candidate; the recognition is formalised by a mark of the study module which is included in the diploma supplement or an issue of an academic transcript.

The person can apply regarding the recognition of the competencies acquired via non-formal and informal learning to the Vice-Dean for Studies of the faculty the results of which study module he/she wants to get recognised.

A fee is charged for the recognition of competencies acquired via non-formal and informal learning – 30 % of the price of the study module, the results of which are sought to be recognised. The price depends on the field of the chosen study module.

Study field or group of studies fields

Price for one credit
Bachelor level study module Master level study module Pedagogical professional study module
Business and business management, management, political sciences, communication, public administration, communication, linguistics 43,80€ 66,48€
Technological sciences, engineering sciences, computing sciences, physical sciences field of translation studies 57,10€ 79,78€
Music 126,80€ 149,48€
Architecture 77,73€ 100,42€
Pedagogy 57,10€

Personal data processing

The data of the University’s present and former students are processed in accordance with the Regulations on the Processing of the Personal Data Used in the Implementation and Administration of the Study Process of the Students of Kaunas University of Technology that stipulate the processing of the personal data required for the implementation and administration of the study process.

The personal data of the students are processed based on the following key principles: purpose limitation, validity, accuracy, integrity and confidentiality, fairness and transparency, data minimisation and limitation of the storage period. In the processing of personal data, proper security of personal data is guaranteed by the use of the appropriate organisational and technical measures.

The following personal data of the students are processed in the implementation and administration of the study process:

  • identification data;
  • contact data;
  • data of the previously acquired education;
  • data of the changes in a student status;
  • data of the study programme and plan;
  • learning outcomes;
  • data certifying the acquired learning outcomes;
  • works of studies;
  • logs of the learning activities;
  • data of the study timetable;
  • data certifying the attendance in classes;
  • mobility data;
  • data of the tuition fees;
  • data of the allocated financial support;
  • data of a socially disadvantaged person, a disabled student or a person with special educational needs (if provided by a student).

The assigned data protection specialist is responsible for the protection of personal data at the University; the specialist can be contacted by email privacy@ktu.lt or by the address K. Donelaičio str. 73-110, Kaunas.

Documents

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

Contacts

Study Management
Kristina Ukvalbergienė Director +370 (650) 59 832 kristina.ukvalbergiene@ktu.lt
studiju.organizavimas@ktu.lt
K. Donelaičio str. 73-412, 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
Jolita Rakickaitė Head +370 (37) 300 047 jolita.rakickaite@ktu.lt K. Donelaičio str. 73–406a, Kaunas
Admissions Group
Vaiva Šlėderienė Senior Coordinator +370 (665) 17 478 priemimo.sistema@ktu.lt K. Donelaičio str. 73–404, Kaunas
Edita Benesevičienė Specialist of Organisation of Admission +370 (685) 96 007 priemimo.sistema@ktu.lt K. Donelaičio str. 73–404, Kaunas