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What kind of exchange experience do you want?
I want to spend a all program lengths  studying in Lithuania, or maybe all regions. And I'm looking for something with a traditional exchange  and I definitely want to show off my need for  any language skills. Can I go whenever?
  • All around the world.

    all regions
    Africa & Middle East
    Asia & Pacific
    Eastern Europe
    Latin America
    Scandinavian Countries
    Western Europe
    North America
  • Pick a place, any place.

    Say what?

    Any language requirements?

     Any  Yes  No
  • What I'm into.

    a traditional exchange
    a gap year option
    college & university programs
    language classes
    a connection to the Arts
    sports & outdoors
    a volunteer program
  • How long I want to go.

    All program lengths

    When can I leave?

    May to September
    December to March
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Scholarships Available

385 - Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Stud...
368 - YFU Community Grant
384 - YFU Financial Aid Fund

Age Requirement

Fall Programs: January 1, 2002 - September 1, 2004. Students who do not meet this age requirement before the start of their program will be considered for high school programs on a case-by-case basis.


Lithuanian. Previous language study is not required.

Host Family Placement

Students may be placed throughout the country in cities such as Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipeda. Most placements are in urban or suburban areas.


Begins in September and ends in mid-June. There are fall, Christmas and Easter vacations.


There will be an optional trip to Lithuania's neighboring countries of Estonia and Latvia. At an additional cost, students can explore these three Baltic beauties known as the "Three Sisters." Students will visit Riga, the capital of Latvia, and Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, during the trip. Students will learn more about cultural expeditions upon arrival in Lithuania.

Want to visit a wonderful country on the Baltic Sea? With its many beautiful beaches lakes, you can experience all four seasons in Lithuania — a hot and sunny summer, a multicolored autumn, a snowy winter, and a green spring!
Learn more about Lithuania.

Academic Year and Semester Programs

School: Schools in Lithuania have twelve grades and emphasize academic performance. You will take classes at the upper secondary level in a wide variety of subjects including math, social science, literature, foreign language, history, politics, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, music, art, and sports. Most of the subjects are compulsory, but you will have a chance to choose some specific subjects that suit your particular interests.


Language: Intensive individual language training is essential for the first months after arrival. Students will have 2 individual lessons and 2 group lessons per week with the professional language teachers.


Orientations: All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. Upon arrival in Lithuania, students will attend a three-day post-arrival orientation, where they will receive basic language and culture training. Year students attend a three-day mid-year orientation, and all students attend a three-day re-entry orientation to reflect on their experiences. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.


Special Program Offers: Volunteers will also organize additional activities for students — a Christmas party, cooking class or other fun activities may be in your future! The YFU Road Trip is also offered to all students in November — the four-day road trip takes students around the country and is organized by a team of volunteers. Students will stop along the way to explore the cities, the countryside, museums, nature, unique architecture and lots of other cultural sites that Lithuania has to offer! This trip is a great way for exchange students to get to know their new home.


There will be an optional trip to Lithuania's neighboring countries of Estonia and Latvia. At an additional cost, students can explore these three Baltic beauties known as the "Three Sisters." Students will visit Riga, the capital of Latvia, and Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, during the trip. Students will learn more about cultural expeditions upon arrival in Lithuania.


Special Interest Programs 

Sport For Understanding (SFU) Program

Basketball Player: It's no exaggeration to say that basketball is the most popular sport in Lithuania -- natives joke that basketball is the country's second religion. For millions of people all over the world, it was precisely basketball and its star players such as Arvydas Sabonis or Sarunas Marciulionis that put the name of Lithuania on the map. YFU USA offers a year exchange program to Lithuania that focuses on team basketball!


YFU participants will live with a carefully selected host family, attend a secondary school and enroll in a specialized basketball school after school. Students applying for this program should have 2 or more years of high-level, team-based basketball experience. You will train and play competitive team basketball 3-6 times per week after your classes.  In addition to this, advanced teams have games and matches on weekends where they play in national and/or international leagues. Less advanced ones play less matches and have more games between other teams in the same school or teams of the same level from other schools. Students on this program will be required to pay an additional basketball school fee (maximum €130 per month). This fee will be paid to the host school directly by the participant. Lithuania has very high standards in basketball — if you are a student who is interested in basketball, you will get very good training! Additional documentation proving technical skills and abilities may be required. For additional information, please email to get in touch with a representative.

Basketball Fan
Students that are interested in basketball, but do not wish to play competitively, also have the option to go on a basketball fan program! In addition to attending a local high school and living with a host family, students will be enrolled in a fan club of one of two most popular basketball teams in Lithuania - Zalgiris (Kaunas) or Lietuvos (Vilnius). As part of this enrollment, students are granted season tickets to all of their team's home games. They will attend basketball games in their host city and around Lithuania.


Tuition Includes

- Placement with a host family
- Enrollment in a local Lithuanian high school
- Airport transfers
- Domestic and international travel
- All pre-departure and post-arrival orientations
- Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
- Support from a YFU Lithuania Area Representative while on program
- Comprehensive Insurance


Additional Information:

Visa Information: In order to travel to Lithuania, students must have a visa before they arrive. Information regarding visas and other immigration processes will be provided upon enrollment. 


Additional Costs: Program tuition does not include personal spending money or school-related costs such as books and school trips.  

Programs Code Departure Return Full Tuition
Fall Year
Fall Year Basketball Fan
Sport For Understanding Fall Year

1070 *
1382 *
1071 *

late August
mid August
late August

late June
late June
late June

Fall Semester
Fall Semester Basketball Fan
Sport For Understanding Fall Semester

1247 *
1379 *
1381 *

mid August
late August
late August

early February
early February
early February


* Programs also available to graduates