Lithuania is a member of the European Union, the Council of Europe, eurozone, Schengen agreement, NATO & OECD.
The sheer number of big universities this small nation (area-wise) has says a lot about the safety and ease of life for students. The Lithuanian universities receive hundreds of foreign students every year. Naturally, you may expect everything to be student friendly.
Education is a major pillar in the financial infrastructure of this culturally rich country. Every year numerous foreign students come to Lithuania to take admissions, bringing in lots of foreign exchange.
There are quite a few Indian students that go to Lithuania to study medicine. After graduation in medicine, you may opt for appearing in USMLE, PLAB, etc. and get your medical PG. You may appear in NEXT exam and do medical PG or practice in India.
Like all universities in the European countries, the Lithuanian medical universities also offer 6 years program, referred to as MD.
The duration of MBBS/MD in all the European universities is 6 years. This uniformity is due to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) prevailing in Europe.
There are many universities in Lithuania but only 2 of these, feature in WDOMS. They are:*
|University||Medium of Instruction (as per WDOMS)|
|Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Faculty of medicine||Lithuanian/English|
|Vilnius University Faculty of Medicine||Lithuanian/English|
Keep in mind there are many foreign education agents in India that promote other Lithuanian universities saying their medium of instruction is English. Be careful and choose from these two as the WDOMS vouches that the medium of instruction in these 2 is English.
Like other European countries, the living cost in Lithuania is affordable. On an average, you can live well if you are spending €300 per month.
Check out the table below to get an idea of different commonly used goods in Lithuania.
|Goods||Prices (in Euros)|
|Milk (1 litre)||1.1|
|Loaf of bread||0.98|
|Eggs (a dozen)||1.88|
|Petrol (1 litre)||1.68|
|Monthly local conveyance pass||29.0|
|Utilities (if living in rented apartment)||160|
Though many universities in Lithuania offer hostels, the likelihood of you getting a hostel room is slim. However, like many smaller European countries, there are numerous private apartments available on rent that Indian students share.
When you rent such an accommodation and share it, you will be spending around €200-250 per month. These apartments are generally let to students so you will find all amenities like cook tops, study tables, etc.
The tuition fee in Lithuania falls in the higher side. The universities that we mentioned above will cost you between €11.000 & €12,000 per year. There will be some other expenses including University Registration fee, visa extension fee, medical insurance, etc. This will be around €3,000 in 1st year and around €300 in subsequent years, for 5 years.
So, you may end up spending €75,000 to €80,000 roughly, for the entire degree as education cost.
The eligibility in the Lithuanian universities vary and the above 2 universities also look for different criteria. The main difference is in the requirement of PCB scores in Class XII. The Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Faculty of Medicine entertains applications with the minimum Class XII score of 50% in PCB.
However, for applying to Vilnius University Faculty of Medicine, you need to have a minimum score of 80% in PCB in Class XII.
Other eligibility criteria include your age which must be between 17 and 25 years. You must have qualified NEET.
Most importantly, the Lithuanian universities ask for TOEFL or IELTS scores at this point in time. However, this criterion is under review and you will need to confirm at the time of application.
Studying medicine in Lithuania has the following advantages:
• Good quality of education
• The EU advantage that can be of great value in determining your career
• The universities are recognized and accredited
• You shall be eligible for NEXT as the duration of MD is 6 years
• Lithuania is a peaceful country with mild weather and welcoming natives.
Whether in Lithuania or any country, you start realizing the importance of being a specialist after the 2nd year of MBBS. That’s actually too late. Let’s start understanding things here.
First, you need to visualize how tough it is to secure a Medical PG Seat in a Govt. College in India.
The success ratio to get PG in Govt. Medical College India is 11%. That is to say, only 1 out of 10 will succeed. The chance of getting a Clinical specialty is bleaker. It is 1 out of 20 applicants. Either, you must have Crores to pay to Pvt. Med. Colleges or give up the medical PG dream altogether.
|Total Applicants NEET PG 2021||Specialty||Govt Med College||Pvt Med College|
|MD (Non Clinical)||15K||8.6%||10K|
|MS ( Clinical)||8K||4.6%||5K|
Those who have a Lithuanian university MBBS also have to go through NEXT as per NMC Notification. NMC will conduct this Exam in two parts NEXT-1 and NEXT-2.
The objective of the NEXT-1 will be to assess the student’s knowledge of Pre, Para and Clinical subjects. Only after qualifying NEXT-1, will any Medical student be eligible for Internship. Post completion of internship, students need to go through NEXT-2 which will assess their Clinical skills, Patient Management and taking Medical history.
Those who will Clear NEXT-2 will get the license to practice and Rankers of NEXT-1 will get PG seats of their choice. You may refer Page for detailed information on NExT Exam
The US Healthcare system is considered as one of the best health care systems in the world. There are many reasons for this: high rewards, excellent infrastructure, merit based assessment, & open opportunities for Super specialties. For getting into a US medical PG program, you have to clear USMLE mandatorily.
This USMLE exam is divided in 3 Parts. One can appear in USMLE Step 1 after 2nd Year, USMLE Step 2 CK during internship and Step-3 during residency (Medical PG).
MOKSH USMLE is indispensable for you so that you have a good chance to clear USMLE.
MOKSH Coaching focuses on patient centered learning approach which helps students score high on both USMLE & NEXT. MOKSH is a leading name in USMLE Coaching. Currently, 1000+ Students from Indian and Abroad medical colleges are preparing for USMLE steps via MOKSH Platform.
After MBBS from Lithuania, many of the students plan to do their Medical PG from UK.
Till 2024, the Professional & Linguistic Assessments Board Test (PLAB test) is the instrument to assess the skills and knowledge of an International Medical Graduate. It also judges whether they are fit to be trained to practice medicine in the UK.
In short, an IMG's performance in PLAB determines her eligibility to practice in the UK. The PLAB test has two stages. PLAB 1 is an exam that has 180 MCQs that tests your recall. On the other hand, PLAB 2 is a practical OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Exam) that tests your clinical skills.
The GMC ascertains your linguistic skills by assessing your score in specific tests. It may be the IELTS (Band Score 7.0 or higher) or OET (Grade B in reading, writing, listening & speaking).
After you pass PLAB 1 & 2, you apply for the GP registration. There is one constraint. You have a window of 2 years after clearing PLAB 2 during which you may apply no later.
By 2024, the UK Medical Licensing Assessment will replace the PLAB. Consequently, the GMC UK is going to change certain things in PLAB and create the UKMLA exam.
PG in Germany after MBBS in Lithuania is another great option, though it requires you to learn the German language. Of the 6 levels starting from A1 to C2, you need to clear A1 and A2 that would qualify you to apply for visa.
Once the Language formalities are done, you get into the phase where you do Observer-ship from a German hospital approved by the German Medical Council. This is followed by Residency.
This may sound simple here but the process is quite complicated. To know more about PG in Germany,
The most difficult time for any of the students is to wait after NEET till the counseling process to know whether he/she is getting a college of his/her choice or not? Sometimes this dilemma continues for a couple of months due to multiple rounds of counseling. It has become more difficult due to parallel counseling of All India Quota and various States due to COVID-19. The counseling process is very complex where 550+ Govt. and Private colleges offer 83000+ Seats and fee variation is also huge that ranges from less than 1 Lac to 2.5 Cr for the course.
Dreams shatter when any silly mistake in choice filling or wrong selection of college leads to getting a poorly ranked college. Imagine getting paid seats or no seats at all due to a lack of genuine guidance!