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Dentistry Education in Lithuania for International Students

The competition for admission to dental colleges abroad is fierce. Students around the world apply to dental programs in well-known countries like the US, UK, Canada, etc. The cost of studying there is also high. But, did you know Lithuania provides dental programs that follow EU standards? That means a dental degree from Lithuania is accepted all over the EU.

Moreover, these dental schools in Lithuania are also recognized by the WHO. Hence, a dentist can work anywhere in the world with that degree. And all of this at a much cheaper price! Let us learn more about dental degrees in Lithuania, their fees, and other requirements. 

Study Dentistry in Lithuania: An overview 

Entry-level degree Undergraduate (Integrated studies)
Name of the degree Odontology (Dentistry)
Number of universities offering English-taught Dentistry program 2
Duration of a dental degree 5 years
Annual fees (approximate) 13,000 USD*/year
Medium of teaching  English 
Dental licensing body Lithuanian Dental Chamber

Top Dental Universities in Lithuania

Lithuania has two dental institutes. These offer dental programs as integrated studies including an internship. They follow the European ECTS credit system and each course is 300 ECTS credits. Here is the list of dental programs offered by both institutions to study in Lithuania. 

University Name University Type Program Offered Ranking
Vilnius University Public Dental Doctor in Odontology  400 (QS)
Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Public Master of Odontology 401-450 (QS)

In addition to an integrated dentistry degree, the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences provides a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. The Klaipeda State University of Applied Sciences also offers a dental hygiene degree. But it does not have an integrated dentistry degree. The dental hygiene degree is of 3 years duration. The graduates can work as dental hygienists at any licensed oral healthcare organization.  

Vilnius University

Vilnius University came into existence in the year 1570 in Vilnius. It is one of the oldest universities in Lithuania. It offers an integrated dental program of 5 years. The graduates receive an award of the Dental Doctor in Odontology, Master in Health Sciences. The university has designed the program in accordance with EU standards. It comprises both, theoretical and practical teaching. 

Admission requirements

  • Secondary school education in biology and chemistry, physics, or mathematics
  • Official transcripts in English or Lithuanian language
  • Motivational letter
  • English language proficiency proof 
  • Copy of passport
  • University entrance exam

Application process

Students can apply via the online application available on the university website. But application deadline for the 2022 batch has expired in June 2022. Gyanberry has partnered with Vilnius University, thus, students can apply via Gyanberry. Our expert counselors can guide you through the application process. We do offer additional support in terms of value-added services. 

Lithuanian University of Health Sciences

Founded in 1920, the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) offers dentistry (odontology) as an integrated course. The duration of the course is 5 years including an internship. The university established the Faculty of Odontology in 1921. It is a member of the Association of Dental Education in Europe (ADEE). It welcomes students from around the world. Out of 1,327 international students from 78 countries, 17% are studying dentistry at LSMU. After graduation, dental students can do their residency at LSMU in the following specialties:

  • Orthodontics 
  • Paediatric Dentistry 
  • Prosthodontics 
  • Periodontology 
  • Endodontics 
  • Oral Surgery
  • Maxillofacial Surgery

At LSMU students can participate in the ERASMUS+ Academic Student Exchange Program. They can spend a year studying in different European countries. 

Admission requirements

  • Secondary school education in biology and chemistry, physics, or mathematics
  • Official transcripts in English or Lithuanian language
  • English language proficiency proof 
  • Copy of passport

Application process

Applicants can use the online application form to fill in the application and submit it along with relevant documents. The university charges a one-time application fee of 150 Euros and a registration fee of 250 Euros. The selected candidates receive an offer letter from LSMU. Students then can proceed with their visa application. Gyanberry also helps students with their visa application process. The application deadline for 2022 was in June.

Tuition fees and the cost of studying Dentistry in Lithuania

Lithuania is an affordable country. It has a low standard of living, unlike other European countries. Students who want to pursue dentistry in Lithuania can easily manage fees as the average fee is around 13,000 USD*/year. 

University Name Tuition Fees (Euro/year) Tuition Fees (USD*/year)
Vilnius University 12,960 13,135
Lithuanian University of Health Sciences 13,500 13,682

The living cost is also reasonable in Lithuania. Both the universities offer accommodation to international students. These are dormitories where students have to share rooms. If you wish to live alone, then you can choose private accommodations outside the campus. Besides accommodation, food, transportation, health insurance, etc., also come under the living cost. Here is a breakup of all the costs of living in Lithuania.

Type of Expense Cost in USD*/year
Accommodation 5,364 to 10,668
Food 1,824 to 3,648
Transportation  353
Health insurance 137
Personal expenses (shopping, movies, etc.) 500 to 1,000

Career scope after studying Dentistry in Lithuania

A dental graduate in Lithuania can work in all areas of clinical dentistry. They can get their license and start practicing dentistry straight away. The Lithuanian Dental Chamber is in charge of awarding dental licenses in the state of Lithuania. Dentists in Lithuania can work in the following areas:

  • Public dental hospitals
  • Private dental clinics
  • Army hospitals
  • Academics
  • Public or private dental research facilities 
  • Pharmaceutical and medical equipment companies
  • Own a dental clinic

Dental graduates can also continue their post-graduate education in dentistry: residency or PhD. A dentist from Lithuania can also transfer their license to other EU countries and practice there. 

Scholarships to study Dentistry in Lithuania

Although only 2 dental colleges are there in Lithuania, both offer scholarships to international students. The LSMU offers several scholarships every year. One such scholarship is the “International Excellence Scholarship”. It is given to the LSMU ambassadors. Vilnius University provides financial support to international students in the form of the following scholarships:

  • Incentive scholarships
  • One-off social grants
  • One-off target scholarships
  • Nominal scholarships
  • Foreign student scholarships

The Incentive scholarships are given to outstanding students of the first cycle, second cycle and integrated studies. Students receive 1.5 to 2.5 “Basic Social Benefit or BSB” per month. BSB is currently 46 euros per month. One-off social grants are for students in the event of a death in the family. Students from all the cycles are eligible to apply. They receive a one-time grant of 2 to 12 BSB. Students who outperform in sports activities receive One-off target scholarships. It can range from 1 to 15 BSB. 

*Note: The tuition fees and other costs are converted on the basis of the current exchange rate, i.e., 1 Euro = 1.01 USD. Exchange rates are subject to periodic change.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, dental colleges in Lithuania teach their courses in the English language. International students must complete English proficiency exams to be admitted to these universities.

Lithuanian dental colleges offer dental education as integrated courses of 5 years.

There are two dental schools in Lithuania: Vilnius University and Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. Both colleges accept international students for their dentistry programs.