The List of Open Electives for Spring Semester

Here is the List of Open Electives for the 2022 spring semester.

These subjects can be chosen with the individual study plan instead of the electives suggested in your study programme.

More information can be found here>

Webinar on Language Learning and EMI Teaching for English Teachers

Since English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) courses are becoming more common at European universities, language teachers may be asked to support lecturers and staff. This workshop offered by Leipzig University is designed for English language teachers who want to deepen their understanding of particular language learning issues faced by students, staff and lecturers in the university context.

There are no prerequisites for this course, but participants are asked to join in with their microphone and computer camera on. Participants are encouraged to actively participate, bringing in ideas and practical activities to share with others. Two identical workshops are offered in December.

Target group: English language teachers.

Workshop leader: Mary Waltie, Department Head for English at the Language Center at Leipzig University.

Date and time (CET):

Language Learning and EMI Teaching Intensive (2nd edition): 15th December 2021, 14:00–17:00.

Please register here by 9th December 2021 >

Workshop format: Online (Zoom). Participants will receive an invitation to a Zoom meeting in a timely manner.

Fee: The workshop is free of charge for staff members of the Arqus Alliance partner universities.

Contact: For any enquiries, please contact Jupp Möhring.

Please note: In order to ensure the quality of the session and for the benefit of the participants, the number of participants for this workshop is limited to a maximum of 28. There are 4 workshop places per partner university and these will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If there are less than 4 registrations from one university, the remaining places will be allocated in list order regardless of affiliation to a partner university.

The Arqus workshop series on language and cross-cultural competence is offered in the framework of Action Line 4 Multilingual and Multicultural University (sub-line 4.5), led by Leipzig University. These workshops target academic and administrative staff at partner universities and focus on specific topics such as working and teaching through the medium of English, intercultural awareness in the classroom and outside, and inclusive language.

Seminar What can practice theory contribute to linguistics?

Everybody is warmly welcome to BKKI seminar October 22, Friday, 3 p.m. which will take place both live and online:

Live 314B aud.

Online >

The speaker is dr Vladimir Panov /Centre for General Linguistics

Theme: What can practice theory contribute to linguistics?

Summary: Contemporary mainstream linguistics as a discipline rests on certain philosophical assumptions about the nature of its research object. First, it by and large accepts the Saussurean "langue" - the language system - as an entity logically prior to its real-life implementation ("parole", speaking). Second, partly as a consequence of the first, linguistics focuses on the modelling of the individual knowledge of language, whereby language system is seen as a "cognitive" phenomenon. Third, synchrony and diachrony are usually treated separately. In my talk, I argue that this view, despite its undeniable success in establishing linguistics as an autonomous discipline and contributing to huge research progress, has its limits. I then present an alternative foundation for the science of language arguing that the latter is not only a cognitive but, first and foremost, a social phenomenon, and is to be treated on a par with other social phenomena. This view can be supported by a family of approaches in social sciences known as "practice theory". These are associated with figures such as Pierre Bourdieu, Anthony Giddens and others. In my talk, I will report how their ideas have been recently applied by some linguists in treating concrete linguistic phenomena. Finally, I will discuss how practice theory can be reconciled with cognitive linguistics, frame semantics and construction grammar in particular.

8th international scientific conference Linguistic, Educational, and Intercultural Research 2021

The Institute of Foreign Languages of the Faculty of Philology of Vilnius University and is in collaboration with Leipzig University (Germany) and the Arqus European University Alliance is organising the 8th international scientific conference Linguistic, Educational, and Intercultural Research 2021 (LEIC Research 2021) to be held online  on  21-22 October 2021. The conference is hosted by Vilnius University.

The final programme of the conference is on the conference website >

Presentations are in English with three Panel Sessions in other languages: French, German, and Italian. 

On the second day of the conference on 22 October 2021the Interactive Language Cafés are organized in different languages: English, French, German, Italian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish (separate rooms for each language) — rooms with moderators for participants to discuss issues related to language, or conference presentations, and to socialize in an informal setting. Colleagues from the Arqus European University Alliance are especially invited to participate in their local languages in discussions in the Interactive Language Cafés.

We invite all who are interested to participate in the discussions during the Interactive Language Cafés, and immerse yourself in a virtual multi-lingual space.

We encourage you to invite your students to listen to conference presentations and/ or participate in Interactive Language Cafés. We kindly ask you to make the list of students with their email addresses and send them to Agnė Vaidakavičiūtė by MS Teams or email by 21 October.

You can find information about moderators of the Interactive Language Cafés and the invited guests here >

Information for the selected Erasmus students for the Spring semester 2022

You can find the official results of the selection HERE. Search for your student card number you have entered when applying.

Your next steps: 

  1. Participate in the info session for exchange students! A must! Info below. 
  2. Join MS Teams group (p9jpl8k)
  3. Wait for an email from the host university about further application process. Check your spam folder regularly.
  4. Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact your faculty coordinator.

Currently urgent nominations are being sent. Don’t be surprised if you receive an email from the host university with the application instructions. Please pay close attention to the application DEADLINE, this is important. Nomination deadlines vary, no need to worry, everyone will be nominated on time. 

Online info sessions! Please use the link below to attend and watch the recording later. 

  • September 6th, Wednesday, 2pm (in Lithuanian). PressHERE.
  • September 7th, Thursday, 2pm (in English). PressHERE.

During the seminar you will be introduced to the following information: application documents, how to fill various forms, scholarships etc. Please join MS Teams group using the following code: p9jpl8kFurther online meeting, if needed, will be held there. Also, we‘ll upload required documents for easier use. 

Applications for ERASMUS+ and other mobility programs for the spring (AY 2021-2022) semester

Go ahead and submit your application for a study period abroad!   

Applications for the spring semester (AY 2021-2022) are open until the midnight of the 21st of September. 

ATTENTION! You can apply for different mobility options at the same time. 

  • Apply for ERASMUS+ mobility here

The list of the partner universities. 

  • Apply for ARQUS ir Coimbra group mobility here 
  • Apply for Bilateral exchange here 

Info Sessions will be held:  

  • in Lithuanian September 8 and 16, 2 pm 
  • in English September 15, 2 pm.  


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2020/2021 Spring Semester Exam Retakes

2020/2021 spring semester exam retakes will be held from the 2nd until 16th of September.

Retake dates for BA students >

Retake dates for MA students >

The dates are constantly being updated as soon as the professors announce it.

If you cannot find the date for the needed subject, please contact the professor and follow the information on Faculty's website.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 

Researching Motherhood: Sneak Peek at Horizon-2020 MotherNet Activities

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It was early 2020, the deep end of the first lockdown when the email containing the magic words: “we are pleased to inform you that your proposal has passed this phase” landed in my inbox.  Just over six months into the Horizon 2020 MotherNet project (grant agreement No 952366 ), I can confirm that these months have been some of the most intense, strange and educational in my academic career. 

Let’s have a little sneak peek behind the scenes of the Horizon 2020 networking project MotherNet. What sort of activities do participants engage in? What benefits do they bring? What are their uses?

The project that brings together Vilnius, Maynooth and Uppsala Universities kicked off in January 2021 online. By then we were all quite savvy with the online working tools, so the three day long online meeting didn’t feel all that unnatural. One of the challenges and possibly one of the greatest rewards of this project is its interdisciplinary nature. Scholars in fields as diverse as literature, cultural studies, film, English, German, French, Swedish, Russian, Lithuanian studies, linguistics, sociology, social work, medicine, law and business studies have come together to see how we can collectively provide some insight into the mothering conditions and experiences in contemporary Europe. This is no small feat, especially for those of us who haven’t had that much experience of interdisciplinary research – or in some case, much interdisciplinary academic experience at all! Figuring out how to productively combine the knowledge, know-how, theoretical approaches and methodologies of different disciplines can be really complicated, humbling and downright frustrating!  Therefore, creating interdisciplinary research clusters as early as the kick-off meeting has been one of the biggest achievements of the project so far. The research clusters so far include: Motherhood and Work, Negotiating Childlessness; Lone Mothers; Medical Humanities; Migrant Mothers; and Mothers and Sex Work. For the same reasons, a monthly interdisciplinary research seminar has been set up at Vilnius University that provides a platform for VU researchers to present and discuss their research with an interdisciplinary audience. This work lays the groundwork for interdisciplinary collaborations in terms of research projects and joint publications. It is already obvious that these collaborations will produce some important new knowledge, especially since the kick-off meeting and the first MotherNet Summer School at Maynooth University, run by Dr Ciara Bradley and delivered mostly by Maynooth University participants, included highly interesting and focussed training sessions in areas such as: narrative and engaged research; research ethics; maternal theories; academic publishing; case study research, critical discourse analysis; and many more. Separate sessions were held for research support staff to offer training on how best to support individual and collaborative applications for research grants. 

In the month, many MotherNet scholars have disseminated their research at two international conferences held at Maynooth University – one on Motherhood and Work held in June and one on Doing Women’s Film and Television History. Dissemination of provisional MotherNet research results has been happening in other conferences across the world too. Furthermore, this year, a new BA elective module on Contemporary Motherhood and Fatherhood (in English in spring and in Lithuanian in autumn) was offered at Vilnius University. The module contains four units – Cultural Representations of Motherhood;Motherhood/Fatherhood and Human Rights; Sexual and Reproductive Health; and Mothering with Disabilities – and it has been really popular with students so far. A new module for the Master of Social Science Rights informed by research collaboration within the MotherNet has been offered at Maynooth University too. It explores continuing differences in the experiences of women and men in paid labour, with persistent wage differentials, occupational and sectoral segregation and unequal work-life balance; social protection and care; and analysis of the continuation or demise of the ‘male breadwinner’ model.

Another important aspect of the MotherNet project is its focus on Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs), i.e. postgraduate students. To this end, an Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) Forum, led by Professor Anna Williams and Dr Jenny Björklund from Uppsala University, has been established with the aim of offering a supportive network and opportunities for PhD students at scheduled and informal meetings. Two meetings took place online in the spring of 2021. The first meeting was entitled “National perspectives on motherhood and mothering”. It was based on the understanding that the three countries represented in MotherNet (Lithuania, Sweden, and Ireland) have different approaches to motherhood/mothering, different national motherhood ideals, and different ideas about feminism, abortion, childcare systems, balancing professional work and parenting, the LGBTQ+ community, etc. Thus, the ESR Forum members gave short presentations on motherhood in their respective countries, followed by a discussion. The participants were free to focus on aspects that they found interesting, and their introductions led to productive discussion, among other things about common grounds for further collaboration. 

The second workshop aimed at enhancing academic writing skills by discussing work-in-progress by ESR members. Two members submitted samples of their academic texts (in English) in advance, and a rewarding discussion followed at the seminar. There are obvious benefits for the ESRs in meeting PhD students from other universities, sharing experiences about writing, doing research, the workplace, reflections about everyday life as an ESR, and future opportunities. 

The MotherNet mentoring programme, run by Professor Margaretha Fahlgren, is another productive feature of the MotherNet. Thirteen mentor-mentee pairs have been formed;  a Zoom training seminar was offered for mentors and mentees by career and leadership coach Rabbe Hedengren of the Division for Quality Enhancement, Career and Leadership in academia at Uppsala University. Since that, the mentors and mentees have been meeting regularly and have worked on career development plans for the mentees. 

Finally, one of the aims of MotherNet is to change perceptions about motherhood.  To this end, a series of MotherNet outreach events has been planned to coincide with relevant holidays and local and national events. The event Ššš, mama dirba (Hush, Mum’s Working), organised by Vilnius University, was scheduled to coincide with the Lithuanian Mother’s Day (the 1st Sunday in May) and took place online on 29 April 2021. Since the original event – the opening of the exhibition Portrait of a (Working) Mother featuring a round-table discussion on motherhood and work – had to be cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions, the event was replaced with an online equivalent tailored to reflect on the situation of working mothers during the lockdown, as seen through their eyes of their children. Children were invited to send photos of their mothers at work. The pictures, as well as the strains of mothering (and parenting more broadly), were discussed in a forum of the children themselves, their mothers, one father, and a panel of experts.

You can find out more about the project and subscribe to the newsletter here.


Eglė Kačkutė (Vilnius University), MotherNet Coordinator


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 952366.

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