International Baltic Student Conference "Bridges in the Baltics"

Screenshot_2021-05-04_at_12.15.12.pngThe 8th Baltic Student Conference Bridges in the Baltics is back this year and it is a hybrid! In 2021 it is organized in two formats: on campus and online. We hope to meet all of you face-to face on campus and enjoy a number of social activities together! However, if the bridges to the Baltics remain closed to some of you because of the pandemic, we will also offer lots of discussions, meetings and virtual hugs online.

The conference will be held on October 22–23, 2021 at Vilnius University. Its aim is to bring together students whose studies and research focus on the languages or culture of the three Baltic States, to give them the possibility to meet their peers from other countries and universities, to present their academic work and interests, to learn from each other and to make new contacts. The conference welcomes everyone who is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree at any university in the Baltic States or elsewhere.

The conference welcomes proposals concerning any of the following aspects of the Baltic countries:

  • language and literature
  • history, folklore and culture
  • arts, film and music
  • cultural, biographical and gender studies
  • modern technology and innovation in the Baltic societies
  • political and social developments in the Baltic region

The working languages of the conference are Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian and English. Everyone is welcome to give their presentation in any language mentioned above and we encourage using the languages of the Baltic States. However, the abstract and presentation slides should be in English.

Please complete the attached application form providing the registration data and your abstract (not exceeding 200 words without references) and send it to by June 15th. Letters of acceptance will be sent by July 1st. If you already sent us your abstract last year, please renew the application form and send it to us once again.

Please forward this message on to your colleagues and peers who may be interested in attending!

We are looking forward to seeing you in Vilnius!

Arqus Cafe conversation exchange

We invite you to a virtual meearqus color copyting place for students learning a foreign language:

  • open to students from all Arqus universities
  • informally broaden your language and cultural knowledge by speaking with other learners under the guidance of a native speaker
  • relaxed environment to practice a language

Grab your cup of coffee and join us!

Interested? The 2nd Edition of Arqus Café begins on March 22nd with a new timetable and new languages offered.

Here you can find more information and register for any of the Arqus Cafés in different languages.

Restoration of Independence Day greetings

Dear colleagues and friends,


On the 11th of March Lithuania celebrates its 31st anniversary of the Restoration of Independence. The day is close to my heart and to the hearts of many of you. I would like to extend my warmest greetings to you all who have been together with us through all those years, who are ready to share our joy today and move further. We all deserve to have a break in our daily routine and celebrate our growing children, budding orchards and our country becoming stronger each day.

Let us celebrate together!


Kind regards,

Inesa Šeškauskienė
Dean of the Faculty of Philology

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2020/2021 autumn semester exam retake session

2020/2021 autumn semester exam retake session will take place between 4th and 18th of February.

Retake dates for BA students >

Retake dates for MA students >

The exercises of the GUS subject The Bible in Western Literature retake must be sent to the professor no later than February 12, 3 p.m. via e-mail. 

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

Open applications for 2021 Türkiye Scholarships

We would like to inform you that applications are now open for 2021 Türkiye Scholarships! Find more information > 

We also share infographics with you in Turkish and English Language:

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Christmas greetings

Screenshot 2020 12 21 at 12.16.18 copy copyDear colleagues, 

With the festive season approaching so fast, we tend to look back in search of meaning in our work and of meetings with people. We also look forward to a better future, more light, more joy. During this awkward year we have realised how important human communication is, how meaningful are moments of small talk over a cup of coffee and of truth, resulting of a long-lasting discussion with colleagues. 

I wish you all could experience moments of joy upon becoming aware of the value of communication, of joint effort when coping with difficulties. We are passing into the New Year stronger, because we are more experienced and skilled, wiser, because we are better equipped to discriminate between long-lasting values and trite clichés. I wish we could maintain peace and the spirit camaraderie throughout the entire year of 2021. 

I sincerely thank you for all your effort this year and hope for a close cooperation next year, opening new horizons to each of us and all at Vilnius University! 


Kind regards, 

Dean of the Faculty of Philology 


Open elective subjects in the spring semester of the 2020/2021 academic year

We are announcing the list of Open elective subjects offered to BA and MA students at the VU Faculty of Philology in the spring semester of the 2020/2021 academic year. These subjects can be chosen according to the individual study plan instead of the elective subjects provided in the study program.

Find more information here >

Ready-made language? Yes, please!

How creative we really are when using our language?

Traditionally language was seen as consisting of a limited set of grammatical rules and a large number of words. Presumably, each time we want to communicate something, we would choose the words, combine them together following the rules and so we would creatively construct a message. In such a way, linguistic ability would allow us to produce an unlimited number of sentences that no one has ever heard before and still be understood.

However, when linguists moved away from researching what speakers could do with their language to researching what speakers actually do when using a language, they came to the conclusion that this is not an accurate picture of how language works. It seems that teasing grammar and vocabulary apart is much more complicated than it would initially seem. It also appears that we are using a lot of pre-constructed, ready-made sequences longer than one word to build our messages. This use of pre-constructed language is not some sort of detrimental choice of clichés or an indication of deteriorating ability of using the language creatively. On the contrary, this is an effective and expected way to communicate messages and to have the best chances of being understood.

Dr Laura Vilkaitė-Lozdienė will briefly present what kind of pre-constructed language sequences we know, how many of them we use in our language and how their usage affects our understanding. 

Date ant time: December 10th, 6:30 p.m.

More info and an online link to participate >

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