This Lithuanian language summer course is the biggest one held in summer by the Department of Lithuanian Studies. 115 students from 29 countries have joined it, 25 of them arriving from the USA, 10 from Ukraine, 9 from Germany, and 7 from Finland. One, two or a couple of students have come from Ireland, Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark. Great Britain, Spain, Italy, Japan, Canada, Kazakhstan, China, Cyprus, Poland, Lithuania, Norway, South Africa, Portugal, France, Russia, Slovakia, Taiwan, and Turkey.
23 students take part in the course having received a scholarship from the Education Exchanges Support Foundation.
Students of Lithuanian study for 4 to 6 academic hours daily in groups of the following levels: A1, A2, A2+, B1, B2, and C1. 11 teachers work in the course, Lina Vaškevičienė, Aušra Tamošaitienė, Elvyra Petračiūnienė, Rita Migauskienė, Eglė Vaisėtaitė-Žiūkė, Aurelija Kaškelevičienė, Eglė Gudavičienė, Aušra Valančiauskienė, Daiva Litvinskaitė, Aurelija Meškerevičiūtė, and Eglė Žurauskaitė.
Lectures on Lithuanian culture––history, social and political life, day-to-day life culture, bee keeping––take place in the afternoon. Guided tours are organised round Vilnius University and the Old Town. Students visit the Palace of the Grand Dukes, dance and sing along with the folklore group Ratilio of Vilnius University, learn traditional crafts––candle making, book binding and ornamenting in Baltic symbols, straw sodas ornament binding, and soap production.
Students also go on guided tours to Kernavė and Kaunas on Saturdays.