About the faculty

Though the Institute of Foreign Languages, as an independent unit of Vilnius University, was founded in 1999, language teaching at the University boasts old and deep-rooted traditions. Language teaching started as early as in the old Vilnius Jesuit College (1570-1579) where, along with Latin, Greek and Hebrew, the new European languages – German, French and Russian – were also taught sporadically. Regular teaching of modern languages started after the 1797 reorganization of the University into the Principal School, which was later renamed into the Imperial University of Vilnius. In 1801, foreign languages were included into the curriculum and were onwards taught without interruption. Foreign languages,for specific purposes (law, business, medicine,etc) as a compulsory subject, were included into the study programmes of all faculties.


Within the latest decades, teaching of foreign languages at the University was organised by special departments for foreign languages under the Faculty of Philology, which in 1999 formed what is now known as the Institute of Foreign Languages.

At present, lecturers of the Institute of Foreign Languages teach the English, German, French, Russian, Italian and Spanish languages as compulsory or elective subjects to the undergraduate students of Vilnius University.

The Institute also runs two BA study programmes: ‘English and Russian languages’ and ‘English and another foreign language(Spanish or French)’

Language School of the Institute organizes different language courses for public at large.

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