Lithuania is a small EU and NATO country often overlooked. The small scale of the venues makes for an intimate setting and easy access to numerous sites which offer experiential, out of the classroom, learning. Due to the political realities in this part of the world, the work of many talented and innovative artists never reached the West during the 19th and 20th centuries or was created underground behind the Iron Curtain. The diaspora of returning artists provides another body of works that are now exhibited in free Lithuania. Engage in making art and also meet with a wide range of residents: artists in their studios, cultural leaders, business men and women, representatives of government, as well as individuals with poignant life stories to share. Participants will enhance their understanding of global diversity through study of a marginalized country. Transfer yourself into a more sophisticated member of the global community. Several field trips (7) offer lessons ranging from woodcarving as examples of non-violent resistance to political oppression, officially sponsored propaganda art, sites commemorating significant historical events such as the Holocaust and Siberian exile. Extensive walking (under 10 miles on a daily basis) on uneven surfaces and hills.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: October 20, 2017
  • * Priority Deadline: December 3, 2017
  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2018
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • $500 non-refundable deposit: Deposits must be paid through NUPay. Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.
  • Photocopy of Passport: This is to be given to your faculty leader after acceptance.
  • Faculty Interview: Faculty will schedule interviews with applicants of interest to determine acceptance. The interviews can occur anytime between the priority and final deadline.
  • Essay Questions: Answer each question in 2-3 paragraphs (completed online via GEO application).
    • What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    • How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    • What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    • What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

* Priority Deadline: All students that apply by the priority deadline will be considered for admission, as all dialogues remain open until the priority deadline. After the priority deadline, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the program fills. Programs are subject to close anytime between the priority deadline and the application deadline when a program receives the maximum number of students.

Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into the program and your the flight and accommodation details have been shared with you, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.50
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.

Courses

Lithuanian language classes for beginners will be offered.

  • ARTE 2501 - Modern Art and Design History : This course will consider 20th century art from Symbolism and Art Nouveau through Expressionism and Abstraction. Students will also explore and analyze art of the diaspora and underground art during the Soviet era. Discussions will be held in museums, galleries, private studios, and at sites dedicated to public art, such as Holocaust and war memorials and commemoration of historical events. Students will discover the roots of modernism in pagan culture, folk arts and crafts and also through hands-on workshops to create art themselves under the guidance of local artists.
  • ARTE 2501 - Material Culture and Architectural History : This course will explore the material culture and architectural traditions from Medieval to Modern. Students will experience structures, environments, and landscapes, including medieval castles and towns. Field trips will highlight Baroque sacred spaces, vernacular villages, historic castle hills, and 19th century Neoclassicism. Then on to modernism, beginning in the 1920s and ending with present-day skyscrapers. Students will visit UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Kernavė, as well as examples of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $12,140
Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $1,250
  • Northeastern Tuition and DOC Fee Includes: 8 Northeastern credits, accommodations for program duration, international security and emergency support, and program related expenses (local transportation, field trips, excursions and group meals)

International Airfare: $1,500-$1,600
  • This program allows students greater flexibility in dates of travel and departure airports.  Once the program is fully enrolled, students will be able to purchase their airfare individually through a dedicated Northeastern portal of STA – Student Travel Agency.  Please do not purchase your airfare until you have received detailed instructions from GEO!

Additional Estimated Expenses: $TBD
  • Students should anticipate spending the following out of pocket expenses during the program:  $XX on meals and $XX on incidentals.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Dialogue of Civilizations programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Destination

The capital Vilnius, founded in the 14th century, is a cosmopolitan city with a European ambiance and is home to diverse peoples, arts and architecture. Kaunas, settled in the 10th century and temporary capital during the interwar period, has traditionally been a leader of economic and cultural life. Palanga and Nida are resorts on the Baltic Sea and offer attractions such as distinctive Curonian architecture, amber museums, modern art and sunsets over the sea.

Accommodations

  • Hotel: Students will be accommodated in comfortable hotels throughout the dialogue in double or triple rooms. Hotels are centrally located and include breakfast. In Vilnius, students reside in Old Town, a UNESCO heritage site. Food culture in Lithuania provides variety with easy availability and affordability.  Traditional and international cuisine pays homage to meals that are simple, hearty, and tasty, with a wide range of dining from elegant dishes to local homemade delicacies.  Ingredients are typically fresh.  There is a vast variety of Lithuanian traditional dishes, many with intriguing names like Baby Arms, Zeppelins, or Little Doves, with or without meat fillings.  Restaurants and cafes reach the European standard, and handy grocery stores are good sources for bottled drinks and produce.

Host University or Organization

Our host institutions include Vilnius University and Kaunas University of Technology.

Founded in 1579 as the Jesuit College, Vilnius University currently enrolls 21,000 students in a dozen major departments and institutes. It is actively involved in the Erasmus exchange programs. Architecturally it is an ensemble of 13 courtyards, including all major architectural styles from Gothic to Neoclassicism. Prominent works of art on campus include: (1) the bronze doors of the university library, the imagery on which commemorates the first Lithuanian book; (2) the 1978 frescoes of the Littera campus bookshop by Antanas Kmieliauskas.

Kaunas University of Technology was founded in 1920 and is the largest technical university in the Baltic States. It is a public research university with over 17,000 students. One of its many unique programs is the “Santaka” Integrated Science, Education and Business Center. The Department of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities focuses on a humanistic multidisciplinary approach as a platform for creative and innovative thinking.

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