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Scandinavian language studies in Lithuania

  • With Norwegian support, the University of Vilnius is poised to expand its undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in Scandinavian studies.

    The Centre for Scandinavian Studies was established in 1991, and is currently the only higher education institution in Lithuania offering Scandinavian language studies. The centre currently teaches Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, and Swedish to more than 100 students, but a lack of resources has left the centre struggling to meet the demand for language courses.

    "The Centre for Scandinavian Studies currently has very little space at our disposal, and there is a significant shortage of computers and teaching equipment," said project coordinator Aurelija Cepiene.
    Backed by a €500,000 grant from Norway, the centre will now be able to reconstruct one of the university buildings in order to expand the centre's capacity. The financial support will also contribute towards new equipment and teaching materials for the reconstructed building.

    "Scandinavian countries are important partners for Lithuania, both in business and cultural fields" continued Cepiene. "The demand for language training is increasing, and this project will help improve the standard of Scandinavian studies in Lithuania," she said.

    The Scandinavian language programmes will be revised and developed in cooperation between the University of Vilnius and the University of Oslo, and a new Norwegian-Lithuanian dictionary is in the pipeline. The two educational institutions are also aiming to harmonise the Scandinavian studies at Vilnius University with language courses at Scandinavian universities.

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    Project title:


    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Human resource development


    € 500,001



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual Project

    Project promoter:

    Vilnius University

    Type of institution:

    Education/research institution

    Project website:

    Project duration:

    24 months

    Project cost:

    € 625,783

    Grant rate:


    Grant from:

    Norway Grants

    Grant agreement date:

    17 September 2008

    The purpose of the Project is to increase and improve the provision of Norwegian and Scandinavian languages teaching at the Centre of Scandinavian languages at Vilnius University (VU), with the overall objective to strengthen bilateral relations and partnership between Lithuania and Norway . Reference is made to the application dated 3 August 2007 and to any subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point.

    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:

    - Reconstruction of a building to expand the capacity of the Centre for Scandinavian studies

    - Equipping the reconstructed building

    - Developing a Norwegian-Lithuanian dictionary

    - Revising of the BA, MA and other course programmes

    - Developing new grammars and small dictionaries in Scandinavian languages (Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Icelandic)

    - Project seminar

    - Management and administration and publicity.

    The Project Promoter is Vilnius University.

    Subject to national law the Project shall be implemented in partnership with the University of Oslo.

    The Focal point shall ensure that the Ministry of Finance provides at least 15 percent of the estimated eligible Project costs and that the Project Promoter provides at least 5.1 percent of the estimated eligible Project costs.