SMK University of Applied Sciences

Established in 1994, SMK is Lithuania’s largest private Higher Education Institution and is proud to have risen to the very top of Lithuanian leading colleges. Our philosophy begins with recognizing the unique, special and unlimited potential of every student.

At SMK we will educate, encourage and empower our next generation. SMK has created an exceptional model of education combining theoretical knowledge with practical experience.

We have passionate educators who engage students in active, hands-on, problem-based learning and who promote creativity, self-education and innovation. As well, we provide our students access to an extensive network of outside professionals so that they may learn about and use current technology, resources and information to solve problems.

Facts about SMK:

  • Accredited by CQAHE under the Ministry of Education and Science
  • The SMK degree is recognized worldwide
  • Granted the ERASMUS Charter for Higher Education (ECHE)
  • 90% employability rate after graduation
  • More than 150 international students from over 25 different countries
  • Over 4500 students at 3 different campuses
  • 10 international study programmes in English


Programs Location
Tourism and Recreation Vilnius

Scholarships & funding

20% Scholarship for Eastern Partnership Countries

Citizens of the following countries can apply:

• Armenia
• Azerbaijan
• Belarus
• Georgia
• Ukraine
• Moldova

Criteria for getting the scholarship:

  • Average school graduation grade - 8,0;
  • Qualification recognition from SKVC;
  • Be a citizen of one of the Eastern Partnership countries.

40% Talent Scholarship

The scholarship applies for the first year of studies, after that students can apply for other scholarship programmes.

Criteria for getting the scholarship:

  • Average school graduation grade - 8,5;
  • Qualification recognition from SKVC;
  • Motivational letter (Why am I eligible for Talent Scholarship?);
  • English language level B2 (with proof of IELTS, TOEFL certificates or by passing a language test at SMK).

Deadline for applications: Fall semester – August 15th / Spring semester – January 15th.
For more information please contact the provider.

Up to 50% SMK Tuition Fee Reduction Opportunity

Eligible for 2nd and 3rd-year SMK students

Criteria for getting SMK tuition fee reduction:

  • The grade average of the student in the current semester should be not lower than 8.5 (students who have academic or financial arrears are not eligible);
  • A student should be active in the public, organizational, creative life of SMK and beyond SMK.

Deadline for applications: Fall semester – August 15th / Spring semester – January 15th.


  • 10 % reduction for family members of SMK students or alumni;
  • 30 % for the second SMK degree studies.

For more information, please contact the provider.

Why study at SMK University of Applied Social Sciences

SMK is introducing an alternative experiential learning method where ideal balance of theoretical and practical knowledge correlates with personal evolution and strives for success.

  • The SMK degree is recognized worldwide;
  • 92% employability rate after graduation;
  • More than 100 international students from over 25 different countries;
  • 120 international cooperation agreements from 45 countries;
  • Over 4500 students at 3 different campuses;
  • 8 international study programs in English;
  • SMK offers special experiential learning: the case study method and a pragmatic approach are two of our most effective tools.

We welcome applications from students from all around the world and from a wide variety of educational systems. We do not take into consideration an applicant’s race, religion, national origin, gender, or country citizenship in determining admission to the college programs.

Awards & Accreditations

CQAHE under the Ministry of Education and Science


ERASMUS Charter for Higher Education (ECHE)


Student services & facilities

There are plenty of different services and facilities available for SMK students at SMK Vilnius campus.

It includes:

  • International Student Network (ISN) (Buddy Mentor System and events for SMK International students);
  • Hey Ready (Career Center / Career Counselling);
  • Student Association (Student events);
  • Modern library;
  • Modern video and audio studios available for your projects (podcasts, online conferences, TV shows, presentation of products, music production, etc.);
  • Dance hall, etc.


SMK University of Applied Social Sciences has campuses in the three largest cities of Lithuania: Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipeda. It is the biggest private higher education institution in Lithuania.

SMK‘s International programmes are offered in Vilnius campus, the capital city of Lithuania. The campus is located around 8km away from Vilnius‘ medieval old town. It takes 30min to get there by bus. The campus is very modern and you can find plenty of nice restaurants and shops just 10min walking from there.

You can take a 3D tour to virtually walk in Vilnius SMK campus. Please get in touch with the institute for more information.

Student lifestyle

SMK University of Applied Social Sciences offers you to join the International Student Network - ISN SMK. It is an organization, fully managed by SMK students, who provide help and assistance to new international students of SMK. You will be assigned a buddy-mentor, who will help you to adjust to a new culture and get around your daily activities in Vilnius, as well as pick you up from the airport!

ISN, together with SMK Student Association organize many events throughout the year, such as parties, tours, hiking trips or workshops, so you can enjoy a vibrant student lifestyle. Some of these events include touristic trips around Lithuania, such as Trakai, Klaipeda and Palanga. In Klaipeda students have a chance to see the Baltic sea and also visit a Sea Museum.

Finally, SMK also has its own football team and offers many other sport activities to the students, you are welcome to join SMK teams to run marathons, etc. The students are also encouraged to participate in social programmes: they can visit and help in animal shelters, or volunteer in foster homes.

SMK always motivates students to be brave and take initiatives themselves, and organize events for the SMK community and beyond.

At SMK You will start the journey of SUPERHERO. THE REAL ONE. Not illusory, but engaging, immersive, experiential. Take a bet on YOURSELF.

Follow us on Instagram at @smklife and Facebook at @SMKUniversity to learn more.


The University can offer a partner's dormitory for accommodation, which is 6-7 bus stops from University.

It costs 150euros/month per person to stay in a double room (utilities are included in the fee). Every room has its own bathroom; there is a shared kitchen in the corridor. You can reserve a place in advance by paying a 50euro deposit. There is also a one-month deposit and 20 euros’ fee for the entry card required.

For reservations and more information, please contact the provider.

There are plenty other accommodation options for international students in Vilnius. It is your own responsibility to find a place to stay prior your arrival. If you have a hard time finding accommodation in Vilnius, you are welcome to contact us, and we will be happy to provide you relevant information.


Average rating 5

Based on 4 reviews.

Antanas S

I am currently a student at SMK, and this semester I had a chance to study in Italy as an Erasmus+ exchange student. Now that I can compare this University in Italy (which is considered to be one of the best in the country) to SMK, I can truly say that the teaching methods at SMK are much better and engaging than in other classical Universities!...

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Great university with a wide variety of study subjects which helps to understand what kind of career you want to have in the future. The staff is very helpful and friendly (you can spend your whole free time just chatting with them :) Since SMK has a lot of international students, the university organizes various events that makes the process ...

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Nwuneli C.E

It’s one of best safe place to learn and grow both intellectually and emotionally


SMK University of Applied Social Sciences

Kalvariju 137E
08211 Vilnius

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