Lithuania is at a crossroad between west and east Europe, and throughout its complicated history has developed a unique culture, which encompasses both deep respect for traditions and robust wish to learn and innovate. Lithuania is a member of EU and NATO, and is among the most bilingual and educated nations in Europe, however costs of living here are lower than in western countries, which makes Lithuania great for tourism, education or business. Average-seized, cosy Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania. Vilnius is the heart of the country, the centre of science, economy, culture and politics. Vilnius has always been an international city – it seems like over hundreds of years half of Europe‘s nations have added their flavours to the melting pot. Such a rich history has resulted in a vibrant city full off culture and colours. The historical center of Vilnius, the Old Town, is one of the largest old towns in Eastern Europe and is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. During the academic year, the city of Vilnius boasts about 63 000 students. The strong and visible presence of students in Vilnius gives the city a youth and modern feel, and creates an atmosphere of enthusiasm and optimism.
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Faculties and research institutes of Vilnius University are scattered all over the city on eight academic campuses. The complex of Old Campus extends over a whole block of the Old Town. The construction of the University buildings was carried on over the centuries under the changing influences of the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical styles. Bounded by four streets, the campus is composed of 13 buildings, some of them having multiple structures, the Church of St. John, and the belfry. At present the Rector’s Office, the Library, the Faculties of Philology, Philosophy, and History, as well as Institute of Foreign Languages and the Centre of Oriental Studies are situated there.