New low residence (distance learning) students say they enroll in European Humanities University (EHU) to obtain a modern education that is better than what is on offer at Belarusian universities. Students also said they feel EHU is more open to student ideas and initiative.
“I was expected to think in a standard way in high school. I chose EHU because I want to share my ideas. Freedom and creativity are important to me,” said one.
“I think EHU is unique. I could not find a low residence program in design in Belarus, which is why I chose EHU,” said another.
Many of the incoming low residence students are either also enrolled in Belarusian universities, or have studied at them before coming to EHU.
EHU leaders, heads of departments, and the dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies met with 298 new low residence students about to begin their studies. EHU Rector Anatoli Mikhailov and Vice-Rector Bernardas Gailius welcomed the new students and expressed the hope that studies at EHU will help them find their path in life.
While the vast majority of EHU students are Belarusian, as a university that offers courses in Russian, EHU appeals to Russian-speaking students from other countries, as well.
“I couldn’t find a university with a good distance learning system in Russia,” noted a student from Russia. “I’m happy I found one in Lithuania with instruction in Russian.”
The Dean of EHU's Undergraduate School Ryhor Miniankou emphasized that since EHU is in Lithuania, it is part of the so-called Bologna process, which means that education at EHU is aligned with European standards. EHU is the only Belarusian university that is part of the Bologna process.
Two-thirds of EHU students study in low residence mode, which means they need not be physically present on campus to earn their degrees. Most of them live in Belarus. The duration of most undergraduate low residence programs is five years.