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Lithuania is located in the north-eastern part of Europe and is one of the Baltic states. In 1990, Lithuania became the first soviet republic to declare its independence, in a step that ultimately led to the fall of the Soviet Union. Lithuania actively seeked closer relations with Western Europe, and became the first Baltic state that applied for membership in NATO. Lithuania became a full member in the European Union in 2004.
The level of literacy in Lithuania is extremely high, and the country holds one of the highest percentages of university graduates in the world. In addition, 90% of Lithuanians speak a second language, and 50% of the population speaks two foreign languages, mostly English and Russian.Today, 15 public universities and 6 private colleges operate in Lithuania. The Medical University in Kaunas is the second largest university in the country and offers three programs in English for international students: general medicine, dentistry & pharmacology. To study medicine in Lithuania is growing in popularity among international medical students.