INTERVIEW KEDGE MARSEILLE
Name of the university : ISM University of Management and Economics
Student : Miglé Kalendaite
What’s the official language of teaching or of living ?
The official language of living is Lithuanian. However at school you can choose your lessons in English or in Lithuanian.
Do people usually speak the official language or another language ?
Usually, people speak the official language.
Do people generally speak English well ?
Yes, because the university checks your English level and you need to have a good level in English.
GREETINGS / STEREOTYPES
How do people greet each other ? (Friends and formal)
They don’t kiss definitely. They can give a hug or check your hand in a formal situation. But with friends you usually give hugs.
What are stereotypes of the French people in your country ?
Yes, in my country when we talk about French people we say that they drink wine, they eat « croissants ». They are relax and they are all the time late. But, Lithuanian people have in general a good vision of France and its inhabitants.
Do people value education in your country ? (On a scale from 1-5)
I will say 5. Indeed, people after school go to university directly, education is very important in Lithuania. You must have a degree of bachelor or master. That’s why people usually finish their studies and after go abroad to study or do an internship.
How many years is it considered 'normal' for children to go to school ?
Children start to go to school at the age of 3, then they study during 13 years at primary school and highschool. At the age of 16, they can choose to continue to go to school for example to specific school (professional section) or to stop.
In higher education, do students usually live at home or at the school ?
People usually live all around the city. They often rent a flat because they can't live at school.
How formal/informal is the student/teacher relationship ?
It depends on the teacher but it's more informal. You can ask whatever you want. When we have party, sometimes teachers go to the same place.
What is the most common mode of transportation in your city ? (Car, walk, bike, public transportation, etc.) What kinds of public transportation are there ?
You can use buses or if you live downtown you can walk to the university. The university is near the city center, just 10 minutes far from the city.
How much cost a ticket ?
If you have a student card : 1 day ticket costs 50 cents.
WORK AND PLAY
What are the most common leisure activities ?
It depends, in winter time you can go skiing. In summer, you can go to the lakes (wakeboard, bicycle, go to the forest). You can also go to the cinema where movies are in English. There are also theaters, operas, ballets where you can go.
Is there a “national sport” ? What sports/games are most popular ?
Yes, the national sport is basketball and the famous team is called « Zalgiris, Lietuvos rytas ».
At university you can play with university team or practise golf.
TIME AND SPACE
How important is 'punctuality' ?
Yes, it is really important, for instance at school some professors can give you sanctions if you are late.
How much “space” is customary to leave between people as you are talking ?
An important distance is customary to leave if you don’t know people. You have to be really good friend if you want to be close.
What behaviours are considered socially unacceptable for young adults in general ?
Different behaviours like using bad word, you must be polite. But smoking and drinking are acceptable.
Do you have a dominant religion in your country ?
Yes, Catolicism is a dominant religion in Lithuania.
To what extent does religion play a role in community life ?
Religion doesn’t really have an important place in community. Each person keeps its religion for himself, there is no influence.
What foods are typical of your country ?
There are many main meals like « Cepelinai, Kugelis », a cold soup (saltibarsciai). Lithuanian people eat a lot of potatoes.
If you were to stereotype the food in your own country what would you say ? (For example, the stereotype of French food is that it is classy, refined, and we eat a lot of bread and cheese).
I would say that we eat a lot of potatoes, it's like national potatoe, it's too heavy , it's tasty.
HISTORY OR TRADITIONS
What is the political system of your country ?
The political system is Republic since the independence.
What individuals and events in history are sources of pride for your country ? To what extent is knowledge of your country’s history preserved ?
We have important events : March 11 th, the Day of Independence from Russia. Then, on July 6th we have a king in littuan, it's the name of Coronation. On January 13th, it's a fight of retablishment of littuan (independance). We have two special events called “Jonnies” where we celebrated the longest day and the shortest day, we made a big party without sleeping.
HOLIDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS
What are big holidays that are celebrated by all ?
We have Christmas and Easter holidays.
Is your university far from the city centre ?
No, it's only 10 minutes far from the city center by bus.
Is the building modern ?
Yes, it is a medium building , with modern infrastructures.
Is there a big difference compared to Kedge BS ?
Yes, my university is smaller than Kedge Bs and there is less people who study there.
Can you say a few words about your university or the city it is in ?
My university is really appreciated by employers (companies). It has a good name and there is a good atmosphere when you study there.
Do you have school holidays ?
Yes, we have holidays for the New Year, Easter and Christmas.
Is there a student residence or university rooms near your university ?
No, people must rent a flat but you have choices. You can rent a room in another university student house.
Are there a lot of foreign students in your university ?
Yes, mostly from Russia, Bielorussia, the USA, Ukraine and China.
What are the good deals or good plans as a student ?
There is a lot of discounts at the cinema, for activities with a student ID card.
How do you go to the city centre ?
I take the bus.
Are there parties or festivals organised in the city ? Or in the university ?
At the university there are parties but I don’t really know what kind of parties because I‘m not in an association. I know that parties are on Thursday.
If you had to recommend one restaurant, which one would it be ?
I recommend “For Artistai, Keisti zenklai, Belgai” it’s near the university. It's typical specialities of the country, with a big choice of meals.
What are your weekend recommendations ? (Tourism, parties, restaurants, etc.)
You have to visite architectures and castles in the city center.