Vilnius University (Universiteto St. 3, LT-01513 Vilnius) is a classical university with over 430 years of academic traditions and the widest range of study programmes in Lithuania. Founded in 1579, Vilnius University is one of the oldest and most famous establishments of higher education in Eastern and Central Europe. Although being away from other European cultural centers, the University equaled other famous European Universities and had outstanding professors and students. It was preserver of cultural and scientific traditions and has played a significant part in cultural life not only in Lithuania but the neighboring countries as well.
The design forms of architecture of Vilnius University ensemble are reflective of the major styles – Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Classicism – which dominated Lithuanian architecture. At present the University architectural ensemble is composed of 13 courtyards with 13 buildings each consisting of several blocks, as well as the Church of St. John and belfry. Old campus houses Rector‘s Office, Library, Institute of Foreign Languages and Faculties of History, Philology and Philosofy.