The academic system in Austria is very relaxed, I was very surprised
finding that most students do not finish their Bsc studies in 4 years/ Msc
studies in 2 years. Later I found out that this is because the academic system
has almost no pressure. You are given instructions how much credits from each group
you need to finish, and its up to you to select the courses, to manage their timetables.
This allows students to have more personal choice where they want to specialize
and because the universities are large and have many students the courses are
available. However, this also brings issues such as you want to have a very
interesting course, but it only has 15 places, and there are 50 students in your
year, then if you missed your chance you have to try again next year, and this
can delay your graduation. However, this showed another interesting way, you
can start doing your masters courses before finishing bachelors if you are
waiting for some course to be available.
The exams are also positioned more freely, this results in
their timing being inconvenient to exchange students, because you as an
exchange student will be back home when the exam should take place.
In Lithuania, the academic systems are quite fixed, due to
financing model changing between studies is very difficult if you want to keep
your free tuition. However, you can know which courses you will have even a few
years in advance, there are no issues with timetables or place limitation in