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Established in 1991

Christian Liberal Arts university, established by a joint venture of Lithuanian, Canadian and American foundations. 


LCC International University provides Christian liberal arts education within a diverse learning community that transforms people for servant leadership.


To be the leading Christian liberal arts university in Europe, renowned for its flourishing academic community, spiritual vitality, and global impact.

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More than 2,000 Alumni

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We confirm the identity of LCC as a Christian university.

Liberal Arts

We emphasize eight core competencies: critical thinking, conflict transformation, multicultural perspective, effective communication, Christian worldview, servant leadership, multidisciplinary knowledge and community building. Our definition of liberal arts education takes into account quantitative diversity of course work, but further emphasizes the importance of student self-transformation.


We confirm our identity as an international university, with student and faculty/staff diversity. The international distinctive is mirrored in our program content, teaching approach and student life programming.

North American Style

An integral part of  LCC's uniqueness is  providing a North American style of education, but in the region of Eastern Europe.


LCC is a relational university. We believe that student transformation takes place within the context of community and one-on-one relations.


A philanthropic identity is central to the life and mission of LCC. Indeed, we are global citizens who share a responsibility to collectively care for people in need.

Strategic Plan 2018-2023

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“LCC is not only an example of personal initiative to a lot of academic institutions and young people, it is a high quality university, connecting both Christian principles and openness in society. The best evidence of that are LCC alumni, who are welcomed and valued both in Lithuania and abroad, and faculty from North America, who find a mature and bright audience filled with youthful courage at LCC International University.”

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Valdas Adamkus
President of Lithuania
From 1998 to 2003 and 2004 to 2009



LCC International University offers accredited Bachelor's and Master's programs in social sciences and humanities recognized by The Republic of Lithuania. See full list of all accredited institutions in Lithuania.


LCC received a positive external evaluation in 2016. The review process included an institutional self-report and a site visit by international experts which happened in November, 2015.

Internal Quality Assurance

We have developed and implemented a continuous quality improvement strategy and a internal quality management system that is coherent to Lithuanian and North American requirements, and the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area.


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News and Events

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A North American Traveling to a University in Lithuania to Study English Language. Why?


LCC International University, Lithuania is a North American style liberal arts university in the city of Klaipėda, Lithuania. We are a home for faculty from North America and Europe as well as students from more than 60 different countries. A North American education model provides unique opportunities for students in our region, but the setting of the university as well as the intentionally international community makes us a unique destination even for students from North America.We have just celebrated with the 2023 graduating class and one of the highlights was the speech by a graduating student from the USA - Sage Gibson. Sharing Sage's speech here to help you get a glimpse into her experience:"For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Sage Gibson, and I am a LCC soon-to-be-graduating student from the United States. My major at LCC is English Language and Literature…I now give you complete permission to laugh. You might be wondering why a native English speaker had to travel all the way to Lithuania to study her own language. And quite frankly…it’s graduation day…and I am still trying to figure that out myself. The head of our English department is a wonderful woman named Robin Gingerich. If any of you have had her as a professor, you might know that she starts every power point presentation with a quote. Last week the “quote of the day” was this: “You grow up the day you have your first real laugh—at yourself.” Now it might be a little naive to say I’m completely grown up, but I will say that I have had a lot of laughs—at myself.I still remember day 1 in Lithuania: the very first time I bought milk…only to quickly find out it was NOT milk, but Kefyras. I remember learning that the dorm ovens were NOT in Farheneight, but Celcius, after my pumpkin pie completely caught fire. And I remember learning that an umbrella is a great shield against the LCC swans…if necessary. All of these laughs have contributed to my “growing up.” But the most precious thing about these laughs is that none of them took place in isolation. They were all with you, and you, and you.Graduating students, dear friends who I am so excited and thankful for, take a moment to reflect on the laughs you’ve had. The moments and people that have grown you. And stretched you. Also think about the sorrows. The obstacles. The difficulties you have had to overcome. There is a Proverb from the Bible that says this: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” Fellow seniors, we have labored. We have endured countless Moodle crashes. Covid. Wars. Rumors of wars. Broken laptops. Missing I.D. cards. And yet…through it all, we have been together. “Two is better than one,” it says. “If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” I know that YOU have done this. And that you have received it, too. Praise be to God that we have each other.As I was considering what I wanted to say here today, I was doing some quote searching on the internet, and Bible verse searching, because you know, I’m an English major, and I have a good hook. But as I typed in the word “laughter,” I found another proverb that made me a little emotional. It said this: “Even in laughter the heart may ache, and the end of joy may be grief.” (Proverbs 14:13) Today is a joyful day. We are graduating. But graduating is also a big, scary step into the unknown. And for the majority of us it means having to say goodbyes. I don’t know about you, but I hate goodbyes. But I have realized that grief over goodbyes is also a beautiful thing. Because it means we held something precious…something that will be missed. Something that is worthy of both our laughter and our tears.Graduating class of 2023, staff and faculty of LCC, I wish I had words to describe how precious you are to me. How deeply I have treasured these 4 years. Parents and Families, I know that in allowing your child or loved one to come here, it meant that YOU had to go through the pain of saying goodbye too. And for this I am so, so thankful. As all of us—graduates, staff, parents, and families—are sent out into the world again, our “togetherness” doesn’t have to end. We are ambassadors of Beauty. Of Joy. Of Laughter. And in these things we stand united. The world is in desperate need of these things. And now is our time to meet them. As Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story says, “To infinity and beyond!”

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Moose Basketball: Season Overview


As we come to the end of the academic year, this is a good time to look back and reflect on a vital aspect of LCC‘s vibrant student life – the basketball season. We celebrate with our student-athletes. Here are some of the key highlights of our Moose teams from this year.Men‘s Moose Basketball TeamWith new additions to the coaching staff, the LCC Moose men‘s team made significant progress. The team played in the Lithuanian Student Basketball League where they achieved 4th place. The team also played in the third-ranked professional league and finished the regular season in 9th place with 14 wins and 16 losses. The team made it to the playoffs, but lost against the P. Olimpas team.The men’s team has also volunteered in social events organized by Moose where both teams go to schools and give physical education classes to pupils. It‘s also worth noting that participating in tournaments and regular training does not come at the expense of academic achievement. The average GPA across the team is 8.4/10, with 3 players graduating in May and 2 players graduating in December. With some of our players ending their academic journey at LCC and receiving their diplomas, we are putting a big effort into recruiting new players for the next season.Women‘s Moose Basketball TeamThis has been a history-making year! Thanks to the recruitment and practices during the summer of 2022, our LCC Moose women’s team had a thriving season. In January, we added another top talent player to our team. With new basketball players and coaches, the women’s team was able to make Moose basketball history.In the Baltic Basketball League, we reached the playoffs. Every game was watched by around 1000 spectators, at the arena and via live broadcast combined. Viewership data showed that our women’s team was the most watched team in the entire league. Thanks to the support of our amazing fans at LCC, the team was able to achieve resounding victories against strong rivals Neptunas and Riga TTT. In the regular season of the Baltic league, we finished in 7th place.In the Lithuanian League, we recently won the bronze medal. In the best of five series, we beat the opposing team in 3-straight games.In February, our head coach, Vilius Stanisauskas, was given an award by Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda for achievements in women’s basketball. Also, our player Laurita Jurciute was invited to the Lithuanian women’s national team.It’s important to note once again that these achievements go hand in hand with academic success – the women's team’s GPA is 9.3/10. They are a perfect example of what it means to be professional student-athletes. On top of that, the LCC Moose women’s basketball team takes part in social projects, such as Lithuanian Basketball Federation’s “Stronger Me,” where teams go to high schools and present basketball as a healthy lifestyle choice and competitive sport.LCC recently submitted our report to the Klaipeda municipality, which is funding the LCC Moose women’s team. They rated our work as excellent and will provide 129,000 EUR for the team for next year.Plans for the SummerThis summer of 2023, two basketball camps will be organized from August 7-20. Boys and girls from 6 to 14 years old are welcome to attend our basketball camp. Working together with Klaipėda V. Knašiaus basketball school, the camps will include professional basketball coaches and young athletes. The camps will involve educational activities and sports training.During the summer of 2023, the current Moose men's team head coach, Gytis Krugelevicius, will be the head coach of the U18 Lithuanian women's team. Assisting him will be the current Moose men's team assistant coach Andrius Steponaitis.

“Welcome from the President”

"Welcome to LCC International University. An LCC education is valuable – it offers opportunities to put theory into practice; it brings people together from many parts of the world to live and study and interact; it helps us discover how to live a life of faith. In community! At LCC we grow together as a learning community, we interact as a relational community, we celebrate our international community, and live lives of integrity as a Christ-centered community. Join our flourishing community of students, faculty and staff, friends and donors!"

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Marlene Wall, Ph.D.

Cabinet Executive

Founding Board of Directors Members

Art DeFehr

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Otonas Balčiūnas

Carmel, Indiana, USA

Dennis Neumann

Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

Leona DeFehr

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada  

Raimonda Balčiūnas

Carmel, Indiana, USA

Rene Neumann

Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

Board of Directors Members

John Reynolds – Chair

President, LAPU

San Dimas, California, USA

Jurgita Choromanskytė

Political Consultant, Lecturer
Klaipėda, Lithuania

Tim Herrmann

Graduate Chair, Taylor University

Upland, Indiana, USA

Bryan Kay

Consulting CFO and Controller
Burlington, Washington, USA

Andris Lanka

Owner, Valodu Vēstniecība

Liepāja, Latvia

Johann Matthies

Director, Multiply-MB Mission/Europe and Central Asia 

Horn-Bad Meinberg, Germany

Klementina Shahini

Principal, Lezha Academic Center
Lezhe, Albania

Peter Tielmann

President, EQ3

East St. Paul, Manitoba, Canada

David Wallace

Chief Investment Officer, Pomona College

Claremont, California, USA

Pär Lidaker – Vice Chair

Owner, BJS Group AB

Bolmsö, Sweden

D. Merrill Ewert

President Emeritus, Fresno Pacific University

Topeka, Kansas, USA

Andrew Kaethler

Academic Dean, Catholic Pacific College

Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Alexander Kharitonov

President, CCI/Russia
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

Allon Lefever

President, AB Hospitality Company

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA

Olga Rubel

Coordinator of Programs, Mennonite Center
Zaporozhye, Ukraine

Roger Friesen

Executive VP/Business Development

Palliser Furniture Holdings Ltd.

East St. Paul, Manitoba, Canada

Cornelia Horsch

HORSCH Maschinen GmbH

Schwandorf, Germany

Board Emeritus Members

  • Ed Buller

    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

  • Hansuli Gerber

    Geneva, Switzerland

  • Bill Goff

    Rome, Georgia, USA

  • Howard Loewen

    Valencia, California, USA

  • Ron Mulder

    Holland, Michigan, USA

  • Myrl Nofziger

    Goshen, Indiana, USA

  • Ben Sprunger

    Nokomis, Florida, USA

  • Stanley Clark

    Emily, Minnesota, USA

  • Todd Gibson

    Seattle, Washington, USA

  • Bruce and Marianne Konrad

    Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

  • Russ and June Michealsen

    Santa Barbara, California, USA

  • Gerald Neufeld

    Delta, British Columbia, Canada

  • Ken Penner

    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

  • Dwight Wyse

    Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA

Memberships & Associations

Collaborative Partner, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

Affiliate Member, Consortium for Global Education

Member, International Network for Christian Higher Education

Member, European Association for International Education

Member, Lietuvos Anglų Kalbos Mokytojų Asociacija

Member, European Association of Institutional Research

Member, Baltic Management Development Association

Christian Mission

Core values
  • We believe that a liberal arts education integrates learning with all aspects of life.
  • We affirm a Christian worldview that invites all people to grow in truth and restoration through the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • We value community as a safe place where people are respected, affirmed, and empowered, so that their dignity is upheld.
  • We pursue relationships that are mutual, authentic, and based on trust.
  • We celebrate diversity of cultures and traditions, personalities and opinions.
Understanding LCC Christian mission

LCC is an ecumenical Christian university grounded in the historic Christian faith, and respectful of other religious traditions.  

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Middle East Scholars

Assisting war-affected students from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan by providing an opportunity to start or continue their BA or MA education at LCC International University.

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