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Identity

Established in 1991

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

MISSION STATEMENT

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

VISION STATEMENT

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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NORTH AMERICAN

education style

LIBERAL ARTS

philosophy

Christian

values and worldview

More than 2,000 Alumni

total number of alumni since 1991

Our partners

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Distinctives

Christian

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.

International

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.

Relational

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

Philanthropic

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 2018-2021

Read more about our vision of LCC as a Flourishing Community.

“VALUED IN LITHUANIA
AND ABROAD”

“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

Accreditation

BA & MA PROGRAMS

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.

EXTERNAL EVALUATION

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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Facts and figures

700

Enrolled students this year

50+

Countries represented

73%

International students

62%

Students receive financial support

92%

Recent graduates would recommend LCC to school seniors

11:1

Average student to faculty ratio

80%

Student retention rate

2,000+

Total number of alumni

News and Events

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Filip Risteski: Turning Lithuania into Home

2021-04-15

Filip Risteski, an alumnus from North Macedonia, graduated from LCC in 2008 with a degree in Business Administration. He continues to build his life in Lithuania, working in finance and creating a family. He shares the details of his 17-year journey that started on the LCC International University campus.Among the many universities around Europe, Filip applied to LCC and once accepted, took a chance and a huge step. Coming from warm and sunny North Macedonia, Filip laughs recalling his first impression of rainy Lithuania. Yet, it changed when he set foot on the campus and experienced the attention and care of LCC staff and faculty. “The first days in Lithuania and at LCC were something that really left a mark in my life. They were really extraordinary.”Filip was an active student, who wanted to capture any opportunity that LCC had to offer. He was seeking experiences beyond academics, participating in community life. That helped him to connect with Lithuanian culture and its people, ultimately leading to the decision to stay.After graduation, Filip started his career at EY (formerly Ernst & Young) as an audit consultant in Vilnius. In his 11 years there, he grew to a Senior Management position. In 2019 with his vast expertise in auditing, Filip decided to go into Finance and became a Chief Financial Officer at Biomapas, an outsourcing solution provider to the global life science industry. Currently, he lives in Vilnius with his wife and two children.Reflecting on the value of his LCC education, Filip notes three important aspects: academic preparation, soft skills, and network-building. At the beginning of the career, Filip lacked hands-on experience in auditing, however, his academic background was “more than enough for getting the job.” As accounting and finance principles were well-covered in the LCC curriculum, his Business Administration degree also assisted in obtaining an ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) certification in 2014. Filip also appreciates the network he built while at LCC, since in a small country like Lithuania businesses are rather interconnected. “To me, the people who were a part of LCC are still like a family, even meeting them 15 or 20 years later.”The Liberal Arts format of education was the biggest game-changer for Filip, as outside-the-major classes like academic writing, public speaking, and psychology equipped him with soft skills for dealing with everyday work problems. “You do come across stressful and conflictual situations and it’s all about the education and insights from your classes that inform you on how to solve those,” says the alumnus. He also remembers how it required project and time-management skills, discipline, and resilience to adjust to the working environment at the start of the career.“It is easier than you think,” encourages Filip, when asked to share tips with students who want to stay in Lithuania after graduation. “The Lithuanian job market is becoming much more open to international students.” He recommends carefully choosing companies to apply to and settling only for those you genuinely feel like becoming a part of. You should be brave and apply even when you feel like you are not up to the level yet. Then go the extra mile to learn things you don’t know.”Language mastery is among those things. Filip says that many companies do not require Lithuanian skills but, in his own experience, learning the language gave “an internal shift,” that made him more confident in social situations and more connected to the country. While he did take additional Lithuanian courses, Filip learned the most through everyday conversations with colleagues and friends.Looking back on his journey, Filip shares advice with prospective students. “Being part of this community will make a difference for your future.” He emphasizes the constant sharing of knowledge and cultures is a unique aspect of LCC, that students should take advantage of. Filip concludes that to be successful, one has to go beyond what is expected and use all the opportunities along the way.If you missed the Coffee with Alumni webinar with Filip Risteski and want to learn more about his experience, follow the link for the full video — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84yMBVh1g8A&ab_channel=LCCInternationalUniversity

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Yohana Dawood: “LCC’s Middle East Scholarship offered me an opportunity to transform my life.”

2021-04-13

Meet Yohana Dawood! This senior Business major comes from Iraq, the unstable political situation made it difficult and even dangerous not only to pursue his passion for football but also to study at a university. LCC and the Middle East Scholarship became a transformative opportunity to study business, to represent the university in the football team, and to build a better future.How was your life in Iraq? What circumstances did you find yourself in while growing up? What kind of hobbies/passions did you have as a child?It was pretty hard. I had to spend a lot of time inside for my own safety. The indoor life sometimes stopped me from doing what I wanted. I didn’t have a lot of hobbies as a child, but I did play football with my cousins and friends. Being outside wasn’t always safe, so often we would play inside, and being kids, break windows or something. The weather didn’t allow us to play outside either, as summers in Iraq can reach 50 degrees Celsius (122 F). Playing football or pursuing other passions wasn’t always possible. In general, I don’t regret the challenges, because they made me who I am today. My childhood taught me to be respectful, to appreciate what I have, and to have faith.What was it like to study in your country during such turbulent times?I finished high school in 2015. I applied to the University of Mosul, but the city was controlled by ISIS, so obviously no one could go there. Instead, I studied on the campus of a university in Kirkuk, another city altogether, but under the same program of the University of Mosul, where I was majoring in computer engineering. Because of ISIS, my family relocated to a safer city in Erbil. Various control checkpoints made traveling from Erbil to Kirkuk too long, so I eventually moved to Kirkuk and lived in a Christian dormitory. For a while it was safe, but in my sophomore year, ISIS attacked the city. Some ISIS fighters even used the dorms as a safe house during firefights, but fortunately, they didn’t know anyone was in there also. Anti-ISIS forces freed us after 12 hours, and it felt miraculous, especially since no one from the dormitories was hurt, whereas the street itself was destroyed by bombs. After the whole situation, the university shut down, and I could no longer study.How did you first become aware of LCC? Soon after I was no longer able to study, LCC representatives were at the University of Duhok, where my brother’s friend was studying. He let me know about the new opportunity with LCC. I saw coming to Lithuania as a wonderful option, because education in Iraq is not the best, and many graduates don’t have a career upon completion. Many people in Iraq hope to leave the country in an attempt to create a better life for themselves.You are a recipient of the LCC’s Middle East Scholarship. What impact has it had on your studies?I was one of the first people from Iraq to apply for the LCC’s Middle East Scholarship. It’s a scholarship that is designed to help students from the Middle East who are affected by war to afford tuition, housing, and travel. The scholarship has helped me afford the housing and tuition expenses here at LCC. These four years have been transformational for me and I’m really grateful to LCC for this opportunity. In most cases, students look for universities and suitable scholarships. In my case, it was LCC who was looking for students. They came to rescue us from what we were going through. I see it as a message from God.You’re a Business major – why did you embark on a journey to study business?The closest thing to computer engineering I was able to study at LCC was finance and business. This field also seemed good because I think every person needs to have some business experience. I think I can have a better life by owning a business.Before Coronavirus hit the world, you used to play futsal on our team. What position were you? Do you miss playing? What does the game mean to you?I was the Striker. However, it being futsal with only 5 players on a team, you have to learn the other positions as well. So, I would sometimes be a Winger or on the defense. It’s been 6 months since the last time we played, and I hope the situation soon improves because taking a break from studies with sports is particularly refreshing. I miss football for sure, as it’s been a part of my life for a very long time. Even when I can’t play, I still watch games and keep up with the sports news. What is your thesis about? How do you feel about the Covid impact on defenses and graduation format?I’m doing a CLP or Client-Linked Project. I’m working with a local company that offers online training courses, and my project has to do with the website development and online training for people who want to work in the cruise ship industry. Everything has been going well, and I’ve enjoyed the experience. There are pros and cons to the current defense and graduation format, however. On the one hand, it’s less stressful to defend your thesis online. On the other hand, graduation is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and doing everything in person would be far more memorable.How will you reflect on your LCC experience going forward? What do you aspire to do in the future?Once I finish my BA, I’ll start a Master's degree. I’ll probably stay in Lithuania, with the options here being to study at LCC or Vilnius University. LCC offers a nice International Management course. I’d also be happy to stay here because I could remain on the football team. I want to further develop my Lithuanian skills and would like to build a career in this country.

“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.
President

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 McQuaig – Chair

McQuaig and Welk, PLLC
Wenatchee, Washington, USA

Debra Blews

Senior Fellow, CCCU
Harbor Springs, Michigan, USA

D. Merrill Ewert

President Emeritus, Fresno Pacific University
Sun City West, Arizona, USA

Tim Herrmann

Graduate Chair, Taylor University

Upland, Indiana

Dr. Andrew Kaethler

Academic Dean, Catholic Pacific College

Langley, BC, Canada

Alexander Kharitonov

President, CCI/Russia
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

Allon Lefever

President, AB Hospitality Company

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA

Johann Matthies

MB Missions, Europe
Horn-Bad Meinberg, Germany

Klementina Shahini

Principal, Lezha Academic Center
Lezhe, Albania

John Reynolds – Vice Chair

President, LAPU

San Dimas, California, USA

Jurgita Choromanskytė

Political Consultant, Lecturer
Klaipėda, Lithuania

Ron Funk

President, Diverse Properties Ltd
Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

Cornelia Horsch

HORSCH Maschinen GmbH
Schwandorf, Germany

Bryan Kay

Consulting CFO and Controller
Burlington, Washington, USA

Andris Lanka

Owner, Valodu Vēstniecība

Liepāja, Latvia

Pär Lidaker

Owner, BJS Group AB
Smalandsstenar, Sweden

Olga Rubel

Coordinator of Programs, Mennonite Center
Zaporozhye, Ukraine

Board Emeritus Members

  • Ed Buller

    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

  • Stanley Clark

    Emily, Minnesota, USA

  • Hansuli Gerber

    Geneva, Switzerland

  • Todd Gibson

    Normandy Park, Washington, USA

  • Bruce and Marianne Konrad

    Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

  • Howard Loewen

    Altadena, California, USA

  • Russ and June Michealsen

    Santa Barbara, California, USA

  • Gerald Neufeld

    Point Roberts, Washington, USA

  • Myrl Nofziger

    Goshen, Indiana, USA

  • Ken Penner

    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

  • Ben Sprunger

    Nokomis, Florida, USA

  • 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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Special projects

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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Mission partners

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