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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

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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

More than 2,000

Total number of alumni

News and Events

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Katherine Handal: “Education is the best gift that you can ever give to somebody.”

2021-01-12

Meet Katherine! She was born in Honduras, a Central American country, which on the one hand is rich with culture and enjoys some of the most beautiful nature on this Earth, but on the other is beset by societal and economic difficulties. Having witnessed gaping economic inequality, Katherine aspires to become a teacher to provide more opportunities for students.For starters, would you please tell us about your life before you ever heard of LCC?Growing up, I’ve always been very social, having deep connections with family and friends. In the summers I would help in my grandmother’s food business as a cashier and a waiter. I attended a high school that combined the Honduran educational system with the American education style. Actually, in my high school, there were teachers from the US and even a few international students. I was an active student in high school. For instance, I was a member, and later the president, of my high school Charity Club. One of the most impactful experiences for me there was a fundraising event, directed at purchasing school supplies for those who couldn’t afford them. So before LCC, family, friends, a sense of community, and learning were cornerstones of my school years and I grew to hold these values close in my heart.How did a young lady from Central America find herself in distant Lithuania?In my Junior high school year, I got an email from LCC through the high school counselor at school. The counselor worked mostly with American universities, where I first wanted to study because the majority of my high school classmates were going on to study in the states. However, I found out that it was too expensive for me. Even the European universities I was looking into could not grant enough financial aid. It wasn’t until late in my Senior year that I remembered about the LCC email. After doing some research, I applied on the last day and got accepted! I did have to wait a semester in order to earn money and have the required documents prepared for studying overseas. Still, it was a big decision for me, and I am so happy it has worked out really well.You are here at LCC, as well as is your younger sister, Sam. How does it feel to currently be one of only two representatives of your country at LCC?Well, actually it feels very special. It’s great that Sam and I can introduce others to the Honduran culture and cuisine, and we see that people are super interested. For example, we had a blast informing others about Honduras during Cultural Day. We cleared up some common misconceptions people might have, demonstrated local dance moves, showed the beautiful tropical landscapes, and served samples of Honduran food that we had prepared. Apart from these, people are also intrigued by the Spanish language since it’s unusual to hear someone speak it at LCC. Because of this, I wouldn’t mind if there were more Spanish-speakers here. It does get lonely not using my mother tongue as much as I’d like.How do you deal with homesickness?When we are homesick, we cook as much Honduran food as possible– like Baleadas! Also, calling family members or dancing to Spanish music helps bring some of that ‘home’ atmosphere. Although change can be hard, I enjoy trying new things and I am grateful that friends and the overall community make me feel welcomed. For instance, I’ve been introduced to the Eastern European culture, among others. People show me new dishes, dances, places… it all helps me stay excited and feel like this is a second home.Coming from a developing country that deals with many difficulties, what is your outlook on overall education opportunities? Do you believe education can transform societies?Yes. I believe education and learning can transform lives. Educated people can start their own businesses more smoothly, or get better jobs. In Honduras, I’ve seen how people in villages barely have even electricity, which makes education very difficult, to say the least. I think everyone should have an equal opportunity to become educated because it’s the basic core for growth. Critical-thinking and problem-solving help people in all areas of life. In my heart, I always carry a saying from my mom, “education is the best gift that you can ever give to somebody.” I like to think that I too can do that. I mentioned the fundraiser from my high school Charity Club I was leading, for example. The experiences of giving to others there influenced me here, to be an FYS leader and a writing tutor here at LCC.You'll be a Junior English major this spring. Have you ever doubted studying TESOL?Not really, as I like sticking with the idea of doing something that could help others, but I guess I do have small doubts from time to time. For example, sometimes I feel I’m not ready to be the teacher who helps students grow, as I’m young and don’t feel experienced. On the contrary, many students I tutor now, show their improvement and gratitude, which helps me gain more confidence. I appreciate it so much. At the same time, I also feel these are general doubts many people have from time to time. Ultimately, I enjoy teaching and I don’t think I would want to do anything else.What has teaching others taught you?I notice that students don’t just write for the assignments, but also aspire to share their stories through the writing. It reminds me that writing is not just researching and so on, but it is also about the experience and how the writer expresses it. Everybody has a story. By reading a person’s writing you can understand the person’s story. I want to be a teacher that can read and understand these stories in order to help my students. Therefore, I realized that such assignments would allow me to achieve this goal.They say that everybody has their own personal 'why' - their biggest motivator. What inspires you to get up in the morning and seize the day during such an unusual time we’re dealing with currently?I tutor almost every day. It motivates me because I get to help someone else. It also helps to remind me why I came to LCC and why I decided to be a teacher. The end goal makes me focus on the classes, even if online learning is harder. So, having short-term as well as long-term goals is a big motivator in my life. I’m also grateful to God for every day and so I wish to make the most of it. Waking up early so that I don’t feel like I’m wasting my time is a pretty big ‘why’ for me.In closing, I feel your love for your country. How are you planning to connect your future career with helping your home country?First, I want to gain more teaching experience, maybe in Lithuania, and later somewhere else as well. I think I want to focus on small classes at first. I also want to seek financial stability, because in Honduras I want to be able to teach for free. I understand it’s a big aspiration, but I want to make it happen. There are so many people below the poverty line who cannot afford education, or who cannot study because they have to support their families. It isn’t uncommon for young teenagers to drop out of school in order to help support their families. Later in life they can’t get a decent job because they lack education. By teaching English for free I will hopefully give more opportunities to these people.

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Viktorija Daineko: A distinguished LCC alumna discusses her career journey to a global social-media giant

2021-01-07

Viktorija Daineko graduated from LCC International University in 2006, with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Literature. She served as an active member of the LCC community, first as a student but later also as an employee. After her graduation, Viktorija spent ten years at LCC as a Senior Admissions Counselor recruiting students worldwide to explore the unique experience of studying there. Over the last few years, Viktorija gained extensive experience working with various social media platforms and recently joined one of the most popular social-media giants, TikTok, as a model-optimization specialist.Initially, Vikrorija transferred from another university to LCC and enrolled in the English and Literature program. From the first moment she set foot on LCC’s campus she was captivated by its atmosphere and the people she met. “As soon as I entered the building,” Viktorija recalled, “I had a feeling that it was the right place for me.” Despite the challenges she faced during her student years, Viktorija described many warm memories of being part of the unique LCC community. “The best part of being an LCC student was the amount of support and respect I received not only from my peers, but from professors as well. They treated students with such kindness and were always eager to help with both academic and personal struggles,” she added.During her senior year, Viktorija found a part-time job working as a manager in the administration office of UAB Termomontažas. After graduation, she continued working at UAB for another year but then decided to return to LCC as an employee. Viktorija began by working as an admissions counselor and loved the experience of encouraging students from various countries to join the LCC community. “I was so proud to represent this place which is so much more than just a university. It was the kind of job that I looked forward to doing every morning”, said Viktorija. With a short break for maternity leave, she worked at LCC for an entire decade and cherished every moment spent with her family-like coworkers.Viktorija’s involvement with the media began in 2013, after she and her husband moved to Dublin, Ireland. Initially, Viktorija had a challenging time finding work but after countless interviews, she accepted a position as a customer service representative at the global services company Arvato Finance. There she gained valuable experience working with the Google platform. However, the move to a new country proved very hard for Viktorija and after three months, she returned to Lithuania where she resumed working for LCC International University. A year later, after a second maternity leave, she moved to Ireland for good. Because of her previous experience working with Google, Viktorija quickly found a job in the social-media sphere. She began her journey at Accenture, a company that provides numerous professional services, including operations and security, as a trust and safety associate/content reviewer for the YouTube social-media platform. “I enjoyed working at YouTube, gaining new skills and knowledge about the way social-media operates, but I decided it was time to move on to something bigger, and more challenging,” commented Viktorija. She soon started a full-time job as a community operations analyst at the global business consulting company Covalen Solutions where she provided services for Facebook. Every new experience in the media sphere led Viktorija to the place where she is now - working as a model optimization specialist for the trending social-media platform, Tik Tok. Her passion and desire to be an expert in whatever she does is admirable. In addition, Viktorija believes that social media is not primarily challenging, but is actually fascinating, especially when each media platform offers you something unique, something you did not need before but now can not live without. “I think it is a huge privilege to be aware of the insights of most major media platforms, but also to understand how they operate and co-exist with one another”.Besides being a full-time employee, a wife, and a mom, Viktorija is also growing a small business that started as a hobby. She produces a variety of natural, handcrafted cosmetics and, as a side benefit, finds it to be a therapeutic relief from her busy life. At some point, she intends to take her passion for handcrafting to another level, and develop it into something bigger than just a small side business. Currently, she is taking skincare courses online and studying to become more professional in her new sphere of interest.Looking back at her diverse experience as a social media specialist, and both an LCC student and an employee, Viktorija shared these words of advice with LCC students: “Always be passionate about your work, and enjoy it! Do not miss out on any open doors on your way, and be grateful for every experience you receive in life. Do things that interest you and make you question everything you know. Do not be afraid of changes or the unknown because you have your whole life ahead of you, and never stop learning and growing both personally and professionally along the way.”

“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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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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