Assisting war-affected individuals by providing an opportunity to start or continue their BA education at LCC International University. An intensive English program (if needed) and supplemental support systems are a part of the scholarship package.


High-potential candidates whose opportunity for study has been disrupted by war and violence are identified as LCC works in partnership with UNHCR, NGOs, and various humanitarian organizations. LCC‘s Middle East Scholars program has been identified by UNHCR as „the sole initiative across the Nordic and Baltic states which currently meets the definition of complementary pathways.

Admission to the program

Students can apply or be referred to the program. Along with the regular admission application, every student will need to provide an English language proficiency test score (TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo), former educational documents and undergo a personal interview.

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Assisting students

from war affected countries

Intensive program

in English language


helping to start or continue BA education


Small campus and tight community

“I feel safe here in Lithuania”

"My country has been through many political conflicts and wars. Every 5 or 10 years when we start feeling safe and at peace, something new comes up and ruins everything. At LCC I am a part of a small community where everyone knows each other. Here, I have everything: I am studying, I have a place to live, I have a circle of friends, and that is what I essentially need right now."

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Karam Saad Salim Aolow
Country of Origin: Iraq
Psychology major

History of the program

The initial focus of the Middle East Scholars was, as the name suggests, on the Middle East. From Fall 2014 to Fall 2016 LCC made numerous trips to Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey, and Syria to build relationships with NGOs, churches, United Nations agencies in order to ensure that each prospective student would come to us as the result of a referral from a trusted entity. We tested visa pathways, identified students, visited with authorities.

Ultimately, we brought 4 Syrian students to LCC in Lithuania in Summer 2016, 9 Iraqi students and 1 Syrian student in January 2017, 4 Iraqi and 2 Afghan students in August 2017 and each semester after that. Throughout its 6 years of existence, the program has served almost 90 students. LCC is now ready to grow the program beyond the Middle East so that any war affected student could pursue this educational opportunity.

Application process

Submit online application

Fill out online application here

Take English language exam

Take English language proficiency test approved by LCC Admissions Committee.

Attend an Interview

After we have your application and your English proficiency test certificate, we will schedule the interview.

Submit MES need based aid application

Once we will receive your full application package we will be able to determine if you are fit the program criteria. If yes, we will send you a follow up application form regarding Financial Aid.

Get final admission and MES need based aid offer

We will stay in touch and send results to the email provided in the application form.

The future of the program


LCC will continue bringing up to 10 new Middle East Scholars each academic year, as part of our admissions process. Currently we do not have scholarships for MA level studies. Scholarships for the BA level studies are offered only to those candidates who were unable to start and/or to finish their BA studies.

English language

The Middle East Scholar program model will continue to focus on quality English language instruction.


LCC will continue to provide appropriate transitional support, preparing students to continue their studies at LCC International University.


LCC will work with each candidate to determine financial need and seek to secure appropriate funding.

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