International Students

Is God Leading You to Study in the United States?

Lancaster Bible College is proud of the diversity in our student body.

At Lancaster Bible College, we understand that studying in a new country can be exciting, but also that it’s an experience that raises many questions and concerns.

We’re here to help you feel comfortable with your decision to study at LBC, and support you every step of the way. From admissions requirements and academics, making new friends and encouraging growth in your spiritual walk with God, LBC staff are here to serve.

LBC has authorization from the U.S. government to accept international students at the main LBC campus at this time. Not all graduate education programs are available to international students. Email us at international@lbc.edu for details.

International Fast Facts

11 countries represented

Scholarships for Internationals

A $3,000 annual tuition scholarship is available to undergraduate international students who have been accepted to LBC and demonstrate financial need as determined by the International Student Financial Aid Application.

This scholarship is renewable with a 2.3 cumulative GPA, and good standing with the college.

Graduate students are eligible for a 30% off tuition scholarship. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

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International Admissions Process

International Student Services, Resources & Activities

International Student Advising & Support: We are here to help you understand your F-1 visa and immigration regulations as well as provide support for any financial, academic or personal concerns you may have. Please contact international@lbc.edu.

The Ally Center – Tutoring and Academic Support: We want you to succeed in all of your classes each semester. The Ally Center is an academic support center providing academic mentoring, math labs, and a writing center. Students may sign up for semester-long weekly appointments, make appointments as needed, and participate in formal, mentor-led study groups for specific courses. Appointments can be scheduled in person, by calling the center, or by sending an email.

International Student Fellowship: This campus organization provides support and fellowship for students from outside the United States – both international students, as well as Third-Culture-Kids (TCKs). Meet each semester to relate and grow together, sometimes at professors’ homes with a meal and conversation and other times on campus.

Health Services on Campus: Rest assured that you will have access to health services while studying at LBC. You may be evaluated by an on-campus nurse at any time during regular Health Services office hours. Also, a doctor visits campus Tuesday afternoons from 3 to 5 pm. You may sign up for an appointment, free of charge.

Counseling and Career Center: We’re here to help you as you adjust to a new culture and country. Our biblically based counseling and career services are free for all LBC undergraduate and graduate students.

“When I first came to the U.S. and to LBC, I was overwhelmed because everything was new to me. I used the Ally Center resources to help me in American college life. The staff helped me organize my time schedule, taught me how to do homework assignments and helped me study for exams. Then, I passed my first year of college!” — Yukiko Shimada, class of 2016

Location & Climate

Where in the World is Lancaster Bible College?

Main Campus Location

Lancaster Bible College is located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (PA) in the northeastern part of the United States. Lancaster is a medium-sized city of about 50,000 residents, and is surrounded by sprawling farmland.

Local Transportation and Airports

Our location and access to an Amtrak train station gives you the ability to easily explore beyond campus. Lancaster is less than 3 hours away from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

  • The downtown Lancaster Amtrak train station is 5 minutes from campus.
  • The major New York City-area airports are about 2.5 hours from campus.
  • Harrisburg International Airport is about a 40-minute ride from campus.
  • Philadelphia International Airport is about 1.5 hours from campus.
  • Baltimore-Washington International Airport is 2 hours from campus.

Weather

Southcentral Pennsylvania is a typically temperate area, but does experience noticeable weather changes in all four seasons.

Fall (Sept-Nov). Our campus is gorgeous in the fall. The mature trees turn many shades of red, yellow, and orange. Fall is truly picturesque in Pennsylvania. Temperatures begin to dip into the low 50s as the days shorten and winter approaches.

Winter (Dec-Feb). Average high temperature is 43°F and the average low is 28°F. Snow is common beginning in late December through March. But when our campus is blanketed in snow, it’s beautiful. A winter coat, hat, and gloves are essential to staying warm.

Spring (Mar-May). Temperatures begin to rise as the ground begins to thaw and plants and flowering trees bloom again. Many students begin to study outside and resume long-missed outdoor recreational activities.

Summer (Jun-Aug). Shorts and t-shirt weather! Temperatures average around 85°F and some days can be quite humid. All buildings on campus are air conditioned and provide relief from the heat.

Have more questions? Email us at international@lbc.edu

Lancaster Bible College is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.