International Initiatives And Student Services

College Center, Room CC 205
MaryBeth Yates, Project Coordinator, DSO
Phone: 001-440-366-4929
Fax: 001-440-366-4213


Letter to our International Students

On behalf of President Marcia Ballinger and the entire LCCC community, we are writing to express our strong support for International Students like yourself.

LCCC has a longstanding commitment to our International students and global education.  We value the knowledge, leadership, and cultural diversity our international students bring to our campus, and encourage our students to take advantage of the opportunities to learn from our study abroad students during your time at LCCC.

On July 6, 2020, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Student and Exchange Visitor Program (USCIS/SEVP) released new guidelines for international student enrollment in the fall 2020 semester. This “Temporary Final Rule” describes three options for International students during the upcoming semester:  All in-person, all online, and hybrid course delivery.

Based on this information, our LCCC Prepared plan falls within the hybrid course delivery option presented by USCIS/SEVP.  Under this model, LCCC’s continuing international students are permitted to remain in the U.S. as long as they enroll in a combination of at least one in-person class and online delivery methods (hybrid scenario) and take the minimum number of online classes required to make normal progress in their degree program.

In addition, new students admitted to LCCC for the fall 2020 semester are eligible to apply for visas (if consulate services are available) to enter the U.S. as nonimmigrant students to enroll at LCCC in a combination of at least one in-person class and online delivery methods (hybrid scenario) and take the minimum number of online classes required to make normal progress in their degree.

We understand that this USCIS/SEVP guidance and its impact on your education at LCCC can be very confusing.  Representatives from our International Initiatives Office are working hard to reach out to each student individually to ensure your schedule meets the requirements of this new guidance.  We are also monitoring information from SEVP as it becomes available and will inform students as soon as new information or guidance becomes available.

LCCC stands ready to support you in completing your education during this difficult time.

In fact, last week LCCC President Marcia Ballinger signed a letter to U.S. Congressional leaders requesting that they encourage the Department of Homeland Security to reconsider its new guidelines or to take quick legislative action to protect the immigration and SEVIS status of our international students.  This letter was drafted and sponsored by the American Council on Education, Achieving the Dream, and many other higher education organizations, colleges, and universities that support international student success. In the meantime, please reach out to our International Initiatives office with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your individual situation.  In addition, Dr. Brenda Pongracz, Dean of Arts & Humanities, is available to help support you through this transition as needed (   LCCC also provides counseling, financial services, and other supports through the Advocacy and Resource Center should you find yourself in need of these services.

Your current and future academic success is importance to us.  Please let us know if we can assist you during this period of uncertainty.


Lorain County Community College welcomes international students, whether holding immigrant or non-immigrant status.

Currently, LCCC enrolls international students from more than 18 countries. Many international students choose Lorain County Community College as the ideal environment to improve their English, pursue their education, graduate, transfer and advance their academic and career goals.

For more information, please visit or contact our international office. Documentation is available in many different languages upon request.


About Lorain County Community College

LCCC is a public institution. The LCCC experience introduces students to a campus environment that promotes both personal and professional growth and exploration. Lorain County Community College provides a wide range of academic programs and services, including associate degrees and technical certificates. Campus facilities include modern classrooms, laboratories, and clinics with state of the art equipment, college library/learning center, fine arts performance center, physical fitness complex, bookstore, on-site food kiosks, and a regional conference center.

LCCC’s campus is located in the city of Elyria, county of Lorain, state of Ohio, in the picturesque Great Lakes region. The campus and city are quiet and safe. The city of Cleveland is located 20 miles to the east and the Cleveland International Airport is only 25 minutes away.

Learn more about Lorain County.


The University Partnership

LCCC’s University Partnership allows LCCC students to easily transfer and complete their bachelor’s and even some master’s degrees from 14 public and private universities on the LCCC campus. 


Academic Calendar

The academic year consists of two 16-week semesters, fall and spring. To see specific dates and holidays, please visit our academic calendar.


Academic Programs

LCCC offers degrees in many academic programs, including Arts and Humanities, Business, Engineering, Information Technologies, Health and Wellness Sciences, Science and Mathematics, and Social Sciences and Human Services.


International Enrollment

For the 2020 Spring Semester, Lorain County Community College has enrolled 42 international students, representing 18 different countries from Africa, Asia, Europe, The Middle East, North America, and South America.


Student Visas

LCCC is authorized to issue the I-20 certificate for F-1 student visas, as well as the DS-2019 certificate for J-1 Exchange Students and Visitors.


Admission Requirements

Find out more about each of our admission requirements.

  1. Completed International Application
  2. Copy of Passport
  3. Financial Application and Bank Statements
  4. TOEFL, IELTS, ITEP, or EIKEN Examination Results
  5. High School Transcript and Diploma, or School Leaving Examination Results
  6. University Transcripts if applicable
  7. Personal Essay

All documents must be scanned in color and sent to


Tuition and Fees

Visit the link below for the most current information about tuition and fees. 

Tuition and Fees



As a community college, LCCC does not have residence halls. If you require assistance in finding housing, please contact the International office and we will be happy to provide a list of nearby apartment complexes or talk about your specific needs.



Public transportation is limited throughout Lorain County. Many students find it convenient to apply for an Ohio driver’s license, and in some cases, purchase used vehicles.


University Transfer Students

International Students with previous university study, whether in the United States, or in their own home country, are eligible for a transfer of course credit.