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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

2,000+

Total number of alumni

News and Events

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Gevorg Hayrapetian: Marking the Senior year as the president of StuCo

2021-09-01

Say hi to Gevorg Hayrapetian! He’s a Senior from Armenia majoring in Business Administration, and he leaves an important mark by being the president of the Student Council (StuCo) for the 2021-2022 academic year.Gevorg’s journey to LCC began a few years ago. Having graduated from high school which operated in English, the young man was involved with EducationUSA and was working with Armenian students looking for education opportunities abroad. After an ordinary university fair, Gevorg, being a prospective student himself, received a brochure from LCC with an invitation to apply. The Armenian student admits that he didn’t plan to be in Europe for a few years - but LCC’s international dimension coupled with Gevorg knowing some of the Armenian students at LCC resulted in the unexpected decision to apply. ‘The last years of high-school were in English, and I was looking for a university where I would be studying in English, too. I wanted to be a part of an international community. After talking with the LCC students that I knew, it was clear for me that I should apply.’The future StuCo president made the decision to study Business Administration. He says he’s always appreciated design, branding marketing, and wanted to start his own business for a long time. While at LCC, these dreams started to come true! After the Freshman year, Gevorg didn’t participate in Work & Travel, but went back to Armenia instead. There, he worked at ARLOOPA, a studio that developed VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality) games and entertainment. While at ARLOOPA, Gevorg worked with project management and marketing, and even led a small start-up. Although the initiative had to be left behind when Gevorg returned to LCC in Fall, in Lithuania he committed himself to another start up ‘Brand Factory’. Here, the Armenian did clothing design and worked with Lithuanian businesses to produce the clothes.As the StuCo president, Gevorg and his colleagues were hard at work the whole summer preparing for the academic year. ‘It all comes down to who you work with. We have an amazing team this year, and we’ll be announcing what we’ve been cooking during the first week of September. I’m really excited!’. Gevorg looks long-term. He wants to create something that will last not only for the 2021-2022 academic year, but beyond as well. StuCo wants to lay the foundation for an expanded Student Constitution, policies and the general culture that would be used by future Student Council teams. ‘We want to update the policies because we put a great deal of attention to transparent communication’. StuCo is also expanding beyond LCC and will have a bigger presence together with the Student Councils of other institutions of higher education, where the new External Relations Officer will help. ‘The goals are big, but possible to achieve’.What is the post-LCC future for the StuCo president from Armenia? ‘After graduation, I will most likely stay in Lithuania, hopefully with a work opportunity, and hopefully still in Klaipėda! I love this city and the nature around.'

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Luan Chau: "My pursuit of the MA TESOL at LCC is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life"

2021-08-19

Say hi to Luan! He is a recent MA graduate from Vietnam, who completed his degree a week ago in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Let's take a glimpse at his journey at LCC!Luan was browsing the internet for some recommended MA programs in TESOL and found LCC for the first time. When he applied for the MA TESOL at LCC, Luan had already been working on his first MA in psycholinguistics in Norway. Why did he feel studying TESOL at LCC might be the right choice for him? "My first MA in psycholinguistics taught me a lot about how to become a competent linguist but prepared me very little for becoming a competent language teacher – which was my dream job. At that time, my dream of becoming a teacher helped me make up my mind to sign up for the course," shares the graduate."My pursuit of the MA TESOL at LCC is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life," says Luan. The program has many benefits that other programs cannot compete with. First, Luan says, he had the chance to experience high-quality hybrid learning, which combined both on-site learning and online study. At first, he was worried that online learning was something that he would not prefer. However, at LCC, the professors are caring and supportive towards students even online. "I could learn a lot in a short period of time and interact well with my classmates via useful activities and discussion. I could also work with my schedule." Second, the MA TESOL program at LCC consists of several courses that helped him to improve not only his second language pedagogy but also his skills in curriculum development, assessing learners’ spoken and written language, implementing action research in his classroom, managing a language program, and developing his expertise in second language research. When it comes to the courses, Luan had a hard time picking a favorite. "If I had to pick one, I would say the Action Research course taught by Prof. Doreen Ewert may be my favorite. The course helped me realize that there is nothing that is out of the control of the teacher. Every problem in our classroom has a solution. On top of that, I learned to improve learners’ autonomy and motivation for learning languages.” Another highlighted course for him was “Teaching English as an International Language” taught by Prof. Aliel Cunningham. "After this course, I realized the mission of a language teacher extends the teaching of the language and also includes cultivating hospitality and respect in our classroom. We are more than just language teachers, we are also ambassadors of peace."Luan also had his teaching practicum at LCC. "My practicum was one of my best experiences at LCC. I had the opportunity to teach at the Summer Language Institute (SLI) – a language program at LCC that is intended for teenagers and young adults." He also taught at the English summer camp for teenagers just after SLI. "I have a lot of beautiful memories with my students and kids from that time. It was also my first time teaching languages in Europe. I learned to work with students from different cultural backgrounds than mine. I also learned to practice hospitality and respect in my classroom, which I feel was successful. I received a lot of love from my students. I love these kids!"Regarding his thesis, his research revolved around the role of information literacy in academic writing. "Modern writers rarely start from scratch and write from their prior knowledge; they integrate information from multiple sources," he says. This change has placed severe burdens on modern writers as they have to take on alternate roles as a reader and a writer at the same time. Moreover, online information is offered in great quantities and available on many platforms. University students are, however, not equipped with sufficient skills to deal with the overwhelming flow of information. Luan felt like he needed to do something about this and how he chose his thesis. In general, however, his research interests lie in the intersection between psychology and linguistics. He is intrigued by how language is processed and produced in the human brain. "My research topics include literacy development, reading and writing research, developmental deficits, and first and second language acquisition. I am also interested in educational psychology, such as research in critical thinking and teacher-student relationships."When it comes to his plans, the recent MA graduate says that he already is working on his PhD in Cognitive Linguistics in Belgium. "I love doing research and teaching, so I plan to become a professor soon. Through research, I’ve realized our capacities as humans to make the impossible become possible and make dreams become realities.” Luan loves science and he also wants to inspire younger generations to love it too. “Inspiring students is why being a professor is something that I aspire to every single day.”

“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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