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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

2,500+ Alumni

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 2018-2023

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“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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News and Events

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From dream diary to director’s chair.

2024-04-17

LCC International University contemporary communication senior Kristofer Gobins, 22, Latvia, turned a subconscious adventure into a real movie with the help of fifteen students, one alumnus, a film professor and a marketing department staff member. “In this movie we were utilizing the aesthetic of randomness and emptiness from my actual dreams,” said Gobins, while pointing at his head. Latvian abandoned village, Stirnas Ciems, was the inspiration for Gobins to write the horror movie script for his final thesis work with the help of his advisor Mischa Cantú-Blake, 35, United States.   “My father’s graduation gift, 5,000 euros, made it possible,” said Gobins.Despite the limitations of the budget, Gobins' resourceful team improvised solutions throughout filming included everything from repurposing everyday objects, such as pieces of cloth, as props to utilizing natural light.Before venturing to the location, the crew created a storyboard of key scenes and mapped out filming within the studios’ structures.Filming itself took place over five days in the Cinevilla Studio, near Tukums, Latvia and two days in a nearly abandoned village, with the cast and crew braving the wind and cold in order to finish the project. “I sincerely value students’ presence and involvement on set; without them the process would not have been this smooth and exciting,” said film professor Cantú-Blake of LCC students' willingness to take up a project during the spring break.The crew and cast for “Mira House '' were selected by Gobins by means of online applications and while some had prior experience in stage productions, others were complete newcomers. Gobins, along with his advisers, held meetings to guide participants through the script and build their confidence prior the trip to Latvia.Script readings and brainstorming sessions at LCC International University refined the narrative and ensured the film resonated with people. “I was surprised to be chosen and I was completely taught how to record sound for the movies professionally, people usually pay thousands of dollars for such a thing,” said Mariia Yushchyshyna, 19, Ukraine, sophomore contemporary communication student, who held the role of a sound mixer in the crew. Gobins crafted a diverse cast with students from Georgia, United States, Kazakhstan and Latvia; these contrasting personalities add layers of tension so each character represents a different archetype and aims for the movie to stand out of the traditional horror movie narratives.The completed film promises a unique visual style blurring the lines between reality and nightmare through a combination of unsettling imagery and camerawork.“We wanted to be ‘around the corner’ scary, not just using the usual monster chasing them,” said Gobins.“Mira house” is in the post-production stage where Gobins is collaborating with the sound design team. “The challenge lies in balancing the unsettling atmosphere captured on camera with crafting a cohesive story that will leave a lasting impact on viewers,” said Gobins.“I would not recommend listening to all the sounds recorded during the night to anyone, except it is my job,” said Yushchyshyna, grinning and shrugging. While the official release date is still under wraps and the spring semester nearing its end, the "Mirror House" team intensifies post-production efforts to finalize the film for release. “Be flexible and be ready to work with what you have, do not set expectations but ‘do be yourself’,” said Gobins as a final advice for aspiring filmmakers.Courtesy of Xeniya Cherednik

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No more seminars

2024-04-12

Earn your TESOL degree and be finished with professional development seminars. It's time to put meaningless certificates in the past so that you can just teach.Teaching is both an art and a science. Teachers love to teach. People become teachers because they have a genuine love of helping students learn. Teachers are instinctively creators, innovators, and leaders. Teachers create lessons that engage students’ minds and hearts and emotions. Teachers know how to hold the attention of 25 teenagers on a Monday morning; not many adults can do that! Teachers stay up to date with current news, trends, and technology. During a single lesson, teachers make hundreds of split-second decisions about how to respond to pupils, and how to adjust instruction, both now and next week, to meet the needs of the learners in their care.Language teachers are especially skilled in using language to teach language. In a microsecond, teachers hear a student’s language production, and the teacher chooses to recast, to review, to rephrase, or to reallocate the response to another student. Language teachers are constantly juggling their own authentic vocabulary and comprehensible vocabulary at the appropriate level for the students. Language teachers strike a delicate balance between accuracy and fluency in every unit of lessons. Language teachers decide when to initiate or complete conversations and how to lead the discussion for the benefit of critical learning. Language teachers teach pronunciation and punctuation in the same breath. Language teachers begin and end the day creating an atmosphere of challenge and safety, lowering the affective filter to promote language acquisition. Very few teachers learn about the “craft” of teaching by attending yet another “professional development” seminar. Teachers don’t need to collect certificates. Yet, teachers are life-long learners. There are sustainable ways that teachers can learn to improve their practice. Teachers become better after personal, reflective practice. Teachers improve by understanding the theories behind what they do instinctively. Teachers gain insights by learning from prior research. When teachers study their own classrooms (action research), they learn more about what is actually happening in their own settings. Teachers gain in-depth information about topics that are important to them when they dig deep into their own research. MA TESOL programs are designed to deeply improve the quality and craft of English teachers by walking along side teachers as they think critically, read theoretically, reflect seriously, interact with other teachers collegially, and research meaningfully. A MA TESOL degree is the only and final degree that active language teachers need to teach English anywhere in the world. Stop attending one-day seminars. Enroll in an MA TESOL program.Author: Robin Gingerich, Ph.D., MA TESOL Program Director at LCC International University.

“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

President's Cabinet

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

Roger Friesen – Chair

Executive VP/Business Development

Palliser Furniture Holdings Ltd.

East St. Paul, Manitoba, Canada

Jurgita Choromanskytė

Political Consultant, Lecturer
Klaipėda, Lithuania

Shawn Neumann

CBTW Co-Founder & Partner, Versett Partner

Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

Ausra Jakuboviene

Vice President, Transformation Office at Under Armour Inc

Severna Park, Maryland, USA

Andris Lanka

Owner, Valodu Vēstniecība

Liepāja, Latvia

Johann Matthies

Director, Multiply-MB Mission/Europe and Central Asia 

Horn-Bad Meinberg, Germany

Peter Tielmann

President, EQ3

East St. Paul, Manitoba, Canada

David Wallace

Chief Investment Officer, Pomona College

Claremont, California, USA


Cornelia Horsch – Vice Chair

HORSCH Maschinen GmbH

Schwandorf, Germany

D. Merrill Ewert

President Emeritus, Fresno Pacific University

Topeka, Kansas, USA

Andrew Kaethler

Academic Dean, Catholic Pacific College

Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Alexander Kharitonov

President, CCI/Russia
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

Allon Lefever

President, AB Hospitality Company

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA

John Reynolds

President, LAPU

San Dimas, California, USA

Pär Lidaker

Owner, BJS Group AB

Bolmsö, Sweden

Board Emeritus Members

  • Ed Buller

    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

  • Hansuli Gerber

    Geneva, Switzerland

  • Bill Goff

    Rome, Georgia, USA

  • Howard Loewen

    Valencia, California, USA

  • Ron Mulder

    Holland, Michigan, USA

  • Myrl Nofziger

    Goshen, Indiana, USA

  • Ben Sprunger

    Nokomis, Florida, USA

  • Stanley Clark

    Emily, Minnesota, USA

  • Todd Gibson

    Seattle, Washington, USA

  • Bruce and Marianne Konrad

    Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

  • Russ and June Michealsen

    Santa Barbara, California, USA

  • Gerald Neufeld

    Delta, British Columbia, Canada

  • Ken Penner

    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

  • 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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