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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

Our partners

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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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Meder Mukai: TEFL Certified at 20, with Hopes of Educational Changes

2021-06-08

Say hello to Meder! The 20-year-old International Relations & Development student from Kyrgyzstan spends a lot of his time working and volunteering as an English teacher for children as well as adults. Already experienced in this field, the aspiring teacher has recently become an internationally certified TEFL (Teaching English as Foreign Language) instructor, and this summer will volunteer in an LCC English summer camp for children in Ukraine, as well as be an intern for Belarusian students preparing for studies in the US.Read on to learn more about this young, aspiring teacher, Meder!A North American style, liberal arts university in the heart of Europe… these were the qualities that caught Meder’s attention when he saw a social media advertisement for LCC. While doing his research, he realized it was a place for him to pursue his education, and an application soon followed. The hybrid study format allowed him to first study remotely from his home country, Kyrgyzstan. Having to go to a Lithuanian Embassy in Kazakhstan for a visa didn’t stop him either. Meder finally arrived in Lithuania in the middle of October, only to be welcomed by the second national lockdown, moving all courses online. “I still haven’t had a physical class at LCC,” comments Meder. Having recently completed his first year at LCC, Meder reflects on his experience at a liberal arts university. One of the highlights for him was the friendships he has forged. Due to the quarantine rules, the residents of the dormitories haven’t been allowed to visit floors or rooms other than their own. The community on Meder’s dormitory floor used this as an opportunity to become even closer. For example, Meder spent time not only getting to know his floormates from 8 countries better but learning various new recipes from other cuisines and cultures as well. This Kyrgyz student singles out cooking as one of his biggest passions; an activity that is not just a mere everyday grind, but rather something that helps him relax, meditate, reflect, and even set new goals.Recently, the 20-year-old has had great success in reaching his aspirations. “I’ve been teaching English for a couple of years now.” Meder has helped organize and teach various English camps and has also been teaching language to adults online. Over the last couple of months, the aspiring teacher has taken Teaching English as Foreign Language (TEFL) courses, completing 120 hours of course work and successfully passing a difficult exam that coincided with the regular semester finals week at LCC. Now, Meder is a TEFL internationally certified instructor - which means that now he has the opportunity to work in many schools all around the world.However, this young teacher is not stopping there. He was recently accepted as a teacher for the English Summer Camp for children in Ukraine, organized by LCC. “I’m very excited to help these kids learn English,” said Meder, unable to hide his enthusiasm. Meder has also taken a leadership role for the next academic year as a First-Year Seminar Student Leader. For the soon-to-be sophomore, this is an important experience and will help create lesson content for his group of freshmen and cooperate with other teachers in the FYS course.As such, a question arises. Why is someone so fascinated by the English language and teaching, studying International Relations & Development? “In the future, I want to be working in the field of development of education in Central Asia,” he shares. Before becoming a teacher, Meder wanted to be a diplomat and be involved in foreign relations. After the first two semesters at LCC, he sees how he has a more diverse interest than just international relations and politics. This IRD field will nevertheless help him pursue his greater vision of developing education down the road. Having been a student in the region, he saw first-hand, the issues in education. Now, he sees these issues also through the lens of a teacher. Meder hopes to help bring change and fundamental improvement in education.

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The Parallels of Managing Change and Transitions 

2021-06-07

Everyday people undergo various changes and transitions in their lives. Sometimes changes are good, and sometimes they are bad, but regardless, you find your final destination. As we go through this adventure called life, we experience transitions that are often unwanted but necessary, while some can be like a breath of fresh air. Transitions can catch us by surprise, when we least expect it, making it harder to navigate through life. However, there is a way to manage changes and transitions well. Terese Cox, an instructor in the English Department and PRIME Program at LCC International University discussed how to manage through shifts in your life, and how to navigate well when one thing ends, and another begins.Terese Cox begins with this, while sharing insights about change and transitions, “If you have ever been to the beach or to the desert, you've probably noticed how quickly the sand can move or change.” These life occurrences happen all the time around us too. It’s important to understand that even though change and transitions are linked together, they have separate meanings in our lives. According to Oxford Languages Dictionary, change is an act or process through which something becomes different. Transition means the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another. Both change and transition can be a process, but also an individual act, requiring something different to happen as a result. Some of the most difficult periods in our lives can be when we go through changes and transitions. Despite our free choice, the disequilibrium (the loss of stability) can bring painful or frightening experiences. As we process through life, the ultimate goal for most is to achieve balance, and feel content.As we go through life, transitions can be perceived big or small, and impact our world, bringing disequilibrium. An example might be the divorce of parents. This type of event impacts parents’ lives and children, causing transition in relationship and living situations. Failing an exam can also cause a negative transition, like the need to retake an exam or attend a remedial course. However, negativity can evolve into positivity. These positive transitions can become some of the most meaningful moments of your life. For instance, being in a healthy relationship, deciding to apply to a university, or moving to a new country can be positive life moments. At first change can feel nerve-racking and might push you outside of your comfort zone. However big or small the transitions, the way you choose to perceive these situations and your outlook through them can determine the outcome. You may end up losing something, but you will also gain valuable experience and learn life lessons. How do we manage transitions? How do we deal with them? William Bridges was a preeminent authority on change and transition, who transformed the way people think about change. Bridges' work reveals three main phases - the ending, the neutral zone, and the beginning. Phase one is characterized by loss and letting go. It can be letting go of old ways of doing something, letting go of an old identity, or feelings of disengagement. During this phase, the crucial parts are naming the losses, acknowledging them, marking the endings, treating the past with respect, and making peace with the old you. The second phase is known as the neutral zone and is the fuzziest and the most confusing space of all. The neutral zone is an in-between time, where a person is unable to fully embrace a new beginning. Psychologists call this a space of liminality. Phase two is when the old is gone, but the new is not fully operational. In the neutral zone people are in the momentum of reconfiguring what is broken, without seeing the result yet. This is a great space for creativity, and to remind ourselves it is normal to feel negative thoughts, while learning how to shift to positive thinking. It’s important to create rituals, temporary systems or rhythms and stick to a routine. Lastly, the third phase comes as a breath of fresh air, the new beginning. After being in the disorienting neutral zone, a new beginning can bring you to find a new identity, new energy, a new sense of purpose, and discover something previously undiscovered about yourself. This is the phase of the “new normal.”People move horizontally through these phases, but the movement, or the action can look different for every individual. Some people might never move out of the ending phase, for example when they’re experiencing loss and are trying to let go. In his work, Bridges uncovers five costs of poor transition management: guilt, resentment, anxiety, self-absorption, and stress. “Instead of growing from a grain of sand into a pearl with resilience, determination, and hope, we might instead find ourselves going through resentment, anxiety, or even guilt. These are potential costs that arise from not managing the transitions and changes well,” commented Terese Cox.Whether it’s good or bad, big or small, change and transitions are vital in order to discover new things about ourselves, and to be able to acknowledge what is happening in the present moment and navigate through life with these feelings and experiences. After all, beginnings always hide themselves in ends, and ends are the start of something new. Change and transitions can be perceived as positive or negative. It all depends on the person’s outlook and wish to embrace it.

“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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