An unexpected global pandemic - confusion regarding necessary teaching changes - concerns on handling graduation and defending thesis - doubts about starting a new academic year in the classrooms - constantly changing situations due to self-isolation requirements and procedures. LCC International University has tackled all of these challenges. Now the largest freshman student number in its university history only proves that challenges can bring new opportunities!
The year 2020, most would simply like to forget, but it has brought 250 students from 27 countries around the world to LCC International University. With 24 percent of our freshman student population being Lithuanian, the remaining first-year students are joining from Afghanistan, Canada, Georgia, Germany, India, Iraq, Mongolia, Morocco, Sudan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA and other countries. Additionally, ten additional countries are represented by the numerous students that have started their master’s degree studies.
"It is very gratifying to see the growing number of newly admitted students for the fourth year in a row. But most of all, we’re excited that the word about LCC is spreading around the world. LCC receives students from more than 50 countries under its roof, and will accept young people from new countries this year as well. This year is the first year we have students coming from Mongolia,” said Vidmantė Tamašauskienė, Admissions Office Director at LCC International University.
LCC has already started a new year of study. Students have already returned to the classrooms this week, however, with big changes.
This year students are offered a hybrid model of study, and are able to choose their study model to fit their current situation. Students can study in classrooms with classmates or stay in their home countries and study remotely. During the summer, all classrooms were prepared for safe teaching of students at the university and the opportunity to broadcast lectures live.
Approximately a quarter of the university's students decided that a remote learning model would be more acceptable, with the remaining 400 students returning to the classroom for face-to-face instruction. "While the virus has changed a lot, the opportunity to come back and study here with other people is a gift to me," said sophomore Sage Gibson of the United States.
LCC International University divided the first semester into two quarters, accommodating a hybrid study model and to be prepared in the likelihood of mandatory quarantine again. Students who were unable to secure travel plans or documents needed to arrive for the first quarter, are able to join on campus for the second quarter of this Fall semester if their travel plans can be settled. This provision also makes it easier for the university to monitor the situation of COVID-19 both in Lithuania and in the world and to manage any threats posed by the virus.
In order to provide students with the most favorable and safe living conditions in the residence hall, this year LCC International University has reduced the number of students living in each room of the university residence halls. However, this change made it necessary to rent additional premises off-site to ensure that students could rest assured of their spot of residence for the semester.
LCC International University allocates approximately a half a million euros each year for various support initiatives and scholarships to its students. In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, LCC not only did not reduce this fund, but instead was able to significantly increase it. The total funding for this year's student support will be around one million euros. Additionally, this year, LCC was able to reduce tuition fees for each student by ten percent to help continue to make LCC an affordable option for an exceptional education, even in unstable times and the economic stress caused from the pandemic.