The School of Intercultural Studies and Lithuania Christian College (LCC) are partnering to bring quality cross-cultural education, training and mentoring to Christian workers on the field. The BIOLA LCC Educational Partnership enables students from different mission organizations to learn from each other as they discuss ministry in Europe. As they interact with Biola professors, missiology in Europe will flourish and God's Kingdom will advance.
The partnership also allows European Christians, who meet Biola's admission
standards for international students, to enter graduate studies in two quality
programs: the Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (M.A. ICS)
and the Doctor of Missiology (D.Miss.). While Biola has approved
the School of Intercultural Studies to offer classes in Lithuania for the M.A.
ICS and D.Miss. degree programs and all classes are offered in accredited degree
programs, the opportunity for students to complete the program totally in the
field cannot be realized until our application with the accreditation agency
is submitted in 2007, reviewed and subsequently approved. Our Chiang Mai
extension center received such approval in 2003.
Admission Requirements & Registration
US students interested in studying at the extension centers must meet the School of Intercultural Studies admission requirements for the M.A. in Intercultural Studies or the Doctor of Missiology programs.
International students must also meet the following requirements:
- Non-native speakers must submit TOEFL scores of at least 550 written.
- Students who are not residents or citizens of the US but wish to study on Biola's La Mirada campus must submit an affidavit of support, an international student deposit and other appropriate documents in order to obtain an F-1 student visa.
Registration procedures will be handled by the On-Site Coordinator and the School of Intercultural Studies. For details, please contact the coordinator.
The BIOLA LCC extension center offers courses in the Master
of Arts in Intercultural Studies and the Doctor of
Missiology. Please refer to the appropriate section of the School of Intercultural
Studies website for program details.
Both degrees offered are designed to help missionaries, both expatriates and
Europeans become more competent in a variety of cross-cultural ministries. Biola
is able to offer a wide range of electives such as church planting, cross-cultural
education, leadership, TESOL, linguistics, apologetics, spiritual formation,
Islamics, counseling, theology and missionary care.
Additional Field Courses
The School of Intercultural Studies now offers the entire curriculum of both
degrees through the extension centers.
Students may also complete field courses through the School of Intercultural
Studies in audio/video format. Tuition for field courses is set at a reduced
rate. For details on the field course offerings, please contact James Cho at
The BIOLA LCC extension center offers semester-long courses taught by the School of Intercultural Studies faculty in intensive two-week classroom sessions with continuing online communication with professors throughout the remainder of the semester.
Sessions are taught twice a year in January and June.
Costs and Scholarships
M.A. tuition costs: $406 per unit
D.Miss. tuition costs: $791 per unit
One-Third Tuition Reduction
For students on-site in Lithuania, there is a scholarship available which reduces
the tuition cost by one third. This scholarship is automatically
given to all students attending class in Lithuania. No application is necessary.
This scholarship is applicable for study on the Lithuania campus and standard
tuition rates apply for study on Biola's La Mirada campus.
Food, Housing and Transportation Costs
It is the student's responsibility to provide for food, housing and transportation costs in regard to the stay in Lithuania. The LCC On-Site Educational Coordinator will detail the food, housing and transportation options for each student and coordinate collection and payment to LCC or off campus providers.