English Language Academy Activities
There are many on-campus and community activities, events, and gatherings that students can get involved in while attending Lincoln Christian University.
The International Student Office regularly sponsors field trips. These events present great opportunities for students to experience the diversity of American culture.
Field trips to Chicago reveal Chicago’s rich cultural history. Students can expect to visit Navy Pier Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, Shedd Aquarium, the Chicago Botanic Garden, some of Chicago’s world-famous architecture, the John Hancock Observatory in the John Hancock Center, and other sights.
Navy Pier Park is a Chicago tourist hot spot. It is an outdoor landscaped area that features attractions such as a permanent 150-foot-high Ferris wheel, a musical carousel, an old-fashioned swing ride, an 18-hole miniature golf course and more.
Art Institute of Chicago is a world-renowned encyclopedic art museum, housing the third largest permanent collection in the United States. With a collection of more than 260,000 artworks and artifacts, it houses a collection that spans 5,000 years. The museum has collections of works that highlight the artistic contributions of African, American, Ancient and Byzantine, Asian, European, modern, and contemporary cultures.
Shedd Aquarium is one of the largest indoor aquariums in the United States and home to an amazing collection of underwater life from all parts of the world. With a collection of 32,500 animals, Shedd Aquarium not only exhibits fish, but also features aquatic mammals such as whales, otters, dolphins, penguins, lizards, octopus, and sea turtles. Shedd Aquarium also offers various educational exhibitions for visitors to learn about the aquatic world and its inhabitants.
Chicago Botanic Garden is a 385-acre living plant museum and one of the country’s most visited public gardens with approximately one million visitors each year. The garden features various themes, including an English walled garden, a rose garden, a fruit and vegetable garden, a Japanese garden, a landscape garden, greenhouses, and a seasonal festival. In every season at the garden, students will be refreshed by its world-renowned plant collections and displays and benefit from the Center for Learning and Scientific Research.
John Hancock Observatory is one of the most popular Chicago attractions. It is located on the 94th floor of the famous John Hancock Center and offers floor-to-ceiling windows and an open-air walkway. Walking on the 360-degree observatory over 1,000 feet above the ground, students will enjoy the best view of Lake Michigan and an incredible view of Chicago, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and other parts of Illinois.
Field Trip to St. Louis
Taking a field trip to St. Louis will give students a new reflection of a major Midwest city of the U.S. No other attraction in St. Louis is more recognizable than the Gateway Arch. The St. Louis Gateway Arch is an elegant monument to westward expansion in the USA and to honor western pioneers. It is also known as the “gateway to the west.” As the nation’s tallest man-made monument at 630 feet, the Gateway Arch was built in 1965 and was opened to the public in 1967. With 45 years of history, and located on the west bank of the Mississippi River in St. Louis, the Gateway Arch has witnessed the blossoming of St. Louis in every aspect. The Gateway Arch attracts four million visitors each year with its iconic, awe-inspiring shape. Students will ride a tram to the top of the Arch and enjoy the incredible views of St. Louis from the windows on the each side of the Arch.
Visit Abraham Lincoln Museums
Students will be given the opportunity to go to one of the two Abraham Lincoln Museums, which are famous Illinois historical sites located in Lincoln and Springfield, Illinois. Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States. He came to Illinois before his presidency to practice law. The town of Lincoln was named after him. There are many sites dedicated to President Abraham Lincoln, and the museums have done well in preserving his life and legacy. For more information follow the links to Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield and the Lincoln Heritage Museum in Lincoln.
There will be shopping trips to Springfield and Bloomington, which are located less than an hour away from campus. This gives students the opportunity to experience shopping in larger Midwest American cities.
Celebrating the Holidays With Host Families
The host family program is available for the international student who would like to gain first-hand experience of American culture and customs. Celebrating the holidays with host families is something most international students look forward to. Student residential halls are closed during the Christmas break, and all residents are expected to leave. The International Student Office connects international students with local families who have signed up to host during the holiday breaks.
International Student Office
The International Student Office serves students from all over the globe. It is committed to uniting and mentoring international students as they experience life at LCU. Understanding rules and rights in a new country and adjusting to a new culture can be a challenge. To make the transition easier, the International Student Office provides international students with assistance regarding University questions, the local climate, travel (entering or leaving the U.S.), banking information, legal rights, etc. The office also provides appropriate connections to campus and community resources.
LCU sports teams pursue excellence and achievement through rigorous discipline and training efforts. In addition to striving for physical readiness, LCU teams work together as one body—striving to win with a clear picture of true Victory set in their minds.
The LCU athletic teams are known as the Red Lions. The lion represents an athletic program marked with dignity, discipline, and an eager desire to delight in the One who alone satisfies.
Located inside Laughlin Center, the Thomas A. Gaston Arena has a 1,100-seat capacity. In addition, the spacious and air-conditioned Laughlin Center boasts three full-size basketball courts, four volleyball courts, a training room, four locker rooms, restrooms, and a concession stand. The Laughlin Center also houses the University fitness center, which is open to all students, faculty, and staff, and the indoor soccer field house.
LCU is a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), MidWest Region Division II. LCU volleyball and basketball teams have scored numerous, impressive wins. The women’s volleyball team has made more than 15 national appearances and won more than seven regional championships. The women’s basketball team has made three national appearances and won two regional championships. The men’s basketball team has made two national appearances and won a regional championship. Most importantly, LCU athletes use their sport as another path toward personal development on their discipleship journey.
All LCU students also have the opportunity to participate in the Intramural Sports Program, from basketball and volleyball, to Frisbee and ping pong, to Nintendo Wii bowling and tennis, soccer and more. The goal is to have fun while learning about one another and about how God works through play.
Community Life includes activities and experiences like conversation partners, Chinese Worship gatherings, international night and Chinese New Year celebrations, and an annual gathering with international students from the University of Illinois when they come to see Christmas in the Chapel.