“TCK made the transition from Romania to America a lot easier than I ever thought it was going to be.”
– Rebekah York ’15, peacebuilding and development major
Third Culture Kids
“Third culture kids” (TCK) are global nomads who grew up in a culture other than their parents, and who sometimes do not feel as if they have a culture of their own. Many TCKs feel at home anywhere, while others struggle to find a sense of home.
Missionary kids are a subset of TCKs. They are children whose parents work in the mission field, for the government, in international business, for the military, etc.
What You’ll Find at EMU
- A student club and support network of other TCKs. (Faculty members Jim and Lori Leaman are advisors.)
- Faculty, staff and community members who have lived and served overseas, uniquely equipped to mentor. Many are third culture kids themselves.
- A special first-year orientation program just for TCKs and missionary kids, led by the director of international student services.
- A cross-cultural curriculum where you can study internationally with peers or earn credit for past international experience.
- Classrooms in which your unique perspective is encouraged and valued.
- Opportunities to pray and discern God’s calling for your career path. About 40 religious groups are represented on campus. (Mennonite students account for about 40 percent of enrollment.)
- A diverse student body! More than 20 percent of students are multicultural students and over 10 percent have international backgrounds.