Comparative & International Education Graduate Student Association
Who are we?
CIEGSA is comprised of both present Loyola University Chicago graduate students and alumni who are active in the field of Comparative and International Education. While the majority of our members specialize in Comparative Education within the School of Education’s Department of Cultural and Educational Policy Studies (CEPS), we do have members from across the university. We are advised by Professor Noah W. Sobe and other members of the School of Education Cultural and Educational Policy Studies faculty.
The diversity of our group both geographically and in terms of scholarly interest and experience greatly enriches the quality of professional development here at Loyola. Some of us are international students and alumni from a large variety of countries, including Liberia, Tanzania, Benin, Nigeria, Mozambique, Iran, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Haiti, Mexico, China, France, and Burkina Faso. Others are American students whose research interests focus geographically on Greece, the Koreas, Italy, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Czech Republic, China, Germany, and the Scandinavian countries. We speak over 15 different languages and dialects, including French, Korean, Chinese, Turkish, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Farsi/Persian, Arabic, Thai, Russian, Japanese, Finnish, Shangaan-Rhonga, and Greek. Our group meets monthly to share information, ideas, food, and friendship. As a community, we are actively engaged in presenting research at regional, national and international comparative education meetings. For information about the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) and the World Council for Comparative Education Societies (WCCES), please visit their sites.
About Comparative & International Education
As evident from the name, Comparative and International Education blends the twin fields of Comparative Education and International Education. The joining of these interdependent fields has helped to further the understanding we have of education both at home and abroad. Individuals in Comparative Education are often trained in one or another discipline, such as History, Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, or Political Science and bring their specialized expertise to clarify issues of education. Those in the field of International Education generally use a variety of frameworks to research education and inform the work of practitioners in areas such as study abroad, international educational development, and educational policy.
What is CIEGSA's mission?
The broad mission that CIEGSA seeks to advance is threefold:
Getting Loyola students involved in professional activities in the field of Comparative and International Education
Providing a supportive social community
Promoting Loyola, the program, and its visibility
The expansiveness of the field of comparative international education benefits significantly from a large and diverse community of active members and we invite you to join us as we exchange ideas regarding this exciting and important field. For more information about CIEGSA and to get regular updates about our activities, you may: