Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

Resources for Returned Students

Welcome back! Below you’ll find a list of tips and resources on being involved with Loyola’s international community, how to include study abroad in your career, and information on furthering your international experience.

Reverse Culture Shock
Getting Involved on Campus
Study Abroad and Your Career
Resources for Teaching English Abroad
Resources for Work/volunteer Abroad
Continue Your Foreign Language (or learn a new one!)
Activities around Chicago

Reverse Culture Shock
Since returning from your experience abroad, you may be feeling a variety of emotions while adjusting to being home, just as you experienced when you first arrived overseas. The Office for International Programs (OIP) would like to make this transition a little easier by providing you with information about Reverse Culture Shock.


Getting Involved on Campus
As you integrate back into life on campus, we encourage you to look at the resources below that offer opportunities to become involved with the global community on campus.

Volunteering with OIP:
- Interested in sharing your overseas experience with potential study abroad students? Fill out this form to be connected with students interested in your program or region of the world where studied and participate in our events to share your insights.

Living in the Chicago Center’s International House:
- The Chicago Center provides undergraduate/graduate students from outside the U.S. an opportunity to pursue a semester or year of study at Loyola. These students reside in Loyola’s International House, a cross-cultural living and learning community for international and American students. As a study abroad returnee, you are encouraged to apply to be a resident, as it adds to the cross-cultural experience.

Chicago Center Global mentorship program:
- The Global Mentorship Program is designed to connect international students with domestic Loyola students in a cross-cultural setting. This is a great opportunity for you to learn/practice a foreign language, re-live your study abroad memories, and utilize your leadership skills.

English Language Learning Program (ELLP):
- Loyola’s ELLP is designed to assist language learners in developing their English skills as used in the United States. You’ll have the opportunity to serve as a student worker, or join in on their English Clubs to connect with international students.

International Students & Scholars’ International Club:
- The International Club functions as a cultural forum for students from diverse backgrounds, encouraging their participation in activities on campus while fostering collaboration between domestic and international students.

English Tutoring at the Literacy Center:
- The Loyola Community Literacy Center offers students and community adults an opportunity to improve their English skills. You can have the opportunity to serve as a student-tutor.

Alternative Break Immersions (ABI):
- Interested in serving communities domestically and abroad during the academic breaks? Through Campus Ministry’s ABI program, you’ll get to experience immersion as a key component to a transformative Jesuit education rooted in social justice. ABIs provide opportunities for you to expand your learning beyond the classroom and involve a combination of direct service and cultural immersion in a host community.

Community Service & Action:
- Community Service & Action Office allows you to serve the diverse Loyola and local communities by fostering mutually beneficial partnerships designed to support neighbors in need

Language Learning Resource Center (LLRC):
- The LLRC supports the learning and teaching of languages, literatures and cultures by students and faculty of the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures and the wider Loyola community. Feel free to utilize the Center’s multi-media materials and equipment, personal assistance, a welcoming physical environment and the online tools to enhance your learning.

Center for Experiential Learning:
- From community-based organizations located in nearby neighborhoods to non-profit organizations across the Chicago area, from government agencies and businesses downtown to organizations worldwide, you have ample opportunity to get actual experience in a real-world setting. The Center for Experiential Learning provides resources for you if you are seeking learning opportunities, and connects you to community agencies and professional organizations related to your study abroad experience.

Career Development Center:
- The Career Development Center serves all Loyola students and alumni as a source for career assessment, career education and assistance with the job search. They play an active role in facilitating contact and relations among students, alumni and employers, as well as providing students and alumni with access to job opportunities.


Study Abroad and Your Career
According to the Institute of International Education, only 9% of U.S. undergraduate study abroad! International experience can help set you apart from your peers. Employers are looking for people with interpersonal communication skills & flexibility, who can quickly learn in whatever situation they are placed. These skills can be obtained from study/intern abroad.

Study Abroad Returnee Workshop:
- The Career Development Center and OIP conduct a study abroad career workshop that provides tips on how to articulate the skills you’ve learned overseas to potential employers. You’ll also get the chance to listen to Loyola alumni explain how their study abroad experiences shaped their job search and careers. The workshop is conducted in January. Contact OIP at 773-508-3899 for specific information.

Career Development Center:
- Did you know you can put your study/intern abroad experience in your resume and cover letter? The Career Development Center is available to advise you on best practices for articulating your overseas experience on your resume, in your cover letter, and in a job interview.

Fellowship Office:
- If you are looking to add scholarship to your study/intern abroad experience, the Fellowship Office can assist you in applying for major fellowships, including awards for undergraduate study, graduate study, and research internships.

Connecting with Alumni:
- The office of Alumni Relations can connect you with Loyola alumni who’ve also studied abroad through activities, programs, and services and serve as a gateway for you to remain informed and current with your study/intern abroad experience.

Lessons from Abroad Conference, Chicago:
- Each year, the Lessons From Abroad organization hosts national conferences that seek to help students make sense of their education abroad experience after they have returned home. This opportunity offers programming, resources, and research that establishes a community of learners who successfully integrate their international experience in all facets of their academic, personal, and professional lives.

- The Lessons From Abroad Organization also has a list of resources for teaching, working, and volunteering abroad, found here.


Resources for Teaching English Abroad:

- Jet program

- World Teach

- British Council Teach English

- North American Language and Culture Assistants in Spain

- Teaching Assistant Program in France

- Fulbright U.S. Student Program (includes research opportunities)

- Dave’s ESL Café

- International TEFL Academy


Resources for Work/volunteer Abroad:

- Peace Corps

- U.S. Foreign Service Officer

- Jesuit Volunteer Corps

- BUNAC

- GoAbroad (includes teaching abroad)

- GoOverseas (includes teaching abroad)

- Life After Study Abroad (includes teaching abroad)

- Idealist (job board)


Continue Your Foreign Language (or learn a new one!)

- Duolingo - www.duolingo.com

- Mango Languages - www.mangolanguages.com

- Memrise - www.memrise.com 

- Rosetta Stone - http://www.rosettastone.com/

- Critical Language Scholarship – www.clscholarship.org


Activities around Chicago

World Music Festival Chicago:
- The annual World Music Festival Chicago is presented by the City of Chicago and produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. This city-wide, multi-venue, eleven-day festival has attracted over 650,000 concertgoers and has presented more than 650 artists and ensembles from over 80 countries since it began in 1999.

Chicago International Fil Festival:
- The Chicago International Film Festival is a year-round non-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to fostering better communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image.

Lessons from Abroad Conference, Chicago:
- Each year, the Lessons From Abroad organization hosts national conferences that seek to help students make sense of their education abroad experience after they have returned home. This opportunity offers programming, resources, and research that establishes a community of learners who successfully integrate their international experience in all facets of their academic, personal, and professional lives.

- The Lessons From Abroad Organization also has a list of resources for teaching, working, and volunteering abroad, found here.