Loyola University Chicago

Chicago Center

Semester Excursions

In addition to exploring Chicago, students enrolled in the fall and spring semesters will participate in two 5-day excursions to other major U.S. cities in order to broaden their understanding of American life and culture.  Fall semester students travel to Washington D.C. and Los Angeles while spring semester students travel to New Orleans and New York City.  Students studying at Loyola University Chicago for a full academic year will attend all four excursions.  

The Chicago Center program fee covers two excursions each semester and includes:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Hotel accommodations
  • One group meal per day 
  • All group activities and programs

 Washington D.C.: "Democracy in Action" 

Washington D.C., the nation's capital, is the quintessential "living classroom," a city in which senators, congressmen, judges, and other politicians live and work. On this trip students will go "inside the beltway" to experience American government and politics in action by visiting the U.S. Capitol, White House, and Supreme Court. They will also take in the monuments and museums that make the city a cultural center including the Smithsonian museums, the largest museum and research complex in the world, the National Gallery of Art, and the National Archives.

Los Angeles, California: “Lights, Cameras, and Culture!”

The city of Los Angeles is the undisputed entertainment capital of the world, with more than a dozen major studios like Universal, MGM, Paramount, and Warner Brothers all claiming the city as home. On this trip, students will get a behind the scenes look at the "city of angels" as they stroll the Walk of Fame, visit Warner Brothers studios, and make their own music at the Grammy Museum. They will also build their cultural knowledge by visiting Southern California landmarks like the Griffith Observatory and the L.A. County Art Museum, which boasts over 100,000 artifacts from the ancient to the contemporary.

New York City, New York: "The City that Never Sleeps"

Theatre, music, history, art, culture and so much more - New York City has it all! On this NYC trip, students will explore the “city that never sleeps” from towering architectural achievements like the Empire State Building, to the lights of Times Square and Broadway, and the beauty of Central Park. They will also learn more about the city’s diverse cultures by experiencing distinct neighborhoods like Chinatown and Soho, and explore the history of the city at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

New Orleans, Louisiana: "The Heart of the South"

A perfect example of America's cultural diversity, New Orleans mixes a history of Spanish, Native American, French, African traditions into something new, vibrant, and amazing. On this trip students will be able to sample the food, music, and fun of life in "The Big Easy." Starting with the history in the French Quarter, the city's oldest neighborhood and home to the Saint Louis Cathedral, students will experience the famous Metairie Cemetery, see the work of Picasso and Degas at the New Orleans Museum of Art, and take in the city's famed garden district.