Start in Chicago, Then Study Abroad


You want to make a difference in the lives of all types of students. It's part of why you chose Loyola for your own education. And you'll get inside Chicago's classrooms right away during your first year. But with the School of Education's study abroad programs, you'll also have the opportunity to learn and teach abroad, to see how students from different places and cultures experience education.

Undergraduate Study Abroad


Visit our Office of International Programs to learn more about opportunities to study abroad as an education major with both semester and yearlong options. Courses that fulfill School of Education requirements are offered in our international programs, as well as elective courses.

Graduate Study Abroad (SOE@JFRC)

The following Summer – 2021 courses are OPEN to all Loyola and outside university Graduate students – 
Please Note: Rising Loyola SOE Jrs and Seniors are OPEN to enrolling in the following summer courses in Rome, Italy – 2021. Dean’s permission required. 

ELPS 465:  Interdisciplinary Ed Leadership: Cross Cultural Methods to Advance Justice

The purpose of this course is to provide an integrated, immersive learning experience for PK-20 educators, including but not limited to teachers, administrators, school psychologists, university personnel, etc. Educators work daily to open their doors to families, students, and parents, all who are from diverse cultures and backgrounds. The word “catholic” is defined as all-embracing, and at a Catholic Jesuit university we work to be people for others, seeing God in all things. Educators also work to ensure equal access to education, equal quality of education, and equal opportunities in education for all children and families. Advocating for the educational and mental health rights and opportunities of others is a foundational for all educators. Given that educators across different professions/disciplines must work together, it is ideal to provide training experiences in which they can learn together as well as learn from each other about how to better understand their own cultural beliefs and values and immerse in the process of understanding the cultural beliefs and values of others in order to collaboratively advance justice in education.  

CIEP 556: Problem Solving, Thinking, & Creativity  

This course focuses on the knowledge base related to human problem-solving, thinking and creating through the presentation of a variety of approaches as they relate to instructional design. Outcome: Students will demonstrate an advanced theoretical understanding of current models of human problem-solving, thinking and creativity along with an understanding of how these approaches drive instructional interventions. 

Key Dates Rome Study Abroad - Graduate Course Calendar 2020-21 
March 1 Applications must be received by this date, although early submission is advised
April 1 Full payment of room charge is due 
May 4 Mandatory pre-departure orientation, 6pm - 8pm, Water Tower Campus, Lewis Towers, Room 1030 
July 18 Check-in 8am to 2pm  
Opening orientation at the John Felice Rome Center, 4pm 
July 19 Classes begin 
July 29 Final Program Dinner 
July 30 Classes End 
July 31 Participants are expected to vacate their rooms by 8am and the Rome Center by 10am 

Why study abroad with the School of Ed? 

SOE@JFRC - As advocates, leaders, researchers, activists, and future educators, this immersive experience in Rome, Italy will ignite and reinforce your commitment to social justice by engaging with your peers, professors, and community to understand and engage with educational policy and advance professional practice to serve complex urban and metropolitan communities throughout the world. 

SOE@JFRC - Throughout your course work in Rome, Italy, you will explore the role and the impact of citizen, culture, society in educational communities and systems; better understand pluralism, sustainable societies, participatory democracy; explore the effect and intersection of race, nationality, immigration status, refugee status, class, religion, gender identity and presentation, sexuality, disability, veteran status, and other marginalized identities on just and ethical educational aims; and contemplate and apply issues of internationalization, global citizenship or cosmopolitanism to educational policy and problems of practice 

SOE@JFRC - You will critically engage with colleagues, texts, the history of civilization and democracy, cross-sectional ideas and the city of Rome in an effort to identify and address systemic inequalities and to advance social justice in your professional educational context.    

SOE@JFRC - You will better understand and work with globally-minded advocates, leaders, analysts, researchers, activists, scholars, and educators in Rome, Italy – all of whom are committed to social justice and equity in local, national and international educational practices, policies, and systems.