Loyola University Chicago

International Student and Scholar Services


Global Engagement Programs

Global Engagement Programs

International Student and Scholar Services offers a range of Global Engagement Programs designed for international and domestic students to interact and engage on campus and beyond. Get to know our various offerings below!






Exploring Chicago Neighborhoods

New to Chicago? Hoping to get off campus and explore, but not sure where to start? Chicago has a wider array of neighborhoods that divide the city into smaller communities, each with their own unique culture and history. Our Exploring Chicago Neighborhoods program is a great way to make new friends from around the world, while simultaneously getting to know the great city of Chicago. Each semester, students explore neighborhoods such as Rogers Park, Pilsen, Hyde Park, Chinatown, Wicker Park, and many more.

Download the ECN Schedule!


Chai and Chat

The Office for International Programs, in collaboration with Achieving College Excellence (ACE) team, hosts Chai and Chat once a week. Chai and Chat offers an opportunity for domestic and international students to meet and get to know each other on a regular basis. Students may talk about any topic that comes to mind, but there will also be a unique conversation starter planned for each week. Chai and Chat serves as a safe space where participating students are encouraged to explore different perspectives through discussions. We provide tea, however, we suggest that you bring your own cups or mugs to help reduce waste.

Download the Chai and Chat Fall 2018‌‌!


Global Mentorship Program

The Global Mentorship Program (GMP) is designed to encourage both domestic and international students to expand their worldviews, improve their intercultural communication skills, increase their English competency, and make new friends. 

To achieve these goals, students are placed into Global Groups consisting of three to five students, including at least one student facilitator. Participants will meet with their Global Groups around at least five times throughout the semester, as determined by the group. Each Global Group will pick the activity for their own meetings, which might include attending other Global Engagement Events, grabbing coffee, or eating at a restaurant. Additionally, participants have the opportunity to join in on several GMP large group events, which bring together all Global Groups and will be planned by the GMP coordinator. Events might include a potluck, attending a sporting event, or a movie night.

If you woud like to participate in LUC's Global community, register here!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Global Engagement Team at iss@luc.edu.  

Check out testimonials about our program from some student participants and leaders!

"There is something new to do every day, and wherever I went, I always felt so welcome." - Alvaro, Spain 

“If I could describe my experience at Coffee & Conversation in three words, I would say entertaining, educational, and hilarious! C&C was the highlight of my Mondays this semester, and I was able to meet so many new people while learning more about what the world has to offer to us. I really encourage those who are down for a cup of coffee or tea and are looking to have a good time to come to C&C.” -Francesca, Guatemala/Italy

"Participating in Coffee and Conversation has allowed me to learn from people from other backgrounds." -Rogelio, U.S.A. 

 "I got to discover a new way of life, explore new places and meet great people." - Lisa, France

"Exploring Chicago neighborhoods is always a great adventure to explore the city we now live in. From discussing current events to having lunch in a coffee shop in a rainy day, these programs have made my semester brighter." - Giulia, Brazil