Loyola University Chicago

Office for International Programs

Global Initiatives

Loyola's Global Initiatives follows in the Jesuit tradition of exploring and collaborating across the globe. By working with various partners worldwide, Loyola is able to better connect students, faculty, and staff with global experiences.  

 International Centers

GI Rome Center Photo

John Felice Rome Center

The John Felice Rome Center (JFRC), founded in 1962, is the oldest U.S. university program in Rome.  Students choose from more than 40 academic courses each semester and live together on its campus, which sits atop Monte Mario.  JFRC also hosts Loyola's LLM Program in Rule of Law and diverse global experiences and academic conferences.  Undergraduate students can begin their studies at JFRC in its Rome Start Program.  

GI Ho Chi Minh Street

The Vietnam Center

The Vietnam Center began its semester long study abroad program in 2011.  The program hosts a number of students with a curriculum emphasizing language immersion, Vietnamese history and literature, ecology, business and social justice. The Vietnam also hosts custom programs for Quinlan School of Business the School of Education.


Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City Visits Loyola University Chicago

‌In January 2016, the Office of the Provost and the School of Education welcomed colleagues from Vietnam National University (VNU) - Ho Chi Minh City for a seminar entitled, "Organizational and Academic Program Development: Designing a Graduate School of Education."  This seminar was carefully crafted by the School of Education and featured informative sessions and discussions led by distinguished faculty members.  Global Initiatives celebrated this opportunity to meet and work with such accomplished administrators from VNU - Ho Chi Minh City.


Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins 

Global Initiatives has recently been promoting Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM).  JC:HEM provides education to individuals who live on the margins of society.  Faculty has the opportunity to teach 8-week session courses online to students in Kenya, Malawi, Jordan, Afghanistan, and Myanmar.  Please see JC:HEM's website for more information: http://www.jc-hem.org/


AJCU International Taskforce

The AJCU International Taskforce was formed following the AJCU International Conference held at Loyola University Chicago in November 2014.  The taskforce is working to create a multilateral exchange program for students in Jesuit universities across the globe.  The taskforce recently met in November 2015 in Managua, Nicaragua for the AJCU International Conference.

AJCU Taskforce

AJCU International Taskforce includes: Loyola University Chicago, Universidad Centroamericana UCA de Nicaragua, Loyola University New Orleans, Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya, Ateneo de Manila University, University of San Francisco, Universidad Loyola Andalucia, Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla, and Sophia University, 


About Us


Patrick M. Boyle, Ph.D., is the Vice Provost of Academic Centers & Global Initiatives at Loyola University Chicago  In addition to Dr. Boyle's responsibilities in Academic Affairs of the university, he also leads Global Initiatives and is an expert in international affairs whose teaching and research interests include comparative politics, the politics of development and politics in Africa.  A member of the Department of Political Science at Loyola University Chicago, his recent writing and field projects concerns the politics of social services in Sub-Sahara Africa.

Dr. Boyle first served as Director of the Office for International Programs, and now, since 2013, leads the Loyola’s international efforts as Vice Provost for Academic Centers and Global Initiatives.  He also oversees Loyola University’s five Centers of Excellence and its academic student services.

Dr. Boyle’s global initiatives work at Loyola include expansion of study abroad participation to over 1/3 of the undergraduate population, the creation of an international immersion program for faculty and staff, support for the development and management of University centers in Rome and Ho Chi Minh City, and the realignment of programming for international students, most recently, the creation of the Chicago Center at Loyola University for international study abroad students.  He has coordinated university efforts for on-site and distance learning programs with partners in China, Indonesia, Spain, Chile, Peru, and Vietnam.

Dr. Boyle has contributed to numerous scholarly publications including World Politics, The Journal of Modern African Studies, African Studies Review, and Africa Today. He is also author of Class Formation and Civil Society: The Politics of Education in Africa (1999).


‌Jennifer Engel, Ph.D., currently serves as the Executive Director of the Office of International Programs at Loyola University Chicago.  She earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of South Carolina, with an emphasis on international aspects of higher education and a cognate in anthropology.  Her research interests include the impact of education abroad on minority and first-generation college students and the effects of American study abroad students on their host cultures.

Prior to her appointment at Loyola, Jennifer was the Executive Director of Global Learning and the Director of Study Abroad at the University of South Carolina.  In that role, her primary responsibilities included policy and program development, safety and risk management, assessment and strategic planning for education abroad, and campus internationalization.  Jennifer also taught Spanish and developed the study abroad program for Marygrove College. 

Jennifer has been involved with NAFSA: Association of International Educators in various capacities, holding leadership positions, presenting at regional, national and international levels, and mentoring newcomers to the field.  Jennifer also holds a BA in International Relations and Spanish from Alma College and an MA in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University.