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Double Degree program created connections for alum

Double Degree program created connections for alum

Georgia Mitrakos (BBA '199) spending time in Barcelona during her year studying abroad in Seville, Spain.

Georgia Mitrakos (BBA ’19) wanted an international college experience, and an international career. That’s exactly what she got as a member of the inaugural cohort of the U.S./Europe Double Degree program.

During the program, undergraduate students study in Chicago and abroad at Loyola’s Rome Center and at Universidad Loyola Andalucía in Spain and earn both a U.S. and a European business degree—all in four years. More than 33 students have joined the program since it launched in 2015.

Mitrakos jumped at the opportunity to embark on such an exciting journey.

“I felt that its mission aligned perfectly with what I was looking for in my college experience,” she says. “As a comprehensive business program, the double degree enables great international mobility and is academically challenging.”

Finding a home abroad

Because she was in Europe for an extended period of time, it began to feel like home, says Mitrakos. During her year in Seville, she worked at Universidad Loyola Andalucía’s international office, taught English to Spanish children, and took part in the many cultural events and festivities.

“It was these human connections to language that helped me embrace and adopt Spanish so quickly and make Seville feel like home,” says Mitrakos.

And Universidad Loyola Andalucía embraced her, too. Mitrakos was selected to give a speech at her Loyola Andalucía commencement. Watch her speech →

Georgia Mitrakos Translated Graduation Speech

“It was such an amazing experience to be back in Seville, visit the beautiful city, and be reunited with old friends and professors,” she says. “I was a little nervous to give the speech in Spanish, but I received a lot of great feedback from professors, parents, and my fellow classmates.”

“It was such an amazing experience to be back in Seville, visit the beautiful city, and be reunited with old friends and professors,” she says. “I was a little nervous to give the speech in Spanish, but I received a lot of great feedback from professors, parents, and my fellow classmates.”

See Georgia's blog from her time in Sevilla →

Launching her career

With the skills gained from the Double Degree program, Mitrakos landed a Latin Sales internship at United Airlines and accepted a full-time position immediately after graduation.

As the airline industry is inherently international, working at United Airlines aligns with my interests in aviation, business, travel, and exposure to other cultures.  Now, as an associate financial analyst for United, she credits her success to Quinlan and the flexibility she learned in Europe.

“My courses at Quinlan taught me how to analyze and gather data. My time in Spain and Rome taught me how to adjust to different environments and cultures,” Mitrakos says. “The amount of international exposure I had is what, I believe, set me apart from other candidates.”

A transformational experience

This program opens doors for students interested in pursuing an international career, according to Mitrakos.

“The value of the program is in the experience itself rather than the degrees. This program enables curious students to explore different cultures, challenge themselves through a variety of courses, and improve their language skills,” she says.

“If you are a student looking to be challenged academically, grow socially, and be fully immersed in a foreign culture, this is the best program Quinlan has to offer!”

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