Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

Jennifer Engel

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Title: Executive Director

Ph.D. University of South Carolina
M.A. Bowling Green State University
B.A. Alma College

Studied in Spain. Completed an Endeavour Fellowship in Australia.

Jennifer joined Loyola in 2014 and serves as the Executive Director for International Programs.  In this role, she has the opportunity to be involved in various areas of international education, including working with international students and study abroad students, collaborating with Loyola’s Global Centers, and taking part in special projects.  Prior to coming to Loyola, Jennifer was the Executive Director for Global Learning at the University of South Carolina.  At USC, her primary responsibilities included study abroad policy and program development; safety and risk management; assessment and strategic planning for study abroad; and campus internationalization.  She earned a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy from the University of South Carolina with an emphasis in international higher education, and holds a Master’s degree in student affairs from Bowling Green State University.  Jennifer’s first study abroad experience, and first time on a plane, came in high school when she had the chance to travel to Spain for two weeks with her Spanish class.  That experience changed the trajectory of what was to come, personally and professionally!  Since then, she has had the opportunity to travel to a range of countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America – and Oman!

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

I really love the field of international education –meeting new people from around the world and working together to develop new opportunities for students, faculty and staff.

Fondest Memory of studying abroad?

Looking back on my study abroad experience in college, my favorite memories surround the time spent with my host family.  Our dinner conversations would last well after the meal was over, and covered every different topic imaginable.  We’ve kept in touch over the years, and I am lucky enough to have the chance to visit them every once in a while. They truly made my study abroad experience memorable!

#1 Tip you give students who want to study abroad

Whatever it takes, make it happen.  And once you get overseas, make the most of it.  Take every opportunity you have to spend time with locals – the experiences that always prove to be the most memorable are the ones that involve genuine interactions with others.