Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

Katie Rooney

Title: Assistant Director, University Relations

M.Ed. University of Virginia
B.A. University of Notre Dame

Studied Abroad in: Austria; Worked Abroad in: Austria and Germany

Katie joined Loyola's Office for International Programs in January 2016. She works with the university relations team to recruit and support students applying to Loyola’s Global Centers in Rome, Italy and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She has spent time living in both Austria and Germany, and the year she spent studying in Innsbruck, Austria as an undergraduate was the driving force that made her want to work in international education. She has a BA in German Language and Literature from the University of Notre Dame and a MEd In Higher Education from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the Loyola team, she worked at two leading nonprofit third party study abroad providers as well as in the corporate world. She loves working with students and helping them internationalize their college experience. When she's not working, she's spending time with friends and family, reading, playing tennis, watching college football and basketball (Go Irish!), and constantly planning her next international adventure.

Where I’ve been: Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom

What do you most enjoy about what you do?

Seeing the excitement on students' faces when they consider the international opportunities available to them…and then hearing their stories when they return from their experience

Fondest memory of studying abroad?

It's so hard to choose a favorite memory, but I dearly miss the hours that I spent sitting outside of my residence hall along the river with friends - talking, studying, playing games, and enjoying our amazing view of the Alps!

#1 tip you give students who want to study abroad

The most important thing is to GO! In the grand scheme of things, where you go, when you go, and how long you go aren't as important as going in the first place. Figure out what works best for you and make it happen!