Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

Student Workers

Come meet our amazing group of study abroad alumni who work in our office.  They can help get your questions about study abroad answered as they themselves have studied abroad.  Whether about budgeting, program choice, scholarships or program specifics they are a great first-hand resource for you.

Come visit them during walk-in advising hours: TBD (Fall 2018)

Anthony Terenzio

Global Center Ambassador

I am a Junior studying English Literature and Italian Language at Loyola University Chicago and a proud alumnus of the John Felice Rome Center. I am a second-generation Italian- and Greek-American, and European culture has been a source of fascination for as long as I can remember.

Coming from an ethnic background with European origins, I had a natural desire to learn more about the culture of my ancestors and the places they came from. A significant portion of my family still lives in Italy, so studying abroad in Rome gave me the ability to connect with them in a way I never had before. On top of that, becoming fluent in Italian is one of my biggest personal goals, so I saw studying abroad as a unique opportunity to improve my skills by being immersed in the language. These, among other factors of general interest in travel, culture, food, and history, are the main reasons I chose to study abroad in Rome.

My fondest memory from my time abroad is that of the first time I went into Saint Peter’s Basilica by myself. I decided on a whim to take a morning before class and head down to Vatican City just to experience the basilica at my leisure and ended up spending a few hours just wandering around in that space—about 30 minutes of which were spent locked in an uninterrupted stare at Michelangelo’s. I had visited the basilica prior to that day, but this was the first time it really set in that I had all of this amazing art and culture at my fingertips. From then on, I took solo trips to Saint Peter’s almost every week, and it truly never got old.

My greatest piece of advice to study abroad students is to embrace the unfamiliarity of the experience. Some people arrive in Italy expecting it to be just like America but with more spaghetti, but, in reality, it is so much more than that. Every day, especially at the beginning of your term abroad, you’ll notice the cultural idiosyncrasies that are completely unique and totally different from what you’re used to if you grew up in the states. This might seem daunting at first, but embracing, exploring, and adapting to those cultural differences can be the most rewarding part of studying abroad, and you’ll be surprised at how much you grow as a person because of them.

 

Keion Humphrey

Global Center Ambassador

Xin Chao Cac Ban! (Hello Friends) I am a junior year Political Science major with minors in Theology and Urban Studies at Loyola University Chicago. I studied abroad in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, otherwise known as Saigon, in the fall of 2017. Born and raised in Northern Kentucky, traveling abroad seemed out of the picture, but Loyola’s affordable Vietnam Center made a dream become a reality.

Southeast Asia is bustling with life and change. In the 3 ½ months spent there, I witnessed buildings being torn down, and resurrected almost instantaneously. I recall eating a rose shaped ice cream cone in the heart of District One (Downtown) that was absolutely exquisite. I attempted to return at the end of the semester to leave on a sweet note, but to my dismay it had vanished. While it was unfortunate that it was gone, it brought a smile to my face. Instead of being disappointed in that moment, I realized quickly that there are a million other ice cream parlors waiting to be tried right around the corner.

The number 1 tip that I recommend for those who are studying-abroad; be adaptable and be open. Semesters go by quickly, and you will want to have it all back. Do those activities that push your comfort zone and watch as your comfort zone widens before your eyes!

Studying-abroad has changed me academically, professionally, and wholesomely. This position allows me to help my peers find their own path and I am more than excited to be part of the transformation. Rất vui được gặp bạn (Its very nice to meet you friend)!

Noah Walters

USAC Peer Ambassador

Studying anthropology, political science and French, searching for the right place to study abroad was a challenge. Affordability, course approvals, cultural immersion and unique location led me to choosing USAC’s Chiang Mai program.  Thailand stuck out to me as a unique center for culture, different social and political organization, and new linguistic experiences. Similarly, enrolling in Chiang Mai University มหาวิทยาลัยเชียงใหม่ allowed me to attend school alongside local Thai students. ‌‌‌

My Thailand experiences that stay with me the most are eating street food with my Thai friends.  Doing culinary ethnography with different groups of locals, students, and American friends gave me first-hand opportunities to be a local and examine complex differences and surprising similarities to the states.

Similarly, visiting Myanmar with my sister and my solo trip to Luang Prabang, Laos gave me a broader understanding of the region as a whole. As cliche as it may be, Thailand changed me. I returned to Loyola more confident, comfortable and happy with myself.

Therefore, the best advice I can give is to get out there! The only way to experience life is to live it - explore a new place, go to a less-popular country, speak the language, and of course, try a new food everyday!

Kaitlyn Foust

Front Desk Student Worker

I have been to Italy on 3 occastions (in 2010,2013, and 2015) visiting Rome, Florence, Venice, Pompeii, Milan and Assissi, but primarily staying in a small town called Casale an hour outside of Milan. I have also been to Uganda and Rwanda where I interned for a non-profit in 2015. I have also had the opportunity to go on a Safari visiting Kenya and Tanzani in 2016. I am Psychology and Criminal Justice double major. I am a junior, and originally from Denver, Colorado.

One of my fonest memories abroad took place in the picture above. The picture was taken in Kabale, Uganda after we hiked to a hilltop school so that we could interview the headmistress to arrange a partnership between her school and our non-profit. This picture was taken while we were waiting to hire Boda-bodas (two wheeled taxis, essentially motorcycles that crammed on 3-4 people) to carry us down the hill where our boats waited to take us back across Lake Bunyonyi to the non-profit HQ.

My #1 tip is to embrance the uncomfortable! Being in a new place can be tough, but if you embrace the uncomfortable rather than shying away from it, you get to experience those once in a lifetime things. Any discomfort is merely a mental growing pain that allows you to experience things you never knew existed and that will forever change you.

 

Clare Killian

Front Desk Student Worker

Hi! My name is Clare Killian and I am a sophomore at Loyola. I am an International Studies and Spanish Major and I studied abroad in Cordoba, Spain on the Faculty-Led Global Exchange during the Summer of 2016. I chose to study abroad to broaden my international experience, gain a better command of the Spanish language and culture, and earn credits towards both of my majors. It was an amazing experience that I wouldn't change for the world! By participating in this smaller program in the summer semester, I believe I was able to really dive into the culture of Cordoba and southern Spain and be able to access the culture from a more local perspective. I absolutely loved staying in a host family for this reason! I was able to completely advance in my Spanish speaking skills and gain an appreciation for the language that I never knew I could have. I would absolutely recommend studying abroad and just know that it is possible for anyone and there are a plethora of programs out there to explore and experience for all people!
 

Anna Reidy

Front Desk Student Worker

Ciao! My name is Anna and I am a junior at Loyola. I'm majoring in Nursing with a minor in Psychology and wanted to study abroad to step out of my comfort zone. I studied abroad at the John Felice Rome Center during the fall semester of 2017 and it was one of the best experiences of my life!

One of my favorite memories while abroad was when I planned my first trip with a few other students at the school (who would later turn into some of my best friends). We went to Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast, and Capri. During the trip we stayed on a lemon farm where we enjoyed fresh lemons, tomatoes, and had a chance to meet the locals.

My number one tip to students studying abroad is to prioritize quality over quantity. You may feel pressure to travel to as many places as you can while abroad, but I can assure you that spending time exploring one area is far more valuable than cramming in multiple trips in a short period of time. Spend your time trying new foods and meeting new people rather than worrying about catching your next flight. Appreciate the different cultures you will encounter and make yourself open to learning and trying new things!‌

 

Bejoy Titus

Front Desk Student Worker

Hi! My name is Bejoy and I am a junior at Loyola.  I was born in India and came to the states at a young age. Currently my major is Health Systems Management here at Loyola. I would like to complete my bachelors and then go onto get my MBA in healthcare administration. In my free time, I like to stay active and play basketball.

Recently I went back to India the summer of 2018. I loved being back and getting an understanding of my culture and just exploring. The coolest part about being back was being able to understand the daily lives of people. It is very different than our lives in the states. There, People usually spend their day farming or they own small pop up shops. This was different for me to see as most people just had their own schedules and didn't have a set of rules and regulations to follow. Anywhere you go abroad, it's really neat to see how people in other countries operate.

My fondest memory from India was being able to ride an elephant, it was scary and amazing at the same time.

My one tip for students who want to study abroad is plan early, get in touch with our advisors to come up with a plan. You can only expand your knowledge by going abroad, so I recommend going abroad. It's fun and a learning experience!