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: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 2:00pm - 4:00pm (Spring 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 Pietà. 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.

 

Daryn Robinson

Global Center Ambassador

Ciao! My name is Daryn Robinson, and I am a senior Marketing major and Theatre minor at Loyola University Chicago. Originally from Washington, D.C., Loyola’s diverse and accessible study abroad programs compelled me to study abroad at the John Felice Rome Center in Fall 2016.
 
While in Rome, I dove headfirst into many exciting opportunities: interning at an Italian film company, coaching as a co-captain in the JFRC soccer league, writing a Go Global blog, giving the Student Reflection Speech at the End of Semester Banquet…and travelling throughout Europe!
 
Overall, my study abroad experience made me a more cultivated, resourceful, and fearless individual! As a Global Center Ambassador, my goal is to help students discover their own personal growth through study abroad. So, please reach out to me if you have any questions! In bocca al lupo (Good luck)!
 
 

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)!
 
 

Matt Petersen

USAC Peer Ambassador

I considered many factors when researching the best study abroad program that suited my needs and interests. Ireland, specifically, had always been the plan from the beginning, but I wanted a program that would allow me to fully immerse myself in the community and experience a different academic environment. I was drawn to USAC, one of OIP’s Global Partners, because of its affordability, included excursions, and on-site support. Additionally, USAC’s partnership with the local university in Ireland allowed me to take courses on campus alongside Irish students and other international students.

This continues to be the hardest question to answer because my response is always changing! One of my favorite memories is from my visit to Rome during Easter. My friend Kate and I received tickets to the Easter Vigil Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica and stood a foot away from Pope Francis at various points in the service.

Another fond memory is the countless nights on my apartment’s balcony with friends watching the vibrant Irish sunsets.

When decided to study abroad, go with your instincts. Be sure to pick a program that feels just right for you to ensure you will make the most of your semester!

 

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!

Ben Kilberg

Front Desk Student Worker

Senior
Information Systems Major, Spanish Language and Information Technology Minors
Studied Abroad Spring 2016 – API Seville, Spain – Universidad de Sevilla
I chose to study abroad to compliment my business degree and learn on a global stage. I also wanted to strengthen my Spanish language skills and explore a new culture.
I was looking for a program in which I would be able to take immersion classes alongside local and international students in order to truly solidify my language skills. I also wanted to study abroad in a location that was culturally and historically rich, and the south of Spain was an amazing choice for those reasons.
My fondest memory of studying abroad is when we took a trip to Granada, another city in southern Spain and went to see a flamenco show inside of a cave. The whole experience was so unique and I will never forget how talented and passionate the dancers were. The flamenco tradition had been passed down for generations and the authenticity is uniquely preserved.
Spend time getting lost in your city. Put away your phone and take in everything that is around you. Notice the differences both large and small between everyday life in your hometown/Chicago and the city in which you have made your temporary home.

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!

 

Bernie Tarre Romero

Front Desk Student Worker

Coming soon!