Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

Resources for Returned Students

Welcome back! Below you’ll find a list of tips and resources on being involved with Loyola’s international community, how to include study abroad in your career, and information on furthering your international experience.

Since returning from your experience abroad, you may be feeling a variety of emotions while adjusting to being home, similar to your experience when you first arrived abroad. The Office for International Programs (OIP) would like to make this transition a little easier by providing you with information about Reverse Culture Shock.

As you integrate back into like on campus, we encourage you to look at the resources below that offer opportunities to become involved with the global community on campus.

 

Volunteering with OIP:

  • Interested in sharing your study abroad experiences with future participants? Contact studyabroad@luc.edu to be connected with students interested in your program or region of the world where you studied.  You will also learn about our events on campus and hoe you can help out.

 

Living in the International House:

  • Reside in Loyola's International House, a cross-cultural living and learning community for international and American students. You will also have the chance to meet participants of the Chicago Center program which provides undergraduate/graduate students from outside the U.S. an opportunity to pursue a semester or year of study at Loyola. As a study abroad returnne, you are encouraged to apply to be a resident, as it adds to the cross cultural experience.

 

Global Mentorship Program:

  • The Global Mentorship Program is designed to connect international students with domestics Loyola students in students in a cross-cultural setting. This is a great opportunity for you to learn/practice a foreign language, re-live your study abroad memories and utilize your leadership skills.

 

English Language Learning Program (ELLP)

  • Loyola's ELLP is designed to assist language learners in developing their English skills as used in the United States. You'll have the opportunity to serve as a student worker or join in on their English Clubs to connect with international students.

 

International Students & Scholars' International Club:

  • The International Club functions as a cultural forum for students from diverse backgrounds, encouraging their participation in activities on campus while fostering collaboration between domestic and international students.

 

English Tutoring at the Literacy Center:

  • The Loyola Community Literacy Center offers students and community adults an opportunity to improve their English skills. You can have the opportunity to serve as a student tutor.

 

Alternative Break Immersions (ABI):

  • Interested in serving communities domestically and abroad during the academic breaks? Through Campus Ministry's ABI Program, you'll get to experience immersion as a key component to a transformative Jesuit education roots in social justice. ABIs provide opportunities for you to expand your learning beyond the classroom and involve a combination of direct service and cultural immersion in a host community.

 

Community Service & Action

  • Community Service & Action Office allows you to serve the diverse Loyola and local communities by fostering mutually beneficial partnerships designed to support neighbors in need.

 

Language Learning Resource Center (LLRC):

  • The LLRC supports the learning and teaching of languages, literatures and cultures by students and faculty of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the wider Loyola community. Feel free to utilize teh center's multi-media library, equipment, personal assistance, a welcoming physical environment and the online tools to enhance your learning.

 

Center for Experiential Learning:

  • From community-based organizations located in nearby neighborhoods to non-profit organizations across the Chicagoland area, from government agencies and business downtown to organizations worldwide, you have ample opportunity to get experience in a real-world settng. The Center for Experiential Learning provides resources for you if you are seeking learning opportunities and connects you to community agencies and professional organizations erlated to your study abroad experience.

 

Career Developement Center:

  • The Career Development Center serves all Loyola students and alumni as a source for career assessment, career education and assistance with the job search. They play an active role in facilitating contact and relations among students, alumni and employers. They also provide studest and alumni with access to job opportunities.

According to the Institute of International Education, only 10% of U.S. undergraduate students study abroad by the time they graduate! International experiences can help set you apart from your peers. Employers are looking for people with interpersonal communication skills, flexibility and who can quickly learn in whatever situation they are placed. These skills can be obtained from study/intern abroad experiences.

 

Career Development Center:

  • Did you know that you can put your study/intern abroad experience in your resume and cover letter? The Career Development Center is available to advise you on best practices for articulating your overseas experience on your resume, in your cover letter and in a job interview. Often times skills gained abroad are soft skills which are just as important to employers as hard skills, so emphasizing these in your applications can really set you apart from other applicants.

 

Fellowship Office:

  • If you are lookign to add scholarships to your study/intern abroad experience, the Fellowship Office can assist you in applying for major fellowships, including awards for undergraduate/graduate study and research internships.  They can also advise you on post-graduate fellowship opportunities like Fulbright!

 

Connecting with Alumni:

  • The Office of Alumni Relations can connect you with Loyola alumni who've studied abroad through activities, programs and services. You can also take advantage of programming offered by OIP to connect with other alums.

 

Lessons from Abroad Conference, Chicago:

  • Each year, the Lessons From Abroad organization hosts national conferences that seek to help students make sense of their educationa abroad experience after they have returned home. This opportunity offers programming, resources and research that establishes a community of learners who successfully integrate their international experience in all fects of their academic, personal and professional lives.
  • The Lessons from Abroad organization also has a list of resources for teaching, working and volunteering abroad. This information can be found on their website.

World Music Festival Chicago

  • The annual World Music Festival Chicago is presented by the City of Chicago and produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. The city-wide, multi-venue, eleven-day festival has attracted over 650,000 concertgoers and has presented more than 650 artists and ensembles from over 80 countries since it began in 1999.

 

Chicago International Film Festival

  • The Chicago International Film Festival is a year-round non-profit cultural and educational organization dedicatedto fostering better communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image.

 

Lessons from Abroad Conference, Chicago

  • Each year, the Lessons From Abroad organization hosts national conferences that seek to help students make sense of their educationa abroad experience after they have returned home. This opportunity offers programming, resources and research that establishes a community of learners who successfully integrate their international experience in all fects of their academic, personal and professional lives.
  • The Lessons from Abroad organization also has a list of resources for teaching, working and volunteering abroad. This information can be found on their website.