Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

Study Abroad Student Advisory Committee


Interested in becoming a member of the Study Abroad Student Advisory Committee? We are now accepting applications for the 2018 - 2019 year. Apply here by Friday, September 7th, 2018!

The Study Abroad Student Advisory Committee (SASAC) is comprised of 15 members who have shown exemplary leadership in their study abroad experience and continue to be dedicated to cross-cultural learning. The SASAC serves as a volunteer advisory body to the Office for International Programs (OIP) and brings the student perspective to study abroad decision-making. SASAC members can share their ideas and the current needs of students with OIP staff. The SASAC will also play an active role in supporting study abroad through marketing, outreach, and communication specific to study abroad returnees. Finally, the SASAC has been designed to help study abroad alumni recognize and unlock their skills in global leadership through reflection and action. Regular SASAC meetings will provide an important forum for addressing initiatives throughout the year.
The SASAC will have 3 subcommittees:
1. Event Planning (5 members)
Organize one event each semester in collaboration with Study Abroad staff
2. Outreach and Communication (5 members)
   - Research international post-grad opportunities
   - Manage communication and updates for returned study abroad students
3. Video and Photography (5 members)
  - Create video content related to the study abroad student experience
  - Organize and manage the study abroad photo contest
SASAC Mission:
  • To have members act as the voice of the study abroad student body by facilitating communication between current students and OIP staff
  • To empower study abroad participants to be campus and global leaders
  • To raise awareness of study abroad opportunities through SASAC events and involvement
  • To improve support and programming for future study abroad students at Loyola University Chicago
Past topics of discussion have included: 
• Marketing and outreach initiatives
• Diversity and multiculturalism in study abroad
• Accessibility
• Pre-departure preparation/ Post study abroad support
“My first study abroad experience was a very typical one for college students, full of traveling with friends and participating in on-campus activities, but my second experience was richer in developing my global awareness. I was more driven academically on my second trip because I had more direction, but I was also more aware in understanding how my travels fit into a history of study abroad and global socioeconomic systems of inequality…I decided to apply for SASAC, because I wanted to help OIP give students this second experience that I had.
In addition, I wanted to talk about my experience in order to process it further…I hope students in other disciplines keep learning from travel experiences as I have. I wanted a forum to express this hope. This committee has the potential to develop OIP further in many aspects and I appreciate their consideration of the student's voice in this process.
- SASAC Committee Member, Spring 2017
For more student testimonials, check out this video!
Please reach out to studyabroad@luc.edu with any questions or suggested SASAC discussion topics.