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Spring Study Abroad Fair

Spring Study Abroad Fair

Wednesday, February 7 from 11:00am to 3:00pm in the Damen Den (in the Damen Student Center)

You should study abroad! The Office for International Programs offers over 150 programs in 70 countries with centers in Rome and Vietnam. This fair will give students a chance to speak with program representatives, faculty-led program leaders, and study abroad alums in order to discover the many funding and global program opportunities available to Loyola students.

Come to:

  • Learn about study abroad funding and scholarship opportunities
  • Find the best program to fit your needs
  • Learn how study abroad will fit into your academic schedule
  • Get your burning study abroad questions answered!

Wednesday, February 7 from 11:00am to 3:00pm in the Damen Den (in the Damen Student Center)

Summer 2018 Faculty-Led Programs: Apply Now!

Summer 2018 Faculty-Led Programs: Apply Now!

Loyola University Chicago is again offering an exciting variety of unique faculty-led summer study abroad opportunities. Whether in Europe or the Americas, these programs invite students to undertake in-depth explorations of various topics and themes on-site with Loyola faculty. Courses are for Loyola credit and may contribute to major, minor, and Core requirements. Click below to learn more about Loyola’s summer 2018 faculty-led programs!

Summer 2018 Programs

Study in Cuba with Professor Peter Sanchez

Study in Cuba with Professor Peter Sanchez

Dr. Peter Sanchez is preparing to take a new group of Loyola students to Cuba to learn about Cuba and to explore Cuban politics as well as U.S.-Cuban relations. Click to learn more about past programs led by Dr. Sanchez in Cuba or to learn more about the 2018 course held in Havana, Cuba and see if it might be a good fit for you!

Fall Study Abroad Fair

Fall Study Abroad Fair

Wednesday, September 20 from 11:00am to 3:00pm in Damen Student Center (Schmidt Multipurpose Room)

Come learn how to study abroad! The Office for International Programs offers over 150 programs in 70 countries with centers in Rome and Vietnam. The fair will give students a chance to speak with program representatives, faculty-led program leaders, and study abroad alums in order to discover all the options they have when it comes to picking the perfect place to study abroad.

Come to:

  • Learn about study abroad funding and scholarship opportunities
  • Find the best program to fit your needs
  • Learn how study abroad will fit into your academic schedule
  • Get your burning study abroad questions answered!

Wednesday, September 20 from 11:00am to 3:00pm in Damen Student Center (Schmidt Multipurpose Room)

New Year, New Opportunities

New Year, New Opportunities

The Study Abroad team in the Office for International Programs is pleased to see the campus filling up with students again. Welcome back! Whether you were studying abroad, relaxing, working, or anything else, we hope you had a wonderful summer break. If you have returned from a study abroad program or if you are interested in studying abroad, there are a number of wonderful events and opportunities coming up this semester; we hope to see you soon!

  • Study Abroad Fair: Wednesday, September 20 (Damen Student Center)
  • Global Mentorship Program: Connect with students in a small-group setting and participate in a variety of fun and educational activities and excursions. Click to apply
  • Study Abroad Returnee Workshop: Tuesday, September 12 (McCormick Lounge)
  • Click to explore Loyola study abroad opportunities
  • Register to attend an Initial Advising session to learn about the many study abroad opportunities and how to select and apply for a program.

Study in Jerusalem in January 2018!

Study in Jerusalem in January 2018!

This January, push yourself out of your comfort zone and see the world as you have never seen it before on the J-term faculty-led study abroad program in Jerusalem, Israel! The deadline to apply is Friday, October 15! Led by Loyola Professor Dr. Wily Feinstein, the 14-day trip gives students the opportunity to study the Bible as Literature in the land of Israel, while living in and exploring the city of Jerusalem, experiencing the special holiness of the city as well as its vibrant contemporary culture, in addition to two extraordinary trips outside of Jerusalem.

The  program course (LITR 280: World Literature-The Bible as Literature in the Land of Israel) is three credit hours and fulfills the Tier II Literary core requirement and also counts as an elective for Global and International Studies Majors and Minors. Participants will study key passages in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament in relation to the Biblical idea of the Land of Israel, with special emphasis on the Holiness of Jerusalem.  The course material is enhanced by visits to Jerusalem’s most important religious and historic sites, days to experience the Jewish Sabbath and a Sunday in Christianity, as well as visits to two of Israel’s most important museums- The Israel Museum and Yad Vashem: The International Museum of the Holocaust.

The program is set to take place from December 28, 2017 - January 11, 2018. Students will live in the dorms of the stunning Mt. Scopus location of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where the course will also be taught.  On the first full day in Jerusalem, students will take a tour of the historic Old City followed by a group dinner there.  During the course, students will observe a Jewish Sabbath at the Western Wall, as well as a Sunday Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.  Most dinner meals will be at restaurants throughout Jerusalem locales.  The class will have two special tours outside Jerusalem – a tour south including swimming in the Dead Sea, riding camels and a visit to the historic Masada mountain top, as well as a day trip to Tel-Aviv, Israel’s most cosmopolitan city.

Students of all spiritual backgrounds and academic majors are encouraged to apply. For more details about the program and information about pricing please visit the program webpage.  

Apply today and start a new global chapter in your life!

 

Loyola Students Win Nationally Competitive Awards for Study Abroad

Loyola Students Win Nationally Competitive Awards for Study Abroad

Congratulations to the following students:

Taryn '19, a Computer Science and Cybersecurity double major, has won a Boren Scholarship to study Russian in Latvia in spring 2018. Taryn is active in ROTC and is also in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Vanessa Huerta '19, an International Business and Political Science double major, ROTC cadet, first-generation student and STARS program mentor, has also won a Boren Scholarship to study Russian, in Kyrgyzstan in fall 2017 -- and also won a Critical Languages Scholarship for the summer 2017, to study Russian.

Addison McTague '18, a double major in Religious Studies and English and a Ricci Scholar, won a Critical Languages Scholarship for the summer 2017 to study Arabic in Oman.

Are you interested in applying for the Boren Scholarship or the Critical Language Scholarship? Connect with the Fellowship Office to start working on your application for the next cycle. Additionally, the Fellowship Office is accepting applications for Fellowship Incentive Grants (FIGs) until May 19. Up to eight $1000 grants are to be awarded annually to prospective applicants of major fellowships and scholarships, including the Fulbright Award, Goldwater Scholarship, Marshall Scholarship, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Boren Scholarship, Rhodes Scholarship, Truman Scholarship, and Udall Scholarship.

April Go Global Blogger of the Month Announced!

April Go Global Blogger of the Month Announced!

Congratulations to Shayna Milstein, a third-year Mathematics major, for being the Office for International Program’s April Go Global Blogger of the Month!

Shayna directly enrolled at the Universitetet i Oslo (University of Oslo) in Norway for the spring semester. Check out Shayna’s blog for more information about what it is like to directly enroll in a university, life in Norway, and her travelsincluding a recent trip to Poland. While in Poland, Shayna visited Schindler’s Museum, Wawel Royal Castle, and more.

We look forward to reading Shayna's future blog posts. You can read Shayna’s blog here, and check out our other Go Global bloggers here.

March Go Global Blogger of the Month Announced!

March Go Global Blogger of the Month Announced!

Congratulations to Kelly Ravenscraft, a third-year global and international studies and sociology double major, for being the Office for International Program’s March Go Global Blogger of the Month!

When in Chicago, Kelly is a lead facilitator for Loyola’s experiential education office, Ramble Outdoors. Kelly is bringing the Rambler Outdoors philosophy, personal growth and social transformation, to her study abroad experience at the Vietnam Center. Check out Kelly’s blog for more about life in Vietnam, studying at the Vietnam Center, and her travels throughout Southeast Asia (including Malaysia and Cambodia!).

We look forward to seeing what other experiences Kelly has in her last couple of months in Vietnam. You can read Kelly’s blog here, and check out our other Go Global bloggers here.

November Go Global Blogger of the Month Announced!

November Go Global Blogger of the Month Announced!

Congratulations to junior, Lillian Nguyen, for being the Office for International Program’s November Go Global Blogger of the Month! 

Lillian is an International Business major and Sustainable Management minor studying abroad this fall at The Beijing Center in China. Her blog is an exciting chronicle of her time in Beijing and all the people, places, and (of course) food she encounters.

In addition to studying full-time at The Beijing Center, Lillian is interning at the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing. She has had the opportunity to work on events like the Inter-Chamber Series-Career Women Forward, where successful businesswomen from around the world were showcased and shared their stories. Learn more about it on her blog here.

We can’t wait to hear what Lillian will be up to next in her final month in Beijing! You can read Lillian’s blog here, and check out our other Go Global bloggers here

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Study Abroad in Jerusalem This January!

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Study Abroad in Jerusalem This January!

 

This January, push yourself out of your comfort zone and see the world as you have never seen it before on the J-term faculty-led study abroad program in Jerusalem, Israel. The deadline to apply is this Saturday, October 15! Led by Loyola Professor Dr. Wily Feinstein, the 11-day trip gives students the opportunity to learn about Israeli literature and culture while living in and exploring the city of Jerusalem.

The  program course (LITR 280: World Literature-The Literature and Culture of Israel) is three credit hours and fulfills the Tier II Literary core requirement and also count as an elective for Global and International Studies Majors and Minors. Participants will study the Hebrew Bible and key works of modern Israeli literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The course material is enhanced by visits to historic sites and two of Israel’s most important museums- The Israel Museum and Yad Vashem: The International Museum of the Holocaust.

The program is set to take place January 2- January 12, 2017. On the first full day in Jerusalem, students will take a tour of the historic Old City followed by a group dinner in the evening. During the Friday night and Saturday of the program, a special Jewish Sabbath will be organized where students can experience the character and traditions of this Jewish holiday. The following Sunday will include a tour of south Jerusalem to the Dead Sea, the Masada mountain top, and other historical sites.

Students of all spiritual backgrounds and academic majors are encouraged to apply. For more details about the program and information about pricing click here.  

Apply today and start a new global chapter in your life!

Go Global October Blogger of the Month Announced!

Go Global October Blogger of the Month Announced!

Heather Cigas has been selected as the Office for International Program’s October Go Global Blogger of the Month!

Heather is a junior Exercise Science major and Business Administration minor currently studying abroad at the Beijing Center in China. Since her arrival in August, Heather has been blogging consistently and keeping us updated on her adventures around Asia!

In October, Heather started working as an intern for the Beijinger, a magazine based in China geared towards foreigners living in Beijing. Her internship includes writing blog posts and restaurant reviews for the Beijinger website. Her first published post is a survival guide for students studying abroad in Beijing, check it out here!

One of our favorite moments in Heather’s blog was hearing about her experience volunteering at the Pizza Cup in Beijing, a huge food festival featuring pizza vendors from all over China!

We can’t wait to hear what adventures Heather will be up to next! You can read Heather’s blog here and check out the other Go Global bloggers here!

Loyola Dancers Perform in Rome, Italy Alongside Professional Artists on New Faculty-Lead Summer Program

Loyola Dancers Perform in Rome, Italy Alongside Professional Artists on New Faculty-Lead Summer Program

 

A new Loyola faculty-lead study abroad course takes student dancers to Rome, Italy to collaborate and perform with Rome’s Mandala Dance Company.

The program (DANC 398: Undergraduate Research in Dance), led by Loyola educator and choreographer Amy Wilkinson, is a unique experience that combines, travel, dance and research. Wilkinson started the program in Ho Chi Minh City last summer at the Loyola Vietnam Center and launched the new program in Rome this year. The program pairs faculty mentors with students pursuing research projects in Dance. The students experience dance and choreography in new ways while studying and learning alongside international dancers.

This past June, nine Loyola students embarked on the week-long trip. One week before the flight, the group met in Chicago to rehearse a dance choreographed by Wilkinson entitled My Life Closed Twice. Once in Rome, the dancers joined forces with the Mandala Dance Company to learn and rehearse two more dances.

Throughout the week, the group visited historical landmarks around Rome and experienced the culture and lifestyle of the eternal city. On the last day, the students performed three dance pieces with the Mandala Dance Company at a public showcase.

 Yariana Baralt-Torres, a Loyola student and one of the dancers on the trip, said,“Getting to experience a different culture, group of dancers and set of ideals allowed me to understand better my role as an artist, student and person in this world.”

For more information about the program and application process please click here. You can find the official dance videos and performances from June on the Loyola Dance Theater Blog here.

Go Global September Blogger of the Month Announced!

Go Global September Blogger of the Month Announced!

 

Katie Ciesla has been selected as the Office for International Programs’ first Blogger of the Month!

Blogger of the Month is a new initiative launched this fall that features one outstanding Go Global blogger on the Loyola Study Abroad website and Facebook.

Katie is currently studying at the Loyola Vietnam Center in Ho Chi Minh City, as part of a two-year trip abroad with plans to study in Uppsala, Sweden in the spring and end with a year in Rome, Italy.

Katie is a true traveler and has already studied in Belize, China, Tunisia and Korea through Loyola faculty-lead programs.

In her blog, Katie talks about her reasoning behind making this two-year commitment and the plans and preparations she made before the big move. Now in Vietnam, she has been sharing her experiences adapting to the culture and lifestyle in Ho Chi Minh City.

From sunbathing on a boat in the Gulf of Thailand to watching the sunrise on a morning hike in Vietnam, we can’t wait to hear what Katie will be doing next!

You can read Katie’s blog here and check out our other Go Global bloggers here!

Caroline Kennedy and Evan Ryan to speak about study abroad at Loyola University Chicago

Caroline Kennedy and Evan Ryan to speak about study abroad at Loyola University Chicago

 

Please join the U.S. Department of State at Loyola University Chicago to discuss Study Abroad: An Investment in Your Future, with U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational Affairs Evan Ryan.

Event Information:

Wednesday, August 31 at 1:30pm

Klarcheck Information Commons, Fourth Floor

RSVP: LUC.edu/futureabroad

6 Loyola University Chicago Students Awarded the Gilman International Scholarship!

6 Loyola University Chicago Students Awarded the Gilman International Scholarship!

August 2, 2016

Six Loyola University Chicago students were awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for Fall 2016/Academic Year 2016–2017. They were selected along with over 850 American undergraduate students from over 324 colleges and universities across the U.S.

Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs.  The program aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go.  Students receiving a Federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions who will be studying abroad or participating in a career-oriented international internship for academic credit are eligible to apply.  Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages, and economies -- making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector. 

Congressman Gilman, who retired in 2002 after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee, commented, “Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates.  Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience.  It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community.”

The program is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).  The full list of students who have been selected to receive Gilman Scholarships, including students’ home state, university and host country, is available on their website: www.iie.org/gilman. According to Allan Goodman, President and CEO of IIE, "International education is one of the best tools for developing mutual understanding and building connections between people from different countries.  It is critical to the success of American diplomacy and business, and the lasting ties that Americans make during their international studies are important to our country in times of conflict as well as times of peace."

Loyola University Chicago students who are interested in applying for the Gilman International Scholarship should contact the Fellowship Office or the Office for International Programs.  

Dr. Nancy E. Landrum Selected as IES Abroad Research Associate

Dr. Nancy E. Landrum Selected as IES Abroad Research Associate

IES Abroad London Center located in the central neighborhood of Bloomsbury.

Dr. Nancy E. Landrum, professor at the Quinlan School of Business & Institute for Environmental Sustainability, has been selected as an IES Abroad Research Associate for the summer 2017 term in London, England! IES Abroad, a Loyola approved study abroad program provider, offers only two research grants to visiting faculty each year, making the process highly competitive.

Dr. Landrum will be in residence at the IES Abroad London Center for up to one month. Her research will focus on the Circular Economy, a more sustainable economic model being adopted by Japan, China, Scotland, Sweden, Denmark, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. She will also have the unique opportunity of teaching up to two guest lectures in IES Abroad courses during the length of her research. The IES Abroad London Center offers two courses that are related to Dr. Landrum’s current research and teaching interests in sustainable business and new economics.

IES Abroad offers a variety of development opportunities for faculty members from the IES Abroad Consortium including research associate grants, teaching grants, and seminars abroad. As a member of the IES Abroad Consortium, Loyola University Chicago faculty can be nominated for some of these unique, international opportunities. IES Abroad Faculty Development Opportunities are designed to bring together U.S. faculty, international faculty, and local experts for an intellectual exchange of ideas. 

Congratulations, Dr. Landrum! 

#10WordsOrLess

#10WordsOrLess

The Office for International Programs is happy to announce the #10WordsOrLess Photo Contest winners! Study abroad students were asked to share their favorite food, place, or experience photos from their semesters abroad through Instagram using 10 words or less. Emma Hall from the SIT Geneva program won for Best Food Photo,  Ellen Berkowitz from Saint Louis Madrid won for Best Place Photo, and Jerome Torossian from the Beijing Center won for Best Experience Photo.  Follow us on Instagram @lucstudyabroad!

 

Emma Hall- SIT Geneva, Switzerland (Global Health and Development Policy)

“Missing majestic cities with magical desserts”

Ellen Berkowitz- Saint Louis University Madrid, Spain (location at Cape Saint Vincent in Portugal)

“I grasp nothing and embrace all the world”

Jerome Torossian- The Beijing Center

“Chinese wedding at the Palace of Heaven”

Study Abroad Students Present Research at Weekend of Excellence

Study Abroad Students Present Research at Weekend of Excellence

During Loyola’s 6th Annual Weekend of Excellence, students in the spring 2016 semester science course “Conservation and Sustainability of Neo-tropic Ecosystems,” ENVS 345E/BIOL 395E, presented their primary research on Belize’s water quality and bird migration. As a part of the curriculum, students in this Engaged Learning course studied abroad on a 10 day trip to Belize during spring break, led by Fr. Stephen Mitten S.J., Director of Biodiversity Research LUREC in the Institute for Environmental Sustainability. During their time in Belize, they learned about the country’s dynamic ecosystem and natural history.

While in Belize, all students worked on data collection of two citizen science projects. One project consisted of collecting data on neo-tropical migrant and resident birds. The second project involved testing the effects of human-made pollution along the Sibun River, the 4th largest river in Belize, which is crucial to biodiversity within the Central American Corridor. Upon returning to the states, the students signed up for one or the other “Poster Creating Project.” The students then successfully presented their collective research during Loyola’s Weekend of Excellence, April 14- 17.

Students found the trip to Belize highly beneficial to their education while also providing great, eye-opening experiences. “It has shown me how important it is for us, who live in developed nations, to be aware of the rest of the world and how we impact it. It has also shown me how important environmentalism is to the rest of the world,” one student said.

Presenting the Sibun River Watershed Quality poster was Nicole Spehn, Genesis Bustamante, and Abby Shrift. Presenting the Citizen Science eBird poster was Stephany Virruete and Rosemary Stresino. The Weekend of Excellence is a weekend long event that showcases Loyola students’ achievements. This year, the showcase featured more than 1,000 students.

We're Finalists!

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The Office for International Programs is proud to be finalists for two GoAbroad.com 2016 Innovation Awards. The Service-Learning for Scholar Athletes spring break program in Peru was nominated for the Innovative New Program – Study Abroad award.  And How to Put Your Study Abroad Experience to Work, a joint initiative with Loyola’s Career Development Center focused on providing career development skills for study abroad alums, was also nominated for the Innovation in Alumni Engagement award.  GoAbroad.com is a non-profit organization is dedicated to providing a one-stop information center for students wishing to travel internationally. They present annual awards for innovation in international education. To learn more about the other finalists, visit here.

Study abroad in Rome, Beijing, or Vietnam this Summer or Fall

Study abroad in Rome, Beijing, or Vietnam this Summer or Fall

Applications for the John Felice Rome Center, The Beijing Center, and the Vietnam Center are currently open for both summer and fall semesters. Our international campuses offer a wide variety of courses that suit individual students’ majors and CORE requirements. The deadline for the summer semester is March 15th and fall semester is April 1st, but programs may fill sooner.

The Beijing Center offers an opportunity to experience the splendor of China while studying its past, present, and future. In the summer, students may participate in the ChinaGreen program, a four-week long environmental studies travel course that combines lecture with field research in Beijing, Shanghai, and a variety of other rural landscapes and national parks. In the fall, students can take courses from a range of subjects, which are all taught in English, and study Mandarin Chinese.  TBC offers a number of scholarships for students, as well.  Find out more information and view deadlines here

Immerse yourself in Loyola’s Vietnam Center program through a hands-on service learning placement and learn about the developing cultural, political, and social issues shaping Vietnam today.  Students may take courses this fall in business, theology, history, and Vietnamese.  Experience Ho Chi Minh City and neighboring countries in cost-covered academic excursions, and build friendships with Vietnamese cultural partners. Scholarships are available for students studying at the Vietnam Center. Click here for more information.  The deadline for fall semester and scholarships is April 1st

Take advantage of having all of Europe at your fingertips while taking classes at the JFRC this summer or fall!  In the summer, students may choose to attend classes in the first, second, or both sessions. Session II offers the Fusion Experience, in which students are able to take two courses that allow students to combine their classroom knowledge with hands-on experiences in either Sicily or Abruzzo. Learn more about summer in Rome here! In the fall, students may take courses from a wide variety of disciplines, including theology, biology, and classical studies. Those interested in studying at the JFRC may apply for scholarships to make studying in Europe that much more affordable.  The deadline for summer and fall scholarships is February 15th.

Initial advising sessions & information tables now at the Water Tower Campus!

Initial Advising Sessions & Information Tables Now at the Water Tower Campus!

The Office for International Programs is happy to announce Study Abroad Information Tables and Initial Group Advising Sessions at the Water Tower Campus. Stop by before or after your classes downtown! Learn about the 100+ programs in 66 countries we offer and how to get started on your study abroad experience. Sign up for Initial Advising Sessions here

5 Loyola University Chicago Students Awarded Gilman International Scholarship!

5 LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO STUDENTS AWARDED GILMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP!

November 20, 2015

Five Loyola University Chicago students were awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for spring 2016. They were selected along with over 800 American undergraduate students from over 330 colleges and universities across the U.S.

Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs. The program aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go. Students receiving a Federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions who will be studying abroad or participating in a career-oriented international internship for academic credit are eligible to apply. Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages, and economies—making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.

Congressman Gilman, who retired in 2002 after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee, commented, “Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates. Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience. It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community.”

The program is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The full list of students who have been selected to receive Gilman Scholarships, including students’ home state, university and host country, is available on their website: www.iie.org/gilman. According to Allan Goodman, President and CEO of IIE, “International education is one of the best tools for developing mutual understanding and building connections between people from different countries. It is critical to the success of American diplomacy and business, and the lasting ties that Americans make during their international studies are important to our country in times of conflict as well as times of peace.”

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) mission is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange that assist in the development of peaceful relations. In an effort to reflect the diversity of the United States and global society, ECA programs, funding, and other activities encourage the involvement of American and international participants from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women, racial and ethnic minorities, and people with disabilities.  Artists, educators, athletes, students, youth and rising leaders in the United States and more than 160 countries around the globe participate in academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges. For more information about ECA programs, initiatives, and achievements, visit http://eca.state.gov.

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is the world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1919, the Institute is the world’s most experienced global higher education and professional exchange organization. IIE has a network of 19 offices worldwide working with more than 1,200 member institutions and over 6,000 individuals with a commitment to the internationalization of their institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government and private sources. These programs include the Fulbright and Humphrey Fellowships administered for the U.S. Department of State. The Institute is a resource for educators and institutions worldwide (http://www.iie.org), publishing the Open Doors Report and operating www.IIEPassport.org and www.studyabroadfunding.org search engines for study abroad program and study abroad scholarships. For more information, please contact Lindsay Calvert, Director, Gilman International Scholarship, at 832.369.3481 or lcalvert@iie.org.

Applications for Fall 2016/Academic Year 2016-17 are due March 1st, 2016. Click here for more information. 

Initial Advising Sessions & Information Tables Now at the Water Tower Campus!

The Office for International Programs is happy to announce Study Abroad Information Tables and Initial Group Advising Sessions at the Water Tower Campus. Stop by before or after your classes downtown! Learn about the 100+ programs in 66 countries we offer and how to get started on your study abroad experience. Below is a schedule of the times and locations for the fall 2015 semester:

  • Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
    • Info Table: 12-2pm @ the Schreiber Center
    • Initial Advising Session: 2:30-3:30pm @ Corboy 204
  • Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
    • Info Table: 12-2pm @ the Terry Student Center  
    • Initial Advising Session: 2:30-3:30pm @ Corboy 204

6 Loyola University Chicago Students Awarded Gilman International Scholarship!

6 LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO STUDENTS AWARDED  GILMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOALRSHIP!

May 20, 2015

Six Loyola University Chicago students were awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for fall 2015/academic year 2015–2016. They were selected along with over 850 American undergraduate students from over 330 colleges and universities across the U.S.

  • Conor Burton, a senior, has won the Gilman Scholarship for the fall 2015 semester to study at The Beijing Center. He is majoring in Economics, Global and International Studies, and Political Science and minoring in Anthropology and Asian Languages & Literatures.
  • Ja’elle Croom, a junior majoring in Sociology and Anthropology and minoring in Urban Studies has won the Gilman Scholarship to study at Loyola’s Global Partner Program, USAC, in Lyon, France.
  • Daniel Dress, Vietnam, a junior, has won the Gilman Scholarship for the fall 2015 semester to study at Loyola’s Vietnam Center. He is a Political Science major with a minor in Urban Studies and Sociology.
  • Saeger Godson, a sophomore majoring in Economics and International Affairs, has won the Scholarship to study at The Beijing Center during the fall 2015 semester.
  • Alaine Hope, a senior majoring in Spanish and Global and International Studies with a minor in Latin American Studies, has won the Scholarship to study at Loyola’s Global Partner Program, IES, in Buenos Aires, Argentina during the fall 2015 semester.
  • Emily Marogi, a senior majoring in Biology and English, has worn the Gilman Scholarship to study at the John Felice Rome Center during the fall 2015 semester. He has also been selected as a Ricci Scholar sand will study at The Beijing Center in the spring 2016 semester.

Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs. The program aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go. Students receiving a Federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions who will be studying abroad or participating in a career-oriented international internship for academic credit are eligible to apply. Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages, and economies—making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.

Congressman Gilman, who retired in 2002 after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee, commented, “Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates. Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience. It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community.”

The program is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The full list of students who have been selected to receive Gilman Scholarships, including students’ home state, university and host country, is available on their website: www.iie.org/gilman. According to Allan Goodman, President and CEO of IIE, “International education is one of the best tools for developing mutual understanding and building connections between people from different countries. It is critical to the success of American diplomacy and business, and the lasting ties that Americans make during their international studies are important to our country in times of conflict as well as times of peace.”

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) mission is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange that assist in the development of peaceful relations. In an effort to reflect the diversity of the United States and global society, ECA programs, funding, and other activities encourage the involvement of American and international participants from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women, racial and ethnic minorities, and people with disabilities.  Artists, educators, athletes, students, youth and rising leaders in the United States and more than 160 countries around the globe participate in academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges. For more information about ECA programs, initiatives, and achievements, visit http://eca.state.gov.

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is the world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1919, the Institute is the world’s most experienced global higher education and professional exchange organization. IIE has a network of 19 offices worldwide working with more than 1,200 member institutions and over 6,000 individuals with a commitment to the internationalization of their institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government and private sources. These programs include the Fulbright and Humphrey Fellowships administered for the U.S. Department of State. The Institute is a resource for educators and institutions worldwide (http://www.iie.org), publishing the Open Doors Report and operating www.IIEPassport.org and www.studyabroadfunding.org search engines for study abroad program and study abroad scholarships. For more information, please contact Lindsay Calvert, Director, Gilman International Scholarship, at 832.369.3481 or lcalvert@iie.org.

Loyola University Chicago Announces 2015-2016 Ricci Scholars

Loyola University Chicago Announces 2015-2016 Ricci Scholars

2015-2016 Ricci Scholars

Loyola University Chicago Announces
2015-2016 Ricci Scholars
Eight Loyola Students Awarded Prestigious Study-Abroad Scholarship

CHICAGO, February 18, 2015 — Loyola University Chicago has selected its 2015-2016 Ricci Scholars, students who will spend an academic year studying, conducting research, and traveling in Italy and China.

The Ricci Scholars program offers a scholarship to highly qualified students who spend their junior year at Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center and the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies. Students prepare research proposals and apply for the program as sophomores; conduct field research and travel as juniors; and complete their projects stateside as seniors. During their stays in Rome and Beijing, they will participate in regular classes, in addition to carrying out their Ricci Scholars projects.

Eight Loyola sophomores have been chosen as the 2015-2016 Ricci Scholars. The cohort includes: Angelo Canta, Mary Frank, Annik Lupieri, Emily Marogi, Frieda Rule, Hiba Sheikh, Roohi Singh, and Luis Vargas. Each of these scholars has performed at the highest levels of their class academically and has the support of a faculty mentor.

Launched in fall 2007, the Ricci Scholarship program is supported by the generous gift of a Loyola University Chicago donor. The scholarship covers round-trip travel, language tutorials, program seminars, research expenses, and study travel.

Unlike other international experiences, the Ricci Scholars program allows students to engage in two cultures within the span of nine months—Western European culture in Rome and East Asian culture in Beijing—and challenges them to integrate these experiences with their personal experiences interacting with culture in the United States.

Past areas of research have included examining legal and cultural barriers for foreign entrepreneurs when entering Italian and Chinese markets; how fundamental values of the two societies are communicated in children’s literature; air quality and pollution in Beijing and Rome; how urban planners have responded to challenges and opportunities of urban modernization during the last century.

2015-2016 Ricci Scholars:

‌‌Angelo Canta, a member of the honors program from River Vale, New Jersey, is majoring in visual communication and theology with a minor in Catholic studies. He has been awarded a scholarship to study contemporary Marian devotional practices in Rome and Beijing. Linking his major fields of interest, his project will explore the connection that Catholicism makes between the powerful and visceral experiences of art and faith by focusing on principle sites dedicated to the Virgin Mary and illuminating their importance to surrounding communities.

Angelo Canta

Mary Frank, an honors student and global and international studies major with minors in Asian languages and literature and philosophy from Lenexa, Kansas, has compiled a perfect academic record in her first year at Loyola. Her project examines the effect of tourism on the spiritual practices of pilgrims in Rome and Beijing. By comparing the spirituality of pilgrimage in the two cities, she will explore the ways in which the human attraction and experience of sacred places have been affected by commercial influences.

Mary Frank

Annik Lupieri, a double major in biology and French and a member of the honors program, hails from Evanston, Illinois. For her cross cultural project, Annik is proposing a comparative examination of the experiences of cancer patients in Italy’s and China’s health care systems with a particular focus on the cultural factors that influence patients’ choices of treatments.

Annik Lupieri

Emily Marogi, another member of the honors program from Skokie, Illinois, has a double major in biology and English. She will pursue a comparative study of women’s interpretation of femininity in Italy and China. Her research will combine an analysis of representations of femininity in popular media with interviews of students to understand their perceptions and the ways they negotiate their society’s standards of feminine beauty.

Emily Marogi

Frieda Rule hails from Norman, Oklahoma, and is pursuing a degree in psychology, while participating in the honors program. Inspired by her own experiences with chronic health conditions from childhood, Frieda will study how Italian and Chinese pediatricians, in their work with seriously ill children, see their roles both as caregivers and as members of their respective societies.

Frieda Rule

Hiba Sheikh, a political science major from Lincolnwood, Illinois, has compiled a near perfect academic record in her first year at Loyola. She will be pursuing a comparative examination of the shifting roles of mothers both in the home and in the work place in contemporary Rome and Beijing. In order to decipher current attitudes, she will pursue interviews with women from different generations, including working and non-working mothers, as well as female university students.

Hiba Sheikh

Roohi Singh, from Wildwood, Missouri, is pursuing a double major in economics and global and international studies. For her project, she will be comparing counterfeit or “knock off” apparel markets in Rome and Beijing as a means of better understanding the “informal economies” that continue to play an important role in both countries.

Roohi Singh

Luis Vargas, a transfer student who calls Chicago home, has developed a research proposal to examine the tactics and strategies health organizations in Rome and Beijing have developed to provide sex education to gay males between the ages of 15 and 25 in order to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS.

Luis Vargas

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,000 students. Nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois; and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 11 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Graduate School. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.

 

New Scholarship for Fall John Felice Rome Center Students

The Office for International Program is happy to announce a new scholarship called the Go Global Award for Loyola University Chicago students who intend to study at the JFRC during a fall semester.

Students from groups traditionally underrepresented in study abroad (e.g. students with a high degree of financial need; males; first generation college students; students from diverse ethnic backgrounds; and/or students from the STEM fields or other majors who find it challenging to incorporate study abroad into their academic plan) are strongly encouraged to apply.

Approximately 30 grants of $3200 each will be awarded for a semester of study at the JFRC For more information, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit http://www.luc.edu/rome/admission/programcostsandstudyabroadscholarships/scholarships/.

NEW Study Abroad Programs with API, CISabroad, SRAS, and Critical Language Scholarship

The Office of International Programs is now offering study abroad programs with Academic Programs International (API), Center for International Studies (CISabroad), School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS), and Critical Language Scholarship. These providers offer more semester, internship and language programs in new countries like Russia, Poland, Bhutan, Croatia, Hungary, and more! Learn more here!

Student Athletes Study Abroad in Peru!

Student Athletes Study Abroad in Peru!

‌The Office for International Programs launched a new international service-learning based study abroad course called Service Learning for Scholar Athletes (EXPL 292 International Service-Learning) during the Spring 2016 term. The program was a collaborative effort between the Office for International Programs, the Athletics Department, the Center for Experiential Learning, and Campus Ministry, and the participants were all members of the men’s soccer team at LUC.  The course, primarily held on-campus during the semester, included a 10-day study abroad trip to Peru over Spring Break. The focus of the course was on international service-learning in the context of community development, social justice, and global citizenship through the lens of sport. The trip to Lima and Cuzco, Peru immersed the Loyola athletes in a developing country through community-based work, facilitating soccer lessons with a youth development NGO. The Loyola students interacted with, and learned about, sport as youth development through this NGO, and continued to explore this through a number of non-profit organizations in Chicago to learn how they can “think globally and act locally.”  Upon reflection, many of the Loyola students discussed how this eye-opening experience impacted their understanding of how much of the world’s population exists with different levels of access to resources, how powerful sports are in terms of development and positive impact on the community, and how many students are interested in learning about other cultures. Check out this video to learn more about their experience!