Do you have a student asking about study abroad? Or, are you just curious about our study abroad programs here at Loyola? Here's a snapshot of what we offer and the positive impact it can have on your student!
Study Abroad and Employment
“I had been hesitant throughout college to study abroad and then finally decided I was going to do it and it was the best decision I made in my 4 years. This experience has me thinking on a larger scale than I ever did before. I want to do my master’s degree in Australia and that was something I had never even considered before living there for 5 months.” (Music Industry Student studied in Melbourne, Australia)
“I see the world so much differently now, and I completely understand the phrase "The sky is the limit", my goals have been affected and are so much more ambitious now….” (Business student studied in Barcelona, Spain)
Does study abroad really have an impact on a student’s life and career as the above quotes illustrate or is it just an expensive adventure? Research has shown that in addition to the academic credit students receive, studying abroad impacts their future career and employment options, education, and lifestyle.
A recent study by the Institute of International Education investigating the connection between study abroad programs and future employment found a positive impact on the development of 21st-century job skills including intercultural awareness, confidence, self-awareness, flexibility, interpersonal skills, problem-solving, tolerance for ambiguity, major-related knowledge, among others.
Another study showed that students had a higher average starting salary than those who did not study abroad and got jobs more quickly following graduation.
These are just a few of the recent findings of the life-long impact of study abroad on students and their careers but demonstrate that study abroad should be an important part of your student’s academic experience.
The Center for International Education works individually with students to find the right program to meet their academic and personal goals and that fits into their budget. Programs are available in over 50 different countries. CIE also helps students identify scholarships and additional funding. For many students, the cost can be less than studying at Loyola. Students can go on a 3-4 week faculty-led program or on a semester or year-long program.
The faculty-led programs this summer are:
Scholarships are available for some of these programs but deadlines are coming.