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Loyola's Center for International Education continues global expansion

October 7, 2011

Whether taking voice lessons in Madrid or studying gender issues in Istanbul, more Loyola University New Orleans students than ever before are expanding their educational experience by studying abroad.

According to Center for International Education Director Debbie Danna, more than 200 Loyola students spent time studying in foreign countries over the last year, with 32 percent of students graduating with an experience abroad. In fact, the CIE has expanded international educational opportunities to more than 40 countries and continues to add new programs every year.

“We will be adding four or five different programs or exchange partners this year,” Danna said. “We are about to add two new programs, one at the University of East London for students focusing on music industry studies, and the other at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam for jazz students. Within the last two years, we also added programs at the University of Glasgow in Scotland for honors students, Massey University in New Zealand, Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey, and the National University of Ireland in Maynooth.”

Danna says studying abroad is becoming a popular option among students, not only because it offers the opportunity to travel, but also because it’s surprisingly affordable.

“Spending a summer, semester or year abroad can be as affordable or expensive as you make it,” Danna added. “With our exchange programs, students can use their financial aid and scholarships. They just pay Loyola tuition and they go abroad. As a matter of fact, we have a large number of students right now studying in Chile and it’s actually cheaper for them to be in Chile than to be at Loyola for the semester.”

The CIE has also been actively promoting study opportunities in non-traditional countries. Journalism major Mary Jameson spent part of her summer studying global ethics in India, more than 8,300 miles away, calling the trip a “transformative experience.”

“We were not sheltered in any way,” Jameson said. “We were thrown into what life in India was really like and I appreciated that a lot. Our global ethics class would discuss the ethical challenges of dealing with global poverty and then we’d go right outside and be confronted by some of the worst poverty you could imagine. We saw people literally sleeping in the street. We’d be in Delhi one day among this mass of people and in the Himalayas a few days later teaching English to Tibetan refugees. It was a pretty rewarding experience.”

For those interested in learning more about international educational opportunities, the CIE is holding its next Study Abroad 101 information session on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. in Multimedia Room 2 in the Monroe Library. For additional information, contact Mariette Thomas at 504-865-7550 or mlthomas@loyno.edu.

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