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Americans in Paris

Loyola press release - June 6, 2018

24 Loyola students attend the summer abroad program in the City of Light

On Sunday, May 20th, twenty-four Loyola students arrived in Paris, France, for the summer abroad program. The students joined faculty members Dr. Brad Petitfils, Ms. Kate Duncan, and Dr. Martin McHugh, for the four-week journey. The group is staying in the 14th arrondissement, near Montparnasse, at FIAP Jean Monnet, an international student center that was initially founded to bring young people together from different countries to celebrate diversity. At the FIAP, students are taking two courses from the three available: a course on the history of physics and astronomy in France (Loyola Core, Natural Science), one course on the history of French educational movements (Loyola Core, Social Science) and one course on the history and evolution of street music and musicians (Loyola Core, Creative Arts & Cultures). Each afternoon, the group ventures out into the city to learn about Parisian history and culture through its landmarks, people, food and neighborhoods, including the Arc de Triomphe, Montmartre (the neighborhood where St. Ignatius first started the Society of Jesus), Notre Dame, Père Lachaise Cemetery, the Catacombs, and the Latin Quarter. On weekends, faculty lead day trips beyond the city to the surrounding areas to explore the French countryside, including the Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley, and the Château de Versailles.

Criminology & Justice Senior Luke Galvin-Quinn is enjoying his first trip to France. He says, “Studying abroad in Paris is the best decision I have ever made. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to completely immerse myself in a new and exciting culture. The trip is filled with history and the daily schedule allows time for exploration. The Paris program is teaching me things about the culture that a vacation simply could not do. The classes are all super interesting and the professors do a great job of blending our Loyola tradition with Parisian culture.”

Studio Arts Senior Kathryn DiIonno had not traveled abroad before this experience. According to DiIonno, “I could not have asked for a better experience for my first time abroad than the Paris program. The teachers and students have helped me step outside my comfort zone. Exploring Paris with students from different majors and teachers from completely different academic backgrounds creates an experience you would never be able to get traveling on your own. The classes are interesting and the excursions are educational and so much fun. I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking to explore with a diverse group of people.”

According to Petitfils, the program director, this year’s group includes four first-year students who are recipients of the Global Ambassador Scholarship, an initiative of Project Magis, which aims to improve retention by providing an opportunity for students to think globally about their own career paths and help them on the path of discerning their future—both key tenets of the Ignatian tradition. “We are excited to have such a diverse group of students on the program this year; they represent a dozen different majors and come from cities across the USA. It is incredibly rewarding to share this city with them—especially those who have never been to Paris before. They are bright, engaged, and curious, and they have embraced the city and its people in a most wonderful way.”

The group will remain in Paris until Saturday, June 16th, when they depart back home for the U.S.

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