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International Programs

Contact Study Abroad Ambassadors

The Study Abroad Ambassadors is a select group of students who previously studied abroad who are dedicated to promoting interest, cultural immersion, assisting in preparation, offering support, and providing a platform for communication regarding the study abroad experience.

Please feel free to contact the Study Abroad Ambassadors with any questions about the study abroad experience! All ambassadors are happy to answer any program-specific or general study abroad questions that you might have!


Christine Phillips, Senior 
Buenos Aires, Argentina Spring 2017
Major: Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences & Spanish
"Studying abroad gave me the opportunity to experience two distinct Hispanic cultures that changed how I relate to the Spanish language, myself, and the world around me." 

C Phillips

Monika Scherer, Senior
Leuven, Belgium Full Year 2016-2016
Major: Political Science Minor: Peace and Justice Studies
"Choosing to go to Leuven, Belgium for the year meant that I didn't just study abroad, I truly lived there. I became familiar with Belgian culture and customs, with 10 months devoted to exploring the incredible country and city I lived in while simultaneously also exploring the rest of Europe. And while I learned a lot about other countries from my travels, I learned even more by living in a residence and forming friendships with students from all over the world. Though it may seem intimidating at first, I would encourage anyone who can to go abroad for the year, the experience is rewarding and fulfilling beyond words!"


 Vanessa Rijo, Senior
Copenhagen, Denmark Fall 2016
Major: Political Science Minor: Public Relations
“I can honestly say that choosing to study abroad in Copenhagen was the best decision that I could have made for myself. I have seen first hand how much four months in a different country can change a person, and it is a feeling that words cannot fully describe. One can only truly understand once they embark on that journey themselves.  Copenhagen will always have a piece of my heart, and I can’t wait to go back one day!”
 Matthew Paulich, Senior
Copenhagen, Denmark Spring 2017
Major: Finance and Marketing
"Choosing to study abroad in Copenhagen was such a rewarding and humbling experience. Experiencing the amazing Scandinavian culture for four months was life changing. Living in another country and traveling to many others exposed me to so many different cultures around the world. I will always consider Copenhagen as my home away from home and I will never forget my abroad experience!
Samantha Crawley, Senior
Paris, France Fall 2016
Major: Biology/Psychology Interdisciplinary
Learning how to truly live alone in an entirely new country and culture allowed me to gain so much personal independence and respect for diversity. I stepped outside of my comfort zone in an entirely new and exciting way, and I’m so grateful that I have had this opportunity.

Monica Malouf, Senior
Berlin, Germany Fall 2016
Major: English; Minor: History
"Abroad provided a time of immense learning and personal growth.  Living on my own in Berlin was the opportunity of a lifetime, and I will always look back at my adventures fondly.  Studying in another country and strengthening my independence was a priceless experience, and I recommend it to all that can!"
 Bailey DeMaso, Senior
Athens, Greece Fall 2016
Major: Marketing
"Life is about taking chances and finding yourself, and abroad is the best way to accomplish both. Studying abroad in Athens was the most eye-opening experience of my life. Living immersed in Greek culture gave me the experience I needed to mature, grow, and learn and there is no other way I would have rather spent my semester. "
Charlotte Little, Senior
Cork, Ireland Fall 2016
(Double) Major: Psychology and English
"Studying abroad taught me how to live. I didn’t know how much growing I had to do until I got to Cork, but I’m thankful every day for how much it made me realize about myself. My experiences were incredible, I gained new friends that feel like family, and I learned so much about so many different cultures. I finally understand why everybody says that studying abroad changed their lives. Ireland will always feel like home to me.” 

Marysa Mazanek, Senior
Major: Communications, Minor: Marketing
Cork, Ireland
"Studying abroad in Ireland meant so much to me as I had the opportunity to challenge myself everyday, travel to beautiful countries, and learn so many wonderful things about the world."


 JR Mucciolo, Senior
Rome, Italy Fall 2016
Major: Political Science; Minors: Communications, Italian Studies
"Having the chance to study abroad in Rome was a dream come true. Despite being in a foreign country, it didn’t take long for the city to feel like home, and it’s a connection that I’ll carry with me for a lifetime. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about my next chance to go back!"

Rachel Hanuschak, Senior
Florence, Italy Fall 2016
Major: Finance Minor: Mathematics 
“Studying abroad in Florence gave me the once in a life time opportunity to travel the world and helped me grow immensely as a person.

Andrew Lucibella, Senior
Rome, Italy, Spring 2017
Major: History
Minors: Political Science, Italian Studies

"Studying abroad in Rome was by far the best four months of my life. Surrounded by history, culture, and pizza, the Eternal City provided an unforgettable experience that leaves me hoping to return as soon as I can."

New Zealand

Katie O’Connor, Senior
Auckland, New Zealand Spring 2017
Major: Biology
“I am so thankful that I was able to spend an entire four and a half months adventuring around New Zealand. New Zealand is such a cool country full of culture, amazing people, and breathtaking views. The constant adventure taught me so much about myself and what makes me the happiest in life. I definitely found a second home in New Zealand, and I can’t wait to go back!” 

Christine Phillips, Senior
Granada, Spain Summer 2015
Majors: Speech-Language-Hearing Science & Spanish
“Studying abroad in Granada confirmed my love for Hispanic culture and helped me decide to double major.”
 C Phillips
Olivia Hobson, Senior
Alcalá de Henares, Spain Fall 2016
Major: Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences & Spanish
"I was so nervous about selecting the Alcalá language immersion program, but it was the most eye-opening and amazing experience. I had the opportunity to really improve my Spanish and make real connections within the community while still being able to travel Europe. It was the best 4 months of my life."
 Alli Gavin, Senior
Alcalá de Henares, Spain Fall 2016
Major: Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences & Spanish
I'm so glad I decided to study abroad in Spain because it helped develop my Spanish skills and opened my eyes to a different way of life. While it was definitely nerve-wracking leaving America and going somewhere where they don't speak English, I am incredibly grateful that I took the chance. Study Abroad taught me so much about myself and about the world. 
Emily Burdick, Senior
Madrid, Spain Fall 2016
Major: Political Science
"Deciding to study abroad in Madrid was one of the best choices I have made at Loyola. I am so grateful for this exchange program because it made me incredibly independent. I now feel so much more confident to tackle whatever the future brings."
South Africa  

Kristen Wigand, Senior
Cape Town, South Africa Fall 2016
Major: Psychology, Minor: Sociology
"Cape Town is beautiful in so many ways. It provided opportunities for adventure, personal growth, and a deeper cultural understanding. For me, the most rewarding part of studying abroad was stepping out of my comfort zone. I consider Cape Town to be one of the best chapters of my life."

Christina Jonas, Senior 
Cape Town, South Africa Spring 2017
Major: Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences with a minor in Special Education
"Studying abroad in Cape Town was five months full of beauty, learning, and endless adventures.  Immersing myself in their culture helped me develop a greater understanding and appreciation for different lifestyles.  Having this experience shaped me into a stronger, more knowledgeable version of myself."

Emily Lima, Senior
Bangkok, Thailand Fall 2016
Major; Biopsychology
"Studying abroad in Bangkok, Thailand opened my eyes to new cultures and experiences while giving me a sense of confidence and independence that has changed the way I see the world. I am truly grateful for this experience which allowed me to better live in the present and enjoy every aspect of what life has to offer."

United Kingdom
 David Arakelian, Senior
Newcastle Upon Tyne, England Fall 2016
Major: Finance

“Why England? Throughout my life I’ve listened to my British grandparents tell stories of how great England is. Always encouraging me to visit one day, I was dedicated to study where my grandparents grew up. Newcastle allowed me the opportunity to live, study, and immerse myself in British culture. Living in Europe, and traveling to different countries helped me gain a sense of independence, and greater outlook on the world.”


Gianna Branella, Senior
Newcastle upon Tyne, England Full Year 2016-2017
Major: Biology

“The best decision I’ve ever made was to study abroad for an entire year in Newcastle. Not only did it push me to gain a greater sense of independence, it also allowed me to completely immerse myself in British culture, travel all throughout Europe, and, most importantly, have such incredible experiences along the way."