Loyola Magazine

Studying abroad broadens minds and horizons for students at Loyola University Maryland

With global awareness a hallmark of a Jesuit education, many Loyola students pack their bags and their intellectual curiosity to go abroad

When COVID-19 started taking hold, the first programs to close at Loyola were the study abroad locations. The University asked students who were studying abroad around the globe to come home.

Later, as Loyola reopened its campuses and students and faculty members returned, the campus experience gradually returned to normal. But with travel restrictions and policies in other countries, studying abroad remained a challenge.

Today, however, Loyola students are back to studying abroad, and the numbers match those our University has been known for—with more than two-thirds of students taking part in one of Loyola’s more than 60 programs in more than 30 countries around the globe.

Undergraduate students and graduate students pack their bags and their intellectual curiosity to go abroad whether for spring break, a summer trip, a semester, or a full year.

Loyola recently launched a service-learning-focused winter break experience in Costa Rica for first-year students.

“Global awareness is a hallmark of Loyola’s Jesuit education,” Jack Hobson, Ed.D., dean of international programs, shares. “Studying abroad exposes students to diverse cultures and perspectives and offers unparalleled learning opportunities. Simply put, studying abroad can alter the way you see and process the world around you for the rest of your life.”

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.

—Saint Augustine

Photo by Emma Sabino, ’25, taken on location in Newcastle, England, during spring of her junior year abroad studying at Newcastle University.