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Loyola University Maryland Announces Two New Study Abroad Programs

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Loyola University Maryland will offer two new study abroad programs for the 2022-2023 academic year—one in Seoul, South Korea, and one in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic.

“Studying abroad prepares students to become Ignatian citizens who can discern with global competence and promote inclusiveness and respect for others with international responsibility,” said André Colombat, Ph.D., dean of international programs at Loyola.

Loyola sponsors study abroad opportunities in more than 20 countries, and more than 60% of Loyola’s students participate. Students typically study abroad their junior year for a single semester, although full-year, summer, and holiday study tours are also available. 

“The popularity of study abroad programs speaks to the value of an international education experience,” said Colombat. “The benefits are varied and numerous, from being more competitive in a global market to building life skills such as independence and resilience.”

Students in Loyola’s study abroad program in Seoul, South Korea, will study at Sogang University, founded in 1960 by Jesuits from the United States and the only Jesuit university in Seoul. Sogang University offers most of its courses in English and has 25 departments with seven undergraduate schools and 12 graduate schools. Study tours, field trips, and internships will be available, and students will have the opportunity to explore Seoul as well as the mountains that surround the megacity. The program runs one semester in either the fall or spring. 

Loyola’s study abroad program in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, is a one-semester, intensive service and learning program focusing on the Jesuit mission of promoting justice and solidarity with the poor. Students will study through Creighton University—a Jesuit institution based in Omaha, Neb.—and take courses in the history and politics of the Dominican Republic and social justice issues pertaining to poverty. Students will also experience immersion in rural Dominican communities and have the opportunity to take an elective course with an immersion in Cuba.

Additionally, Loyola’s office of international programs will offer the following new study abroad programs: a study tour in Vietnam exploring its history and politics; a study tour in Spain, France, and Italy focusing on St. Ignatius of Loyola; a summer program in the Balkans featuring Bosnia and Croatia; and a spring break yoga and wellness retreat in Panama.