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Loyola University Chicago Introduces Cultural Immersion Program
Ricci Scholars Will Experience Two Different Cultures in One Academic Year
CHICAGO, February 13, 2007 – Loyola University Chicago announced the launch of the Ricci Scholars program, an innovative research and cultural immersion program organized around the theme of the meeting of East and West. Participants will spend one semester at the John Felice Rome Center and one semester at the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies (TBC) before returning to Chicago to prepare the senior thesis or portfolio that completes the program.
In tune with the Jesuit tradition of exploring and learning about different cultures and beliefs, the Ricci Scholars program offers 15 – 20 undergraduates the opportunity for guided international research and study. Unlike other international experiences, the Ricci program allows students to engage two cultures within the space of nine months and also challenges them to integrate these experiences with a third culture, that of the United States.
Loyola recently selected the first five Ricci Scholars, who will study a variety of topics across a number of disciplines during their experience. Participants include: Laura Burns (Journalistic Approaches to Urban Poverty in Rome and Beijing); Alexander Gottemoller (Italian and Chinese Perspectives on Embryonic Stem Cell Research); Michael Jamroszczyk (Photographic Essay: Faces of the New World); Elaina Mack (Art, Iconography, and Worship in Eastern and Western Practice); and Nicole Dawson (Building Green in Italy and China).
The selected scholars will spend the first semester at the John Felice Rome Center where they will take Italian courses and become familiar with European culture through courses and guided travel. Following a trip to the United States during winter break, the students will travel to Asia to spend the second semester at TBC. There, they will study Chinese, travel through present-day China, and learn about its institutions and rich history.
Designated faculty in Rome and in Beijing will coordinate the respective student research and immersion activities and also offer a seminar for participants to thematically link the two semesters. Ricci Scholars will return to their home campus for their senior year to prepare their thesis, while also serving as peer mentors to students who are just entering the Ricci Scholars program.
The Ricci Scholarship program is supported by the generous gift of a donor to Loyola University Chicago. The scholarship covers round trip travel, language tutorials, program seminars, research expenses, and study travel.
About the John Felice Rome Center:
Established in 1962, the Loyola University Rome Center was founded on and maintains the philosophy that, in our increasingly global civilization, there is immeasurable value in studying abroad in an environment that places the academic classroom experience and direct experiences of the local culture in a dialectic relationship through travel and on-site courses. Students at the Rome Center are able to pursue more than 40 academic courses with a focus on Rome and Italy in their Mediterranean and/or European contexts.
About The Beijing Center
The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies was founded in 1998 by the China Province of the Jesuits. Students live on campus at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) and take intensive language courses and classes and seminars on topics of Chinese culture taught by senior professors from China’s top universities. In addition to lectures by leading Chinese authorities on business, politics and culture, TBC sponsors excursions to the far corners of China, during which student travel is carefully integrated with the academic program. The Center is headed by a Jesuit, Fr. Ron Anton, S.J., who founded BiMBA, a Beijing-based MBA program, as well as this program. Fr. Anton has become a respected advocate of China study in both China and in the West. Loyola University Chicago serves as the home campus in the United States for TBC, which can accommodate more than 100 students.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,000 students, which includes nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 69 undergraduate majors, 77 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees, and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.LUC.edu.