Social Justice through Studying Abroad

Posted on: February 27th, 2013

Most undergraduates today desire an opportunity to travel, live and study abroad but the costs of such experiences often prevent many of them from realizing this goal.  Surveys of Loyola students in recent years have revealed that it is not curricular requirements that prevent students from studying abroad but rather financial constraints and concerns about additional costs. Some students dismiss the idea of travel because of these concerns.  To address this situation and make study abroad more accessible to a broader range of students, the Office for International Program (OIP) has developed three programs to assist students: first, it has created more short-term, less expensive options for international study; second, it applied for and has received a $225,000 federal grant to assist students with scholarships for its Vietnam program, and lastly, OIP is using university funds to provide students with “gap” scholarships so they can attend university sponsored programs during the summer or J-term.   The goal of these efforts it to make study abroad an affordable option for every student.

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