Religion is a vital, living phenomenon that spans the globe. And studying religion at Loyola can mean travelling around the world in search of insight and knowledge. Loyola's Rome Center offers a fine study abroad opportunity that allows students to explore in deep religious history of Rome and the Vatican City. Students get the opportunity to travel further afield and many have gone on to see the great mosques of Istanbul, Turkey, or Cordova, Spain, or even on to the vibrant life of Israel. Theology and religious studies courses, mostly at the 100 level, are offered at the Rome Center.
There are many other study abroad programs that students may pursue. Loyola has a number of agreements with foreign universities to accept our students for a course of study. Among these universities are Alcala in Spain and Hebrew University in Tel Aviv. Students interested in summer programs in Rome (Hebrew language studies or Italian language, literature in translation, and theology), Spain, and France should contact the Department of Modern Languages. Students concerned with ecology and ethics might consider the programs outlined by the Environmental Studies department. Students in the College of Arts and Sciences should contact the Dean's office at 508-3500 for information about other programs. Students from across the University can contact the Office of International Affairs for more information. Students interested in a year in India should contact the University of Wisconsin for it has a number of well respected programs for undergraduates to study languages and various aspects of cultural and religious life.
Students interested in shorter trips should consult with Loyola's University Ministry, which regularly offers plunge trips in Chicago, the United States (like Appalachia, south Texas), and Central America (like Belize and Guatemala). Likewise the Philosophy department sponsors a summer course in ethics that takes students to Africa for two weeks to examine development and ecological issues.