Loyola University Chicago

Office for International Programs

January 2017

Lise

Home Country: France

Major: Political Science and International Relations

Why did you choose to come to Loyola?

I wanted to be in a big city for my year abroad. Indeed, in my school in France every student has to go abroad for a full year in our third year. So the school has a very extensive list of partnerships (almost 200 schools). Studying in the USA is an amazing opportunity, and being in Chicago is even better!

I love living in such a big city as Chicago because there are always things to do, places to go… and the lake to admire all day and all night long!

What have you enjoyed so far about living in the International House?

I feel like every student in the I-House is more open and internationally curious than what I had experienced in a “regular” dorm. Also, many activities are offered for international students to meet others and I find it really interesting!

Where do you go in Chicago for fun?

I love walking in Chicago, just going downtown with my camera and a map of the city! I usually walk around for a couple hours, and then I like to enjoy a hot chocolate or a café near the River. But I know it’s going to be more difficult to do that over the Winter because of the crazy temperatures… However, I’m sure I’ll find other activities to do on the weekends and during the long Winter days. Maybe I’ll cook more…

Have you traveled anywhere outside of the U.S.?

I have gotten to travel to Costa Rica, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and Spain. I hope to spend more time in the Middle East because I really love the food and culture!

What will you miss most about the International House/Loyola/Chicago?

I think I will miss Chicago a lot, because my school in France is located in a very small city so there are not as much things to do as in Chicago. But honestly the food is better there so my heart is torn apart between Chicago and Aix-en-Provence… Also, I will miss the atmosphere of the I-House, where everyone greet and smile at each other all the time. I will definitely miss Loyola because it offered me such an amazing experience for my year abroad!