A Uniquely Transformative and Immersive Learning Experience
Loras College Study Abroad offers students the opportunity to live in and engage with communities in diverse settings. Students will build new connections, gain intercultural competence, strengthen foreign language acquisition, and hone in on the College's dispositions of becoming active learners, responsible contributors, ethical decision-makers, and reflective thinkers.
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO STUDY?
We have partners all around the world with endless location options! Below are a few of our favorites.
GRADUATING IN FOUR YEARS
Studying abroad is best achieved by early and strategic planning with our Study Abroad Coordinator, students’ academic advisors, and our Office of Financial Planning. Critical to the planning process is establishing an academic plan that aligns with your goals and keeps you on track for graduation.
AN EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME
Hear from students how their international learning experience taught them more about themselves and the world.
FULL SEMESTER AND SHORT-TERM
Loras sponsors both full semester and short-term study abroad programs for students across all academic disciplines. Students develop academically, professionally, and personally through engagement with international host institutions and partner organizations that may include local universities, internship and service organizations, host families and interactions with local citizens. Our programs foster the development of community and connection with other Loras students and faculty prior to departure, offering a unique support system while navigating abroad. With early and strategic planning, students can earn academic credit toward their major or minor and remain on track for graduation.
UNDERSTANDING STUDY ABROAD
Students who study abroad acquire and develop employer-sought skillsets including intercultural communication, leadership, problem solving, adaptability, self-awareness, cultural awareness, foreign language skills, confidence, and a better understanding of diversity. In our ever-connected world and globally connected workforce, these skills are essential for management and leadership positions. Studying abroad improves a student’s preparedness for a global era. Furthermore, interning and volunteering while studying abroad may not only result in credits earned for the semester, but enriches the experience with career integration in a corporate or non-profit setting.
A global learning experience contributes to and enhances an undergraduate education by completion of international and relevant coursework and internships. All credits on a Loras College semester or short-term program are transferrable to Loras. Students should critically explore and discuss with their academic advisor a plan that meets academic requirements while maintaining the student’s anticipated graduation timeline.
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Your health and safety is our #1 priority!
Along with our partners abroad, we prioritize the overall health and well-being of our student participants. Valuing transparent communication in regards to physical and mental health, the Center for Experiential Learning collaborates with campus health and counseling professionals months prior to departure to work with students in developing healthy planning practices. Loras enrolls its study abroad students with Blue Cross Blue Shield’s GeoBlue supplemental international medical insurance plan. In addition to campus and local in-country support resources, we closely follow the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Department of State travel and health guidelines and alerts.
While abroad, host-program staff and faculty provide support to students who may require assistance and help connect with local resources, health services and professionals.
Developing a financial plan and budget for a semester abroad is a critical step in the planning stages for Study Abroad. To provider greater access to global learning opportunities, students participating on a Loras College Study Abroad semester program may apply 100% of their Loras institutional aid as well as state and/or federal aid. Students must schedule an appointment with the Office of Financial Planning to review costs and plan for particular program fees plus anticipated out-of-pocket expenses. Common fees associated with a semester program include but are not limited to Loras College semester tuition, housing fees abroad, meals with a host family, supplemental international insurance coverage, excursion fees, a reduced student activity fee, and the technology fee. Anticipated out-of-pocket expenses include but are not limited to a passport, visa, vaccinations, local transportation, international airfare, meals, and daily living expenses. Tuition remission is not applicable towards a Study Abroad semester program.
It is important to discuss potential financial resources associated with the specific Study Abroad program of interest. A Study Abroad candidate that is receiving a federal Pell Grant may be eligible to apply to the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship which awards up to $5,000. A Study Abroad candidate who may be traditionally underrepresented in Study Abroad may be eligible to apply for an FEA Scholarship. Students are encouraged to explore available opportunities with the Loras Study Abroad Coordinator.