International student experience increases in demand

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International student experience increases in demand at Lewis University

Published: March 6, 2014.

Students from Lewis University and St. Mary’s University
of Minnesota traveled together to Israel and the
Palestinian Territories over 2013 winter break as part
of a pilgrimage.

According to Longview Foundation and Asia Society data on, almost 2 million jobs in Illinois are tied to international trade. That’s a 104 percent increase from 1992. But the global ties don’t end at the workplace in Illinois. At home, about 22 percent of Illinois residents speak a language other than English.

Lewis University students are preparing to become global citizens, where international ties extend to work and home. Each year, their level of interest in learning more about the world is increasing as shown in the numbers of students studying abroad. Lewis University students that studied abroad this academic year almost doubled since 2012-2013. More than 110 students are taking advantage of opportunities to study abroad for one-week or an entire semester.

“It think there’s better awareness that the study abroad experience is affordable. Students can use financial aid to pay for courses that they can apply to their major, minor, electives, or General Education requirements,” Chris Swanson, Director of Lewis University Study Abroad, said.

Travel Study is by far the most popular option for students. Faculty members lead a group of students for about two weeks to a travel destination that focuses on a particular area of study. For example, Drs. Dominic Colonna, professor of theology, and Dennis Cremin, professor of history, have successfully explored the theology and history of Italy with students. Other Travel Study trips slated for this spring/summer include trips to New York, London, Italy and Greece.

Students looking for a longer stay abroad enroll in the Study Abroad program, which enables them to study for a summer or semester. Swanson assists students with the process. In the Spring 2014 semester, two Lewis University students are studying in Ireland, one student in Italy, and one student in China. There’s also one student teaching at a K-12 partner school in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The program options for students are continuing to grow with new programs in Poland, France, Costa Rica, and Japan. Another new program is the EuroScholars Program, where Lewis University students can conduct research with professors at one of 11 European universities.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit for further information.

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