Educating for Global Citizenship means that Loyola is committed to teaching content and skills across the curriculum that emphasize foreign-language acquisition, cross-cultural communication, collaboration, global problem-solving, creative thinking, ethical and empathic decision-making as well as recognizing different perspectives.
Global Scholar Certificate Program
While global mindedness is a part of every student experience, Loyola uniquely affords students the opportunity to take a more intentional approach through its Global Scholar Certificate Program.
Overview of Program
- Declare interest sophomore year during pre-registration
- Take required course(s) and electives junior-senior year
- Earn credits through combination of school activities and experiential learning opportunities
- Research global issue and present results in Capstone Project senior year
- Earn a Certificate of Distinction as a Global Scholar at graduation
- Students must take a foundations course called “Global Citizenship in an Ignatian Context”
- Students must take nine total semesters from the following list of approved courses for “global perspectives” during their junior and senior years
- See the approved course list here
- Students must earn a total of 10 credits for participation in co-curricular activities and/or organizations that deepen their understanding of global issues and diverse perspectives
- Students will earn credits for participation in globally-focused clubs and organizations on campus as well as participation in domestic and international immersion and exchange programs. Mr. Annarelli and students’ faculty advisors will work with Global Scholar candidates to build an experiential portfolio.
- Work individually or in teams to research an issue of global significance
- With the help of a faculty advisor, develop an innovative action plan for how you would address this issue
- Publish and/or share your findings with the community through 21st century methods (i.e. video, website, presentation)
Global Scholar Certificate Program FAQs
Who is eligible for the global scholar program?
All students are eligible to earn a global scholar certificate regardless of GPA or co-curricular involvement as long as they meet the requirements of the program.
What do I earn by completing the Global Scholar Certificate program?
You will receive a certificate of distinction as a Global Scholar upon graduation to be awarded from both Loyola High School and the Jesuit Schools Network. This certificate will be recognized at Loyola’s schoolwide Awards Assembly and acknowledged as a distinguishing characteristic of Loyola’s school profile.
When do students start the program?
A student declares interest in the Global Scholar program during pre-registration in sophomore year. During their junior and senior years, students will choose courses that satisfy the necessary credits in the curriculum and participate in a variety of experiential learning requirements.
If I’m already also doing Ignatian Scholars or Developing as a Leader at Loyola, can I still be in the Global Scholar program?
Yes. In fact, you can use the work you’ve already done in Ignatian Scholars and/or Developing as a Leader as part of your capstone project for this program.
Is there financial aid for the various travel experiences offered through Loyola?
Yes. While financial commitments are an inevitable aspect of international travel, the Office of Global Education is committed to working with families, including providing financial aid, for any student who is eligible and interested in pursuing their educational goals through the Global Scholars Program.