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The Graduate School

International Students

The Graduate School welcomes applications from international students who have completed a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited institution or its equivalent.

English Language Degree Requirement

Students who have not received a bachelor's degree from an institution where English is the language of instruction are required to complete the English language degree requirement. This is a very important requirement: students who do not fulfill the requirement will not be eligible to receive a degree.

The policy states that incoming students are required to take a placement test at the beginning of the first semester as a degree-seeking student (the placement test is a different test from the Test of English as a Foreign Language [TOEFL] and the International English Language Testing System [IELTS]). Detailed information on the test is available at the English as a Second Language (ESL) department website: www.luc.edu/esl/. The ESL department will notify students of the results of the test. Depending on their test results, students may be required to complete one or two ESL courses to satisfy the English language degree requirement.

Students with questions regarding this policy should contact their graduate program director or the Graduate School.

English Language Proficiency Requirement for Admission

In addition to completing the regular application procedures, international applicants whose native language is not English must take one of the following tests:

Test scores should be sent directly to Loyola University Chicago (our institutional code is 1412).

If your scores are not quite high enough to gain admission to a university, that is low advanced or above (TOEFL ~500/173/61), you may want to attend one of our full-time ESL programs.

Financial Assistance

International students are not eligible for any state or federal financial aid. Institutional aid is available on a very limited basis and is generally awarded according to academic merit. For more information, please see the Graduate School's information on merit awards.

Initial Attendance and Transferring Schools within the U.S.

The Immigration and Naturalization Service requires every international student who enters the United States on the F-1 or J-1 visa for study at a particular school to complete at least one academic term at the school before being eligible to transfer to another school. For example, if you enter the U.S. on an I-20 from Loyola University Chicago, the U.S. government requires that you attend Loyola for at least one term before you are permitted to transfer to another university.

If you are transferring to Loyola from a school in the United States, you must obtain a Transfer Verification Form from your current institution to send to Loyola so that we can transfer your F-1 or J-1 status. The International Advisor should complete this form at your current or most recent school attended. You need to instruct the International Advisor at your former school what date you would like to be released and transfer to Loyola. Loyola cannot issue the transfer I-20 or DS-2019 until your previous school releases you to transfer. If you are out of status with your former school, please contact the Office for International Programs at intlcntr@luc.edu or +1 773 508-3899.

If you are currently in the U.S. on a dependent non-immigrant visa such as H-4, L-2, F-2, J-2 or Permanent Residency, please let the Office for International Programs know your status and if you are interested in changing your non-immigrant status to F-1.

Transcripts and Credentials

International applicants who have completed their studies outside the United States must present all post-secondary credentials. Credentials must include all grades or examination results and all degrees, diplomas, and certificates earned. Documents must be authentic and certified by the institution or authorized agency. Those not in English must be accompanied by certified English translations. One (1) set of your post-secondary credentials with supporting documents must be submitted to:

Graduate and Professional Enrollment Management
Loyola University Chicago
820 N. Michigan Avenue #800
Chicago, IL  60611, USA
Phone: +1 312 915-8950
Fax: +1 312 915-8905
E-mail: gradapp@luc.edu

In addition, applicants are required to submit non-U.S. transcripts to one of the following approved outside credential evaluation services:

The evaluation should be sent to Loyola directly from the credential service. Plan ahead to request this service at least one to two months before submitting your application for admission. 

More Questions?

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For questions regarding visas, hospitalization, housing, immunizations, and hospital insurance, please contact the International Center will be happy to answer any questions you might have about your possible visa status in the U.S. You may reach the International Center at any of the following:

Phone: +1 773 508-3899
Fax: +1 773 508-7125
E-mail: intlcntr@luc.edu
Website: Office for International Programs

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