Frequently Asked Questions
- What are my housing and roommate options?
All Chicago Center students are required to live in the International House for the duration of their program. The house is an international community on Loyola's Lake Shore campus. Please visit the International House website for additional information.
- What are the costs associated with the program?
Students need to show that they have the amount that is charged for the program. For Spring 2014, the program fee is $11,600. However students will likely incur many additional personal expenses (such as flights, food, insurance, and class fees) and are thus required to show that they have at least $12,000 in financial resources for Spring 2014. Estimate of additional personal expenses:
Special class fees: for example, Communicaton course - $15, French course - $50, Art course - $50
- What kind of visa do I get for this program?
We will be issuing the I-20 which allows students to obtain the F-1 non-degree student visa.
Please visit the International Students & Scholars website for further information and tips on obtaining your F-1 visa.
- If I want to stay in the U.S. to travel after the term, how long will my visa be valid?
Students have a 60 day grace period after their program. They can stay and travel in the U.S. during that time, but they cannot re-enter once they leave.
- Is health insurance required? And what kind of health insurance should I have?
All students are required to have health insurance. Loyola offers insurance which is not covered in the cost of this program. If you already have health insurance that will cover your study in Chicago, you may waive out of Loyola's Student Health Insurance by providing proof of the other coverage. Once accepted into the program, students may choose to opt out of Loyola's insurance. If so, please follow the instructions:
1. Log on to LOCUS (you will be provided with an account on LOCUS once admitted to the program);
2. Click on "Student Health Insurance" in the "Campus Finances" section;
3. Submit the electronic waiver by October 1st for Fall semester (February 28th for Spring semester) and the insurance charge will be waived from your account.
Students who fail to provide insurance will be charged $1,120 for Loyola insurance.
- How should I submit my application?
Students need to fill out the application form (download), and provide with it additional documents indicated on the form. These can be sent to the coordinator in your local university or directly to Tami Renner (email@example.com) in PDF format.
- Can I apply to this program without a TOEFL score?
Students who are not able to provide TOEFL score can still apply to the program, but are required to take a English Language Placement test in Chicago at the orientation to decide what ESL (English as Second Language) courses he/she might have to enroll in before registering for any other Loyola academic courses.
Any other questions regarding Loyola’s Chicago Center program should be directed to Jason Obin, Director of the Program.