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?
When apply for their I-20 document, students will need to show a bank statement, or other funding, of at least $12,500 for the Chicago Center Program fee. The fee for Fall 2014 will be $12,500, however, students will likely incur additional personal expenses such as flights, food, insurance, and class fees that are not included in the program fee.
Sample of additional personal expenses and estimated costs include:
Special class fees: for example, Communicaton course - $15, French course - $50, Art course - $50
- What kind of visa do I get for this program?
Students will be issued a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) which allows students to obtain their F-1 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 you choose to opt out of the insurance, 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 $1,870 for Loyola insurance.
- How should I submit my application?
Please visit the "How to Apply" tab.
- Can I apply to this program without a TOEFL score?
Students who are not able to provide TOEFL score with their application may still apply to the program, but will be required to take an English Language Placement test in Chicago during orientation week. This test will decide if additional English as a Second Language (ESL) courses will be required as a part of the student's academic plan at Loyola.
Any other questions regarding Loyola’s Chicago Center program should be directed to Jason Obin, Director of the Program.