Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

Frequently Asked Questions

The Office for International Programs offers over 150 programs in more than 75 countries. That means you have lots of options! If you have trouble deciding where to go, we suggest you attend one of our Initial Advising Sessions to learn more about the different types of program we offer. Initial Advising Sessions occur 3 times a week between 4-5pm in Sullivan 206.

You must complete 24 credit hours (12 for transfer students) at Loyola University Chicago prior to studying abroad. Most students are eligible to study abroad starting with the summer following their first year. More eligibility requirements can be found here.

Study abroad can be as inexpensive or as expensive as you make it. Check out our program chart to learn more about some cost-effective programs. We also encourage you to learn more about scholarship opportunities that can help cut down costs.

Yes! Please view our Study Abroad Cost Sheet to see what types of financial aid can be applied to the different program options available. 

You can take courses that count towards your CORE, major, minor, general electives and engaged learning requirement. There are also opportunities to volunteer, participate in service learning, and intern at local organizations. You must be a full-time student during your time abroad.

All majors can study abroad, it just takes a little planning. The Office for International Programs has developed a series of Major Pathways to help you figure out when the best time for you to study abroad is depending on your major. We also highlighted some programs that offer coursework in your field of study. Check back often as we continue to add pathways for additional majors.

Lengths of study abroad programs vary. You can study abroad for a semester, a full academic year, or for a short term program during the summer and J-term.

Housing options vary depending on the program. Students can typically choose between residence halls, shared apartments, or homestays with local families.

You can find more information about on campus housing options for returning study abroad students here.

Eligibility requirements can be found here.

Our online study abroad application should only take you 10 minutes. For application requirements, click here.

Current application deadlines can be found here.

If you experience an emergency abroad, contact your onsite program staff immediately. If you need to get in touch with the Office for International Programs staff, you can find our emergency contact information here.