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Summer Scholars

International Students

The Summer Scholars program welcomes students from around the world who wish to study at Loyola. We appreciate the contributions our international students make to the summer community!

The following will assist you in completing the standard application requirements as well as provide information about visa requirements for study in the U.S.

Obtaining Your VISA

ProgramVisa Details
Six-Week Academy

Students must enter the U.S. using an F-1 student visa in order to receive university credit

Three-Week Institutes

Students who do not wish to receive credit: may enter the U.S. using visitor visas (B-1/B-2 or Visa Waiver). Be sure to consult with your US embassy or consulate to determine if this is right for you.

Alternatively, students who wish to receive university credit must enter the U.S. using an F-1 student visa

F-1 Student Visa

These F-1 student visas are given priority, it still may take 1-2 months to obtain one. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to begin this process as soon as possible by completing your application then submitting all the admission packet materials with your F-1 documents. We also recommend you keep a copy of these materials for your records.

We also recommend you read the our Visa Tips and Instructions: (F-1)‌ document. And additional information can be found on Travel.State.Gov.

To allow sufficient time for processing visa requests, international students must have their applications completed by Monday, May 5, 2014.

Declaration of Certification of Finances

Upon admission to the program, all international students will need to complete the Declaration and Certification of Finances‌ form to obtain an I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Student Status). The purpose of this documentation is to prove that you, or your sponsors, have the financial means to support tuition and living expenses for the entire summer, with the understanding that you will be able to fund your entire education at Loyola.

Be sure to include the following with this form:

Once our office receives the completed form and its supporting documentation, we will begin processing your visa request.   


Students are accepted on a rolling, case-by-case basis. 

Please note: Once you have received your I-20, we suggest you take that form, along with a copy of your admissions acceptance letter, to your U.S. embassy or consulate. Using these materials, you will apply for the F-1 student visa.

Some countries require more time than others to schedule appointments and process visa paperwork. We cannot be responsible for delays in receiving visa documents or difficulties with scheduling appointments with your U.S. embassy or consulate.


An official TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language or IELTS International English Language Testing System score report is required for international applicants.

All international students must present sufficient evidence of ability to speak, read, and write in English through a minimum score of 79 (internet), 550 (paper), or 213 (electronic) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5. These required scores reflect the minimum level of English proficiency you need to take courses Loyola.

If you are unable to provide a TOEFL score, we will accept your SAT scores as an alternative.


Summer Scholars · The Office of First-Year Experience · 255 Sullivan Center, 1032 West Sheridan Road, Chicago IL 60660 · Phone: 773.508.7381 · summerscholars@luc.edu

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