Inbound Exchange Update
June 24, 2020
Dear Loyola Community,
Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Concern for the health and safety of our international students, as well as that of our faculty and staff, is always at the forefront of our decision-making, Therefore, Loyola University Chicago has decided for Fall 2020 to suspend all study abroad and exchange programs that bring international students to Loyola, including U.S. / Europe double-degree students.
This decision was not made lightly, as we are so thankful for and thrilled to work with our international Ramblers. We carefully considered current U.S. State Deparment and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance (CDC) and consulted with various campus partners and our exchange partners abroad.
Our team in the Office of International Programs (OIP) and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is working closely with students and partner universities abroad to address next steps and will continue to be a resource during these challenging times.
When it is legally allowed and medically advisable, Loyola looks forward to welcoming inbound exchange and double-degree students to our campus. Please continue to check the International Student and Scholar Services COVID19 FAQs for updated information. If you have any questions, please email ISSS@LUC.edu.
May you and your families continue to remain safe and well.
D. Scott Hendrickson, S.J., D.Phil.
Associate Provost for Global and Community Engagement
Last updated April 9th, 2020, 12:26pm CST
First and foremost, thank you for your incredible grace and understanding during this time. We understand that there are a lot of concerns and questions surrounding the university's announcement to move classes online for the remainder of the term. Please read the information below very carefully-- we are understandably receiving a higher-than-average amount of emails and this information may answer some of the questions you have.
We can assist you with anything pertaining to your F-1 or J-1 status, or how your immigration status will be impacted by the university's decision to move online. For other questions, please refer to the following:
- For physical or mental health concerns, please contact the Wellness Center.
- For concerns regarding on-campus housing or charges/fees related to on-campus housing, please contact Residence Life.
- For concerns regarding your student bill, please contact the Office of the Bursar.
- For concerns on how the university's closure and moving off-campus may impact your taxes, please refer to our Sprintax email and contact Sprintax support for assistance.
SEVP and the Department of Homeland Security understand that these are extenuating circumstances and have allowed F-1 and J-1 students to continue with coursework online for the Spring/Summer terms.
We are still waiting on updated guidance for Fall 2020 from SEVP and the Department of State. Once we know more, we will reach out with updates.
Residence Life has published a list of exceptions to allow some students to remain on campus with official approval from Residence Life. International students are considered an exception. Please read the full statement here and fill out an exception form by 12:00pm (noon) Sunday, March 15th if you are interested in staying on-campus this semester.
You will need to assess your personal situation to determine whether or not you should remain on-campus. If returning home would require you to enter an area determined to be high-risk, if you have a summer internship OR if you have a pending immigration petition such as OPT, it may be wise to remain on-campus. Otherwise, you can make your own determination on how to proceed -- our office will support you.
As this is an evolving issue, we cannot say for certain what the quarantine protocol will be when you decide to return to campus. If you are concerned about this possibility, please look into staying on-campus.
The Office of International Program will be closed until further notice. This means that there will be no walk-in advising for the remainder of the term.
We will, however, still offer remote advising for those who need it. Please utilize the link below to schedule a time to meet online with your advisor. You will receive a confirmation email once your appointment is formally booked. Let us know if you have any questions regarding the appointment via email.
Yes -- we're happy to sign your I-20. Please contact your advisor through email for further assistance.
We are so thankful for and proud of our international Ramblers during this time of uncertainty, and we are here to support you in any way we can. If you have additional questions, please email your international student advisor or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here for you.