Loyola University Chicago

International Student and Scholar Services

Nomination and Application Procedure




Nomination Timeline

All exchange program students must be nominated by their home institution.

Students can be nominated by emailing the primary exchange program contact in the Office of International Programs no later than the nomination deadlines listed below.

Nomination Deadlines

Fall Semester/Academic Year Nomination Deadline: April 1

Spring Semester Nomination Deadline: October 1

Eligibility and Requirements

Language: If your native language is not English and/or if your primary language of instruction has not been English, you may be required to take the TOEFL or IELTS language tests.  The minimum score for TOEFL is 79 (iBT), and the minimum score for IELTS is 6.5.

Proof of Financial Support: All exchange program students are required to complete a Declaration and Certification of Finances form and submit it to the Office of International Programs along with copies of actual financial documentation (bank statements, scholarship letters, etc.) proving the ability to pay for the tuition, fees, and living expenses associated with attending and living on-campus at Loyola University Chicago.

Health Insurance Coverage: All international students in J-1 visa status are required to have health insurance coverage.  As of fall 2017, the minimum standards set by the U.S. Department of State are:  

  • Medical benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness
  • Repatriation of remains in the amount of $25,000
  • Expenses associated with the medical evacuation of the exchange visitor to his or her home country in the amount of $50,000
  • A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness.

Exchange program students can opt (waive) out of Loyola University Chicago student health insurance coverage; however, you will need to complete a waiver application process and confirmation form when you arrive on campus, prior to your SEVIS immigration record validation.  Through completion of the waiver application process and confirmation form, you will attest that your health insurance coverage meets or exceeds the U.S. Department of State’s minimum requirements listed above.

For more information on Loyola University Chicago’s student health insurance plan and the waiver application process, please visit the Office of the Bursar.

Immunizations: Proof of immunity is an Illinois state requirement.  All Loyola University Chicago students enrolled in seven (7) or more credit hours must fulfill immunization requirements with the Wellness Center.  More information is available here.

Application Procedure

Step 1: Once your nomination has been confirmed, we will email an application link directly to your nominating (home) institution.

Step 2: You will need to complete the Loyola University Chicago exchange program application by the applicable deadlines listed below.  Applicants should be prepared to submit the following documents:

  • Passport bio/info page
  • Declaration and Certification of Finances Form
  • Proof of funding
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Unofficial transcript(s)

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester/Academic Year Application Deadline: April 15
Spring Semester Application Deadline: October 15