Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

Frequently Asked Questions

The Office of International Programs offers programs in more than 65 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 of 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.

Loyola has developed a list of approved abroad programs of high academic quality that provide opportunities for our students to stay on track to graduate while studying abroad in safe and supportive locations.  Loyola limits student participation to these programs and will not accept the credits from non-approved programs abroad.


However, if you can't find a Loyola-approved program that meets your specific academic needs, you may petition for special permission to attend a program not on Loyola's approved list. To petition for permission to attend a non-approved program, you must first meet with the head of study abroad in the Office of International Programs.  Contact the Office of International Programs to make an appointment for that meeting.  You'll need this in-person meeting to receive information about the petition process.  


Deadlines for submitting a petition can be found on the study abroad program deadlines page.  Note that once you submit your complete petition, it typically takes approximately 10 business days to review.


Attention: Your credit earned abroad will not be posted to LOCUS nor will it count toward your Loyola degree unless your abroad program has been approved by the Office of International Programs. It is not possible to transfer credit in through Loyola academic units or the Office for Registration and Records for study abroad programs.