Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

Eligibility

In order to study abroad, you must meet Loyola's general eligibilty requirements as well as any additional requirements specific to your selected program.  

General Study Abroad Eligibility

To be generally eligible to study abroad, you must

  • be an enrolled Loyola student*, 
  • be 18 years of age (at the time of application), 
  • have 24 college semester credit hours completed with at least 12 completed at Loyola (prior to departure),
  • be in good academic standing
  • have zero incomplete grades in LOCUS,
  • have an Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR) record with zero incomplete Sanctions and/or Assigned Outcomes,
  • have an OSCCR record with fewer than 3 combined Category C and/or B infractions**,
  • be in good financial standing with the University,
  • be clear of all holds in LOCUS (on the first day of registration for the term you plan to be abroad),
  • submit a complete application prior to the Loyola deadlines,
  • demonstrate emotional stability and maturity, AND
  • demonstrate reasons for choosing a particular program and country. 

Additional Program-Specific Requirements

Some programs have additional eligibility requirements, such as a minimum GPA.  For example, the Loyola Global Center Programs and Global Exchange Programs require a 2.75 GPA minimum, and Global Faculty-Led Programs require a 2.5 GPA minimum, but many other programs have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.  For the GPA minimum for individual programs, check the individual program information webpages.  

Some study abroad programs may have additional requirements such as a certain class standing, major, or  language level. You can find these additional requirements on the individual program information webpages. Also, if you need help finding this information, contact the Office for International Programs!

Non-Loyola Students Studying Abroad

*If you aren't a degree-seeking student at Loyola, yes, you can study abroad on our Global Centers and Global Faculty-Led Programs, you just need to be admitted to Loyola as a visiting student first.  For assistance with applying to Loyola as a visiting student, please contact Ms. Cecilia Razo-Seifert in LUC Undergraduate Admissions.  For assistance completing the study abroad application, please contact the Office for International Programs.

Limit to Number of Terms Abroad

You may participate in up to two academic semesters programs plus an unlimited number of summer programs plus an unlimited number of January term programs.  All study abroad must be on programs approved by the LUC Office for International Programs, which are listed here. If you wish to participate in a third semester abroad, contact the Office for International Programs for the Third Semester Appeal Form.

OSCCR Records and Study Abroad**

If your OSCCR record has 3 or more combined Category C and/or B infractions, you are not ordinarily eligible to study abroad.  You may, however, still apply to study abroad and request a special review of your conduct record.  To request a special review, complete your LUC study abroad application, then email the Associate Director for Study Abroad a statement that attests to your suitability for study abroad in light of your conduct violation(s).  Include any additional relevant documentation. Students under special review may also be required to meet in person with Study Abroad administrators.  

Students whose OSCCR records show additional Category C and/or B violations after LUC Study Abroad approval/acceptance, but before the commencement of study abroad, may have their approval/acceptance to study abroad revoked.

(Please see the OSCCR Community Standards for more information on categories of violations and assigned outcomes/sanctions.)