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.

You must have 15 college semester credit hours completed (at the time of application, however first-year students may be eligible to apply for some of our faculty-led programs) Most students are eligible to study abroad starting with the summer following their first year. More eligibility requirements can be found here.

We offer many study abroad programs that cost about the same as tuition, room, and board at Loyola University Chicago. These affordable programs are in numerous countries and cover many different academic subject areas.  Don't allow misconceptions about affordable study abroad to deter you from exploring this great opportunity! We also encourage you to learn more about scholarship opportunities that can help cut down costs.

Yes it can! For ALL programs, Federal and State financial aid can be applied to the program tuition. Any Loyola Grants or Scholarships can also apply to certain programs. 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. Depending on the program you choose, there may also volunteer, service learning, and internship opportunities.


ALL MAJORS can study abroad, it just takes a little planning. Your study abroad advisor will work with you and your academic advisor to help you figure out when the best time for you to study abroad is depending on your major. 

Your advisor can help you identify programs where you can find coursework abroad to fit your academic needs.

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.

There is no limit to the number terms you may apply to study abroad at the LUC Global Centers, faculty-led programs, and exchanges.  For all other study abroad programs you are limited to a total of two terms (fall + spring + January term + summer). 

Housing options for students will vary between programs. Typically programs will offer students one or more of the following housing options:

  • Homestay with local families
  • Residence Hall or Student Accommodations
  • Shared Apartments with other students

We encourage you to factor in the type of housing that you would prefer into your program choice.

You can find more information about on campus housing options for returning study abroad students here. Students will want to work with the Office of Residence Life both prior to and during their program to work out the details for housing upon their return to campus.

Eligibility requirements can be found here.

Our online study abroad application should only take you 10 minutes. For application requirements, click here.

Current LUC study abroad application deadlines can be found here. Many programs will also have a second, program specific deadline as well.

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 a Study Abroad Advisor.  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.

Students who are not full-time registered students at Loyola University Chicago may apply to participate on on some of the Loyola administered study abroad programs.