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What are the eligibility requirements for inbound exchange students?

In order to be eligible to be considered for exchange study at Loyola, you must:
  • be a degree-seeking student at one of our existing exchange university partners;
  • have completed at least one year of study at your home university;
  • have a cumulative home grade point average equivalent to Loyola 3.0 or higher; AND
  • have earned an official TOEFL score of at least 79, an official IELTS score of at least 6.5, or an official Pearson Test of English Academic score of at least 53.  English language proficiency exam scores must be less than 2 years old.  

How do I apply?

First, apply to your home university exchange/student mobility office and have that office complete the nomination form by the deadline listed below.  Second, check your email for a message from Loyola confirming acceptance of your nomination and containing instructions on how to complete the Loyola international exchange student application.  Third, complete the Loyola international exchange student application.  Note that the Loyola international exchange student application will require you to submit your passport identification page, unofficial transcript, proof of English language proficiency, Declaration of Finances Form, and proof of finances (such as a bank checking or savings account statement).  

When are exchange nominations due?

International exchange students wishing to study at Loyola must have their home university exchange/student mobility office send a nomination to the Director of Study Abroad by these deadlines: 

For international exchange students wishing to study at Loyola for:      

...your home university must submit nominations to

Calendar Year Exchange study is not permitted for the calendar year.
Spring Nominations: October 6th; Applications October 16th
Academic Year Nominations: October 1st; Applications October 15th
Fall  Nominations: March 15th; Applications April 1st

Where is the academic calendar posted?

Visit the Calendars and Schedules website for semester start, end, and break dates as well as final exam dates.  

What course credit system does Loyola use?

Loyola uses the U.S. semester credit hour system.  Generally, 3 U.S. semester credit hours equals 6 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits.

How many classes do students take per semester?

Each course is usually worth 3 credits and exchange students will take 12 to 18 credits per semester.  Therefore, exchange students will take 4, 5, or 6 courses per semester.  

What courses are offered?

To find what classes are being offered in a particular semester and at what times, go to the Loyola Online Connection to University Services website and click on the link to search for classes without logging in.  On the next page, click on the "Class Search" link.  

How does course registration work?

We'll email you an Inbound Exchange Student Course Selection Form.  You'll complete that form, then email it back to Loyola.  For fall semester, that form is due April 15.  For spring semester, that form is due November 1.  After we receive your form, we'll register you in your selected courses.

What housing is available?

Visit the Residence Life website for housing options.

What meal plans are available?

Visit the Campus Card meal plans website for information.  

What are the move-in and orientation dates?

Once the university finalizes those dates, you'll receive an email from International Students and Scholar Services.

How do I obtain medical insurance?

All international students are required to have health insurance. Visit the Bursar Health Insurance website for information.  

Who should international exchange students contact for more information?

Feel free to email and visit the International Students and Scholars Services website.