Our study abroad programs offer courses that can count towards your core, major, minor, general electives and engaged learning requirements. Depending on the program you choose, there may also for-credit service learning and internship courses. Most students end up taking a mixture of core, major, minor, and elective courses while abroad, rather than all major-requirement courses.
Course Equivalency Approvals
If you're going on an affiliate or exchange program, you'll be taking that institution's courses taught by their faculty. The semester before you depart, you'll need to get your study abroad course equivalencies approved. This means you'll select potential courses to take abroad, submit details on those courses, then you'll receive official notification from Loyola what your study abroad courses will count for back at Loyola. The process by which you request to have your study abroad courses of interest reviewed and approved is embedded into your Loyola Study Abroad application, so after you've been accepted, make sure you login and access your application, then follow the steps to complete your course equivalency review process. If you don't complete your course equivalency review, your abroad classes will all count as general electives.
You must meet with your academic advisor to talk about your study abroad program's courses and how those foreign courses can fit into major, minor, core, Engaged Learning or other requirements at Loyola. For example, you should discuss how many credit hours you need to graduate, which core courses you still need to fulfill, and whether you need to take any upper-level courses. You also must ask the Loyola academic department(s) housing your major and minor programs for their applicable policies, such as if they have prohibitions on taking certain courses away from Loyola.
Note that for students studying abroad at Rome, Vietnam, or on a Loyola faculty-led program, there is no course equivalency approval process. All courses at Rome, Vietnam, and on Loyola faculty-led programs are Loyola courses and are treated the same as the Loyola courses taught at LSC and WTC.
Course Equivalencies Database
Please view our course equivalencies database, which contains foreign courses for which Loyola course equivalents have already been determined for prior study abroad students.
Course Equivalency Approval Requests
In order to request to have a study abroad course reviewed to determine its Loyola equivalent, follow these steps:
- Look up the schedule of classes at your study abroad program and download the syllabi for each course you may take. Obtain the syllabi for all the courses you may take abroad, plus a few alternates.
- Login to the Online Course Approval site and follow all the instructions there.
- Once you've received all your course approvals, download the PDF of each of your course approvals from the Online Course Approval site, then upload each PDF to your study abroad application. (Look for the requirement called "Complete Your Course Approvals.")
Course Equivalency Approval Requests while Abroad
Sometimes students end up taking a course or two that wasn't in their original plan. This may occur due to a class being cancelled or a time conflict. If any of your courses do change while you're abroad, you should submit the new courses to the Online Course Approval site, per the instructions on this page, as soon as possible to find out what the Loyola course equivalent is. Don't plan on getting courses approved retroactively when back at Loyola once your program is over.
You may not enroll in any courses abroad that are similar to courses that you have previously taken at Loyola and for which you have earned credit. If in doubt, ask your academic advisor. If you take a course abroad that's too similar to a course for which you've previously earned credit at Loyola, your abroad course will be considered an "unauthorized repeat" and you won't earn additional credit.
QuestionsIf you have any questions about study abroad course equivalencies, please check out our Course Approval Student Instructions, Course Approval FAQs, and (for Loyola employees) the Course Approval Employee Instructions.
Additional InformationPlease visit the For Approved Students > Academic Policies page for additional information on study abroad academics.
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