Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

Checklist Before You Go



Academic Year, Semester and Non-Loyola Summer Programs

Once you have applied to a study abroad program, this list can be used as a guide to preparing for your study abroad. If you have any questions, please contact the Office for International Programs (OIP) to set up an appointment or email your study abroad advisor.

  • Dean/Advisor Meeting: Meet with your dean/academic advisor to talk about your program of interest and how courses abroad might fit into core and major requirements at Loyola. You may want to 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.
  • Financial Aid Advising: If you have questions, please contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance to determine what type of financial aid will transfer to your study abroad program. E-mail: abroadfinaid@luc.edu
  • Passport: If you have a passport, check that it will be valid for at least 6 months past the end date of your program. If you do not have a passport, apply for one immediately; the process could take six weeks. Review our Passport Instructions.
  • Visa: Determine with help from the OIP, your study abroad program or the consular website whether or not you need to apply for a student visa. Apply for your visa early. You will need a passport to apply for a visa.
  • Course Approval: Get course approvals for any study abroad course you'd like to count toward your major, minor or core requirements.
  • Orientation: Attend the mandatory study abroad orientation where you will gain valuable and practical information about your upcoming experience. OIP will send you full details. The orientation for spring and j-term students is normally in November and for summer, fall and full year students, it's in April.
  • Residence Life E-Release Form: If you are currently living on campus, use this link to access the e-Release form to be released from your Residence Life Housing Contract. https://forms.luc.edu/eRelease/login.htm
  • Health and Safety: Check with your family physician regarding health care, immunizations and precautions. Review the health and safety guidelines on this site.
  • Insurance: All Loyola students will be enrolled in CISI international insurance by the office for International Programs. The charge will show up on your bill in LOCUS. Please review the policy brochure to familiarize yourself with CISI. Also, make sure to print out your CISI Participant ID Card, which will be emailed to you a few months prior to your departure, and carry it will you at all times while abroad.
  • Travel: Make necessary travel arrangements if they are not provided by your program.
  • Study Abroad Handbook: In this handbook, you will find information about academics, finances, health, safety, travel and other topics related to your study abroad experience. Please look it over and bring a copy with you on your study abroad program. If you have any questions about the handbook, feel free to contact your study abroad adviser.

While you are Overseas

  • Communicate with OIP: You are encouraged to get in touch with the Office for International Programs if you experience problems or difficulties at any time during your program. If you let us know about your situation, we may be able to assist you.