Preparing to Leave
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 come in during walk-in advising hours (Monday-Friday, 1pm-3pm).
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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. The orientation date for summer 2014, fall 2014 and full year 2014-2015 students is Sunday, April 6th from 5:30-8pm and will take place in the Sullivan Center.
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 Chicago students will be required to purchase CISI International Travel Insurance. The Office for International Programs will provide you with information on how to enroll in the plan.
- Travel: Make necessary travel arrangements if they are not provided by your program.
- Residence: Inform Loyola Residence Life staff if you will be leaving and/or returning to the residence halls. Do this after you have been accepted to a study abroad program and have decided for certain that you will participate.
- OIP Forms:Make sure that the forms required to be on file at Loyola's OIP have been turned in:
- 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.
- Final Step: Tell OIP your date of departure, the e-mail address you will use while abroad and your address abroad if you know it.
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.