Is the sky the limit or do you need to use your Loyola scholarship and grants? Because of the declining dollar, Europe is one of the more expensive places to study. Programs in other locations may actually be less expensive than studying at Loyola. Follow these links for more information on Financial Aid and Scholarships.
What type of program is best suited to you?
Your experience will be very different depending on the type of program you choose. There is a wide spectrum of study abroad programs from "integrated programs" such as Loyola exchange programs to summer travel programs. There are also programs that offer internships or service learning options. Integrated programs allow students to experience a foreign culture first hand. Other types of programsoffer more support and may be more appropriate if you have never been abroad or know that you need more guidance and direction.
Do you have special needs?
If you are a student with special requirements, please be sure to take your needs into consideration when selecting an overseas program. Please make an appointment with the Study Abroad Advisor to discuss your options and begin planning for your time abroad.
You can go abroad for a summer, a semester, or a full academic year. There are excellent programs that match the amount of time you can afford (financially, academically and emotionally) to be away from Loyola. Returning students often feel that the longer the program the greater personal and intellectual impact on the student.
Even if you only speak English, you may not be limited to an English speaking country. There are summer programs and numerous programs taught in English in countries where English is not the native language, but speaking and learning another language will enrich your experience.
In a university dorm? With a family? In an apartment off campus? With other American students or with local students? Where you live will have a big impact on your experience. Make sure you carefully consider the housing choices offered by various programs.
Housing information for all programs is included on the individual program's website.