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Academics, Courses and Credits

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As long as you are in good standing academically at Loyola, go through the proper procedures and get the appropriate approval, you should receive credits that will count towards your degree.

  • Loyola Faculty-led Summer program: You will receive Loyola course credit and grades. It is your responsibility to make sure that the courses you are taking will meet specific degree requirements or count as electives for your program. You don't have to fill out any additional forms other than those required for your program.

  • Loyola exchange program: you must complete Course Approval Form prior to applying to your program. As long as you have your program and courses approved, you should receive credit towards your degree, your grades will count toward your GPA.

  • Non-Loyola program, ISEP Direct, or ISEP Exchange Program: You must complete Course Approval Form prior to applying to your program. As long as you have your program and courses approved, you should receive credit towards your degree. Your grades will not count toward your GPA.

FAQs on Academic Credit

  • Are there any academic requirements for studying abroad?

You must be in good standing academically to study abroad and receive academic credit.  The GPA requirement varies.  For summer Loyola programs, you can study abroad with a 2.0/4.0 GPA but for semester and year long programs, the requirement is usually a 2.75 or 3.0/4.0 GPA for undergraduate students.

  • If I am a language major or minor, how many language courses may I take abroad?

Talk to your advisor. You can take as many classes as you like, but you still need to take a minimum number on Loyola's campus for residency requirements. For the minor, that is 9 hours; and for the major, it is 15 hours. For students who study abroad, some of those hours may be waived; but that must be approved in advance by the Languages and Culture advisor and chair. Generally all courses taken in the foreign language will count towards your language major or minor.

  • What courses will count towards my language requirement?

Generally, any university/college level courses that meet an equivalent number of hours to on-campus courses will count towards your language requirement; but these must be approved prior to departure.

  • May I take Common Curriculum Courses abroad?

You can take common curriculum courses abroad, but your college will determine which courses will count as common curriculum and how many you can take. As a general rule, it is difficult to find beginning common curriculum courses abroad, particularly common curriculum science courses. It is easier to find courses that meet advanced common curriculum requirements.

  • May I take major and minor courses abroad?

Major courses taken abroad must be approved by the chair of your major or minor department and your advisor.

  • What if I change the courses I had approved while abroad? Do I have to notify Loyola?

In order to receive credit for any courses you take abroad, you must have approval. If you change the courses you had approved, you will need to complete the Study Abroad Course Change Approval Form and send it to CIE with the course descriptions. You will receive an email once the course has been approved. If you have not heard from CIE within 7 days, please contact us.

  • How are my courses going to appear on my transcript? Will they count towards my GPA?

    • All grades from study abroad programs will appear on a student’s Loyola transcript including Ds and Fs.  Credit will only be awarded for grades of A, B, or C.

    • Grades from programs without a US grade scale will be converted by the staff of CIE.

    • Students will be allowed to take one course P/D/F. The student would earn a P for an A, B or C in the course. A grade of D would appear as D on the Loyola transcript. A grade of F would appear as F on the transcript.  Students must notify CIE by November 1 for the fall semester of the course that they want to take as P/D/F and April 1 for the spring.

    • Grades from a non-Loyola study abroad program and ISEP programs will not be factored into the student’s Loyola GPA but will appear on the transcript and in the higher education GPA (used for grad school).

    • Grades from Loyola exchange programs will average into the student’s cumulative Loyola GPA.

  • May I go abroad my last semester?

Loyola requires that students spend their last 30 hours on campus, but it may be possible to get permission from your college to study abroad your last semester. Permission is granted on a case by case basis.

Revised 8/9/2017

Last modified 08/09/2017