Academics, Courses and Credits
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.
FAQs on Academic Credit
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.
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.
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.
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.
Major courses taken abroad must be approved by the chair of your major or minor department and your advisor.
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.
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.