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Good Standing

You must be in good academic, disciplinary and financial standing with the university. Students who are on academic or disciplinary probation during any point of the study abroad application and selection process, as well as anytime leading up to departure, are not eligible to participate in a Study Abroad program.

Approval to study abroad may be canceled if the student is placed on academic or disciplinary probation, or if the student’s GPA falls below the GPA requirements for the program.

Students must be in good financial standing with Loyola and have no outstanding balances from previous study abroad programs or terms in order to participate. 

GPA Requirement

Loyola semester/exchange programs require a minimum GPA of at least a 2.75, and some programs require a 3.0. Summer programs generally only require a 2.0, but this may vary.

Students whose GPA falls below the requirement prior to the start of the study abroad program will be withdrawn with no refund.


Virtually all programs are open to juniors and seniors; many are open to sophomore, and some to first-year students. You can search programs based on GPA requirements as well as by classification.

Language Requirements

Many programs are taught entirely in English, even if offered in non-English speaking countries. You can take language courses to learn the local language even if you've never studied it before. Some programs require language proficiency. You can search for programs according to how many semesters of language study required. 
If you are planning to study abroad for a semester, we do recommend that you take at least one language course, even if all the courses are taught in English. Your experience will be much richer if you are able to talk to people in the local bar or market.