Loyola University New Orleans sets guidelines about how, when and where undergraduate students may study abroad and the kinds of programs that are approved for study abroad. Issues of health, safety and support are critical to a student's successful experience abroad. Accordingly, Loyola students studying on a non-Loyola program must go through a US based institution or program provider; and the courses and specific program must be approved in advance of a student's application to ensure that the program is appropriate for a student's academic requirements.
On rare occasions, an individual student may wish to seek exemption from this policy on study abroad and apply for direct enrollment in a foreign institution. Students applying for this exemption will have to show previous experience in the host country, evidence of host university support for study abroad students, and/or other academic reasons. The institution should be accredited by the Ministry of Education in the host country or other equivalent accrediting agency. A Loyola student may file a petition for individual exemption in the Center for International Education for consideration by the Education Abroad Committee. The petition should be in the form of an essay and address the following issues:
- the academic necessity and appropriateness of the proposed study,
- the individual's personal preparedness and familiarity with the country,
- evidence of support in the host country, either from family or from the host institution, including with living arrangements.