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COVID-19 Study Abroad FAQs

CIE has gone remote!

Due to Loyola’s implementation of precautionary measures related to COVID-19, the Center for International Education will operate remotely until further notice. You are welcome and encouraged to reach out to Wyatt Boykin (Study Abroad Advisor) or Mariette Thomas (CIE Director) with any questions or concerns.
 
FAQS
Study Abroad Advising Appointments
Summer 2021 Applicants
Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Applicants
Virtual Programs
Contact
 

Study Abroad Advising Appointments
 
I want to make an appointment to talk with an advisor about Study Abroad. How does that work now?

We will continue to accept appointment requests via our Study Abroad portal. Whether with Peer Advisors or CIE staff, all appointments will be conducted remotely via Zoom or phone. Click here to make an appointment.

 
 
Summer 2021 Study Abroad Program Applicants
 
What is the status of my Summer program?

Loyola has made the difficult decision to suspend all Summer 2021 study abroad programs. Loyola will review petitions for exceptions to the study abroad cancellation in cases where studying abroad would not increase risk to a student's health and safety. Please contact your study abroad advisor if you plan to petition for an exception. CIE also encourages students to consider virtual programs. 
 

On what criteria does the university base its decision to run or suspend study abroad programs?

Decisions are based on University travel policies as well as study abroad travel approval indicators.  


I would like to defer or withdraw my Summer 2021 application. How do I do that?

Students have the option to defer their Summer 2021 term abroad to a subsequent term or withdraw their application entirely. Students wishing to defer should email cie@loyno.edu indicating the term they would like to defer to. Students who defer will not need to reapply through Loyola. Students wishing to withdraw should log into their study abroad application portal and choose "Withdraw" under their current active application. Please either withdraw or defer your application by Wednesday, May 5. Summer 2021 applications that are still outstanding after this point will be withdrawn by study abroad staff.


How do I submit a petition to study abroad in Summer 2021?

Please contact your study abroad advisor if you plan to petition for an exception to the study abroad cancellation notice. Petitions are due by Wednesday, May 5 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

 


 
Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Study Abroad Program Applicants

What is the status of my Fall 2021 program?

Unless you have heard otherwise from your host institution and/or CIE, your Fall 2021 program is scheduled to run as planned and you should continue preparing accordingly. CIE also strongly urges you to make a backup plan by enrolling for Fall 2021 Loyola courses and carefully considering your backup housing options.

We are continuing to accept Fall 2021 applications on a case-by-case basis only. If you are interested in applying, make an appointment to speak with an Advisor ASAP.

Please note: Fall 2021 program start dates are subject to change based on Loyola's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and any restrictions or safety measures imposed by host country governments. Loyola reserves the right to change the itinerary of activities for a program or cancel a program entirely at any time. Participants will be notified of any such changes.


What is the status of my Spring 2022 program?

Applications for Spring 2022 programs are now open and proceeding as normal! If you are interested in learning more or applying, you can:

  • Check out CIE's 2020-2021 Study Abroad Virtual Fall Fair recordings here
  • Explore the rest of our website here
  • Make an appointment to speak with an Advisor 
Please note: Spring 2022 program start dates are subject to change based on Loyola's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and any restrictions or safety measures imposed by host country governments. Loyola reserves the right to change the itinerary of activities for a program or cancel a program entirely at any time. Participants will be notified of any such changes.

How has the application process changed now that the office is remote?
 
CIE will continue to conduct the application procedures as normal, with the following exceptions:
  • Completed Course Approval Forms can now be accepted via email, and we will now accept approval emails in place of signatures. These approval emails should be addressed to Wyatt and must come directly from the person granting approval.
  • Study Abroad interviews and all advising appointments will be conducted via Zoom. 

 
Virtual Programs
 
What virtual program options are available?

Students interested in an international experience during the COVID-19 pandemic may wish to consider a virtual study abroad and/or virtual international internship program. The following exciting opportunities are available. 

Virtual programs have lower costs than traditional study abroad and are accessible to a wide range of students. Choosing a virtual study abroad or international internship program shows initiative and a vital interest in global perspectives. You will still benefit from an international experience through online courses and/or your internship placement. You'll add important professional skills to your resume like cross-cultural communication and flexibility. 

 
Contact


I have a question that is not answered here. Who do I contact?

Please contact either Mariette Thomas or Wyatt Boykin with any questions that are not explicitly addressed on this page. 


 Last updated 5/5/21