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COVID-19 Study Abroad FAQs

 The Study Abroad Office has gone remote!

Due to Loyola’s implementation of precautionary measures related to COVID-19, the Study Abroad Office will operate remotely until further notice. We understand you may be confused, anxious, frustrated, or even scared. You are welcome and encouraged to reach out to Wyatt Boykin (Study Abroad Advisor) or Mariette Thomas (CIE Director) with any questions or concerns.
Study Abroad Advising Appointments
Spring 2021 Applicants
Summer and Fall 2021 Applicants

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.

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

Loyola has made the difficult decision to suspend all Spring 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.  

What virtual program options are available?

Students interested in an international experience next semester 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. If you would like to switch your application to a virtual program in Spring 2021, please email by Tuesday, November 3

How do I submit a petition to study abroad in the Spring?
Please contact your study abroad advisor if you plan to petition for an exception to the study abroad cancellation notice. Petitions are due by Tuesday, November 3 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

If my petition is approved, will I still have to attend the required Pre-Departure Orientation?


The Pre-Departure Orientation is still a requirement. CIE has worked to transition key elements of our traditional PDO to an online format. More details will be provided later in the Fall semester.

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

Students have the option to defer their Spring 2021 semester abroad to a subsequent term or withdraw their application entirely. Students wishing to defer should email indicating the term they would like to defer to (Fall 2021, Spring 2022, etc.). 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 Tuesday, November 3. Spring 2021 applications that are still outstanding after this point will be withdrawn by study abroad staff.

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

Please reach out first to either Mariette Thomas or Wyatt Boykin with any questions that are not explicitly addressed in this section.

Summer and Fall 2021 Study Abroad Program Applicants

What is the status of these programs?

Applications for Summer and Fall 2021 programs are now open! If you are interested in learning more about Study Abroad during these terms, you can:

  • Check out CIE's 2020 Study Abroad Virtual Fall Fair recordings here
  • Explore the rest of our website here
  • Make an appointment to speak with an Advisor
Please note: Summer and Fall 2021 program 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 cancel programs at any time that travel poses a significant risk to students. 
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. 

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 1/24/21