Study Abroad in 10 Simple Steps
Step 1: Make an appointment with a peer advisor.About a full year prior to when you want to go abroad
- Review program basics and deadlines.
- Compare program types.
- Discuss finances.
- Review Courses and Credits Section.
- Review the application process.
- Next steps:
- Apply for a Passport.
- If you're going on a Loyola summer program, apply directly.
- Review program pages and come up with 2 or more choices.
- Do they offer the courses needed for your major?
- Does the cost of the program fit your financial situation?
- Make an appointment with Wyatt or Debbie to explore specific programs.
Step 2: Meet with your academic advisor to discuss studying abroad.
- Review your DPCL together to determine the right mix of courses to take while abroad—not just major courses, but electives, common curriculum, etc.
- Don’t talk about the courses offered abroad, rather discuss the Loyola course requirements for your major.
- Are there specific courses that you should take before going abroad?
Step 3: Meet with a study abroad advisor to explore specific programs.
- Make your appointment beforehand.
- Review specific programs that meet your degree and financial requirements.
- Open your Loyola application.
Step 4: Prepare to apply.
- If you have more questions, make another appointment with a study abroad advisor.
- You must have approval to study abroad and have an application set up through the Loyola study abroad website if you want to receive credit for your courses. This applies even for non-Loyola programs. For more information, make an appointment.
Step 5: Complete your Loyola application.8–10 months prior
- Most applicants work on their semester or year-long program applications for at least 3–4 months.
Step 6: Interview with Loyola faculty.
- Going on a semester or year-long exchange? If not, skip to step 8!
- Once you’ve completed your Loyola application, you will have a short interview with a small committee of faculty who are very encouraging and open to study abroad.
Step 7: Complete your host university application.
Once you’ve been interviewed, CIE will send your application to the actual university abroad for your official acceptance. Be patient, as it could take a few weeks before you are accepted to your selected university.
Step 8: Get accepted!
Congratulations! You’re going abroad! This isn’t the end of the journey—you’ll still have to apply for your visa, purchase airline tickets, secure housing, and confirm other details before you leave.
Step 9: Attend CIE's Pre-Departure Orientation.
All students going abroad will attend an orientation session with CIE before leaving campus.
Step 10: GO ABROAD!
The application process may seem daunting and overwhelming with so many choices and important questions, but going abroad can change your life!
Want to know more? Check out our Types of Programs!