Loyola traditionally sends over 60 percent of its juniors to 24 different countries. The University sends students abroad through packaged programs in Accra, Athens, Auckland, Beijing, Berlin, Budapest, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Cork, Dubai, Glasgow, Leuven, Lyon, Madrid, Melbourne, Newcastle, Paris, Santiago de los Caballeros, Stockholm, and Rome; exchange programs in Buenos Aires, Montpellier, Osaka, Santiago, Seoul, and Singapore; an affiliation in Rome; six Loyola summer programs, and six external study abroad summer programs.
In order to go abroad for a semester or a year, a student must have junior standing while abroad, a 2.750 cumulative QPA, and be able to find 15 to 30 credits worth of needed academic work. Students can appeal to the Dean of International Programs if they need to study abroad in the spring of their sophomore year. Some programs require a 3.000 cumulative GPA. Students with a 2.500 can be considered for summer programs and study tours. Certain programs may require a higher cumulative QPA for consideration. Some programs are competitive so students are asked to consider both fall and spring semester options.
Students are required to complete all paperwork by the due date specified. In addition, students with a history of serious disciplinary problems cannot study abroad. Students who were suspended from housing or the university, as well as students who were put on deferred suspension from the university during the time they plan to study abroad cannot study abroad. Students who were put on disciplinary probation or deferred suspension from housing may not be allowed to study abroad. Finally, one cannot attend a university abroad or a university in a city abroad where Loyola has a program except as a part of that program. Students will not be allowed to study abroad if they have not received prior approval from the Office of International Programs. The University does not recommend that students study abroad in their senior year due to unforeseeable academic complications such as course cancellation, late receipt of transcripts, or course failure-all of which can jeopardize graduation. Students will not be allowed to attend two consecutive semester programs abroad unless they secure approval for both programs when they apply for the first one.
In Loyola packaged programs, students may use all institutional financial aid with the exception of the Federal Work-Study program. Loyola financial aid does not apply to summer programs, affiliations, and external study abroad programs abroad. All grades from the Loyola programs and affiliations are transferred to Loyola and affect the student's cumulative average at the University, which is used for determining Latin honors at graduation or any other University academic honors. As a result, these students can earn Dean's List recognition (see Dean's List under Academic Standing in Curriculum and Policies). Study abroad students often do not receive an official transcript from abroad soon enough to appear on the Dean's List recognition and announcement. If a student meets the criteria for Dean's List, the Dean's List recognition appears on the student's Loyola transcript after grades have been processed from the official study abroad transcript. This occurs once all foreign official transcripts are received by Loyola, but this process can take one to three months after the end of a semester program abroad.
Each program has a limited number of spaces available. Admission to some of these opportunities is competitive. Students interested in any of the opportunities listed below should contact the Office of International Programs at 410‑617‑2910 or visit, www.loyola.edu/department/international-programs.
The mission of Loyola University Maryland is to inspire students to learn, lead, and serve in a diverse and changing world. The University, therefore, has a special commitment to promote international education both on campus and abroad. The Jesuit mission is fundamentally associated with a global and open-minded vision that highly values and respects the rich cultural and spiritual diversity that characterizes human experience as a whole.
The Office of International Programs strives to serve this mission through its broad offering of study abroad opportunities and its persistent support of international activities on campus. Its programs combine some of the best academic offerings overseas with a wide range of service opportunities, while immersing students in other cultures. On campus, the office aims to promote a more diverse and international climate to Loyola students who, for different reasons, are unable to travel or study in a foreign country. Its main goal is to help students better understand and serve their world. It plays a most valuable role in Loyola's mission to address the central need for diversity and internationalization in modern education.
Loyola Programs Abroad
Students must carefully compare what is included and not included in each program.
The University presently has single-semester or one-year programs in 28 cities: Accra, Amsterdam, Athens, Auckland, Beijing, Berlin, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Cork, Dubai, Glasgow, Leuven, Lyon, Madrid, Melbourne, Montpellier, Newcastle, Osaka, Paris, Rome, Santiago, Santiago de los Cabelleros, Seoul, Singapore, and Stockholm. While participating in these programs, students remain formally enrolled at Loyola University (except for Florence).
Loyola programs vary in benefits, housing options, trips, inclusion of airline tickets, meals, etc. In addition, the benefits included in each program may vary from year to year. Applicants are encouraged to consult the Office of International Programs for more details on packaged benefits for each program before they apply to study abroad. Loyola reserves the right to cancel, change or otherwise modify the Program, including itinerary, travel arrangements, activities, trips, accommodations and academics programs at any time for any reason, with or without notice.
Study in Accra, Ghana
Loyola offers a study abroad program in Accra, Ghana through a relationship with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Students attend the University of Ghana in Legon, a large public university in the immediate suburbs of Accra. All courses are taught in English, and CIEE provides a full-time, on-site director and support staff.
Student housing is offered off-campus with host families who are carefully selected by CIEE, or on campus in residences with other international and Ghanaian students. The student residences are located near lecture halls, local cafeterias, and eateries. All students have a roommate.
This fall or spring semester program includes one round-trip airfare, tuition, room, field trips and excursions, required shots and medication (up to $600), and the student visa. The semester program fee is also waived for Loyola students. Meals (except in the case of homestay students) and local transportation (including to/from community service and internship sites) are not included in the program's cost.
Study in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam is a quaint and picturesque city situated on many canals. There are plenty of museums and history to enjoy, and the public transportation system makes everything accessible. This fall or spring semester program, running from mid-August to mid-December or late January until July at the Vrije Unisversiteit (VU) in Amsterdam is open to all majors and minors. Courses are taught in English, and students must take a Dutch language and culture course. Students are housed with other internationals in student apartment buildings located near VU.
Study in Athens, Greece
The American College of Greece is located in Athens, the largest city and capitol of Greece. Athens is also one of the world's oldest cities. Continuously inhabited for over 5,000 years, today Athens is home to 3.5 million people. A modern metropolis, it provides an unparalleled setting for educational opportunity and exploration.
The American College of Greece is the oldest and largest US accredited college or university in Europe, founded in 1875, by missionaries from Boston, Massachusetts. The American College of Greece is proud of its global outlook and reach. Everything on its beautiful campus has an international flavor: the American model of education applied in an international setting; the language of instruction (English); the curriculum, which is designed with global realities in mind; faculty with advanced degrees from universities around the globe. With 21 majors, 32 minors, and over 1,000 courses offered each year, ACG provides students with plenty of courses to choose from in business, fine arts, humanities, social sciences, and communication.
Loyola students live with Greek and other international students in a residence complex a short walk from campus. Standard accommodations are based on two students sharing a bedroom in a furnished apartment. Meals are self-catered. A grocery store is conveniently located just down the block.
This is a fall or spring semester program. The program includes one round-trip airfare; tuition; housing; an orientation weekend in downtown Athens; program excursions; and onsite support.
Study in Auckland, New Zealand
Metro Auckland in northern New Zealand is a picturesque area of 1.2 million people. The City of Sails, as it is known, is located on the Hauraki Gulf and overlooks many small islands. New Zealand's countryside spans nearly all types of landscapes, from beaches to glaciers.
The University of Auckland has over 30,000 undergraduate students, and it is considered New Zealand's leading university. It is ranked 85th among the world's top 100 universities by the QS World University Rankings. It is also ranked among the top 50 in the following subject areas: arts and humanities, life sciences and biomedicine, and social sciences. Another true strength of the University is its business school with 6,500 students and 280 faculty members in eight departments with 14 concentrations. The University is located in downtown Auckland, and students live in campus housing with other international and New Zealand students. Loyola students take the same full-time complement of courses as those taken by the Kiwi students.
This is a fall or spring semester program serving most Loyola majors; students must have a 3.000 cumulative QPA to apply. Fall semester runs from early July through mid-November. Spring semester runs from mid-February through late June. The program includes tuition, housing, one round-trip airfare after supplemental fee paid by the student, New Zealand health insurance, emergency evacuation insurance, and two short trips.
Study in Beijing, China
Beijing, one of the world's oldest and greatest cities, is the capital of the Peoples' Republic of China. It is a city of contrasts, with the ultramodern and the historical striving to live side by side. Roughly the size of Belgium, Beijing is home to more than 21 million people and a center for art, music, theatre, dance, politics, business, medicine, sports, and education. It also serves as headquarters for many of China's largest firms, and nearly 500 American companies or joint ventures have offices here. Inhabited by cave dwellers in times long past, rebuilt by Genghis Khan in 1215 A.D., a capital for Mongol and Manchu, Beijing is destined to be one of the most important cities for the twenty-first century. As the Lonely Planet puts it: "This is where they move the cogs and wheels of the Chinese universe."
The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies (TBC) is a study abroad program comprised of a consortium of Jesuit colleges and universities. It is housed at Beijing's University of International Business and Economics. The program offers a unique mix of study and firsthand experience: morning language classes, afternoon and evening culture seminars, contemporary business courses, and education-based, adventure-style travel to spots of historic and cultural significance. Courses are taught in English, and the Chinese language must be studied.
Students may attend this program for a full year or for a fall, spring, or summer semester. Applicants must have a 2.800 cumulative QPA, and enrollment is limited to 15 Loyola students per semester. Acceptance preference is given to those who wish to attend for the year, or have studied the Chinese language, culture, and history, or have a 3.500 cumulative QPA or better. Students are housed in a residence for international students. Rooms are double occupancy, although students may request a single room for an additional fee.
Study in Berlin, Germany
Loyola has a program with the Berlin European Studies program (FU-BEST) at Freie Universitat that offers Loyola students the opportunity to experience German and European culture at a leading German university. The FU-BEST program is located in the southwestern part of the city and local transportation is part of the study abroad experience.
Loyola students can study in the exciting city of Berlin for the fall or spring semester. Courses are taught in English and German; however, students are required to enroll in two German language courses as part of the study abroad experience. Students who have never taken German will enroll in two introductory German language courses. Students who have taken German before will enroll in two German language courses to build on their previous knowledge of German. In addition, students may register for three other courses in the following areas: cultural studies, German and European politics, philosophy, and film studies; upper-level literature and history courses; and communication courses for communication majors and minors.
Students have the option of living in an off-campus apartment or in a homestay. Local field trips are an integral part of many of the courses offered. Class attendance and participation in local field trips will impact students' final grades in the courses.
Students with a cumulative GPA of a 3.000 can be considered for this program. The program includes tuition, housing, roundtrip airfare, stipend for transport from airport to location site, weeklong excursion to one German and European city, and public transportation pass for semester.
Study in Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is considered by many to be one of the hidden treasures of Europe. It is a thriving city of modern bridges, cafes, and markets amid an eclectic mix of architectural styles that reflect its unique history. Students will study through the study abroad provider Academic Programs International (API). Students will attend classes through the International Study Programs (ISP) department of the Corvinus University. One of the leading universities for economics in Hungary and Central Europe, Corvinus University hosts approximately 17,000 students annually. Visiting students can choose from a variety of classes in economics, business, social sciences, and public administration. The courses are designed in an American format and taught in English. Students must have 1 free elective available to complete the Hungarian language requirement. Students will take five 3-credit courses
This is a fall or spring program. The fall term runs late-August until mid-December while the spring term runs from mid-January until early May. The fall group departs together in late August and is home for Christmas break. Spring semester students will depart together in late-January and return in mid-May. There is a two-week spring break in the spring semester. Students will be housed in off campus apartments in either the Buda or Pest side of the city. Students can request single rooms on their housing form for an additional fee, although some sites may have guaranteed single rooms as part of the program fee.
Students with a cumulative GPA of a 2.75 can be considered for this program. The program includes tuition, housing, and roundtrip airfare.
Study in Cape Town, South Africa
Affectionately known as the "Mother City", Cape Town was founded in 1652 and is South Africa's oldest city. Cape Town is rated as one of the most beautiful cities in the world with a backdrop of flat-topped Table Mountain set against the Atlantic Ocean in the foreground.
Loyola students participate in the International Studies Abroad (ISA) program in Cape Town. Students attend the historic University of Cape Town (UCT). Founded in 1829, UCT has a proud tradition of academic excellence and affecting social change and development through its pioneering faculty and students. UCT has about 17,000 undergraduate students, and 4,600 international students per year. UCT is very similar to the city of Cape Town: it has a vibrant, cosmopolitan community. Their staff and students come from over 100 countries in Africa and the rest of the world.
ISA's program offers excellent student benefits from the support of both the on-site ISA office as well as the International Students office at University of Cape Town. Students live in two-room ISA apartments close to campus that share a full kitchen and bathroom. All students have access to the free UCT shuttle. Nearly all majors can be served at UCT; students must have a 3.000 GPA or higher cumulative GPA to apply. This spring semester program includes round trip airfare after supplemental fee paid by the student, tuition, housing orientation, medical insurance coverage, student fees and cultural trips and tours.
Study in Copenhagen, Denmark
Loyola offers a fall or spring semester program in Copenhagen, Denmark through the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)-an internationally renowned, study abroad institute affiliated with the University of Copenhagen and the Copenhagen Business School. Courses are available in biology, public health, the humanities, international business, economics, and the social sciences. All courses are taught in English, with a focus on European and Scandinavian culture. Applicants should have a 3.000 cumulative QPA.
As an institute, DIS explores the idea of using "Europe as the Classroom." In this effort, students participate in integrated study tours and field work as part of their academic experience. Each student takes part in a regional study tour, a week-long study tour, and once-weekly field visits in Copenhagen. All selected locations are relevant to the student's academic program and help supplement the related classroom work. These tours are included as part of the program. Students also have the option of participating in additional study or adventure tours at their own expense.
DIS hosts approximately 500 international students each year, mostly from the United States and Canada. It is located in the center of medieval Copenhagen and is housed in a building dating to 1798. The beautifully restored facility offers computer labs and internet access. Housing is coordinated through DIS, and students may choose to live in a student residence, in an apartment in Copenhagen, or with a Danish host family.
Study in Cork, Ireland
Cork is the second largest city in Ireland with over 200,000 people in the metropolitan area. It is a maritime city on the banks of the River Lee on the southern coast of the country. The University College Cork (UCC) was established in 1845; today it is the home campus for 15,000 students. Loyola students attend class and live with other international and Irish students.
This is a fall or spring semester program. Admission is competitive for the single-semester option, as space is limited. Applicants should have a 3.000 or higher cumulative QPA; however, those with a 2.800 will be considered based on space availability.
Students attending UCC in the fall enroll in the Early Start Program, a three-week long course taken prior to the fall term that is designed to teach visiting students about various aspects of Irish culture, history, and literature. A limited number of trips and activities are included in the program. Students attending UCC during the spring have approximately two and a half weeks off during which visits or a trip are organized, along with other smaller excursions and dinners.
The program includes tuition, housing, airline tickets, trips, special meals, and other items. Daily meals are not included in the program's cost. Students are housed in self-catering apartments located in Leeside and Jennings Pool. Bedrooms and common areas are shared. A part-time coordinator is available to assist all students during their stay.
Study in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates has seven Emirates each with their own laws, cultures, landscapes, traditions, and a Sheikh, which is a respectful term meaning elder or leader. The second largest Emirate, Dubai, features a modern, glitzy city, the tallest building in the world (Burj Khalifa), seven-star hotels such as Burj Al Arab, Palm Islands, impressive malls, and fountains. Dubai is one the world's most vibrant tourist and business destinations. With its year-round sunshine and luxurious lifestyle, Dubai continues to impress with world class events such as annual Dubai shopping festival, Dubai International Film festival, Dubai World cup and Dubai Desert Classic Golf tournament.
Students attend the American University of Dubai (AUD) that prepares students academically, personally, and professionally for successful careers in their chosen fields. AUD values cultural diversity and embraces liberal education as the context within which it provides students with a 360-degree whole-person education. All academic buildings are equipped with the latest technology and cater to the needs of the academic programs.
All students live in shared rooms at the AUD dorms. There are 4 dorms- 2 male and 2 female and are all non-smoking and alcohol free. Students live with Emiratis and other internationals. Each dorm has a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, laundry room, study area, TV lounge, gym, free Wi-Fi, and Resident Assistants. The dorms have 24-hour security. All dorms are non-smoking and alcohol free.
The fall or spring semester program includes tuition, housing, airline tickets, some visits and special meals, and other items. Daily meals are not included in the program's cost.
Study in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Glasgow is a vibrant city of approximately 580,000 people located in southwestern Scotland, near the North Atlantic coast. It is one hour from Edinburgh and five hours from London by train.
The University of Glasgow is a prestigious research university and the second oldest university in Scotland. Students may take courses in the humanities, information and mathematical sciences, biomedical and life sciences, law, business and social sciences, physical sciences, and engineering. All students take the Scottish Enlightenment Honors seminar-an interdisciplinary course that explores how the seminal ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment continue to be important in intellectual and cultural life in the twenty-first century. For the rest of their requirements, Loyola students attend regular classes at the University with British and other international students.
Loyola students live with British and other international students in University housing near the main campus. Individual apartments house five or six students with a common kitchen and shared baths.
This fall or spring semester program is offered through the Principia Consortium (housed in Berry College), and it is restricted to Loyola honors students. The program includes tuition, housing, and one round-trip airline ticket. Daily meals are not included in the cost. The on-site International Office is available to assist students during their stay.
Study in Leuven, Belgium
Loyola has a study abroad program at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U.Leuven) in Belgium. Leuven is a city of about 90,000 people situated roughly 20 miles east of Brussels. It is ideally situated for exploring the rest of Europe, as it is less than three hours by train from Amsterdam, Cologne, London, and Paris. Founded in 1425, K.U.Leuven is one of the premier educational institutions of the Low Countries.
Loyola students participate in the normal academic life of a European university, and they should plan to enroll in the Leuven program for their entire junior year. Loyola students have the option of studying for the full year or for the spring semester only. The yearlong option gives students a full immersion experience of learning and living abroad. Students who cannot study abroad for the full year can be considered for the one semester option in the spring. Under the guidance of a resident faculty director, Loyola students live with Belgian and international students in the Loyola International Nachbahr Huis. Students take a full load of regular classes from the K.U.Leuven faculty. Courses are taught in English, and over 3,700 international students attend. Courses are available in a variety of fields. All students are required to take introductory Dutch.
The program typically includes a number of trips: a week in France, 10 days in Italy, and several day trips. Under the guidance of the resident director, these travel experiences are integrated into a mandatory European culture course for credit. Students who study for one semester only will participate in the trips offered in the spring. The fee also includes one round-trip airfare each semester.
Study in Lyon, France
Near the Swiss border, at the junction of the Rhône and the Saône rivers, the city of Lyon has been a thriving economic center since Antiquity. It is often considered the culinary capital of France. With 505,100 inhabitants, Lyon serves a population of more than 160,000 students. Half-way between Paris and the French Riviera, it is also well-known for its medical schools, research centers, various industries, and pleasant location near the Alps. Lyon is also served by the international Saint-Exupéry Airport and the fast train TGV line.
Loyola has a relationship with the CEFAM (Centre d'Études Franco-Américain de Management – Franco-American Center of Management Studies) in Lyon, an international private institution specializing in marketing, management, finance, and consulting. The CEFAM was established in 1986 and offers undergraduate and graduate business degrees based on the American education system. In the U.S.A., it also has partnerships with Northeastern University, Temple University, Pace University, Siena College, and Rider University.
CEFAM enables Loyola students to take courses in English with French and international students in an international environment. Lectures are taught almost exclusively in English by native speakers with strong academic backgrounds and industry experience. All Loyola students are required to take one French course.
Possible courses offered: Ethics core, Political Science (spring only), History core, English core, French core, Marketing, Management, International Business, Finance, several other Business courses.
CEFAM is located in very modern facilities with excellent academic IT services, in a recently renovated neighborhood right outside of downtown Lyon and next to a large subway station giving easy access to the entire city. Housing is provided in two dorms, one right next to the school and the other one in the city center, about 30 minutes away by subway. Students live in their own studio apartment with internet, a fully equipped kitchen, and a laundromat.
Students must arrive on the same day in order to be met at the Lyon-Satolas airport by a school representative. This fall or spring semester program offers several benefits such as airfare, a public transportation pass, and activities such as study abroad orientation, guided tour of the city of Lyon, a day trip, and cheese tasting.
Study in Madrid, Spain
The city of Alcalá de Henares is located outside of Madrid on the Castilian Plateau. It is best known as the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, author of the celebrated Don Quixote. The city was the seat of the Spanish Renaissance in the sixteenth century. It was also the university hometown of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.
Loyola's program at the University of Alcalá de Henares is a fall or spring semester program that runs from late August to December or January to May. The fall program is offered in Spanish and is designed to best serve Spanish majors and minors (Intermediate Spanish II and SN 201 are prerequisites). It can also serve international business, English, and history majors. The spring program, originally designed for business majors, is offered mostly in English; however, students must take at least one course in Spanish.
The program includes round-trip airfare, tuition, housing, some meals, emergency travel assistance, Spanish medical insurance, trips and special dinners. Loyola students live with families in a homestay in the city of Alcalá. A Spanish on-site director supervises the program, provides cultural excursions, and teaches a course in Spanish literature in the fall and spring.
Study in Melbourne, Australia
The city of Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia. It has been called Australia's cultural hub, offering ballet, symphony, theatre, and Australian football, while hosting internationally diverse restaurants and cafes. It has consistently been rated one of the world's top ten most livable cities.
La Trobe University has been ranked among the top 500 universities in the world, with students at six campuses. Loyola students study at the University's Melbourne Campus located in the suburb of Bundoora. Loyola's program at La Trobe is a single-semester opportunity that begins in early- to mid-July and runs through November or begins in February and runs through June.
Loyola students live with other internationals and Australians in La Trobe's dormitories, offering single bedrooms and shared bath and kitchen facilities. Students have the opportunity to participate in La Trobe's orientation, as well as day and cultural trips. All students take a course on contemporary Australia to enhance their cultural experience.
Nearly all of Loyola's majors can be served at La Trobe; students must have a 3.000 or higher cumulative QPA to apply. The program includes round-trip airfare after supplemental fee by paid by the student, tuition, housing, airport pickup, orientation, Australian medical insurance, student fees, and cultural trips and tours.
Study in Newcastle, United Kingdom
Newcastle University is located in the city of Newcastle Upon Tyne in the north of England. With a population of 270,000 people, the city of Newcastle is a cultural, commercial, educational, and recreational center for all of Northumberland. It is situated close to the North Sea to the east, Hadrian's Wall to the west, Scotland to the north, and the cities of Durham and York to the south. Newcastle is on the fast BritRail mainline between London and Edinburgh and offers air and ferry connections to continental Europe.
With about 14,500 undergraduate students and 5,400 graduate students, the University specializes in baccalaureate education. Loyola students may elect to study in the fall or spring semester or for the full academic year (mid-September to mid-June). Students enroll in courses offered in about 30 academic disciplines under the guidance of the International Office, and each student is assigned a faculty tutor from the department of the major field of interest to assist in course selection and to act as an academic advisor.
Loyola students live in self-catering residence halls with British and international students on or near the main campus. The rooms are located within a short distance of the academic buildings, library, computer center, Student Union, and other service facilities. Since the campus is on the edge of the city's downtown retail district, students have easy access to shopping, pubs, theatres, and the soccer stadium for Newcastle's professional team.
Like the program in Leuven, a package of trips, airline tickets, and other items are included in the program's cost. A full-time, on-site director and support team are available to assist students during their stay.
Study in Rome, Italy
Loyola University in Rome is a study abroad partnership with John Cabot University (JCU). The "Eternal City" offers unique opportunities for Loyola students to be immersed in Italian culture and language, European art, history, literature, and the history of the Catholic Church. JCU was established in 1972 and is a 4-year Liberal Arts University. John Cabot University offers a full range of classes taught in English; subject areas include History, English, Philosophy, Business, Psychology, Italian, and more. Some classes are held on-campus in a typical classroom and others are held onsite throughout the city of Rome.
The campus is located in the Trastevere neighborhood in the historic center of Rome. Students live in JCU apartments in Trastevere and can take part in the university's clubs, organizations, and trips.
This is a fall or spring semester program. Spaces are limited, and the capacity is subject to change. The program includes one round-trip airfare, tuition, and housing in JCU apartments.
Study in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
Encuentro Dominicano is a one-semester, intensive, service and learning program in the Dominican Republic. It focuses on the Jesuit mission of service-learning, promoting justice, and solidarity with the poor. Encuentro centers around service-learning, exploration, and immersion with Dominican people in the rich and vibrant Caribbean culture and environment.
Loyola students have the opportunity to study abroad in the Dominican Republic through Creighton University—a Jesuit institution from Omaha, Nebraska.
The Dominican Republic is the most visited country in the Caribbean. Whether you are interested in nature, hiking, watersports, human services, or just exploring the ocean world adventures, the Dominican Republic has enriched culture and landscape to offer our students. The program combines classroom study with real-world experience. The campus managed by Encuentro Dominicano is gated and very hospitable, and the Academic and Student Life director monitors all aspects of daily life on campus.
Study in Stockholm, Sweden
Sweden is a Scandinavian nation and the largest country in Northern Europe. It is bordered by Norway to the West and North and Finland to the East and is connected to Denmark to the Southwest by a bridge tunnel. Sweden has a population of about 9.995 million; Stockholm has 2.4 million. Stockholm, is the capital of Sweden, made up of 14 islands and more than 50 bridges. The currency used is the Swedish krona
DIS Stockholm is partly managed by DIS Copenhagens and it is housed at The Royal College of Music (KMH ). DIS is designed for American students in their third year of college. All courses are taught in English by local practitioners and professors. Academic areas best served are: Biology, Communications, Economics, Psychology, Sociology. Various study tours and field study visits are offered each semester. All housing is between 15- 70 minutes away from DIS. DIS offers several housing options: homestay, Residential, Community, Living & Learning Community, and Folkhögskola.
Housing Paid Abroad Programs
For some programs, students pay tuition to Loyola, while paying room, board, and fees to the host University. Unlike other Loyola study abroad opportunities, the programs do not offer full "packages." They are particularly recommended for more independent students.The programs are located in: Buenos Aires, Montpellier, Osaka, Paris, Santiago, Seoul, and Singapore.
Study in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires is a large and vibrant city located on the Rio de la Plata. The Universidad del Salvador (USAL) is a private university founded in 1946; it has grown to become the largest private university in the city and one of the most important universities in South America.
This is a single-semester or one year program for most majors. Students must have successfully completed Intermediate Spanish (SN 201 /SN 203 ) since all courses are taught in Spanish alongside native Spanish speakers. A one-month language and culture course is offered before the start of USAL's terms. Housing is off campus with other internationals in privately run student residences or in homestays in the city of Buenos Aires. Students must have a 3.000 or higher cumulative GPA to qualify for this program.
Study in Montpellier, France
Montpellier is a thriving Mediterranean city and university town not far from the Spanish border. This is a spring semester or one-year program at the Université Paul Valéry (Montpellier III). This exchange accommodates most majors at Loyola, but all students must have completed intermediate French at Loyola and have at least a French minor. Some literature courses are offered in English; the French language must be studied. Housing can be on campus, in town apartments, or with local families.
Study in Osaka, Japan
This is a single-semester or one-year program at the Kansai Gaidai University. Kansai Gaidai's campus is located in the Hirakata Prefecture - a short distance from both Kyoto and Osaka. The program is suited to most Loyola majors, and all courses are taught in English. Students live with a Japanese family or in dorms with other internationals. Japanese language background is not a prerequisite; however, one Japanese language course must be taken while abroad.
Study in Paris, France
Situated on the Left Bank next to the Eiffel Tower, in the heart of the City of Light, the American University of Paris (AUP) offers a wide variety of undergraduate courses. The AUP is mostly an international university that takes pride in its international orientation, international affairs programs, and global teaching. Its 1,000 students come from 106 countries. All classes are offered in English except for the French program. The AUP offers some core courses required at Loyola, as well as 13 majors and 22 minors. Some courses offer field trips (sometimes to other countries) for an additional fee. This is a fall or spring semester program.
The AUP campus is a composite of buildings in the surrounding neighborhood. Students must arrange their housing through AUP with a company called Comforts of Home; Loyola has no direct arrangements with this company. Students are required to live in shared apartments in Paris and can choose either a single or double bedroom. Only tuition, the study abroad fee, and the comprehensive fee are paid to Loyola. Housing fees are paid directly to Comforts of Home. Students pay all other costs (airfare, health insurance, trips and activities, meals, personal expenses, etc.) separately. Students must arrange for travel to and from AUP, student visa, Campus France USA registration, and housing in apartments with Comforts of Home. Loyola does not arrange for a group flight.
Study in Santiago, Chile
Santiago is a modern metropolis at the foot of the Andes Mountains, just two hours away from the Pacific Coast. Founded in 1541 by Pedro de Vildavia, the city has played a major role in the economic boom that characterizes the recent history of Chile. Skyscrapers and Spanish and Latin American architecture give a unique flavor to one of Latin America's most attractive capital cities.
Students attend the University of Alberto Hurtado. The University has a strong and spirited Jesuit tradition, and its mission fits perfectly with Loyola's own mission and goals. This is a single-semester or one year program for most majors. Students must have successfully completed Intermediate Spanish II and SN 201 /SN 203 since all courses are taught in Spanish alongside native Spanish speakers.
This exchange program is designed for students who want to improve their Spanish beyond their core requirements and is open to all students. The program also includes a service requirement organized through the university.
Study in Seoul, South Korea
Seoul, South Korea's capital is a modern metropolis where high-rocket buildings, high-tech subways, and pop culture blend with ancient palaces, Buddhist temples, and street markets. Visitors can experience culture first-hand when wandering through areas like Bukchon Hanok Village, a lovely neighborhood made up of traditional Korean houses with craft shops, art galleries, and even traditional teahouses for the local experience. The capital is one of the megacities surrounded by high mountains and provides opportunities for hiking adventures within reach with the local subway. Seoul is a vibrant city with numerous festivals such as Yeouido Cherry Blossom or Buddha's Birthday with large parades, fireworks and musical performance—even more so when the sun has set and its people are eager to dine out and have entertainment including Itaewon, Hongdae, and Gangnam. Study abroad students will find that the cost of living is much cheaper to get by compared to Australia, Europe, and North America; especially public transportation and meals at multitude restaurants nearby the campus of Sogang University.
Sogang University, founded by a group of Jesuits from Midwest of the U.S.A. in 1960, is the only Jesuit university in Seoul, the capital of South Korea. In spite of its relatively short history, with a 53 acres campus, Sogang University has established its place as one of the top universities in the country. It has been ranked as a top university in Korea. Its engineering research and publication has been ranked number one in the country. The University has 25 departments with seven schools in the undergraduate program with 8,000 students and 408 full-time, tenure-track professors. The institution has 12 graduate schools including professional and special graduate schools with 4000 graduate students in master's and doctoral programs. About 5,100 international students (degree seeking or non-degree seeking) study yearly at Sogang University in various academic programs.
Study in Singapore, Singapore
Singapore is an island south of the Malay Archipelago with a population of four million people. It is the busiest port in the world, and one of the most important financial centers of Asia. It is very cosmopolitan and one of the last real city-states.
This is a fall or spring semester program, and courses are taught in English. Students attend Nanyang Technical University (NTU), Singapore's leading science and technological university. It is a research-intensive university with over 30,000 students. NTU's Wee Kim Wee School of Communication is considered the top journalism and media school in Asia. NTU's Nanyang Business School is accredited by AACSB and EQUIS- one of only three schools in Asia to hold both. The MBA program was recently ranked among the top 25 in the world by London's Financial Times.
Students live on the NTU campus in traditionally-styled residence halls among 9,200 other Singaporeans and internationals. Bedrooms are double occupancy, and there are shared bathrooms on each floor. Common television and study rooms, kitchenettes, and laundry facilities are provided in every building. Housing is paid directly to NTU.
External Study Abroad Opportunities
Students who have investigated all of the University's sponsored opportunities may appeal to the Office of International Programs for authorization to participate in an External Study Abroad program. The external program selected must meet one of the following criteria:
- The program must be offered through an accredited, four-year, degree-granting institution in the United States providing an American transcript upon completion of the program.
- The program or university abroad must have a U.S. educational provider who can furnish Loyola with a translation of the foreign transcript (courses, grades, and credits) at the conclusion of the program. However, summer transcripts from Italiaidea (Rome) and Sophia University (Tokyo) will be accepted.
- Any exception request to the external program criteria outlined in the catalogue must be submitted in writing to the Dean of International Programs. The written request must be submitted one month before the application deadline of sophomore year in order to study abroad in the junior year.
An appeal form is available in the Office of International Programs. It requires following information:
- name and location of the program;
- academic reasons why this study abroad program meets the student's need better than any of the Loyola study abroad opportunities;
- course titles and American credits for each course;
- the chair's signature from the department in which each course falls and the equivalent Loyola courses selected by the chair (course descriptions may be required);
- academic advisor's signature; and
- verification that the study abroad provider holds accreditation in the United States or national accreditation in the host country (supplied by the U.S. educational provider).
Students should submit the completed appeal form to the office assistant or manager in the Office of International Programs (OIP). All appeals are due by November 1, fall of sophomore year. Students will be notified in writing of the OIP's decision; this decision is final. Since Loyola University Maryland will not accept courses, grades, or credits from a non-approved program, students should not use a program that has been rejected.
The following policies govern external programs and any programs approved by the OIP:
- Students may not study for the year on an external program.
- Students must meet and maintain the cumulative GPA of 2.750 to be considered for a fall or spring semester external program; it does not matter if the external program considered has a lower cumulative GPA requirement. Students must meet and maintain the cumulative GPA of 2.500 to be considered for a summer external program. Some summer programs may require a higher average than 2.500, and this must be met.
- Courses must meet the requirements of the student's degree program and be approved by Loyola University Maryland prior to study. Students must receive a letter grade of C (2.000) or higher in each approved course. Courses with a grade of C- or below will not be accepted (see Grades under Curriculum and Policies). Courses and credits transfer from the approved external programs, but grades do not. (See Honors under Graduation in Curriculum and Policies for grade point qualifications for graduation with honors.)
- Study abroad courses sponsored by external programs do not count toward the residency requirements. (See Residency Requirement under Policies in Curriculum and Policies for further information.)
- Students with a history of serious disciplinary problems or students on a status at the time of application or when they will be abroad cannot apply to an external program.
- A nonrefundable study abroad fee is charged to partially defray the cost of processing (see Fees for more information).
- Students using external programs must put their names on the Student Life housing waitlist in order to be considered for on-campus housing. Students who choose to use an external program are housed after students who use Loyola sponsored programs. Students on external programs will be housed only if there are spaces available on campus.
Students who use external programs run the risk of not receiving on-campus housing when they return from abroad, and in some cases, are not able to return to on-campus housing in the future.
- Eligibility for financial aid is limited to Federal Direct Stafford Loans (subsidized and unsubsidized), Federal Direct Parent Loans (PLUS), Federal Pell Grants, and most forms of state grant/scholarship assistance. Institutionally-controlled forms of financial aid, including academic and athletic scholarships, need-based grants, Federal Perkins Loans, supplemental grants, and work-study may not be used to assist with educational expenses incurred for host programs. Loyola's academic scholarships and grants are forfeited for the semester and/or year that the student studies abroad.
- After completing an external study abroad program, students must complete their remaining degree requirements at Loyola. This means they cannot take summer courses away from Loyola University Maryland (see Residency Requirement under Curriculum and Policies).
Summer and Short-Term Opportunities
The University currently offers seven Loyola summer programs, and two external study abroad summer program for students who cannot go abroad during the fall or spring semesters. (Note: Loyola financial aid does not apply to summer programs or study tours.)
The seven Loyola summer programs are offered in the Balkans (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia); Paris, France; Prague, Czech Republic; Montpellier, France; Rome, Italy; Murcia, Spain; and Ballyvaughan, Ireland. Students pay tuition and fees to Loyola. All courses, grades, and credits are transferred to Loyola, calculated into the Loyola QPA, and used in the calculation for Latin honors at commencement.
The University also supports two external study abroad summer programs in Beijing, China, and Tokyo, Japan (all external study abroad program rules apply). Tuition and fees are paid directly to the external study abroad program. Only courses and credits, not grades, transfer where a grade of C (2.000) or higher is earned in approved courses.
Summer and short-term opportunities are reviewed annually. Therefore, for the most current information, contact the Office of International Programs.
Refunds and Deposits
Once the Study Abroad Deposit is submitted the student is committed to the program. If the student chooses to withdraw an application from study abroad, the deposit is non-refundable and certain fees may be assessed to cover expenditures already incurred.