Loyola University Maryland

International Student Services

Exchange Immigration FAQs

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What is the application deadline for international students?

Fall semester (late August through mid-December) and year: March 1

Spring semester (early January through mid-May): October 1

I am not from a school listed as a Loyola University Maryland exchange partner. Can I still apply?

Loyola University Maryland only accepts exchange students from our exchange partner institutions. If you are a student at one of those universities, please contact your International Office to find out if you are eligible to apply for exchange with Loyola.  Once you have been accepted to the exchange through your institution, then you can begin the application process with Loyola. The exchange coordinator at your university will work with you to complete this process.

I have never studied in the United States before, what documentation will I need if I am accepted to Loyola?

International exchange applicants should refer to the OISS Exchange Student page for specific information on what documentation is needed..

What immigration documents will I need in order to Study at Loyola as an Exchange Student?

In order to study at Loyola as an Exchange student, you will need to apply for an F-1 Student Visa. Once you have been accepted into the exchange program, Loyola will issue a Form I-20 so that you can apply for an F-1 student visa.

What is a Form I-20?

The Form I-20, also known as a “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status”, is an important document that provides supporting information on a student’s F-1 status. All F-1 students, who study in the United States, need a Form I-20..

How would I know if I need a Form I-20 to study in the United States?

If you are a non-immigrant wishing to study in the United States at Loyola University Maryland full time, you MUST apply for an F-1 student Visa.

What documents should I provide in order to be issued a Loyola Form I-20?

In order for OISS to issue a Form I-20, you MUST submit the following documents:

    Affidavit of Financial Support
    Supporting Financial Documentation
    A copy of the biographical page in your passport
    If you will be coming to Loyola from another US institution, you must also submit a Transfer Form (Please contact OISS for more information).

After I have been offered admission how soon can I expect to receive my Form I-20?

Once you have been offered admission and have submitted ALL required international student documentation you can expect your Form I-20 in 3-5 weeks. Someone from the Office of International Student Services will contact you regarding your Form I-20.

How do I apply for a student visa?

According to the U.S. Department of State’s website, you will need to complete the online Visa Application (Form DS-160) and schedule an appointment at the United States Embassy or Consulate in the country where you reside for a visa interview. You will need to pay a non-refundable application fee. For more information please visit the travel.state.gov website.

What will I need for my visa appointment?

Requirements can vary depending on the United States embassy or consulate.  It is best to review the required documentation for your visa appointment directly from their website: travel.state.gov.

Can I study part-time?

In order to remain in status, exchange students must be enrolled full-time in at least 15 credit hours each semester.

Can international students work while studying at Loyola?

International students studying at Loyola on an F-1 student Visa are only permitted to work at Loyola University Maryland. Please contact OISS for further assistance and information.

Is the New International Student Orientation mandatory?

Orientation is mandatory for all students.

Is the New International Student Orientation mandatory?

Orientation is mandatory for all students.

Important topics discussed at New International Student Orientation are:

    Immigration and Student Visa Information
    Tools for Academic Success in the U.S.
    Loyola’s Computer and Network Systems
    Transportation around Loyola and Baltimore City
    Evergreen Campus tours
    Student Activities
    Student Administrative Services
    Public Safety on Campus and in the Community
    Student Health Services
    Fitness and Aquatic Center (FAC)

Is health insurance required for international students? / How do I apply for Loyola’s health insurance?

Health Insurance is required for all students attending Loyola University Maryland.  You have the option of purchasing the Loyola provided health insurance or using your own, which must meet certain requirements.

For more information regarding exchange student health insurance options, please visit the OISS Exchange Health Insurance page.

For more information regarding the Loyola Student Health Insurance Plan, which is being underwritten by United Healthcare Insurance Company, please visit the Student Health and Education Services website.