The Office of International Programs is committed to strengthening Loyola University’s Jesuit mission of development of the whole person through supporting a diverse offering of global opportunities. Our programs aim at immersing our students in other cultures and academic traditions so all participants can better understand our world through interacting with a variety of people from different backgrounds and traditions. We are dedicated to offering transformational international experiences that will prepare our students to become Ignatian citizens who can lead and serve diverse communities for the universal good. We aspire to educate young men and women for others who will reflect on their experiences in order to discern with global competence and promote inclusiveness, respects for others and of our environment with international responsibility.
Loyola’s 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 study abroad programs combine some of the best academic offerings overseas with a broad range of service opportunities while immersing our students in other cultures. On campus, the Office of International Programs aims to promote a more diverse and international climate to our students who, for different reasons, are unable to travel or study in a foreign country. Its main goal is to help our students better understand and serve our world. This plays a most valuable role in Loyola’s ability to address the central need for diversity and internationalization in modern education.
The philosophy of Loyola's Office of International Programs is to provide students with an in-depth experience of another culture by focusing on one program. Therefore, programs like "Semester at Sea" and similar programs would not be acceptable. The Office of International Programs must approve any international program that a Loyola student wishes to obtain credits from while enrolled at Loyola University Maryland.