When making the decision to study abroad, the Office of International Programs encourages students to use a Loyola-sponsored program. We feel there are certain benefits connected to using Loyola-sponsored programs. However, if students have looked into our Loyola programs, exchanges and affiliations and do not want to use one, they can appeal for an exception to the policy which restricts study abroad to these programs. Students must submit an Appeal Form to the Office of International Programs and receive approval on two levels before continuing with the study abroad process.
The first part of the Appeal Form is to submit information on the non-Loyola program and have the program approved. If the non-Loyola program is approved, the second part is for the student to secure enough course approvals from department chairs to find enough courses to allow them to study for one semester as a full-time student. Once a student has the approvals on both levels, the student can continue with the study abroad process.
The philosophy of Loyola's 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 student wishes to obtain credits from while enrolled at Loyola University Maryland.
In order to receive approval for a non-Loyola program, the program must meet one of the following criteria:
- The non-Loyola 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 OR
- The program or university abroad must have a U.S. educational provider that can verify the accreditation of the university abroad and furnish Loyola with a translation of the foreign transcript (courses, grades and credits) at the conclusion of the program.
An appeal form is available in the Office of International Programs and requires the 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 chairs' 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 enjoys at least regional accreditation in the United States or national accreditation in the host country (provided by the U.S. educational provider).
Students who are interested in pursuing this option should contact Renee Harris in the Office of International Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org to get information on how to obtain approval for a non-Loyola program.
In order to use a non-Loyola program, students must first apply to Loyola University Maryland. You must select a non-Loyola program as one of your choices on the study abroad application at Loyola. We recommend that you select a non-Loyola program as your third choice and not your first or second choice. The Loyola application is merely a screening process. Once you have been cleared by the Office of International Programs, students will receive approval to apply directly to the non-Loyola program. The non-Loyola program will review your admission materials and render a decision.
Students must receive written approval from Office of International Programs before submitting an application to Loyola University Maryland and to the non-Loyola Program.
Students must realize that participating in a non-Loyola program means they will be placed on a leave of absence from Loyola University.
- First, students must meet the admissions requirement at Loyola University. If you do not meet the admission criteria at Loyola University Maryland, you will not be allowed to use a non-Loyola program;
- Admission requirements vary from program to program. However, Loyola requires that all students who intend to apply to a non-Loyola program MUST have a 2.75 cumulative GPA regardless of the non-Loyola program's admission requirement;
- Some non-Loyola programs may require a higher cumulative GPA for admission;
- A student applying to a non-Loyola program cannot be on any type of disciplinary probation nor have a history of serious disciplinary problems at the time of application; and
- Students must schedule an academic interview to discuss potential courses.
Loyola Application Deadline
- December 2 (Wednesday after Thanksgiving break) for the fall or spring semester.
Students interested in applying to a non-Loyola program must apply by Loyola's application deadline. Students applying to a non-Loyola program must complete the Loyola application first. Second, a student must submit an appeal (part I and part II) and receive approval on both part I and part II. Once the online Loyola application AND appeal application (paper ) have been received and approved, the Office of International Programs will contact the student to inform her/him if he/she can proceed to the final step, which is to apply directly to the non-Loyola program.
Policies Governing Non-Loyola Programs
- Students who use non-Loyola programs will be placed on a housing wait-list for the returning semester. If there are no on-campus housing spots available, then students will have to move and find off-campus housing. There is the possibility that once a student moves off-campus, they may not be able to return to campus housing;
- To satisfy the residency requirement at Loyola, once a student completes a non-Loyola study abroad program, he/she will not be allowed to take their remaining course requirements at another institution. This includes summer courses;
- Loyola monies (including but not limited to academic and athletic scholarships/grants) cannot be used to cover expenses incurred on non-Loyola programs.
- Once a student has been accepted and in some cases, paid a study abroad deposit, the student forfeits the right to register for courses and go through the housing selection process at Loyola for the semester the student plans to be abroad. Even if a student has not received his/her formal acceptance from the non-Loyola program, the student will not be allowed to register for courses and housing at Loyola;
- All students studying abroad on non-Loyola programs will have to drop their housing before receiving a final decision on admission; and
- Students will be billed a non-refundable, study abroad deposit of $800 for the semester.
Grades and Credits
- Only courses and credits transfer from non-Loyola programs;
- In order to receive transfer credit, students must receive a 2.00 (C) or higher in each approved course;
- Grades from abroad will be calculated into a student's Loyola QPA if that student becomes a candidate for Honors at graduation;
- Students must register for courses abroad that will allow them to transfer the equivalent of what they would take during a semester at Loyola, which are 5 courses and 15 credits; and
- It is the student’s responsibility to select a non-Loyola program that will keep them on track for graduation.
- All courses must be approved prior to studying abroad;
- Some programs listed under non-Loyola programs already have a certain number of courses approved;
- Course offerings change from semester to semester;
- Therefore, course approvals need to be updated regularly. In the majority of cases, registration on non-Loyola programs will take place abroad; and
- Try to have as many alternates for abroad, in the case there is a major course change abroad.
- Try to save as many electives for abroad, just in case core and/or major courses are closed or canceled;
- Not all non-Loyola programs offer the same major/minor/core courses as Loyola. Course offerings for a particular semester may not be available until two months prior to departure; and
- Most non-Loyola programs reserve the right to make course changes.
- Housing options vary from program to program.
- It is recommended that you visit the website for each program you are interested in using before applying.
Cost and Fees
- All tuition, housing, program fees and any other incidental costs are paid directly to the study abroad program;
- All students using non-Loyola programs will be charged a study abroad fee by Loyola. Currently this fee is $800 and will be billed to you. The fee is subject to change;
- Eligibility for financial aid for non-Loyola programs is limited to Federal Direct Stafford Loans (subsidized and unsubsidized), Federal Parent Loans (PLUS), Federal Pell Grants, and most forms of state grant/scholarship assistance; and
- Institutionally controlled forms of financial aid including academic scholarships, athletic scholarships, need-based grants, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Supplemental Grants, and federal work-study are forfeited and cannot be used to assist with educational expenses incurred for these study abroad programs.