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### Essential Information for Loyola’s Study Abroad Program

Studying overseas presents a valuable opportunity for students seeking to broaden their horizons in an unfamiliar setting. More than 60 percent of Loyola’s students engage in the university’s study abroad program, which spans across over 20 countries, offering assistance in applying to various external opportunities annually.

Choosing the timing and destination for studying abroad can pose a challenge for students. Jack Hobson, the Dean of International Programs, highlighted some common obstacles faced by students in pursuit of studying abroad.

According to Hobson, a significant challenge arises when students hold strong preconceptions about their chosen study destination. He emphasized the importance of maintaining an open and adaptable mindset while immersing oneself in a new location.

Prior to the application process, students are required to attend both a general information session and a location-specific session before selecting their top three preferred destinations and completing the corresponding application on Loyola’s study abroad application portal.

Before embarking on this journey, thorough research about the desired location is crucial. Hobson emphasized the essence of understanding the fundamental aspect of studying abroad.

Hobson highlighted that studying abroad is intentionally disruptive, aiming to challenge students intellectually, academically, emotionally, socially, and culturally. The selection of a program that fosters academic growth and inspiration is pivotal.

A valid passport is a fundamental requirement for all students planning to study abroad, with Loyola stipulating that passports must remain valid for up to six months after the program concludes. Partner universities often request passport details during the application process, and possessing a passport is essential for securing a student visa.

Reflecting on her experience studying in Italy, Emma Shields ‘25 mentioned that coping with culture shock and initial homesickness were significant hurdles that are often underestimated before departure.

Kate Izzo ‘26 opted for a non-traditional approach to studying abroad by participating in a summer program instead of during the academic year. She emphasized the importance of choosing a destination that excites you and highlighted the challenges of managing homesickness and balancing extracurricular activities with academic responsibilities.

Typically, students pursue study abroad opportunities during their junior year, primarily for a single semester. However, options for full-year, summer, and holiday study programs are also available. Loyola offers diverse study abroad opportunities catering to all majors, underscoring the necessity of early planning. Application deadlines for fall and spring semester programs fall in November of the sophomore year. For additional information, please visit Loyola’s International Programs website.