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Office for International Programs

Prospective International Students

Thank you for your interest in Loyola University Chicago. We hope that you choose to pursue your studies with us.


The Office for International Programs (OIP) assists international students with immigration documents, but it does not admit international students. To attend Loyola University Chicago, you must first be admitted through one of Loyola's admission offices.

For information about admission requirements, tuition and program offerings, visit the appropriate admission office:

Immigration Advising

OIP offers comprehensive advising services for more than 500 international students on all matters pertaining to their non-immigrant status. Our friendly, experienced staff can help you with any questions you might have. For information about non-immigrant status and potential study, please contact us.

All new F-1 and J-1 international students need to contact OIP to obtain a Loyola University Chicago certificate of eligibility form I-20 or DS-2019. Students need this document to apply for an F-1 or J-1 visa, to transfer to Loyola in F-1 or J-1 status, or to change their status to F-1 or J-1. To determine your next steps as a newly admitted student, visit the new international students page.

Students switching to F-1 status from F-2 or B1/B2 status: Immigration regulations prohibit beginning your studies before your status has been changed to F-1.

Students switching to F-1 status from any other status: You may begin your studies before applying for change of status and while your application is pending.

For more information, see Changing Status to F-1.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Why Loyola?

"Loyola University Chicago is a wonderful place where you can interact with many people from everywhere in the world. I like it because there are many international students here, and I get to see a wide variety of cultures. I think it is very important to know about different cultures and backgrounds. Although there are many international students attending Loyola, I find the teachers are constantly concerned for the students' needs. Actually it is a great experience that you will never forget."

Abdulghani Al-Hattami, Yemen
Graduate Student, School of Education
Fulbright Scholar

"I chose Loyola because the courses match the practical, up-to-date knowledge I need for my career. Now, I can see more: Class assignments encourage me to reflect on my work experience and learn new ways I could have used to better deal with problems occurring in the workplace."

Monirith Ly, Cambodia
Graduate Student, School of Education

"In a business world to solve a business problem, you need a multi-dimensional approach, grounded in the complex, dynamic realities of business. I discovered this strategic truth at Loyola's Graduate School of Business. It never occurs to me that a problem is insurmountable. It was my business school experience at Loyola that instilled that confidence in me."

Manmeet S. Taneja, India
Alumnus (2003), Graduate School of Business

"[Loyola] reminds me of schools in ancient Greece or Rome that have the scholar and disciples. It's the true essence of academic. It really is outstanding."

Katrin Raie, Estonia
Alumna (2005), Graduate School of Education


Office for International Programs · Sullivan Center, 6339 N. Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660
Mailing Address: 1032 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660
773.508.3899 · intlcntr@luc.edu

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