Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad



The Office for International Programs (OIP) is committed to making study abroad an enriching academic experience that is accessible to all students during their Loyola undergraduate career.

This page will showcase the benefits of study abroad, how you can afford it, how you will receive credit while abroad, how you will be supported throughout your journey, and how you can overcome challenges and broaden your global awareness.

“I just loved it all. My classes were great, the professors were very intelligent and helpful. My host mother was a great support for me, the staff was always encouraging and helpful. And the people I met abroad just enhanced my experience so much. I got the chance to know a completely different group of people, and I will never forget them."
—Alexandra Von Iderstine, Salamanca, Spain Spring 2011

Why Study Abroad?

Learn about the benefits of study abroad, what a student can gain from the experience in relation to academic, personal, and professional advancement. Also, read student quotes that speak to the benefits.

Student Stories

Read student stories and interview excerpts from different study abroad alumni including males, science majors, LGBTQ students, and students with diverse ethnic backgrounds. Hear how these students from diverse groups, often traditionally underrepresented in study abroad, grew from their experiences and overcame barriers.

How to pay for it

OIP dispels expense myths associated with study abroad by providing detailed cost breakdown charts, showcasing more affordable programs, and how they compare to LUC costs. Also, see what financial aid applies to programs and what scholarships are available.

Letter to Parents and Families

Read a letter from the OIP Director that speaks directly to parents/families and their concerns regarding their children studying abroad. Also, hear from parents or study abroad alumni.


Visit our resource page for additional information on diversity in study abroad. We have compiled a number of websites, reports, articles, and charts which focus specifically on underrepresented and diverse groups studying abroad including students of color, LGBTQ students, students with disabilities, and students of different genders. 

For more information on diversity and inclusion at Loyola (e.g., University events, reports, programs and resources, and opportunities for involvement), please visit http://www.luc.edu/diversityandinclusion/.

Getting Started

Visit our Start Here page to begin the study abroad process. Choose your destination, pick your program, learn about some essential information, and start the application process by filling out the Go Global Worksheet. You can also find information about how to meet with an OIP Advisor. Your journey begins here!