Loyola University Chicago

Chicago Center

3-Track Course System

There are three enrollment tracks that are designed to complement the English language abilities of each participating Chicago Center student. Depending on course track, students will enroll in classes selected from the undergraduate catalog, from Loyola University Chicago's English Language Learners Program, or from a combination of the two. 

To determine a course track, students must submit official test scores or the Chicago Center's online English Language examination. Loyola University Chicago accepts the following International English Language examinations:

  • TOEFL
  • IELTS
  • Cambridge (FCE) 
  • CEFR
  • TOEIC

Once English Language scores are processed, students will be assigned to the Direct Enroll, Combined Studies, or Intensive English Course Track.  Click below for language track descriptions and requirements:   

Students with strong English Language proficiency will work with their academic advisor to select courses from the Loyola undergraduate catalogue.  Students must meet the minimum language requirements to qualify for the Direct Enroll track. 

Language Requirements

English Language Examination Required Test Score
TOEFL 79 - 120
IELTS 6.5 - 9 
Cambridge (FCE) A or 180 - 230
CEFR C1 - C2
TOEIC 690 - 990

Direct Enroll semester students will be enrolled in full-time academic coursework ranging from 4-6 courses (12-18 credits) during the semester. Direct Enroll students will enroll students will enroll in 2 courses (6 credits) over the summer-term. 

Past Chicago Center Students have taken courses such as: 

  • PSYC 101 - General Psychology 
  • STAT 103 - Fundamentals of Statistics 
  • DANC 131 - Jazz Dance: Theories and Techniques
  • COMM 175 - Introduction to Communication 
  • MGMT 201 - Managing People and Organizations 
  • MARK 201 - Principles of Marketing 
  • ISOM 241 - Business Statistics 
  • OPMG 332 - Operations Management
  • ...and more!

Students with intermediate English language scores will work with an academic advisor to take a combination of undergraduate academic courses and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.  

Language Requirements

English Language Examination Required Test Score
TOEFL 68 - 78
IELTS 5.5 - 6.5
Cambridge (FCE) B/C or 160 - 180
CEFR B2
TOEIC 600 - 690

Combined Studies semester students will enroll in 4-6 courses, made up of a combination of 1-3 undergraduate courses (3-9 credits) and 1-3 ESL courses (12-18 ESL credits) depending on individual language level. Combined Studies is not available for summer-term students.  

Past Combined Studies students have taken courses such as: 

  • ESL - Writing and Grammar  
  • ESL - Reading and Vocabulary 
  • ESL - Listening and Speaking
  • ESL - English Pronunciation
  • ESL - Graduate Reading and Critical Thinking
  • BSAD 220 - Career Preparation 
  • ANTH 100 - Globalization and Local Cultures 
  • PAX 201 - Peace Studies Overview 
  • MARK 201 - Principles of Marketing
  • COMM 101 - Public Speaking & Critical Thinking 
  • ...and more!

Students in the Combined Studies track may select courses ranging from the 101-250 course range and classes in the 300 level will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 

Students needing full-time English language support will still have the option of participating in Chicago Center cultural programming through the I-House+ program, but will be considered full-time English as a Second Language (ESL) students.  

Language Requirements

English Language Examination Required Test Score
TOEFL 0 - 68
IELTS 0 - 5.5
Cambridge (FCE) 0 - 160
CEFR A1 - B2
TOEIC 0 - 600

Intensive English Language students will work closely with the English Language Learning Program to enroll in classes meeting specific language requirements. English classes range from beginner to advanced and focus on reading, writing, listening, and speaking.