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Students | International Students & Study Abroad

What is the latest update from the Center for International Education?

On April 26, 2021, SEVP and the U.S. Department of State released updated information and it will affect the F-1 or J-1 student status of our international students as follows:

  • For CONTINUING F-1 STUDENTS, it will be permitted to take more than one course online as long as you are enrolled in a full-time course load for the semester as usual.
  • If you are a NEWLY ADMITTED F-1 or J-1 STUDENT and are starting your first semester this fall, you are allowed to apply for an F-1 visa and enter the U.S., as long as you are taking at least one class which you are attending in person on campus. If you prefer to enroll in online education only, on the other hand, you would not be allowed to enter the U.S. and you would have to take your classes online from abroad.

These accommodations will remain available until Loyola will have completed its return to normal operations entirely.

As Loyola plans to offer the vast majority of courses on campus again in Fall 2021, given the substantial success of vaccination efforts in the U.S. and in New Orleans, please, note that, in general, international students will be expected to take their classes in person.

Loyola is aware that some international students might still be faced with ongoing complications due to the pandemic, such as rapidly changing travel restrictions, limited travel options, unforeseen COVID-19 outbreaks abroad, and reduced U.S. consular services.

In case you come to the conclusion that it will be increasingly difficult for you as an international student to attend your classes in person in the fall, please, reach out to the Associate Dean's office of your college and to our Center for International Education as early as possible. That will allow us to assist you efficiently and to find the class schedule and format that will work best for you for the fall.

If you have questions about your specific situation, please contact For general questions, please refer to the following FAQs.

Do I need a travel endorsement signature from the Center for International Education (CIE) to return to Loyola for the fall or summer term?

Before your trip to return to New Orleans, please, check the Travel Endorsement signature from CIE on page 2 of your form I-20. It needs to be less than 12 months old by the time you will re-enter the U.S. If you need a new signature, please, email CIE ( to receive an updated form I-20. During the pandemic, CIE is sending electronically signed forms I-20 by email which are valid documents.

  • J-1 students would have to contact CIE by email ( regarding a new Travel Validation signature on their form DS-2019.
  • J-1 Scholars/Professors should check their form DS-2019 to see if they need a new travel validation signature. It needs to be less than 12 months old by the time you will re-enter the U.S.

Do I need to report my new address?

In case you move to a different address in the U.S., please, update your U.S. address in your LORA account as soon as possible and at the latest within 10 days of your move. (Go to "Personal Info -> Addresses".) Also, please, email your new address to as well.

Where can I find information about res life and dining services? 

Please carefully review the different sections of this FAQ:

Will I have to quarantine when I travel to Loyola from outside the United States?

There is no mandatory self-quarantine for new arrivals in Louisiana, and Loyola does not have a mandatory quarantine policy. Get more information about Loyola's COVID-19 prevention plan

Does my LewerMark Health Plan cover COVID-19 related cases?

If you are enrolled in the Loyola health insurance plan provided by the LewerMark Health Insurance, you can find essential information on the coverage for COVID-19 related cases on our CIE website.

COVID-19 testing without symptoms or exposure is covered under the 'Wellness Benefit' of the LewerMark plan.

COVID-19 testing with symptoms, as well as treatment of COVID-19 illnesses, are included in the general coverage for illnesses.

How can I reach CIE?

CIE remains open and you will primarily be able to communicate with us by email: 

  • You can reach Dittmar Dittrich, the Assistant Director for International Student & Scholar Services, by:

I want to make an appointment to talk with an advisor about Study Abroad. How does that work now?

We will continue to accept appointment requests via our Study Abroad portal. Whether with Peer Advisors or CIE staff, all appointments will be conducted remotely via phone or other videoconference systems. If you request an appointment, please include 1) your preferred method of connecting and 2) your corresponding contact info. Otherwise, the appointment will be conducted via Zoom. Click here to make an appointment.

How do I find the most up-to-date information regarding my program’s status?

Check your Loyola email regularly for communications from CIE. You are also more than welcome to reach out to Wyatt Boykin (Study Abroad Advisor) or Mariette Thomas (CIE Director) with any questions or concerns.

How do I find the most up-to-date information regarding my host country’s travel advisory status?

Please pay close attention to your host country’s travel advisory status through the WHO, the CDC, and the U.S. Department of State.

What does my Study Abroad insurance cover?

If you receive insurance coverage through Loyola (LewerMark), you can get policy details and directions on how to access your benefits here. If you receive insurance coverage through ISEP, you can get policy details here. If you receive insurance coverage through your host country or host program, you must check with your policy provider.

What is the status of my Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 program?

Currently, your program is still scheduled to run as planned. However, we strongly urge you to register for classes here at Loyola. In the event that your program is canceled, you will have a backup plan in place. Furthermore, if you are planning to participate in an ISEP or non-Loyola program, CIE strongly urges you to clarify the terms of refund.

Does CIE have a final decision date for Fall 2021 or Spring 2022?

Unfortunately, the pandemic situation is fluid. Our plan is to periodically reassess the outlook for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 programs. Following these reassessments, CIE will send out an update email to all outbound students.

I have a question that is not answered here. Who do I contact?

Please reach out first to either Mariette Thomas (CIE Director) or Wyatt Boykin (Study Abroad Advisor) with any questions that are not explicitly addressed here.