What is the latest update from the Center for International Education?
On July 24, 2020, SEVP released updated information and it will affect your F-1 student status for the fall semester 2020 as follows:
- For CONTINUING F-1 STUDENTS, it will be permitted to take your classes entirely online as long as you are enrolled in a full-time course load for the semester as usual. You may study either from inside the U.S. (e.g. on Loyola's campus) or alternatively from outside the U.S. (e.g. from your home country). You can, of course, also enroll in HyFlex classes and/or classes that are taught in person. Your SEVIS record will remain active.
- If you are a NEWLY ADMITTED F-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 (this can be a HyFlex class as long as you are attending this class in person and not remotely). 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. In this case, our CIE Office will send you a new updated form I-20 with which you can apply for an F-1 student visa for taking classes on campus starting in the spring semester 2021.
We are currently awaiting further guidance for Spring 2021.
If you have questions about your specific situation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 (email@example.com) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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?
Where can I find information about res life and dining services?
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 504.864.7546
- If you are in New Orleans and absolutely need to meet, you will be able to make an appointment with Dittmar Dittrich on our CIE website.
How do I find the most up-to-date information regarding my program’s status?
How do I find the most up-to-date information regarding my host country’s travel advisory status?
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 program?
All Fall 2020 study abroad programs have been canceled at this time. Loyola will review petitions for exceptions to the study abroad cancellation in cases where studying abroad would not increase risk to a student's health and safety. Please contact your study abroad advisor if you plan to petition for an exception.
What is the status of my Spring 2021 program?
Loyola has made the difficult decision to suspend all Spring 2021 study abroad programs. Loyola will review petitions for exceptions to the study abroad cancellation in cases where studying abroad would not increase risk to a student's health and safety. Please contact your study abroad advisor if you plan to petition for an exception. CIE also encourages students to consider virtual programs.
What is the status of my Summer or Fall 2021 program?
Currently, your program is still scheduled to run as planned. However, we strongly urge you to register for Fall 2021 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 Summer or Fall 2021?
Unfortunately, the pandemic situation is fluid. Our plan is to periodically reassess the outlook for Summer and Fall 2021 programs. Following these reassessments, CIE will send out an update email to all outbound students.