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Students | International Students & Study Abroad

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 (cie@loyno.edu) 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 (cie@loyno.edu) 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 cie@loyno.edu as well.

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

Please carefully review the different sections of this FAQ:

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: 

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 Debbie Danna (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.

My program has been canceled and I have to return home. What happens now?

Please inform Debbie Danna and make arrangements to return home as soon as possible. Depending on where you’re coming from and why your program was canceled, you may need to self-isolate.

If my program is canceled, what will happen to my scholarships, financial aid, or credit transfers?

Because we have students in a variety of program types, we evaluate this on a case-by-case basis. For more info, contact Debbie Danna.

What is the status of my Summer Loyola Faculty-led program?

CIE is currently trying to determine whether Faculty-led programs will run. We hope to be able to make a final decision by 1 April 2020.

What is the status of my Summer Loyola Partner program?

If you have not already heard that your program is canceled, then it is still scheduled to run. CIE strongly urges you to make a backup plan, if necessary.

What is the status of my Summer non-Loyola program?

If you have not already heard that your program is canceled, then it is still scheduled to run. CIE strongly urges you to make a backup plan, if necessary.

If my program is canceled due to COVID-19, will I get a refund for any deposits or payments I’ve made?

This depends entirely on the program provider. We strongly urge students to clarify the refund policy as soon as possible. 

What is the status of my Fall program?

All Fall 2020 study abroad programs have been canceled at this time. 

I have completed my Study Abroad interview. Has anything changed with the nomination / application process to my host university?

Not until further notice. We will continue to nominate you to your programs as normal, and it is still your responsibility to complete any application requirements outlined by your host programs by their respective deadlines.

Will I still have to attend the required Pre-Departure Orientation?

The Pre-Departure Orientation is still a requirement. CIE has worked to transition key elements of our traditional PDO to an online format. More details will be announced at a later date.

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

Please reach out first to either Debbie Danna or Wyatt Boykin with any questions that are not explicitly addressed here.

Does CIE have a final decision date?

Unfortunately, the pandemic situation is fluid. Our plan is to periodically reassess the outlook for Fall 2020 programs. Our next reassessment dates are 1 June and 15 June. Following these reassessments, CIE will send out an update email to all outbound students.

I have decided I am no longer comfortable going abroad this Fall. What are my options?

  • For Loyola Exchange applicants, you can defer your application to Spring 2021 or withdraw if Spring 21 is not possible.
  • For ISEP applicants, you should confirm the terms of withdrawing or changing to Spring 21, but in general ISEP will allow you to either "defer" or "hold," depending on your preference (check here for more info).
  • For non-Loyola program applicants, please verify terms of deferring or withdrawing with your program provider.
  • For all students, please keep CIE in the loop!

What is the status of my Spring program?

Currently, your program is still scheduled to run as planned. However, we strongly urge you to register for Spring 2021 classes here at Loyola. In the event that your programs are canceled before the Spring, 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 as soon as possible.

I am still working on my Spring 2021 Study Abroad application. How has this process changed now that the office is remote?

CIE will continue to conduct the application procedures as normal, with the following exceptions:

  • Course Approval Forms can now be accepted via email. We will now accept approval emails in place of signatures. These approval emails should be addressed to Wyatt and must come directly from the person granting approval.
  • Study Abroad interviews will be conducted via videoconference.