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Students | International Students & Study Abroad

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 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.

If you have questions about your specific situation, please contact cie@loyno.edu. 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 (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:

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.

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 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 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?

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.

Does CIE have a final decision date for Spring 2021?

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

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.

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.