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Undergraduate & Graduate Dates to Remember*

Fall Term 2010

August 20-22 MBA Orientation
August 25-29 Wolfpack Welcome
August 30 Classes begin
September 3 Add deadline
October 29 Last day to withdraw & last day
to apply for graduation
December 10 Last day of classes
December 11-17 Final Exams

Spring Term 2011

January 8 New Student Orientation; MBA Orientation
January 10 Classes begin
January 14 Add deadline
March 4 Last day to withdraw
May 4 Last day of classes for undergraduate students
May 5 Last day of classes for graduate students
May 6-12 Final Exams for day division
May 9-12 Final Exams for graduate and evening students
May 14 Commencement - all colleges

*College of Law dates on Law Bulletin

International Education Programs


For students wanting an education abroad experience, the Center for International Education is the first stop with advising and information on both Loyola and non-Loyola programs, financial aid, and scholarships. A study abroad advisor works with students to help them find the right program that will meet their academic and personal goals, financial situation, and interests. Students must also meet with their academic adviser and the associate dean in their college prior to applying to a non-Loyola study abroad program.

Numerous programs are available for Loyola students. There are semester and year-long programs, community service/immersion programs, components to academic courses, and summer study abroad. While the majority of students study abroad for short summer programs, a growing number of students are selecting semester or year-long programs. Students can attend both Loyola and non-Loyola programs, but Loyola financial aid can usually only be applied to Loyola programs. The university has a number of affiliations with study abroad programs that provide limited scholarships or discounts for Loyola students. All the information that a student needs can be found at or contact us at

Semester and Exchange Programs

Dortmund University in Germany

Through an exchange agreement with Dortmund University, Loyola students can study German and take classes in both English and German. Dortmund has traditionally been known for its industrial landscape and beer brewing, but has grown to be one of the most respected educational and research centers in all of Germany. Dortmund offers a wide selection of courses for students including economics, business, Catholic theology, chemistry, communications, art studies, American and English Studies.

This is a great opportunity for students who have been studying German to get a first-hand experience with the German language and culture. One year of college-level German is required.  For more information, please check the website, or contact CIE (

Keele University in the United Kingdom

With its location set outside of London, Keele University is an exciting academic institution and was named the UK's favorite university, according to a recent online poll!  Keele is located in the Midlands of England, one and one-half hours from London by train and centrally located to Manchester, York, Newcastle, and Edinburgh. Keele University offers a wide range of majors and boasts the top-ranked American Studies program in the United Kingdom. The American Studies department offers students the opportunity to study the U.S. from the view of British scholars, and the English department has a very strong course list. Students have the opportunity to study any courses available at Keele University. Other popular departments include: sociology, psychology, computer science, communications, history, and music. Students may browse the course offerings on the Keele website.

Studying at Keele is a more affordable and enriching way for Loyola students to study in the UK! Not only is cost of living more affordable than other locations in the UK, but due to its North Highland location, Keele University offers a unique English experience set among a gorgeous countryside that many visitors to England do not experience. The Keele University campus is set within 617 acres of beautiful Staffordshire parkland. The surrounding North Staffordshire area, famous for the manufacture of fine china and pottery, is known, appropriately, as the Potteries.  For more information, please check the website, or contact CIE (

The Radboud University of Nijmegen in The Netherlands

With an enrollment of over 17,000 students Radboud University is a leading academic institution within the Netherlands. This program allows students to enroll in a host of courses that correlate well with their coursework at Loyola. With a strong emphasis on internationalization, Radboud University welcomes Loyola students in the Spring of Fall semesters.  Radboud University offers its English-speaking exchange students more than 400 courses taught in English, including English, American literature, philosophy, psychology, history, business, and many other disciplines. Students in the Loyola/Nijmegen Exchange Program have the opportunity to take any courses offered in languages in which they are fluent. For more information, please check the website, or contact CIE (

Sophia University in Japan

Study at Sophia University, the premiere Jesuit University of Japan! Located amongst the excitement of Tokyo, Sophia University offers study abroad students a unique overseas experience and a high quality education in and outside of the classroom.  Students attending this program will take classes with local students and other international students.  Students will enroll in Sophia’s Faculty of Liberal Arts, which offers a wide range of courses in the humanities, international business, social studies, religion, and other fields. All courses are taught in English. Classes are made up of approximately 85 percent Japanese students and 15 percent foreign students. Loyola students applying for the exchange must have at least one year of Japanese and a 3.0 grade point average. For more information, please check the website, or contact CIE (

Loyola’s Program in Mexico City

Loyola offers a program of courses in Mexico City at the Jesuit Universidad Iberoamericana, the flagship Jesuit university in Latin America. The program aims to give students a mastery of conversational and written Spanish as well as a global perspective on Latin America’s civilization and culture with a special emphasis on Mexico.

Mexico City, with more than 20 million inhabitants, is the world’s largest city and perhaps the most important in the Iberian world. It is itself a unique resource, offering visitors a majestic legacy of ancient temples and buildings of the pre-Columbian and Spanish past as well as an almost endless array of other attractions proper to a great cosmopolitan center. It is the cultural, political, economic, and social heart of Mexico and Mesoamerica. Classroom instruction is enriched with a series of field trips to museums, cultural events, political gatherings, social happenings, and economic activities tied to the content of the individual courses taken.

Courses for international students, of whom 90 percent are from the United States, will include Spanish courses and courses from the disciplines of journalism and mass communications, architecture, economics, education, history, law, political science, sociology, and visual arts, some in Spanish and some in English. During the semester hundreds of other courses and other disciplines taught in Spanish can be selected from the Ibero’s regular offerings.

In the summer session, most of the courses from disciplines other than Spanish are usually given in English; in the fall semester only two or three of these courses are in English; and in the spring semester all courses irrespective of their discipline are taught in Spanish. During the summer, Loyola’s Intensive Spanish Program is a language immersion program of three courses (nine semester hours) structured for an optimal achievement of Spanish proficiency for the beginning, intermediate, and advanced student.

Students should have intermediate Spanish to participate in the fall semester and advanced Spanish to participate in the spring semester. Students with no prior Spanish can participate in the summer program although beginning Spanish would be recommended. Students participating in the year-long program should ideally begin their cycle of courses with the language immersion program. For more information, contact Maurice Brungardt, Ph.D. ( or check out our website.

Loyola Semester in France

Loyola has joined a consortium of universities, led by the University of Southern Mississippi, to provide a unique experience in a small French town in the Loire Valley. Students live and study in The Abbey, a beautifully restored 17th-century monastery school in Pontlevoy, about 20 miles from Tours. Though students are not required to know French to attend the program, they study French and are given real exposure to France and French culture. Each student is provided with a family who hosts the student for occasional meals and cultural activities. Students take at least 15 hours of classes, which are held from Monday through Thursday. Students can travel on weekends. In addition to guided day trips, students, as part of the program, spend a week in Paris, where they experience an intensive introduction to the museums and cultural and historic sites of the city. They also have a two-week break during which they can travel. Loyola grants and scholarships apply. For additional information about the program, contact Bernard Cook, Ph.D. (, or David Moore, Ph.D. ( or check the website.

ISEP–International Student Exchange Program

Loyola is a member of ISEP, the International Student Exchange Program. Through this organization, Loyola students have access to over 140 institutions in more than 40  countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America including institutions in 21 countries which offer programs in English. As an ISEP participant, students enroll as full-time students at the host school, attend classes with local and other international students, and receive housing, a meal stipend, and on-site support from the host institution. Students exchanged through the ISEP network pay all of their fees, including room and board, to Loyola and take a place at a host institution. All Loyola scholarships and financial aid apply to the ISEP exchanges. For more information, please check the CIE website, or the ISEP website at, or contact CIE (

Summer Programs

Loyola in the Bahamas

Come learn about the rich history and culture of the Bahamas and the wider Caribbean while spending four weeks in Nassau, Bahamas. Students live in apartment-style accommodations in a residential area of Nassau that is a fifteen minute walk from their classes at the College of the Bahamas. This living arrangement allows participants to experience everyday community life in Nassau while they are just a 10-15 minute bus ride from the center of town. As part of their course work, participants will visit the National Art Gallery, take a historical tour of Nassau, and visit a Bahamian island outside of Nassau. In the seminar Encountering the Caribbean, students learn about the histories, politics, and cultures of the region and hear from a series of distinguished guest speakers who visit the class each week. The course Ethnographic Methods-Field Work in the Bahamas allows students to learn about Bahamian culture through hands-on work conducting interviews, working in the national archives, and keeping reflective and analytical journals about their everyday experiences.  In the biology course, students learn fundamental concepts of ecology and apply them to the ecology of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine environments of the Bahamas.  For additional information about the program, please check the website, contact Dr. Angel Adams Parham, (

Loyola Summer Study Program in Belgium

In 2010 Loyola will conduct its 17th summer study program in the university town of Leuven in Belgium. Students can take six hours of credit in history and philosophy or religious studies courses, including Common Curriculum courses: World War I with Fr. Robert Gerlich, The American Character from European Perspectives with David Moore, Ph.D., and History of Belgium with Bernard Cook, Ph.D.. The program lasts four weeks with guided bus trips to Bruges and Ghent, Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Aachen and Cologne in Germany, Verdun in France, and Ypres. Students reside in a modernized dorm with full kitchen facilities operated by Loyola University of Maryland. There is opportunity for private travel on two weekends. For additional information check the website or contact Bernard Cook, Ph.D. (

Loyola in China

This program allows students to study contemporary Chinese history, culture, and business practices in the fascinating cities of Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai. Students will have the opportunity to visit the Great Wall, the old and new Summer Palaces, and the Forbidden City in Beijing. In Shanghai, they will visit the famous Water Town Shanghai History Museum. In Xi'an, they will visit the Big Mosque, the TerracottaWarriors, and the Big Goose Pagoda. Participants will study the Chinese economy and unique business traditions while experiencing a new culture, providing students with an unforgettable learning experience.  For more information, check the website or contact Dr. Wing Fok (

Loyola in Costa Rica

The Loyola Summer Program in Costa Rica offers students the opportunity to study environmental art and environmental philosophy, and to have a rich, diverse and exciting experience of nature and culture while exploring the cloud forests, rain forests, Pacific beaches, and other regions of Costa Rica. 

We will begin our tour of Costa Rica in San Jose, where we will visit the Central Market, the Museum of Contemporary Arts, the Museum of Gold, and the National Theater. We will then travel through a vast range of ecosystems and bioregions, including the Caribbean lowlands, the llanos (plains), several wilderness areas, the Guatuso Maleku indigenous area, the Arenal volcano, Playa Coyote and the Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific Ocean, the Pacific Dry Forest, and the cloud forest of Cerro Azahar. During our travels, students will explore waterfalls, tide pools, mangrove swamps, volcanic beaches, mountains, volcanic hot springs, a lava observatory, and a primary rainforest, to mention only a few of the natural sites.

The many activities during the trip will include swimming, horseback riding, an aerial zipline canopy tour, music and fiestas, wildlife tours with crocodile, frog and butterfly exhibits, a visit to petroglyphs, cultural presentations, local cooking lessons, visits with indigenous artisans, a plant walk with a Guatuso shaman, and an ethnobotany ceremony. We will also visit ecological sites including organic agriculture, hydroelectric and wind energy projects. The program will culminate in an exhibition of the students' final art projects at the Museo de San Ramón in San Ramón and a reception to which local students will be invited.  For more information, check the website or contact Dr. Jonh Clark (


Loyola International Business in Europe

Students will interact with guest speakers from Europe's private and public sectors, visit international institutions, and make company visits to U.S. and European corporations. Each year, the program visits different locations in Europe.  Students have the opportunity to visit some of the most famous sites in Europe while learning about the development of the European economy and its laws and how business practices have changed with the advent of the European Union and with the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe.  Additionally, students will learn how European business practices differ from those of the United States.  They will also be introduced to how government and business interrelate in Europe. For more information, check the website

Loyola in India

The Loyola Program in India offers students the opportunity for summer study in regions of North India that are striking for their cultural diversity, natural beauty, and historical richness. The program will be based in Dharamsala, located in the Kangra Valley in the shadow of the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas. Dharamsala is the center of India's Tibetan refugee community and the seat of the Tibetan Government in Exile.

In addition to experiencing immersion in Tibetan Buddhist culture, students will visit Delhi, one of India's largest and most historic cities; Agra, site of the Taj Majal; and Tso Pema, the "Lotus Lake" sacred to Buddhists, Sikhs, and Hindus. In the context of such fascinating experiences, students will study issues in global ethics and explore the religions of northern India. They will visit social service programs such as a facility operated by Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, and the Tibetan Children's Village for refugee children. They will visit Hindu and Buddhist temples, Sikh gurudwaras, Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, and great Muslim architectural sites, and hear talks by traditional Tibetan teachers. For additional information about the program check the website or  contact John P. Clark, Ph.D. ( or Catherine Wessinger (

Loyola Irish Studies Program

The Irish Studies Program offers students the opportunity to study Irish literature and culture at Trinity College, Dublin. Housing is provided by Trinity College where students will share a kitchen and bathroom. The program has excursions most weekday afternoons as well as a visit to Sligo to study Yeats and the Gore-Booth family. There is also a week-end trip to Northern Ireland in conjunction with the religious studies course. This excursion provides an educational tour of Belfast and accommodations at Queens College Belfast. Students will be housed in a residential dorm with single rooms and shared kitchens and bathrooms. For more information, check the website or  contact Mary McCay, Ph.D. (

Loyola in Paris

Discover the Paris of American expatriate writers Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Gertrude Stein - the Paris that nourished their talents. Study French artists in the museums of Paris and French writers and musicians of the romantic, impressionist, and modern periods. Through the Loyola program, you will explore Paris, a wonderful walking city steeped in the culture from the middle ages to the present.  Students study American literature of the expatriate writers of the '20s and '30s or France in the Modern World. In conjunction with the coursework, students tour several museums and historical sites such as the Musee D’ Orsay, the Louvre, the Pompidou, and the Picasso and Rodin Museums. In addition to the museum visits, which are part of the coursework, students tour major historical sites of Paris such as Notre Dame and make day trips to visit Versaille, Giverny, Chartres, and Rheims.  The students reside and have classes in a modern living, learning facility in the 14th arrondissement near the Luxembourg Gardens. For more information, check the website or contact Mary McCay, Ph.D. (

Loyola Summer Program in Spain

Students study for four weeks in July in Ávila, Spain, a provincial capital located in central Spain, about one hour from Madrid. Ávila is a national historical heritage city, still surrounded by its medieval city walls. Friday day trips go to Segovia, Salamanca, Salamanca, the Prado Museum in Madrid, and Carmelite sites in nearby villages (Fontiveros, Alba de Tormes) are an integral part of the cultural experience. The program is sponsored in Spain by the Universidad Católica de Ávila, where classes are held. Housing is in a Spanish residence within walking distance from the university. Students take two of following classes: a language course at the appropriate level, Culture and Civilization of Spain, or Spanish Mysticism. All classes are taught in Spanish. Prerequisite of SPAN A100 or equivalent. For more information, check the website or contact Eileen Doll, Ph.D. (

Short Programs

Management and Culture in Latin American Business Environment

The College of Business’ winter study abroad program to Latin America is a three credit courses that can fulfill an international business or other business elective in our BAcc, BBA or MBA program while offering you a unique opportunity to develop both theoretical and practical knowledge of Latin America. The course is taught in a combination of lectures, case discussions, and site visits, including a 2-week field trip to various sites in the Southern Cone, depending on the year, Argentina, Chile and other location. In addition to classroom instruction, participants will also meet and interact with guest speakers from the public and private business sectors, visit local companies, and meet with executives from multinational enterprises to gain insights into the culture and business environment of Latin America as well as economic or social developments. The course is open to any upper division undergraduate (junior or senior) or graduate student in business or in Latin American studies. Enrollment is capped at 20 students, so sign-up soon to ensure your place in the course. Interested students past the first 20 will be placed on a waitlist, in case additional spots become available.

Tropical Ecology

Tropical Ecology is a three-credit-hour course that involves weekly lectures each spring semester and culminates in a two-week fieldtrip to Belize. The trip is composed of two sections: tropical jungle and coastal atolls and reefs. The jungle portion includes treks through tropical rainforest (both day and night), birding, dugout canoe trips down exotic rivers, visits to Mayan sites, and overnights in Maya villages. The sea portion includes snorkeling, diving, and camping on isolated cayes (islands). Emphasis is on attaining a deep understanding and appreciation of tropical ecosystems, learning and experiencing local culture, developing a thorough knowledge of global environmental dynamics, and having fun. For more information, contact Frank Jordan (

Mission + Ministry Immersion Programs

Ignacio Volunteer Program Goals
  • TO SERVE: Participants will work with those of the greatest need -- the impoverished & challenged, the disadvantaged young and the elderly.
  • TO LEARN: Participants will have an opportunity to explore the political, sociological, and economic issues that have created the environment and situation in which they will find themselves.

Christmas Break Immersions

Ignacio Volunteers: Jamaica Christmas Camp 2011

Christmas Camp in Kingston, Jamaica (Dec 27, 2010 - Jan 6, 2011)

Ten to twelve Loyola University students will be invited to serve as teachers/ coaches at a five-day Christmas day-camp for disadvantaged primary school children in a shanty town area of Kingston, Jamaica. The program is an eleven-day experience, where participants will have an opportunity to immerse themselves in Jamaican culture with its reggae music, unique food and environment, and learn of the political, sociological, economic and spiritual issues of the Caribbean and developing world.

For more information, contact Ignacio Volunteers at Or visit:

Ignacio Volunteers: Belize Winter Camp 2011

Christmas Camp in the Mayan Village of San Jose in Belize (Dec 27, 2010 - Jan 8, 2011)

Six to eight Loyola University students will be invited to serve as teachers/ coaches at a five-day Christmas day-camp for primary school children in one or more of the (English-speaking) Mayan villages in the Punta Gorda area of southern Belize, Central America. The program is an eleven-day experience in a very rural area of Belize, where electricity and running water is limited. Participants will have an opportunity to immerse themselves in the simple lifestyle of Mayan/ Belizean culture, within the rain forest and its unique food and environment, and learn of the political, sociological, economic and spiritual issues of the Mayan/ Belizean, Central American and developing world.

For more information, contact Ignacio Volunteers at Or visit:

Spring Break Immersions

Ignacio Volunteers: The Bayou Experience 2011

The wetlands of The Barrataria-Terrebonne National Estuary, Louisiana. (April 16 –22, 2011)

The Bayou Experience will work with the Barrataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP). BTNEP works on coastal and wetlands restoration and education on the threats to that ecosystem. Participants will spend the days doing beach combing, wetlands planting and invasive species removal. The evenings will be spent learning about the realities and consequences of the devastating loss of the Louisiana coast. In addition, in partnership with the Diocese of Houma-Thibadoux, participants will experience the Houma Indian culture, and learn about what Catholic parishes are doing both to respond to coastal erosion and promote sustainable rebuilding. Participants will stay at a dorm style USDA-owned facility in Golden Meadow, Louisiana.

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Summer Break Immersions

Ignacio Volunteers: The El Paso Border Experience 2011

At the Border of the US and Mexico near El Paso, TX (May 15 – 22, 2011)

The El Paso Border Experience will work with Project Puente and focus on issues such as global economics, immigration and the drug war. The experience will include trips to shelters, maquillas, the border patrol, a detention facility among other places in order to provide a first-hand experience of some of the realities of immigration. There will also be a day or two spent volunteering with organizations like Sacred Heart Church, a thriving, immigrant Jesuit parish. In addition, there will be an excursion to Palomas, Mexico to visit a women's cooperative there.

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Ignacio Volunteers: Jamaica Experience 2011

Kingston, Jamaica (May 16- May 25, 2011)

Ten to twelve Loyola University students will be invited to participate in volunteer service work in the poor urban areas of Kingston. The program is a eleven-day immersion experience, where participants will have an opportunity to work with those of the greatest need, which include the impoverished and challenged, and the disadvantaged young and the elderly. Although specific volunteer activities vary, all participants will work with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, with the Missionaries of the poor as well as at other Catholic social service agencies. This program is designed to give participants an exposure to the Jamaican culture and the political, sociological, economic and spiritual issues of the Caribbean and developing world.

For more info, contact Ignacio Volunteers at Or visit:

Ignacio Volunteers: Belize Summer Camp 2011

Summer Camp in Dangriga, Belize, Central America (July 16 - Aug 9, 2011)

Eight to ten Loyola University students will be invited to serve as teachers/ coaches at a two-week summer day-camp in English-speaking Belize, Central America. The program is a three-week (22 day) simple-lifestyle immersion experience, where participants have an opportunity to experience the country of Belize; a land of rain forests, Mayan ruins, islands, waterfalls, wildlife, and culture. Participants will teach / coach at a day camp for over 300 local Belizean primary school students (age 8-12 years old) and live together in a local community center in the town. Each participant will co-teach with a local Belizean university student, and will teach Arts & Crafts, Reading & Writing, and Math in the mornings, and coach sports (basketball, soccer & volleyball) and children’s games in the afternoons.

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Ignacio Volunteers: Belize Faculty/Staff Experience 2011

Faculty and Staff Experience of Rural Belize (May 21 - May 29, 2011)

Eight to ten Loyola University Faculty and Staff members will participate in an immersion/ service program in English-speaking Belize, Central America. The trip will assist as needed with youth and/or building a small church in the Mayan villages. In addition, volunteers will have an opportunity to learn of the works and ministries of the Jesuits in Belize and Loyola LIM alumni. There will also be one day of recreation at a local caye. Evenings will include reflections and discussions including local speakers.

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Ignacio Volunteers: Jamaica Alumni Experience 2011

An experience of Kingston, Jamaica for Alumni (May 21 - May 29, 2011)

This trip is open to all Loyola University New Orleans alumni and their spouse/friends/family. Participants will work with the elderly or disadvantaged youth in Kingston, Jamaica. The volunteers will work with The Home for the Destitute and Dying run by Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, Missionaries of the Poor homes for children with physical or mental disabilities, and Riverton City Catholic Early Education Centre, a school for disadvantaged children. The type of work will vary at each site, and may include helping serve meals, washing/shaving, entertaining or writing letters, tutoring or sports & games, painting/ cleaning/ fixing up and just spending quality time with the elderly or young children.

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Programs Under Development:

Ignacio Volunteers: Uganda African Experience 2011 (The program is still being planned and it has not yet been given final approval)

Experience and Serve the people of Uganda, Africa (Tentative Dates: May 15-July 1, 2011)

Tentative: Eight to ten Loyola New Orleans students will be invited to participate in a new Ignacio Volunteer six-week summer program to Uganda in Eastern Africa, Volunteers and staff will leave from New Orleans to Kampala, Uganda. They will spend one week in the capital city of Kampala. T hey will learn about the country, city as well as the work and ministry of the Jesuit Refugee Service and the Jesuits in Uganda. Fr. Isaac Kiyaka, Country Director for the Jesuit Refugee Service-Africa, will serve as the host while in Uganda. The group will travel to the town of Gulu in northern Uganda, where a new Jesuit high school is being built.

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