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International Students

Inclusivity and diversity walk hand in hand

Loyola's Jesuit education is a premium college experience that combines reflection and action; thinking about what is just and using each individual's talents to improve the world. Our graduates are part of a global network of more than a million Jesuit alumni and are ready for fulfilling lives of leadership and service.

Loyola is a place where academically talented students thrive. It ranks as one of the nation's top Fulbright producers and among the best regional universities in the South. Students across all academic programs -- from scientists to musicians to entrepreneurs to lawyers -- use their talents to improve people's lives, both locally and globally.

Loyola New Orleans is highly recognized for its culturally diverse and welcoming community—and we hope that you will join us soon.

Have your family join our Loyno Family Portal. Learn more about Loyola and join communities that are important to you and your family. Personalize information that caters to you and your family's interests, and interact with other families going through the college search process.

How to Apply

  • Complete Loyola’s free online application or the Common Application
    • Take a quiz to help discover possible majors to declare on your application (optional).
  • Submit official original secondary school transcripts.
    • All transcripts that are not in English must be evaluated. SPANTRAN is a recommended service. An official course-by-course evaluation must be included.

  • Review AP, IB and other credit guides
    • Students who complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program are eligible to receive up to 30 credits at Loyola University New Orleans, which is equivalent to one full year of study, or sophomore status.

  • Submit official TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo English Test (DET), SAT**, or ACT** scores
  • Submit one letter of recommendation
  • If an international applicant is admitted and chooses to enroll, an affidavit of financial support and copy of passport will be required for next steps in the enrollment and visa-issuing processes with the Center for International Education. 

    Please note: The affidavit and passport is not required in order to complete an international application.

**While Loyola is a test blind institution, students may still choose to use the SAT or ACT exam to satisfy their English Proficiency requirement.

For any questions about the application process or Loyola, please contact your Admissions Counselors

College of Music and Media Applicants

All majors in music, theatre, design, visual arts, music industry studies and digital film should reference the audition and interview requirements.  Please contact your admissions counselor with any questions about auditions, campus visits or your application.

English Proficiency Requirements

Program TOEFL Internet Based iBT IELTS DET CEFR
Degree-seeking admission 79 and above 6.5 and above 105 and above C1, C2
Pilot Program 61 - 78 5.5 - 6.0 90-100 B2
Conditional admission to LIEP Below 61 Below 5.5 Below 90 N/A


Center for International Education

Whether you are coming to Loyola for a degree or just one semester, we will help you make the most of your experience at Loyola, the beautiful city of New Orleans, and the U.S.

The staff of the Center for International Education (CIE) is here to help you and provides the following programs and services specifically designed for the international student:

• International student orientation

  • Assistance with all immigration matters, including the Visa application process
  • Advising on cultural, linguistic, academic, financial, immigration, or personal questions
  • Administration of health insurance for international students
  • Organizing international festivals, cultural activities, and excursions to tourist sites

About our Pilot Program 

Loyola offers conditional admission to international students who are academically admissible to the university but fall below the minimum English proficiency requirements.

Pilot Program Consideration

The Pilot Program is designed as a hybrid schedule of intensive English coursework and academic credit classes for students whose TOEFL/IELTS/CEFR/Duolingo scores fall below the minimum needed for full degree- seeking admission but who otherwise have a strong academic record, have displayed strong leadership, and demonstrated a high level of commitment through service. To be considered for the Pilot Program, Loyola requires the following minimum scores on  the TOEFL, IELTS, CEFR, or Duolingo examinations in addition to a competitive academic record and the required Affidavit of Support. All credits apply towards degree.




Duolingo English Test:

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About our Loyola Intensive English Program

Students who are interested in attending Loyola to study English as their second language may be qualified for our Loyola Intensive English Program (LIEP).

Conditional Admission to Loyola's Intensive English Program (LIEP)

LIEP is Loyola’s Intensive English Program and is designed for students who must improve their language skills in order to gain admission into the Pilot Program or the full degree- seeking program. LIEP currently offers intermediate and advanced level intensive English courses. To be considered for Conditional Admission into LIEP, Loyola requires students to have taken the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo examination in addition to having a competitive academic record and the required Affidavit of Support. Once students complete the program, the LIEP Director will provide a recommendation to the Admissions Committee for admission into the most appropriate program. More information about LIEP can be found here.

Internet Based: Below a 61

IELTS: Under 5.5

Duolingo English Test:
Below 90

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