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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.

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.
  • Submit original secondary school transcripts. 
  • 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, SAT**, or ACT** scores
  • Submit one letter of recommendation
  • Submit the Affidavit of Support and copy of your passport photo page

**While Loyola is piloting our test blind policy for our Fall 2021 applicants, 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

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.

College of Music and Media Deadlines

Applicants will register for an on-campus audition via their College of Music and Media application. The university’s on-campus audition dates are:

Saturday, December 5, 2020
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Saturday, February 27, 2021

**Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the on-ground Audition Days may be moved online as we learn more from our state and local health officials. We will be sure to update the site accordingly as we know more information. Our goal is to keep all of our visitors, students, and staff safe during this time while also providing every opportunity for our prospective students to visit out campus. Please contact Gloria Hill at with any questions about these events.


International students are considered for merit-based scholarships with a completed application. Scholarships range from $14,000 to full tuition.

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 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 either the TOEFL or IELTS examination in addition to a competitive academic record and the required Affidavit of Support.

Internet Based: minimum score 61

Please Note: Students with TOEFLs between 61 and 78 can be admitted to the Pilot Program, a hybrid schedule of credit-bearing intensive English coursework and academic credit classes. All credits apply towards degree.

Minimum score 5.5

Duolingo English Test:
95 - 104

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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 either the TOEFL or the IELTS examination in addition to a 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 95

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English Proficiency Requirements

Program TOEFL Internet Based iBT IELTS DET
Degree-seeking admission 79 and above 6.5 and above 105 and above
Pilot Program 61 - 78 5.5 - 6.0 95 - 104
Conditional admission to LIEP Below 61 Below 5.5 Below 95