International Orientation

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All new international students (undergraduate, graduate, transfer, and exchange) are required to attend International Orientation before the semester begins. At orientation, you will have the opportunity to learn about LSU, how to be successful here as well as important information regarding your non-immigrant status. We hope you’ll also meet other students who are new to LSU and learn ways to get involved in campus organizations.

International Student Orientation
All F-1 and J-1 students will attend two (2) orientation programs – International Student Orientation and one of the following:

  • Freshman Orientation – Registration is required, and there is a fee for this program.
  • Transfer Orientation – Registration is required, and there is a fee for this program.
  • Graduate Orientation – This program is only offered during the fall semester, and there is no cost to attend.

International Services (ISO) is required by U.S. Immigration law to report that all F-1 and J-1 students have arrived at LSU. ISO completes this reporting requirement using an Intake Form that you fill out during International Student Orientation. Once this is completed, ISO can activate your F-1/J-1 SEVIS record. Failure to be activated in SEVIS will place you out of lawful F-1 or J-1 student status, which is considered deportable by U.S. Immigration. F-1 or J-1 students who do not attend International Student Orientation can expect to see course registration delays and late fees. 

Students who are U.S. permanent residents or who are in a visa status other than F-1/J-1 are not required to attend International Student Orientation or to report to ISO; however, they are welcome to attend International Student Orientation if they choose.

Register for orientation

Spring 2023 Orientation Dates & Schedules:

Virtual Orientation

Monday, January 9 - Wednesday, January 11th

Immigration 101 & Travel Prep

8:30-10:00 a.m. Central Standard Time


U.S. Healthcare & Insurance

8:30-10:00 a.m. Central Standard Time


Student Advocacy & Accountability

8:30-10:00 a.m. Central Standard Time


Michigan English Placement Test

9:00 a.m., In person at Himes Hall


In Person Orientation

Friday, January 13, 2022

Time Place Activity
8:00-9:30 a.m. Howe-Russell room 130 Orientation Registration & Resource Fair
9:30-10:20 a.m. Howe-Russell room 130

Large Group Session

  • Welcome to LSU & Introduction to IP Staff 
  • Immigration Information Review
10:20-10:40 a.m. Quad Orientation Group Check-ins, get to know you, & ice-breaker games
10:40 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Allen Hall

Breakout sessions

  • Succeeding in a U.S. Classroom
  • Preparing for your Career & On Campus Employment
  • Get Involved at LSU
  • Staying Safe in Baton Rouge
  • All About U.S. Healthcare
  • Financial Planning & U.S. Banking
12:20-1:00 p.m. Quad Lunch and Social Activities
1:15-2:00 p.m. Howe-Russell room 130

Large Group Session

  • Dealing with Culture Shock
  • Making Friends in the U.S.
2:00-3:30 p.m. Around Campus Optional Campus Tour with your Orientation Group