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

Fall 2022 Orientation Dates & Schedules:

Graduate Students

Friday, August 12, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Time Place Activity
7:30-8:30am Cox Auditorium Lobby Orientation Registration
8:30-10am Cox Auditorium

Large Group Sessions

  • Welcome to LSU & Introduction to IP Staff 
  • Government & IS Requirements
  • Health Information, TB Testing, Insurance
  • Student Code of Conduct 
10-10:45am Outside of the Cox Building Orientation Group Check-ins
10:45-11:50am Allen Hall

Breakout sessions

  • Succeeding in a U.S. Classroom
  • On Campus Employment
  • Get Involved at LSU
  • Staying Safe in Baton Rouge
  • Preparing for Your Career
  • All About U.S. Healthcare 
  • Financial Planning & U.S. Banking 
11:50am-12:50pm Quad

Lunch in small groups

1-2:05pm Allen Hall

Breakout sessions

  • Succeeding in a U.S. Classroom
  • On Campus Employment
  • Get Involved at LSU
  • Staying Safe in Baton Rouge
  • Preparing for Your Career
  • All About U.S. Healthcare 
  • Financial Planning & U.S. Banking 
2:30-4pm International Cultural Center

International Coffee Hour & Resource Fair

Undergraduate Students

Monday, August 15-Friday, August 19 as a part of Welcome Week

Time Place Activity
8-11am Hymes Hall Michigan English Placement Exam
11:30am-12:30pm PMAC Convocation
12:30-1:30pm Student Union Optional lunch and check-in with orientation leaders
1:30-2:30pm Student Health Center Immunization Checks
2:30-4pm PMAC Plenary Session
5-7pm Union Theater Honors College Welcome for Honors College students
8-9:30pm PMAC Tiger Chat
9:30pm-12am Outside PMAC RHA Block Party

Time Place Activity
9-11am Arts & Design Auditorium

Large Group Sessions

  • Welcome to LSU & Introduction to IP Staff 
  • Government & IS Requirements
  • Health Information, TB Testing, Insurance
  • Student Code of Conduct 
11:30am-12:30pm PMAC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program
12:30-1:30pm Student Health Center Immunization Checks
1:30-4:30pm Across Campus College Open Houses & Welcome Events
4:30-7:30pm Across Campus Residential College Convocations
8pm-12am UREC UREC All-Access

Time Place Activity
8-11am Hymes Hall Late Michigan English Placement Exam
11am-12:30pm Across Campus Tiger Walks: Find your Classes
12:30-2:30 Arts & Design Auditorium

Large Group Sessions

  • Succeeding in a U.S. Classroom
  • Financial Planning & U.S. Banking  
  • Staying Safe on Campus 
  • On Campus Employment
2:30-3:30 Union Ballroom On Campus Job Fair
8-9pm Quad Twilight Ceremony
9pm-12am Tower Drive Foam Party

Time Place Activity
10am-8pm Across Campus Choose Your Own Adventure
11:30am-4:30pm Student Union to Walmart Shopping Shuttle
8-11pm Student Union Late Night at the Union

Time Place Activity
11am-1pm International Cultural Center

Global Games & Goodies

  • Meet the International Student Organizations!
8:30am-7pm Across Campus Choose Your Own Adventure

Exchange Students

Saturday, August 20