Orientation & Resources for Newly Admitted Students
Welcome to LSU! We're so excited to have you as part of the LSU International Family.
Before You Arrive
Pre-Arrival Moodle Course
All new international students are required to complete our Pre-Arrival Moodle Course, which includes essential information about your immigration documents, and your transition to life at LSU.
International Programs hosts a series of pre-arrival townhalls designed to give incoming international students and their families an opportunity to ask questions, and connect with the LSU community before they arrive.
Townhall dates (click each event to register):
- Housing, Flights & Immunizations | June 6, 8:30-10:00 a.m. CST
- Pre-Arrival Immigration | July 14, 8:30-10:00 a.m. CST
- Healthcare, Insurance & Immunizations. | July 21, 8:30-10:00 a.m. CST
- Last-Minute Check-In | July 28, 8:30-10:00 a.m. CST
Arriving at LSU
The International Cultural Center is offering free airport pickup shuttles from the Baton Rouge airport for Fall Arrivals from August 7-10, 2023.
Sign up for airport pickup shuttle
Check out our ICC Roommate Search Board for current international students looking for roommates, or advertising rooms. Visit LSU's on-campus housing page for on-campus housing options. For off campus housing, this Graduate Student housing guide includes recommendations.
Short-term housing is limited and expensive in Baton Rouge, so we highly encourage you to schedule the start of your lease for when you are planning to arrive. If short-term accommodation is needed, we recommend you look at nearby hotels, or airbnbs. Our Summer 2023 Arrival Guide includes some recommendations.
Reporting your Arrival
As a new F-1 or J-1 student at LSU, one of the first things you need to do after arriving in the U.S. and/or Baton Rouge is report your arrival to LSU and to the Department of Homeland Security. At LSU, this is done via completing a SEVIS Check in.
New incoming international students are required to attend International Orientation when they arrive. Orientation is an essential program that introduces new students to campus, reinforces their rights and responsibilities as international students, and provides opportunities to meet their peers and begin creating community.
All F-1 and J-1 students will attend two (2) orientation programs:
- International Student Orientation (register below)
- 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.
Fall 2023 International Orientation Dates:
In Person Orientation
Friday, August 11, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
If you don't know where to start, here are some short video resources we've created to help you get to know LSU, and your arrival process!
Documents 101 for F-1 Students
English Placement Requirements
Documents 101 for J-1 Students
Health Insurance & the U.S. Healthcare System