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. 

Access Pre-arrival Moodle

Pre-Arrival Townhalls

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):

International Resource Fair

Arriving at LSU

Airport Pickup

The International Cultural Center is offering airport pickup shuttles from the Baton Rouge airport from January 9-12, 2022 at 2pm, 5pm, and 8pm each day.  The shuttle costs $10 which will be charged to your fee bill.

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 Fall 2022 Arrival Guide includes some recommendations.

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International Orientation

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.

Spring 2023 Orientation Dates:

Orientation for Spring 2023 is hybrid, and includes virtual workshops along with an in-person session. 

Virtual Orientation

January 9-11, 8:30-10:00 a.m. CST.

In Person Orientation

Friday, January 13, 2022, 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Register for Orientation


Spring 2021 Pre-arrival Townhall Recordings

If you are unable to attend our pre-arrival townhalls, you can look back on the recordings here:

Immigration 101

Living in Baton Rouge & Studying at LSU

Family Q&A

Last Minute Travel Tips