Orientation | International Services


All new international students (undergraduate, graduate, transfer, and exchange) are required to attend the International Student 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 (currently held virtually). 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. 

There is no registration needed for the International Student Orientation; information will be emailed out in advance of each new semester. 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.

In addition to information about maintaining your student status and the benefits that you have while in F-1 or J-1 status, the following topics will be addressed by various LSU campus departments:

Dates of International Orientation

When Week of May 17, 2021
Where Virtual
Note Because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and uncertainties of what health and safety guidance may be in effect in May 2021, International Services will conduct a virtual orientation. New F-1 and J-1 students will receive an e-mail in early May 2021 with instructions and information about the program and how to meet the U.S. Immigration reporting requirement.

Date Week of August 16, 2021
Time TBD
Note Our team is currently monitoring the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and most recent LSU policies to keep our population safe. The details for the Fall 2021 International Student Orientation are to be determined and information will be provided once a decision has been made.

Date January 12, 2021
Time TBD

International Cultural Center

3365 Dalrymple Dr,. Baton Rouge, 7080