LSU Global Orientation

** Studnts will receive finalized schedule when they arrive to campus

Arrival Day: August 15, 2021
Orientation Week: August 16-20

Orientation Week Activities and Informational Sessions
All freshman (first year students) celebration with LSU President
English, possibly Math, Placement Test
Academics and Student Services Information
Navigating LSU Campus
COVID 19 Vaccination Opportunity
Receive Class Schedule
Career Accelerator Program Introduction
LSU Email and Platform Set-Up
Shopping Trip

Welcome to Louisiana State University. We are thrilled that you will be joining us this year! We know things have been uncertain this year, but we are here to support you– whether that be an on-campus arrival or a virtual start! Geaux Tigers! We will be having an Informative Pre-Departure Meeting on August 4, at 7:00 am and 7:00 pm Baton Rouge Time (CST).  There will be a presentation and an opportunity to have your questions regarding LSU answered. Those who are coming to Baton Rouge, Sunday, August 15th, 2021 is our Arrival Day.

Before you arrive, please review and complete the items on the list below.

  • Schedule Your Visa Preparation Session
  • Schedule Your Official Visa Appointment
  • Obtain Your F1 Visa
  • Pay Your Tuition
    NOTE: You must pay your tuition and fees in full, as per the deadline on your Statement of Fees. If you do not pay on time, you will have a hold on your account and you will not be permitted to register for courses until payment has been received.
  • Provide Your Flight Details
  • Submit Your Health and Immunization Form
  • Submit Your Transcript(s) for Credit Transfer, if applicable
    NOTE: If you have obtained A-Levels, International Baccalaureate (IB), or Advanced Placement (AP) qualifications, you will need to submit your transcript confirming the subject(s), level(s), and grade(s) prior to your arrival. This is to ensure that our campus Admissions Team can apply valid exemptions and/or transfer credits before you register for courses.

If you haven’t already done so, schedule a call with your Enrollment Services Advisor, who is available to assist you and answer your questions.

Please also schedule a visa appointment immediately and inform your Enrollment Services Advisor of the date and embassy location of your appointment. Applying for and receiving a visa is a lengthy process and can sometimes take several weeks to complete. You can check Visa Appointment & Processing Wait Times for your local embassy here.

Visit the Before You Arrive webpage for additional information.

We are excited to meet you and look forward to welcoming you to campus!


Intake Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Summer 2022
Orientation August 16, 2021 – August 20, 2021 January 11, 2022 – January 14, 2022 May 18, 2022 – May 20, 2022
Classes Begin August 23, 2021 January 18, 2022 May 23, 2022
Last Day of Semester December 11, 2021 May 14, 2022 August 08, 2022

You will be advised by LSU Global Academics Advisor, McCahl Murray. All first term students at LSU have their classes pre-loaded. Your schedule will contain classes that count for your major and progression from LSU Global.

Your schedule will be created after you meet immunization requirements and have completed your placement exams. There may be some delay in creating transfer student schedules due to prior course evaluation.

You will be notified upon arrival about which placement tests you have to take. You will be registering for the courses during orientation.

Center for Academic Support on campus provides free tutoring for almost all first year courses. There are individual, small group, and class size tutoring and supplemental instruction available. See their link here:

Students will have bi-weekly appointments made based on their class schedule. Students will also have drop-in hours available throughout the week to meet for advising.

Frequently Asked Questions

LSU has announced they will be returning to normal in regards to classes being in-person. If first year students are not able to arrive due to an extenuating circumstance, please email academic coordinator, McCahl Murray at

You are responsible for the cost of your textbooks for classes. The professors will post all class materials, online and/or paper texts, needed for class in the syllabus.

Email academic coordinator, McCahl Murray for a letter of enrollment. Please allow three business days for the request to be completed.

Health & COVID-19

Vaccine info

LSU is offering the COVID-19 vaccine free of charge for all students. Currently, students are able to do drop-in appointments or scheduled appointments for the vaccine. For more information on the vaccine, please see this link.

Quarantine info

Currently, there is not a required quarantine when arriving to campus. Students are encouraged to receive a free COVID test on campus. Should a student come in close contact with a positive case, or test positive themselves, LSU has complied quarantine protocol linked here.

Student Health

LSU Student Health Center is available during business hours on-campus. The SHC is considered in-network for the health insurance provided by LSU Global. Here is a link for their website and all services offered.


During your stay in the U.S. in F-1 status, you are subject to many complex immigration law and regulations that relate to your legal status here. Advisors at International Services are available to assist you and answer your questions about your immigration status, but it is your responsibility to know and abide by the law in order to maintain valid legal status. It is to your benefit to make sure to maintain legal status throughout the duration of your stay in the U.S.

Abby Messing is the International Services Advisor for LSU Global Students. She can be reached by email at

Frequently Asked Questions

No, you must remain in 12 credit hours for fall and spring semester to maintain legal status for your F-1 visas. If there is an extreme circumstance for dropping below 12 hours, McCahl Murray, the academics advisor will work with you.

Travel signatures are required for re-entry to the United States, they need to be updated every 12 months.

Job & Career Support

At LSU, the Olinde Career Center can help students with all career related questions. Their office is located in the LSU Student Union, just around the corner from the LSU Global Office. All services and events can be found on their website that is linked here:

Students in the LSU Global Program have exclusive access to our Career Accelerator Program Manager, Chrissy Cruz. Chrissy will have a presentation during orientation and inform students how to make an appointment with her for career advising.

Frequently Asked Questions

You may apply for a social security number ONLY if you have been offered a job on-campus or if you have been granted practical training (CPT or OPT) employment authorization (keep in mind that practical training options are generally not available to new students). An SSN will be given to you for employment purposes only, NOT for purposes such as applying for credit cards, renting an apartment, etc. If you do have a job offer and need an SSN, you must apply for a social security number through your local Social Security Administration (SSA) office. If the SSN is for an on-campus job you must first bring your offer letter to International Services because an International Services staff member must sign off on the letter from your hiring department. For the SSA location nearest you, please visit the Office of Social Security and type in your zip code. You may also call 1-800-772-1213 or visit International Students and Social Security. You may download the social security application (Form SS-5) online.

You are able to work 20 hours on campus while classes are in session. When not enrolled in classes, during school breaks, you are able to work full time, 40 hours.

Yes, you are able to work more than one place on-campus, but you cannot exceed the maximum hours allowed.

This is the link to International Service’s page about CPT/OPT. They will add a date for an informational session(s) during the semester.

Scholarships & Finances

There are limited scholarships available to international students. Once you are admitted to your senior college, you are able to apply to small amount scholarships the college emails about.

There are many U.S. Bank Account options around LSU. We work closely with Campus Federal as it is located in the LSU Student Union. You will have opportunities to obtain a U.S. Bank Account the week of orientation.

See Enrollment Contract for relevant policies and dates.


As you approach the end of your LSU Global program, it is important for you to keep in mind your requirements to progress to a degree-seeking student at LSU. The requirements are listed below for the various programs.

International Direct: 2.0 GPA, successful completion of senior college requirements

Academic and Extended Accelerator Programs: 2.5 GPA, C or higher in English and Math, 30 credits earned

At the intended completion of your program, there will a progression workshop to help you prepare for life as a LSU degree-seeking student. Attendance of this workshop is required as it includes information about registering for classes, paying your fee bill, maintaining immigration status, and more.

Parking & Transport

For information about parking on-campus, please see this link:

Clubs & Organizations

LSU has a platform of all clubs and organizations called TigerLink. There are many opportunites for students to get involved and meet people with similar interests. See the link here:


LSU has a fully renovated UREC facility free of cost to students. Please see this link for all the activites they offer: