Orientation

The main purpose of the International Student Orientation program is for all F-1 and J-1 to “report” to the University. International Services is required by U.S. Immigration law to report that you have arrived at LSU, but we cannot do that until you attend International Orientation and complete some immigration-related paperwork. After you report, International Services can register your F-1/J-1 record in the SEVIS database. Failure to be registered in SEVIS will place you out of lawful F-1 or J-1 student status, which is considered deportable by U.S. Immigration.

Note: There is no registration or cost to attend International Orientation.

When you attend International Orientation, you will need to bring the following items with you:

  • Your passport (with visa stamp).
  • Your I-94 card or website printout. (Please visit our “Travel to the U.S.” page and look under “U.S. Port of Entry and U.S. Customs” for more about the I-94.)
  • Your LSU I20/DS-2019.
  • Your I-901 SEVIS fee receipt.
  • Any/all of your I-20s or DS-2019s from any previous U.S. institutions attended, if applicable.

F-1 or J-1 students who do not attend International Orientation can expect to see course registration delays and late fees. F-1 and J-1 students who may miss the program due to visa or flight delays should report to International Services (101 Hatcher Hall) immediately upon arrival to campus.

Since you will be participating in other activities related to your LSU course registration at International Orientation and the rest of the week before classes start, you will receive a schedule and list of activities at the end of the program. These activities include the Freshman, Transfer or Graduate orientation.

Note: All F-1 and J-1 international students will attend two (2) orientation programs – International Orientation and one of the following:

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 Orientation or to report to International Services; however, they are welcome to attend International Orientation if they choose.

ExpandWhen and where is the International Student Orientation program?

Spring 2016:

Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Time: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: International Cultural Center, LSU campus. Click here for a map.

 

Summer 2016:

Date: Friday, May 27, 2016
Time: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: International Cultural Center, LSU campus. Click here for a map.

 

Fall 2016:

Date: Thursday, August 11, 2016
Time: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: To be determined.

 

ExpandWhat to bring to International Orientation

In addition to the documents listed above, we recommend that you bring something to write with and a lightweight sweater or jacket since the orientation venue is kept cool using air conditioning.

ExpandTopics discussed at International Orientation

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 discussed by presenters from various LSU campus departments:

ExpandInternational Student Orientation program schedule - samples

These are samples of the International Student Orientation program schedules. Please be aware that the times that topics are discussed are subject to change and may not be at the same as they appear on these sample schedules.

Sample Fall Schedule

DAY 1

8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Informational sessions including immigration regulations and requirements
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Informational sessions including course registration, getting involved on campus, and international organizations
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch break
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Informational sessions including health information, employment (on- and off-campus), campus safety, student performance, and the Michigan Test (English placement test)
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Informational tables where you can speak with session presenters or get more information on topics discussed during the program

DAY 2

8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Sign up for the Michigan Test
9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Taking the Michigan Test



Sample Spring/Summer Schedule

8:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Informational sessions including immigration regulations and requirements, course registration, and health information
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Informational sessions including employment (on- and off-campus), campus safety, getting involved on campus, international organizations, student performance, and the Michigan Test (English placement test)
12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Informational tables where you can speak with session presenters or get more information on topics discussed during the program
12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch break
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Sign up for the Michigan Test
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Taking the Michigan Test