During the summer many LSU students participate in faculty-led study abroad programs
around the globe. These programs are carefully planned and executed. Every LSU staff
and faculty member involved in the program considers the safety of our students their
first priority. In fact, one of the advantages of our summer programs is that LSU
faculty members are available for their respective groups 24 hours every day for the
duration of their programs. Risk and crisis management are important parts of our
preparations for the programs. All groups are registered with the Department of State
and receive regular communications and alerts. Our office of International Programs
constantly monitors the international situation and is in communication with the program
directors at all times.
Embassies in Europe have recently sent out messages that alerted travelers to the fact that several large events in Europe, such as the European Soccer Championship in France, bear the risk of potential terrorist attacks at those large events and advise travelers to take certain precautions. However, at this time there are no specific threats that would warrant any cancellations on LSU’s part. In fact, study abroad programs conducted by our peer institutions throughout the United States are going forward as planned. None of the LSU program directors is planning to participate with their respective groups in any of the large events in Europe. We will continue to monitor and assess the situation on a daily basis. Our directors on location are also able to reach out to the local US embassies and consulates. We are confident that all precautions have been taken to keep our students safe and give them a positive and rewarding academic experience abroad.
LSU's International Programs (IP) contributes to the Flagship Agenda through its work to facilitate the mobility of students and faculty around the world. Enhancing intercultural learning experiences, international leadership, and multinational collaboration and partnerships on our campus will attract highly productive faculty and excellent students at all levels. By providing international programs and opportunities that foster diversity, IP raises cross-cultural awareness and understanding in our university community and beyond. This international activity enriches and improves the quality of campus life. Whereas American and foreign students travel to each other's countries to pursue educational, cultural, and social experiences, these opportunities merely set the stage for what we aspire to accomplish. As visitors in another country, LSU students, American or of another nationality, obtain knowledge, skills, attitudes, and perceptions that make them competent in a cross-cultural environment and competitive in the global market. International exchanges for faculty provide similar opportunities for intellectual and personal growth and internationalization of the curriculum. Research agreements allow access to specialized research facilities worldwide and simultaneous, collaborative efforts with investigators from several countries. As a result, new perspectives in teaching and/or research contribute both to faculty's personal knowledge and understanding of the world and to that of the students they teach.
LSU Flagship Agenda Goals:
International Programs dedicates its resources to establishing Louisiana State University as a truly international institution. Working through an articulated, comprehensive, and consistent plan that provides services and outreach to support colleges, students, and faculty in international endeavors, we contribute to an environment that: