Mission & Goals

The mission of Academic Programs Abroad is to promote and facilitate academically sound, and culturally enriching, domestic and international exchanges and other study away experiences that provide LSU students with a competitive edge and necessary skills to participate and thrive in the complex and ever-changing global society.

Goals & Objectives

In order to fulfill our mission to LSU and our students, APA strives toward the following goals:

  1. Integrate global study into the core academic experience at LSU
  2. Diversity and strengthen student enrollment
  3. Diversify and strengthen faculty involvement
  4. Enhance sustainable program offerings

Our diverse exchanges and programs can be tailored to individual student experience and academic needs. With all we have to offer, we know every LSU student can find an option that works for them, both academically and personally. Make an appointment to speak with our Peer Advisors or our experienced professional staff about the right option for you.

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Program Options

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International Exchanges

APA offers exchanges with over 200 partner institutions worldwide: 160+ through the ISEP study abroad consortium and 40+ through direct partnerships with foreign universities. Students can study abroad for a semester, the academic year, or the summer. Students pay LSU tuition or direct tuition to their host institution. Financial aid and TOPS apply.

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Domestic Exchanges with NSE

LSU students can study at 170+ partner universities in 48 states, 7 Canadian provinces, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and Guam. Students can study away for a semester, the academic year, or the summer. Students pay their regular LSU tuition or in-state tuition at the host campus. Financial aid and TOPS apply. This is a great option for students who wanted to study out-of-state but stayed for TOPS or out-of-state students looking to decrease their tuition bill!

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Short-term & Summer Programs

Short-term programs include any program that is less than a semester long. From excursions over fall and spring break to courses offered during intersession or summer, LSU offers over 20 short-term program options each year. All courses are taught by LSU faculty members and are open to all college students, including students from other universities!



Values of Studying Abroad and Away

Participants on APA programs and exchanges have gained valuable skills and experiences:

  • Personal growth
  • Broadened horizon
  • Independence
  • Access to different courses, faculty and facilities
  • Cross-cultural awareness and understanding
  • Resourcefulness
  • Ability to evaluate graduate schools prior to graduation
  • Language skills
  • Lifelong love of travel