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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.

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.

Dates of International Orientation

What to bring

Topics discussed at International Orientation

Sample Schedules

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.

Dates of International Orientation

Date Friday, May 26, 2017
Time 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location International Cultural Center, LSU campus. Click here for a map.
Date Thursday, August 10, 2017
Time 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location Campbell Auditorium in the Cox Communications Building. Click here for a map.
Date Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Time 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location To be determined

What to bring 

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 “Entering 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.

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.

Topics 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:

Sample Schedules

Day 1
8 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.

International organizations

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Lunch
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.  Informational sessions including health information, employment (on- and off-campus), campus safety, student performance and the Michigan Test (English placement test)
 3 p.m. - 5 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 a.m. Sign up for the Michigan Test
9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.  Take the Michigan Test
8 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Informational sessions including immigration regulations and requirements, course registration and health information
10:45 a.m. - 11 a.m. Break
11 a.m. - 12: 30 p.m.

Informational sessions including health information, employment (on- and off-campus), campus safety, getting involved on campus, international organizations, student performance and the Michigan Test 

12:30 p.m.

Test

12:30 p.m. -12:45 p.m.

Information 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
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