International Programs

Executive Director

101 Hatcher Hall
FAX 225/578-1413

The Office of International Programs (OIP) strives to help people develop the international skills and perspectives needed to live and work in a global society. Activities of the OIP are organized in four divisions: Academic Programs Abroad, International Development, International Services, and Campus Programs and Events.


MARGARET PARKER, Interim Director
OFFICE 101 Hatcher Hall
TELEPHONE 225/578-6801
FAX 225/578-6806

Students participating in Academic Programs Abroad (APA) travel worldwide to study for a summer, semester, or academic year. Students earn credit toward LSU degrees and return to the Baton Rouge campus to complete their curricula.

Through overseas study, students are immersed in foreign languages and cultures, have access to course work unavailable on home campuses, develop personal independence and global awareness, and enjoy academic and travel opportunities that enrich their general education. Many students find that study abroad gives them an advantage in the job market and in applying for graduate school. Others discover routes to international careers in business, government, law, and the arts.

Students select from a variety of options. Many join group programs led by LSU faculty, such as summer schools in London and Paris. Others participate in exchange and junior year abroad programs, which place students directly in overseas universities where they study alongside natives of the host countries. A few students study in programs offered by other U.S. schools or enroll directly in a foreign university.

Students receive academic credit for study abroad. In some programs, students receive regular credit in LSU courses, just as they would on campus. In other programs, students earn the credits at the host institution and transfer them to LSU. Prior approval of course selection is required of all students who desire credit for overseas course work.

The best time to begin thinking about study abroad is during the freshman year. At this time, students can select courses to take abroad and those to complete at LSU. They can also prepare for any language or other skills necessary for the overseas experience.

Academic Programs Abroad also provides information on work and internship opportunities overseas.

Interested students are urged to contact Academic Programs Abroad in 108 Hatcher Hall or call 225/578-6801 for information.

The National Student Exchange (NSE) program, coordinated by Academic Programs Abroad, offers students the opportunity to study for a semester/year across the United States and its territories. Through the NSE consortium, students may choose from more than 150 colleges and enroll out-of-state at the same cost as residents. In a reciprocal manner, LSU receives students from all over the United States. The NSE offers numerous benefits. In addition to travel, students can explore the cultural diversity of various regions of our country. They can take courses unavailable at LSU and visit potential sites for graduate study. Participants develop self reliance and make valuable career contacts through internship programs.

Recently, LSU students have studied in Alabama, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Students taking courses for transfer to LSU must complete--in advance--an approval process to ensure receipt of academic credit.

Students with scholarships, grants, and loans may use LSU and federal financial aid to participate in the NSE. The host NSE schools provide a number of services to incoming LSU students, such as assistance with housing, registration, and occasionally, part-time jobs. Each NSE school has a coordinator assigned to facilitate the exchange and help incoming students.

To qualify for the NSE, applicants must have at least a 2.50 overall grade-point average and must have completed a minimum of 36 hours of credit. February 1 is the application deadline for placement in the following academic year.

Additional information is available from Academic Programs Abroad in 108 Hatcher Hall, 225/578-6816. Catalogs of the participating NSE schools are also available for perusal.


OFFICE 101 Hatcher Hall
TELEPHONE 225/578-3191

International Development (ID) coordinates the University's activities with foreign universities and governments. Its main focus is to facilitate international exchange of students and faculty and to help initiate joint international projects that will support economic development in Louisiana and in other parts of the world. ID also assists in efforts to secure funding for international activities from various multilateral development agencies.



OFFICE 101 Hatcher Hall
TELEPHONE 225/578-3191
FAX 225/578-1413

International Services (IS) provides advisory services to international students regarding their educational, financial, immigration, personal, and social concerns. This office also assists with campus intercultural activities that contribute to the cultural environment of the community. International Services is responsible for approving admission of nonimmigrant students on financial and immigration bases. It prepares all documents necessary for international students to achieve or maintain proper nonimmigrant status in the United States and organizes an orientation program for all new international students.

All nonimmigrant students seeking permission to work on or off campus must receive approval or recommendation from this office.

The office coordinates the University's international student services and programs with community organizations, faculty and student groups, and governmental and private agencies. Emergency loans for international students and a limited number of partial scholarships for international freshmen with high ACT or SAT scores are also administered by this office.

This office provides information and counseling to LSU students who are interested in study, travel, or work overseas. The office also administers the International Student Exchange Program and grants for graduate study abroad (Fulbright Program), and issues international student ID cards.


The International Cultural Center, 3365 Dalrymple Drive and with offices in Hatcher Hall, is a cultural and activity center funded and governed by international students. The coordinator is Harold Leder. Space is available for overnight accommodations for newly arrived students and other international guests. For reservations, call 225/342-0864.