International Exchanges | Academic Programs Abroad

International Exchanges

Getting Started

Studying in another country for a semester or a year is both personally and professionally enriching, and it's easier than ever to go on an international exchange. LSU offers students over 180 universities to choose from in 50 countries!

LSU belongs to two consortia of universities around the globe. The first of which is the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) and the second is the Global Engineering Education Exchange (Global E3). The latter contains some of the most highly regarded engineering schools in the world and is ideal for keeping engineering students on track with their degrees.

Additionally, LSU has many direct agreements (called bilateral) with specific international universities. For a list of all the universities that LSU is affiliated with (ISEP, Global E3 or Bilateral), please visit the Search for Programs page.

Follow these steps as you begin to think about studying abroad:

  • Drop in for a Zoom chat during virtual office hours with our Peer Advisors to discuss general information and eligibility (9-12 months before you go abroad). They'll help you discover the best destination and program to fit your needs, answer application questions and more. 
  • Research and compare programs and locations using our website.
  • Search for schools with programs specific to your area of study or that offer classes you would like to take. Be sure to check the language requirements.
  • Meet with your academic advisor and let them know you are planning on studying abroad.
  • Meet with the International Exchange Coordinator and begin the Application Process.

Virtual Office Hours

How to Apply

Drop in for a Zoom chat during virtual office hours to speak with a Peer advisor about general information and eligibility.

Narrow your school choices to three to five schools and make an appointment with the International Exchange Coordinator. Contact us to make an appointment.

During the appointment, the coordinator will discuss curriculum requirements, program finances, and exchange availability at the schools you have chosen, and will decide with the student which type of application (ISEP, Bilateral or Global E3) is the best option. Your application will be opened for you at this meeting.

Applications vary by program, but may include: 

  • An essay
  • Two professor recommendations
  • A language proficiency report
  • An official university sealed transcript
  • An application fee

Complete and submit the application by the deadline:

  • September 11, 2020: Spring 2021 application deadline
  • February 12, 2021: Fall 2021 and Academic Year 2021-2022 application deadline 

Submit your application online via the LSU Abroad Portal, at the top of this page.

Bilateral applicants may be required to participate in an interview after the application has been submitted.

After You Apply

All applications will be reviewed after the application deadline. Placement decisions are made by taking into consideration candidates' qualifications as they relate to all students who have applied, performance during the interview (for some bilateral applicants only) and availability at the host schools. Approved students will be notified via email approximately 4-6 weeks after the application deadline.

Acceptance letters and all post-acceptance paperwork will be distributed via the LSU Abroad Portal. Once you have received your notification email, please login to check your status and fill out paperwork.