Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA
University Info | College of Engineering Info | Exchange Student Info
Welcome to Louisiana State University, home of the "Fighting Tigers" and their Bengal tiger mascot, Mike VI. LSU is the flagship institution of the state of Louisiana and is one of only 30 universities nationwide holding land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant status.
Since 1860, LSU has served the people of Louisiana, the region, the nation, and the world through extensive, multipurpose programs encompassing instruction, research, and public service. The University brings in more than $150 million annually in outside research grants and contracts, a significant factor for the Louisiana economy.
LSU is located on more than 2,000 acres in the southern part of the city near the Mississippi River. The campus is known for the 1,200 large oak trees that surround and shade the university, with "Stately oaks and broad magnolias" being the catch phrase description of the university. LSU is also distinguished by the five historic and beautiful lakes that surround the area, referred to as the "LSU lakes". The campus is home to two Indian mounds created by Native Americans over 5,000 years ago, located near the northwest corner of campus. The trademark architecture of the university is characterized by the tan stucco walls, red tile rooftops, and arches.
Terms of Exchange
- Undergraduate students: Accepted
- Graduate students: Accepted
- Computer Science majors: Accepted
English Proficiency Requirements
- Minimum TOEFL iBT score – 79
- Minimum IELTS score – 6.5
Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
Academic Calendar | Semester Dates (including exam period)
- Fall: end of August to mid-December
- Spring: mid-January to early May
- Biological Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Petroleum Engineering
Course Descriptions | Schedule of Classes
Workload per Semester
Exchange students are required to enroll in a minimum of 12 U.S. credits per semester, usually 4 courses (if undergraduate) and a minimum of 9 U.S. credits per semester, usually 3 courses (if graduate). Check with your academic advisor to ensure that your first choices and alternatives will be acceptable at your home institution. It is your responsibility to ensure that credits earned at LSU will transfer and count towards your degree. Note that courses are subject to prerequisites and availability.
Additional Application Materials
Students nominated by IIE to LSU are also required to complete an LSU application .
Send application and supporting documents to:
Academic Programs Abroad
Louisiana State University
103 Hatcher Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Undergraduate applications and supporting documents can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Graduate applications and supporting documents must be sent by mail.
You will receive an email with an admission decision within a few weeks of submitting the application. If admitted to LSU, a MyLSU account will be created for you and you will be emailed a MyLSU ID and instructions on how to log on. MyLSU is a web portal where you will be able to schedule and change classes, apply for on-campus housing, and access various student resources.
While waiting to receive your official LSU acceptance packet, you should start thinking about whether you want to live on- or off-campus. If you want to live on campus, research on-campus housing options by visiting the Office of Residential Life's housing options. You should also remember that international students are required to arrive to campus a few weeks early to attend international student orientation, and you may need temporary housing for this time.
Estimated Cost of Living
Fall and Spring Cost of Attendance
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
Academic Programs Abroad | email@example.com
Baton Rouge, the state capital of Louisiana, is situated on the Mississippi River. Baton Rouge is well known for its interesting heritage and mix of cultures and its' lively music. Students account for around 20% of the population, as Baton Rouge is home to LSU and three other colleges.
The city is a major industrial, petrochemical, and medical research center, and is the second largest city in Louisiana. Although Baton Rouge is an industrial city, there is also a lively music and arts community, mostly located in the downtown area, near LSU. New Orleans, with its' distinctive architecture and music, is located 90 miles to the southeast, and is about an hour away via motor transportation. University sports also play a major role in the culture of Baton Rouge, with college football being the most popular. Being home to several cultures, industries, universities, growing arts and music scene, and prized sports teams, Baton Rouge is a lively city with something to offer to everyone.