Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA
University Info | College of Engineering Info | Academic Programs Abroad
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
Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for incoming international Global E³ students.
Minimum TOEFL scores:
Minimum IELTS score: 6.5
- Paper-based - 550
- Internet-based - 79
- Biological Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Computer Science
- Environmental Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Petroleum Engineering
Additional application materials?
In addition to the Global E³ Application, incoming students are required to complete an application with Louisiana State University.
Send application and supporting documents to:
Meg Sonstroem, M.Ed.
Exchange Coordinator, Academic Programs Abroad
Louisiana State University
105 Hatcher Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Undergraduate applications and supporting documents can be sent via email to email@example.com. Graduate applications and supporting documents must be sent by mail.
When will students receive their acceptance package?
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.
COURSE REGISTRATION & ACADEMIC INFORMATION
- Fall: end of August to mid-December
- Spring: mid-January to early May
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.
||Minimally acceptable work
Students must request their own transcripts to be delivered to their home campuses through the MyLSU portal. For more information on how to order a transcript, please visit the Registrar website. Academic Programs Abroad does not have the ability to send transcripts for students, students MUST request transcripts on their own.
Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?
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 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.
When can exchange students move in to the Hall of Residence?
One or two days prior to the International Student Orientation. Permission to move in early must be obtained from the Housing Office.
Health Insurance & Immunizations
LSU requires that all international students have health insurance coverage that meets LSU's requirements. All international students (except ISEP students) will be charged for LSU health insurance coverage upon arrival unless LSU receives proof of alternate insurance coverage that meets LSU's requirements.
All international students who have been admitted to LSU are required to provide proof of immunization compliance prior to arriving at LSU. After you have been admitted to LSU, you will receive an email from the LSU international exchange coordinator reminding you to send your immunization forms to the LSU health center.
When should I arrive?
You will have two mandatory orientations to attend before starting classes at LSU:
The International Student Orientation is hosted by the International Services Office. At this orientation, you will receive important information regarding your immigration status and campus services. It is held approximately 10 days before classes begin.
Usually the day after the International Student Orientation, you will attend an orientation hosted by the International Exchange coordinator to cover specific topics for exchange students such as maintaining exchange availability, completing registration, opening a bank account, obtaining your LSU student ID card, health and safety, etc.
Since you will be required to attend orientation before the semester begins, temporary housing will be available at LSU.
Is airport reception available?
Once you have received your welcome packet and applied for your visa, you should make your travel plans and send an email to your host coordinator, Meg Sonstroem (firstname.lastname@example.org) that details your flight information so that you may be picked up. Students are encouraged to fly into the Baton Rouge Airport. The International Cultural Center (ICC) Arrival Services Committee will pick up students arriving at the Baton Rouge Airport or Baton Rouge Greyhound Station at no charge. If you choose to fly into the New Orleans Airport, you can take the Greyhound Bus or LA Swift bus to Baton Rouge from there.
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING
Fall and Spring Cost of Attendance
Food/meals – information on dining options
Housing – information on housing options and rates
Local transportation – see above
Academic expenses (e.g., books, stationery) – see above
Personal expenses – see above
Other administrative fees – see above
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
Academic Programs Abroad
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.