Resources for International Student & Exchange Visitors

LSU Resources

There are many resources on and around the LSU campus

 

Campus Federal Credit Union

Campus Federal Credit Union (CFCU) is a financial organization located on campus, including the first floor of the LSU Student Union. CFCU has numerous services including checking and savings accounts, online banking and more at campusfederal.org.

 

Campus Safety

The LSU Police Department has a 24-hour presence on campus to provide for the safety of students, scholars, employees and visitors to LSU. For information about campus safety and services offered by LSU Police, visit the LSU Police website.

 

Center for Academic Success

The Center for Academic Success (CAS) offers academic support, learning strategies and other resources so that students can excel in the classroom. For information about CAS workshops or tutoring hours, visit the Center for Academic Success website.

 

Office of the Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students works to create a support network for students and includes various units who strive to meet student needs.

 

Disability Services

Disability Services provides services for students with disabilities (physical, medical or learning) in an effort to ensure their full participation in all activities, programs, and services to the University.

 

Employment Information for Students

  • On-campus employment: Click here for information on all your on-campus employment needs including eligibility and obtaining authorization to work on campus.
    • Applying for a Social Security Number:
      Click here
  • LSU Olinde Career Center assists students and alumni in choosing careers, obtaining career-related work experiences as students, developing job search skills, and securing employment or admission to graduate or professional school: LSU Olinde Career Center
  • LSU Payroll

 

English Language Orientation Program

The English Language Orientation Program (ELOP)  faculty teaches intensive English as a second language to individuals who are interested in learning English for academic, professional or personal reasons.

 

International Cultural Center

The International Cultural Center (ICC) is a place on campus where all nationalities can come together and learn from each other. The ICC’s mission is to promote international friendship and facilitate greater interaction and understanding between the international community at LSU and the Baton Rouge Community through educational, cultural, and social activities.

 

International Hospitality Foundation

The International Hospitality Foundation (IHF) serves to link the Baton Rouge community with LSU’s international students with its Friendship Host Program providing the opportunity to meet local citizens for the purpose of friendship and intercultural exchange. IHF organizes welcome parties for new international students; community orientation/shopping trips each semester; and the Loan Closet offering low-cost household items. IHF also arranges for international students to share their culture with local groups.

For more information about the IHF or any of its programs and activities, visit the IHF website or e-mail ihf@lsu.edu

 

LSU Libraries

With extensive collections in both electronic and physical formats, you have access to the highest quality materials for free at the LSU Libraries.

Middleton Library is the main library at LSU and is located on campus. It has close to 3 million books, collaborative workspaces, and a coffee shop. Faculty, staff and students of LSU may borrow library books and materials from the library upon presentation of an LSU identification card. However, faculty and staff on gratis appointments (not paid by LSU) have somewhat limited privileges to the main library. The main library is open to the general public to use, but individuals not affiliated with LSU may not borrow materials unless they have been granted special borrowing materials.

The Hill Memorial Library, located near Middleton Library, contains special collections such as materials about the history and culture of Louisiana and the Lower Mississippi Valley; primary sources; University archives; and rare materials. Unlike the Middleton Library, Hill Memorial is a non-circulating library. Researchers read books and materials in the library’s beautiful reading rooms. Hill Memorial Library is open to students, faculty, and staff and the general public. A photo ID is required.

  • Introduction to Library Research: This guide highlights the best tools for getting your research done faster, easier, and better.
  • Ask Us! Do you have questions or need more help? Librarians are here to help you. Ask us via text, email, phone, or chat.

 

Parking & Transportation Services

LSU’s Parking & Transportation Services’ mission is to provide the LSU community with safe and well-maintained parking as well as efficient, convenient and reliable mass transportation and alternative modes of transportation. Visit their website for more information about parking permits, maps and other services: LSU Parking & Transportation

  • Tiger Trails Bus Service is free to students, faculty, staff and visitors:
  • Holiday Shuttle
  • Campus Transit allows for safe travel around campus after-hours:
  • Campus Parking Permits
  • Bicycle Information: If you plan to use a bicycle as a means of transportation, you will not need an on-campus parking tag. However, a Baton Rouge city ordinance requires that all bicycles be registered.
    • Bicycle Registration: All bicycles must be registered with Baton Rouge City Police. The LSU Police Department has partnered with Baton Rouge City Police to provide on-campus registrations at the LSU Public Safety Building. There is a small fee to register your bicycle.
    • Bike Sale & Auction

 

Safe Space

As part of the LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs, the LGBTQ Project and Safe Space Campaign are working to make LSU a safe space for all students regardless of sexuality, gender identity and gender expression: Safe Space

 

Student Health Center & Medical Health Insurance

The LSU Student Health Center offers health and medical services to LSU students and exchange visitors. Visit the LSU Student Health Center website to learn about the Health Center’s services, wellness programs or to schedule an appointment.

  • Immunization Requirements
  • My Student Body: All first-semester students (ages 21 and younger) are required to complete the My Student Body Essentials course. The Student Health Center recommends taking the course as soon as possible during your first semester at LSU. If you do not take the Essentials course, the Student Health Center will place a hold on your LSU course registration for next semester.

All international students in F-1 and J-1 student visa status are required to have medical health insurance while they are enrolled at LSU, and the medical health-insurance policy must meet LSU’s medical health-insurance requirements. Also, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) has its own requirements for J-1 status holders. For more information, visit: Insurance Information

 

University Recreation

The University Recreation Center (UREC) has everything you need for recreation and exercise, including an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, machines for cardio and strength training, a climbing gym, courts and fields for group sport, and exercise classes. Go to UREC's website to find more on these offerings as well as to get information about membership and class schedules.

 

Fun Things to Do at LSU

  • Walk or run around the LSU Lakes
  • Visit Mike the Tiger
  • Attend Fall Fest on the Parade Ground
  • Tailgate before a home football game – especially LSU vs. Alabama!
  • Work out at UREC
  • Eat a picnic lunch on the parade ground, in the “enchanted forest,” or in the Greek Amphitheatre
  • Get an ice cream at LSU Dairy Store
  • Visit the LSU Bookstore
  • Attend a guest lecture outside your area of study
  • Attend a musical or theatre event on campus
  • Check out the opinions at Free Speech Alley in front of the Student Union
  • Keep up with LSU news in The Daily Reveille

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