International Students

Admissions Process

International students with superior scholastic records and English proficiency, as demonstrated by acceptable scores on recognized tests, are considered for admission as freshman or transfer students. Freshman applicants must be graduates of recognized secondary schools comparable in level to U.S. high schools. Transfer applicants are considered on the basis of secondary school records, as well as records of post-secondary study. Factors in making the admission decision are grades earned, subjects taken, and ability to carry a full course of study; scores on college entrance examinations such as the American College Test (ACT) or College Board SAT; and appropriateness of proposed field of study in relation to the applicant's general ability. 

1.  Complete LSUA Application for Admission

Complete the application for admission and submit the non-refundable $ 20.00 application fee plus a $ 60.00 non-refundable international student fee (total fee - $80.00).  LSUA asks that students complete the paper application, which can be downloaded and printed from www.lsua.edu/admissions.  Please be sure to include a foreign address on the application. 

2.  Submit Transcripts

To be considered for admission, the applicant must send one copy of all official transcripts - in English- describing all academic studies completed and attempted prior to the time of application. These transcripts must be in a sealed envelope from the institution attended. All information must be submitted whether or not credit was earned and no portion of the applicant’s previous academic records will be disregarded. This includes secondary and post-secondary education.

Academic documents, both secondary and post-secondary will be required to be evaluated by an evaluation service recognized by LSUA. These evaluation services include the World Education Services (WES), American Association of Collegiate Registrar’s and Admission Officers, and Global Credentials. You may obtain information from these evaluation services from their respective web-sites. WES: www.wes.org; Global Credentials: www.gcevaluators.com; AACRAO:  www.aacrao.org . LSUA requires a course by course evaluation for both secondary and post-secondary institutions.  

Freshman applicants must have completed a recognized secondary program comparable to U.S. high school graduation.

Transfer applicants must have completed a college-level Mathematics course designed to fulfill general education requirements and be eligible to enroll in a college-level English course (based on ACT or SAT scores).  Student may bypass the ACT or SAT if the student receives credit for a comparable English course taught by a previous post-secondary institution.  Please contact admissions at admissions@lsua.edu to inquire about such credit.

3.  English Language Requirement

An applicant whose native language is not English is required to submit a score of 500 or better (written test), 173 or better (computerized test), or 61 or better (internet based test) on the test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a test designed to evaluate proficiency in English and is determined at testing centers overseas and throughout the U.S. Information regarding this test may be obtained at the TOEFL website: www.toefl.org. You may also contact them at (609) 771-7100

Louisiana State University at Alexandria's TOEFL code number is 6383. Applicants who want their scores sent to LSUA should enter this code number on their answer sheet. They should also enter the code on Score Report Request Forms (when requesting TOEFL scores from tests previously taken). The TOEFL score must be sent directly to LSUA from the Educational Testing Service. LSUA cannot accept a copy of the scores 

4. All First-Time Freshman and Students Transferring without English credit

LSUA requires official ACT or SAT scores for international students. Applicants should send their scores directly to LSUA from the respective testing agency.  LSUA ACT code:  1589;  LSUA SAT code:  1632.  Students must meet either the English required score (ACT English minimum subscore of 18; SAT Critical Reading minimum subscore of 450) OR Mathematics required score (ACT Mathematics minimum subscore of 19; SAT Mathematics minimum subscore of 460). 

5. Complete the Confidential Financial Information Form and Affidavit of Support

International applicants are required to offer proof of the availability of sufficient funds to meet all costs while studying in the United States. Return the attached form with the appropriate signatures and supporting documentation of available funds. Currently, students should be able to show $18,000 per year in funds and support. 

6. Send Before the Deadline

All materials for admission must be on file in the Admissions Office at least 90 days before the beginning of the semester in which admission is desired. When all documentation is not received by this deadline, consideration for admission will be delayed until the following semester.

7. SEVIS Fee

Effective September 1, 2004, most F-1 non immigrants starting initial attendance or to begin a new program (as marked on the form I-20) or starting a new academic program in the U.S., with the exception of their dependents, will be required to pay a fee of $200 prior to applying for a visa when utilizing a form I-20 at the U.S. Consulate and or U.S. Port of Entry. Students may learn more about payment options and to complete your payment, please visit: www.FMJfee.com. 

8.  Required Student Visa Interview

Any person wishing to obtain a student visa to study in the United States must go through an interview process at the American Consulate or Embassy in his or her country. This interview must be scheduled after the I-20 is received. It may take a long time to get an appointment, so students should make this appointment as soon as the I-20 is received.

I-20 forms will not be issued until admission to the university has been made.