Pre-Arrival

Academic Advising

The Advising & Retention Specialists advise first-year students at LSUA. We know the transition to college can be challenging and difficult to navigate, so we are here to offer support along the way. Throughout their freshman year, students will meet with their advisor and correspond through emails, texts, and calls to check-in. 

During an advising session, students can discuss their major, program requirements, course selection, extracurricular activities, plans for the future, study skills, and more.

F-1 students should visit or call the Office of Advising and schedule a meeting with a Professional Advisor. The advisor will review the student’s schedule (or make one if the schedule has not yet been made), provide the student with an overview of his or her curriculum, and inform the student of available academic resources. The Advising Office is located at Student Center 207 (directly above campus bookstore); main phone number is 318.767.2604.

For more information about schedule and advising session please go to: https://www.lsua.edu/campus-life/dose/css/advising

In order to comply with U.S. Immigration rules, you must be enrolled for classes. If you arrive in the U.S. after the last date to enroll (noted in the “Remarks” section of your I-20), you will not be able to register for classes at LSUA and U.S. Immigration will expect you to return home immediately.

If you cannot arrive before the last day to enroll, please contact the LSUA admissions staff to request that your admissions is updated to the next available semester. If your plans change and you will not be coming to LSUA at all, please notify LSUA admissions staff by e-mail: admissions@lsua.edu.

Checklist/What to Bring

When preparing your list of what to pack, you should think very carefully about the things you need to bring, want to bring, or will be allowed to bring.

Documents

  • Your passport
  • Your 1-20 or DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility
  • SEVIS fee receipt
  • Office of the International Programs contact information

We recommends that you do not put your original documents on your checked luggage since you will need to show them to various U.S. officials upon your arrival to the United States. It is also recommended that you make two sets of copies of these documents: one set of copies in your checked luggage and one set to leave with family in your home country. 

A word of caution: Always watch your belongings during travels, even on the airplane! In some rare cases, passports and money were stolen while students or faculty were on the airplane.

Clothing and Personal Items

The Louisiana climate is subtropical, so the weather is hot and humid for most of the year. You will experience all four seasons. Temperatures can reach as high as 93 °F / 34 °C in August to October or even higher during the summer. Winters are short and mild, but it does get cool in the winter and may even freeze on occasion from October to March. It can be down to 25 °F / -3.8°C. So be ready!

You will need to have clothes for both hot and cold weather. Louisiana also receives a lot of heavy rain, so a strong umbrella and waterproof shoes are recommended.

It’s a good idea to bring a traditional dress from your country, a semi-formal dress, and business attire. You may also bring some small gifts/mementos so you can share your culture with your friends here at LSUA. Also remember to bring an extra pair of glasses and/or contact lenses along with a copy of your prescription.

If your electrical appliances such as shaver, hairdryer, curling iron, toothbrush, etc. are not dual voltage (designed to operate on voltage between 100-250 volts without damage to the components) or do not run on 110 volts, you will need to purchase a U.S.A. transformer, and a plug adaptor

Flight Arrangement

There are no direct flights from your country to Alexandria, Louisiana, so you will need to fly into a larger airport in the United States and take another flight to Alexandria International Airport (AEX). We recommends at least 3-4 hours between your initial U.S. arrival and your connecting flight to Alexandria to provide enough time to go through the U.S. Port of Entry and the U.S. Customs.

U.S. Immigration rules allow you to enter the U.S. up to 30 days before the program start date listed on your I-20/DS-2019 (You can find your program start date at Item #5 on your I-20 or Item #3 on your DS-2019). However, we recommends that you arrive only a few days before the program start date on your I-20/DS-2019 due to limited housing. If you anticipate delays and expect to arrive later than the program start date, please notify the Coordinator of International Programs by email: ncox@lsua.edu