As an international student at LSU, there are resources and organizations to support you. The International Services Office offers an incredible amount of information, from health insurance to student employment. There is an International Student Organization to join on campus, as well as other ways to get involved with the LSU and graduate student communities. The English Language and Orientation Program has faculty and staff that are here to help you learn English and to make you feel welcome on campus and the Baton Rouge community.
The International Cultural Center promotes international friendship and facilitates greater interaction and understanding between international students at LSU and the greater Baton Rouge community through educational, cultural, and social activities. The International Hospitality Foundation also fosters community through friendship and intercultural exchange. They also offer a Loan Closet which is a low-cost resource for items such as small appliances, dishes, sheets, and other household supplies for newly arrived international students.
Our list of Student Resources across campus includes more information about transportation, housing, academic support, and more.
The International Student Association frequently sponsors events, including International Fusion, an event that celebrates the diversity of LSU's student body. Students can showcase their talents and culture to promote sharing and learning of new cultures. They also host Global Tailgates during football season.
The International Cultural Center offers several events throughout the year, including a Halloween party, Utsav (celebrating the Indian Festival of Lights, or Diwali), and a Thanksgiving Dinner.
There is also a Holiday Spectacular event, on November 29th, 2016 at 5pm, which begins in the Student Union with different events such as an LSU Season’s Readings Book Sale, Holiday performances by students, faculty, and the community, and the LSU Christmas tree lighting. For those who don’t celebrate Christmas, there is a Pre-Kwanza celebration held by the LSU African American Cultural Center. At 7:30, there is a “Ceremony Carol of the Bells” concert and the events end with the traditional LSU President’s Late Night Breakfast at the dining halls around campus.
Local and Regional Events
The wider Louisiana community holds multiple festivals throughout the year that allow you to celebrate the diverse populations of our LSU community and throughout Louisiana. New Orleans' annual Greek Fest will be held May 26–28, 2017, and is a celebration of Greek culture with food, dancing, singing, and shopping.
The Greater Baton Rouge American Italian Association hosts an annual Italian Fest offering shows, food, dancing, Italian 101, and other activities to celebrate Italian heritage.
Global Community Day is an event hosted by the Baton Rouge Capital City Rotary and LSU International Programs to explore cultural exhibits and performances from around the world. Guests can go from booth to booth exploring the countries and cultures that the exhibit has to offer.