About the University
Louisiana State University (officially Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, commonly referred to as LSU) is a public, coeducational university located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The university was founded in 1853 in what is now known as Pineville, Louisiana, under the name Louisiana State Seminary of Learning & Military Academy. The current LSU main campus was dedicated in 1926, consists of more than 250 buildings constructed in the style of Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, and occupies a 650-acre (2.6 km²) plateau on the banks of the Mississippi River.
LSU is the flagship institution of the Louisiana State University System. In 2015, the university enrolled over 26,000 undergraduate and over 5,000 graduate students in 14 schools and colleges. Several of LSU’s graduate schools, such as the E.J. Ourso College of Business and the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, have received national recognition in their respective fields of study. Designated as a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant institution, LSU is also noted for its extensive research facilities, operating some 800 sponsored research projects funded by agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Health insurance is required of all full-time degree, resident, and international students with F1 and J1 visas.
Therefore, these students will be automatically enrolled in the LSU endorsed plan, Gallagher Student Health/United HealthCare. However, students may choose an alternate medical health insurance plan as long as it meets the minimum requirements listed.
The medical health insurance policy must provide coverage for the entire semester. Partial coverage is not accepted.
When proof of other approved medical health insurance is provided by the deadline dates, the charges for the LSU policy will be removed. For Fall 2017, F and J students may submit their on line insurance waiver request at UHC/Gallagher. You will find the link to the waiver request under “Student Waive” located at the upper left hand corner. The deadline date to submit the on line insurance waiver is Friday, September 8, 2017 (no exceptions.) As per the insurance online portal website your coverage must be effective from August 14, 2017 – January 8, 2018.
The University requires verification to make sure that international students on F and J visas comply with these insurance rules. There are no exceptions to the medical health insurance requirement!
Cost: $856 for fall, $2,154.00 for year/
Students may choose instead to apply to subscribe to the insurance proposed by MICEFA, CHARTIS using the waiver.
Living on-campus: On-campus housing is available on first-come first-served basis for undergraduate students.Living on campus at LSU is extremely popular. If you are interested in securing a spot on campus, you should apply for housing as soon as you’re admitted.
Cost: $2,400.00 – $4,090.00*
*Students living in residence halls must also purchase a meal plan please visit the website for more information.
Off-campus Housing: Housing is available off-campus for international students, if interested, contact your international student advisor for ressources.
The average budget per month is: $400 – 500
In order to be accepted, students must prove financial resources of $4,114.00 per semester.