Universities in Louisiana

University of Louisiana at Lafayette


University Information

Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
Founded: 1898
Undergraduate Students: 16 000
Campus Type: Urban
Institution Type: Public university
Website: www.louisiana.edu

About the University

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL LafayetteULL, or UL) is a coeducational, public, research university in Lafayette, in the U.S. state of Louisiana. It has the largest enrollment within the nine-campus University of Louisiana System and has the second largest enrollment in Louisiana.

Founded in 1898 as an industrial school, the institution developed into a four-year university during the twentieth century and became known by its present name in 1999. UL Lafayette evolved into a national research university as noted by its Carnegie R2 categorization as a “Doctoral University: Higher Research Activity.” It offers Louisiana’s only Ph.D. in francophone studies, Louisiana’s only master’s of informatics, and Louisiana’s only industrial design degree. The university has achieved several milestones in computer science, engineering and architecture. It is also home to a distinct College of the Arts.

TOEFL: 80/120

IELTS: 6,5

Health insurance is required of all full-time degree, resident, and international students with F1 and J1 visas.

The vendor for the international insurance policy is Consolidated Health Plan.

  • International students are enrolled automatically in this insurance plan and premiums are added to the student’s tuition fees.
  • If you are covered under another health insurance, either an individual or family plan, you may waive this insurance coverage
  • An online waiver form, which is located on the insurance vendor’s website, must be completed.

Cost: $507.00 per semester

You may try and use our preferred insurance, AIG.  Please contact Lafayette to ask if it is possible before purchasing.

Lafayette encourages all students to live on campus to better integrate into university life; however, international students are not required to live on campus. UL Lafayette has multiple housing options available to suit the needs of all students.

Living on-campus:  On-campus housing is available on first-come first-served basis for undergraduate students. 

Most of the residence halls on our campus are state of the art and allow students to become a part of the campus community. Students can select from a variety of suite styles, traditional housing, or family housing and meal plans are included in the cost.

Students are eligible to apply for on campus housing once they have been admitted to the University.  If you are interested, please check out the website.

Visitor housing is available for J-1 students and scholars and IEP students who will be attending the University for short periods of time. To apply for visitor housing, click here.

Cost: $2,117.00-$6,293.00 per semester*
*Students living in residence halls must also purchase a meal plan please visit the website for more information. (Cost: $895.00-$2,059.00 per semester)

Off-campus Housing: If you choose to live off-campus, it is your responsibility to find accommodations. We recommend using apartment guides for the Lafayette area. There are also houses available for rent in the area surrounding campus.– $7,464.00* 
*Students living in residence halls must also purchase a meal plan please visit the website for more information.

Apartments cost approximately $300 (shared) to $900 per month not including utilities (electricity, water, telephone, etc.).

The average budget per month is: $500-600

In order to be accepted, students must prove financial resources of $8,000.00 per semester.