Louisiana State University

Louisiana State University Overview

Louisiana State University is located on more than 2,000 acres in the southern part of the city near the Mississippi River. The campus is known for the 1,200 large oak trees that surround and shade the university.
LSU is distinguished by the five historic and beautiful lakes that surround the area, referred to as the "LSU lakes". The campus is home to two Indian mounds created by Native Americans over 5,000 years ago, located near the northwest corner of campus. The trademark architecture of the university is characterized by the tan stucco walls, red tile rooftops, and arches. LSU is covered in beautiful landscaping, with crepe myrtles, azaleas, camellias, and the famous oak and magnolia trees providing both shade throughout the campus and a beautiful environment for students.
LSU is the flagship institution of the Louisiana State University System and the largest institution of higher education in Louisiana in terms of student enrolment. In 2011, the University enrolled nearly 24,000 undergraduate and over 5,000 graduate students in 14 schools and colleges. Several of LSU's graduate schools, such as the College of Business and the Law Centre have received national recognition in their respective fields of study.

Swansea University currently has a University-wide agreement in place with Louisiana State University.

Subject Suitability

This destination is an option for students studying American Studies.

Please note that places and availability can change annually so specific destinations can’t be guaranteed.

Key Information


Semester 1 Semester 2
 20th August 2018 - 8th December 2018 9th January 2019 - 4th May 2019 

Application Deadline: 03/03/2018

Please note: Students will have two mandatory orientations to attend before starting classes at LSU: the International Student Orientation is hosted by International Services. At this orientation, students will receive important information regarding your immigration status and campus services. It is held approximately 10 days before classes begin. After the International Student Orientation, students will attend an orientation hosted by the International Exchange coordinator to cover specific topics for exchange students such as maintaining exchange availability, completing registration, opening a bank account, obtaining your LSU student ID card, health and safety, etc.

Since students will be required to attend orientation before the semester begins, temporary housing will be available at LSU.


At LSU meal plans are offered at the two student cafeterias on campus. Meal plans are available for exchange students but not required. LSU Dining Meal Plans are semester-based and designed to offer students convenience, flexibility and affordability. Students can chose from several packages ranging $720-$2,000. An average lunch in a meal plan costs $8. Students use their student identification card, known as the Tiger Card, to access their meal plan.

International students are automatically charged each semester for the Basic Plan of LSU’s health insurance upon their arrival on campus unless they receive a waiver by providing proof of alternate acceptable insurance coverage to the International Student Office (ISO) prior to the semester's deadline. The price of LSU’s health insurance is $2154 per semester as of August of 2017.

The cost of textbooks can range from $400-$800 per semester.

Estimated Personal Expenses: $955 per semester.

Please be aware that LSU requires immunization compliance prior to arrival; for more information visit LSU website


Students can choose to live either in dorms on campus, in apartments on campus, or in apartments off campus.  

On campus housing: if students chose to live on campus, they should apply for housing as soon as they receive their acceptance packet from LSU. On campus housing ranges in cost from $2,800-$4,360 per semester. For on campus housing please visit www.lsu.edu/housing

Off campus housing: if students decide to live off-campus, they will be responsible for locating their own housing, since Academic Programs Abroad does not assist with housing searches. Students will likely be responsible for providing their own furnishings, although many apartments come furnished, and may also be responsible for electricity, telephone service, and cable service. Students should try to find lodging near campus or near a campus bus line to allow them to easily get to class. Off campus housing can range from $300-$1,200 per person per month. For off campus housing please visit http://offcampushousing.lsu.edu/

http://www.lsu.edu/icc - click on "Services" to find a roommate.

Global Opportunities Bursary - £1000

The Global Opportunities Bursary is available for students spending a semester or a year studying abroad outside of Europe as part of their degree (except Texas).

The International Development Office provides students with a £1000 bursary, once students have submitted all the necessary paperwork.

Please note

The prospect of studying at a university abroad is exciting, but there is also a lot of information you need to consider when choosing the right place for you. Above you will find summarised information which should help you with your decision. Please note that this information was accurate at the time of publishing and is subject to change. Be sure to confirm all information on the host university's website.