Office of International
Students and Scholars
Office of International
Phone: (504) 280-6021
Issue #36—August/September 2015
Welcome! We are glad to have you here for the 2015-2016 Academic Year at the University of New Orleans. Throughout your time at UNO, please remember that as an international student you should consult BOTH your academic advisor and an advisor at OISS before making any decisions regarding your student career. A list of academic advisors can be found here: http://oiss.uno.edu/docs/List%20of%20Departmental%20Advisors.pdf
OISS advisors can be reached by calling our office, 504-280-6021, coming in for Walk-In Hours at the International Center, Room 125, or by setting up an appointment with Assistant Director Suad Esmail firstname.lastname@example.org , or International Student Advisor Alice Popescu email@example.com .
Walk in Hours for the Fall Semester will be:
Monday & Thursday 8:00 am -12:00 pm
Returning from a trip abroad? Please make sure to bring any new documents to OISS. We will make copies for your file. This includes a new or renewed passport, visa or I-94 form. Make sure to make a copy for yourself to keep in case of a loss. Also, make sure to check your university student account to ensure that all university fees are assessed correctly and make sure to pay your fee bill by August 14, 2015 to avoid late fees.
New Address? Report any changes of address (mailing or physical) to OISS. You can do this by filling out an Address, Name, and Information Change Form in our office or you can print one online at Information Change Form and fax or email to us at 504-280-7317 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Insurance Information for fall— Please take a look at the Insurance Coverage Evaluation Form for the fall 2015 semester http://oiss.uno.edu/InsForms/F1Fall15.pdf .Please note that it is possible to turn in an insurance form in the fall that covers the entire academic year. This will allow us to waive the insurance charge from your UNO fee bill for each semester that your policy covers you through summer 2016. Dates for coverage are listed on the form. Insurance forms for fall must be turned in by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 25.
For more information on insurance, please see: http://oiss.uno.edu/UNOinsurancereq2.cfm .
As of March 23 rd , 2015 all first time applicants over the age of 18, even those with a driver's license from another country, have to show a certificate of successful completion of a 14 hour pre-licensing course (6 hours classroom and 8 hours behind the wheel) approved by the Department of Public Safety. Visit the Louisiana OMV website for a list of approved driving schools: http://dpsweb.dps.louisiana.gov/OMVDrivingSchools.nsf/$deccityhtml?OpenView
Note : Due to a reciprocal agreement, students from Germany & Switzerland who have a driver's license from their home country do not need to take the driver's education course or the driving skills road test.
If you have a driver's license from another US state you do not need to show proof of driver's education or to take the road test. For the latest information from the Louisiana Office of Motor vehicles check http://www.expresslane.org/ .
Tobacco free campus – As of August 1, 2014 no smoking or tobacco use of any kind is permitted anywhere on UNO's Campus.
For a list of other UNO international student organizations please check our website at: http://oiss.uno.edu/organizations.cfm .
Find us on Facebook! Don't forget to become a fan of OISS at http://www.facebook.com/oiss.uno . We post events that are going on around campus and through our office. We will also use the page to connect with students and for students to connect with each other and our office in the event of an emergency, such as a hurricane evacuation. If you are part of an organization at UNO please feel free to request that we post messages about your own events on our page. If you have questions or concerns about academic or immigration issues, please direct them to our office or email at email@example.com .
Welcome Week Events and Fall Semester Events — For a calendar of events taking place on campus for Welcome Week, August 13-22 check out: http://www.uno.edu/fyt/privateerplunge/week1.aspx . For a calendar of events taking place on campus this month, check out UNO's Event Calendar at: http://calendar.uno.edu/ .
Also, the BCM International Collegiate Ministry will have the following events:
Aug 15 - BCM Welcome to America Progressive Dinner for new students
Aug 18 - BCM Welcome Back Cookout at Privateer Place
Aug. 22 - BCM Experience NOLA Scavenger Hunt
Sept 18. - BCM City Putt and Beignets
Sept. 25 - BCM Ladies Night
Sept 26 - BCM Man Night
For more information about any of our events, please email Kimberly Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall Semester 2015 University Calendar— To view the official university calendar for Fall 2015, please go to the following link: http://www.uno.edu/registrar/bulletin/important-dates.aspx#Fall
Important August and September Dates —
August 14: Deadline to pay tuition and fees. Students not paid by 4:30 P.M. will be purged and will be required to re-enroll. Late Registration Fees will apply.
August 19: Classes begin
August 25: Final date for adding courses or changing sections. Final date to drop course(s) and receive 100% refund.*
September 7: Labor Day Holiday (University Closed)
September 8: Final date to drop course(s) or resign and not have course(s) recorded.*
September 16: Final date to resign (withdraw from all courses) and receive 50% refund. *
* You must consult with an advisor from OISS before dropping any classes
Have a great semester!
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