| Office of International
Students and Scholars
Office of International
Phone: (504) 280-6021
Issue #45—August/September 2016
Welcome! We are glad to have you here for the 2016-2017 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. To find your Academic Advisor please see our list of Departmental Advisors .
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 the Assistant Director Suad Esmail email@example.com , or the International Student Advisor Alice Popescu firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 12, 2016 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 it to us at 504-280-7317 or email it to us at email@example.com . If you are in F-1, F-2, J-1 or J-2 status, the Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS) is required to update the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) with any changes that occur while you are in the U.S. Therefore, you are required to notify OISS of any legal changes to your name or any change of address within 10 days of such change. This requirement remains true while you are enrolled or employed at UNO and while you are engaged in Optional Practical Training (F-1) or Academic Training (J-1) after completion of your studies.
For more information on insurance, please see: International Student Insurance Requirements .
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 .
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/ .
Fall Semester 2016 Events — For a calendar of events taking place on campus this fall, check out UNO's Event Calendar .
For a calendar of events taking place during Privateer Plunge check out: http://calendar.uno.edu/MasterCalendar/StudentLife.aspx
Fall Semester 2016 University Calendar— For important dates check out the official university calendar for Fall 2016.
Important August and September Dates —
August 12: 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 17: Classes begin
August 23: Final date for adding courses or changing sections. Final date to drop course(s) and receive 100% refund.*
September 5: Labor Day Holiday (University Closed)
September 6: Final date to drop course(s) or resign and not have course(s) recorded.*
September 14: 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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