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Office of International
Students and Scholars

International Center 125
University of New Orleans
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148

Phone: (504) 280-6021
Fax: (504) 280-7317





Issue #55—October 2017


•  OPT Information Session - The last OPT information session for the fall semester will be on Thursday, October 26 at 2:30 p.m. in ED 206. Advisors will give a general overview of OPT and explain the application process. If you are graduating in December, you should plan on applying for OPT in October or early November. Information sessions are open to all F-1 students and we encourage you to attend, especially if you will be graduating in December 2017.

•  Travel and Re-entry Session - The OISS will hold a travel and re-entry information session on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. in the International Center Student Lounge. The session is open to all F-1 and J-1 students and we encourage you to attend especially if you plan on traveling during winter break. Advisors will provide guidance on travel within and outside the United States and answer any travel related questions you might have.

•  Fulltime enrollment - Just a friendly reminder that F-1 and J1 students are required to register full time for each term. You must have at least 12 credit hours if you are an undergraduate student and 9 credit hours if you are a graduate student to remain full time and in status. You are also required to be registered full time the entire semester.


•  On-line Classes – No more than the equivalent of one on-line class or 3 credits per semester may count towards the “full course of study” requirement. This means that undergraduate students must have a minimum of 9 credit hours on-site and graduate students must have a minimum of 6 credit hours on-site.

•  Traveling outside the U.S during the semester – All international students should plan to travel outside the U.S during academic breaks and not during the Fall and Spring semesters while classes are in session. Traveling outside the U.S (two weeks or more) during the semester for personal/medical reasons will not be allowed without written permission from all your professors. If you are a graduate student you will also need permission from the Graduate School.


•  Got Soccer Skills?— The World Cup Soccer Tournament will be presented by the International Student Organization on Saturday, October 21 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the quad. This event is a chance for you to show off your soccer skills and enjoy a day of fun competition with student teams. It is a coed 8-on-8 tournament; registration will be $12 per player and each team can have between 8 to 10 players. Anyone is welcome to participate. For additional information or to register a team, email or Kira Marie Orleans at: .

•  Oktoberfest - Oktoberfest will take place during the following weekends 6-7, 13-14, 20-21   and will feature German food, music and fun. Hours: Fridays – 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. and Saturdays – 1:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Admission $8, free for children under 12. The event will take place at Deutsches Haus' new location on 1700 Moss St., New Orleans, LA 70119. For more information please visit: .

•  October BCM Events:

•  October 8 and 22- Free pancake breakfast at 7pm at Pontchartrain Hall Courtyard;

•  Oct 12 - 15 (Thursday - Sunday) Fall Break Mission Trip for UNO and Tulane students. We plan to go to an area in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey and help with disaster relief work. The cost is $20 which will include your transportation, lodging and meals. 

•  Oct 17 BCM Game Night at Privateer Place Clubhouse at 6pm. Come for free food and play some games.

•  Oct 21 the BCM at UNO will take international students for a hike in the swamp at the Barataria Preserve in the Jean Lafitte National Park.  This is a free trip and the hike will be a 3-4 mile hike into one of Louisiana's swamp and marshland areas. Transportation will be provided and we will meet at the UC at UNO at 8:45am on Saturday morning and plan to return to UNO by 2pm. If you would like to read more info about the national park, here is the website: .

•  Oct 30 Pumpkin ball in the Library Quad at 3pm.  Come learn how to play baseball with pumpkins.

For more information about any of these events, please contact Kimberly Myers (

Fall Semester Events — For a calendar of events taking place on campus check out UNO's Event Calendar at

Fall Semester 2017 University Calendar — To view the official university calendar for Fall 2017, please go to the following link:

Important October Dates

October 2-5: Mid-semester Exams
October 12-13 Mid-semester Break
October 18: Deadline to file an Application for Degree for December 2017 Commencement
October 30: Registration for 2018 Spring Semester begins

OISS Fall Walk-In Hours Reminder

Monday & Thursday       8:00 am -12:00 pm
                                           2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Tuesday & Friday            9:00 am-12:30 pm
                                            1:30 pm-4:00 pm

Wednesday                     1:30 pm-4:00 pm

Walk-in consultations are for quick 10-15 minute discussions. You will receive assistance on a first-come, first-served basis.

Appointments are at specific times and with specific advisors. If your discussion involves changing status, an OPT or CPT application, or any other complex situation, please make an appointment. Please call 504-280-6021 to schedule an appointment or send an email to .

Please note: For past issues of OISS News please check our website under the heading “OISS News” .



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