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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 #71—August/September 2019


Welcome!   We are glad to have you here for the 2019-2020 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: , or the International Student Advisor, Alice Popescu: .

Walk in Hours for the Fall Semester will be:  

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.

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 9, 2019 to avoid late fees.

New Address?  Report any changes of address (mailing or physical) to OISS.  You can do this by filling out the Information Change Form and e-mail it to us at .  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.

Insurance Information for fall— Please take a look at the Insurance Coverage Evaluation Form for the Fall 2019 semester. 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 2020. Dates for coverage are listed on the form. Insurance forms for fall must be turned in by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 23. No late requests will be accepted.

For more information on insurance, please see: International Student Insurance Requirements .

Submit your hurricane evacuation plan —All students should submit a Personal Evacuation Plan for the fall semester. You can do so at: Survey Monkey . Also, please check out our Hurricane Evacuation Information . Remember to make a plan in advance, including where you will evacuate to, how you will get there, and who you will go with.  With a plan in place, you will be prepared to take action in the case of an evacuation.  Please stop by OISS to pick up a copy of the Louisiana Evacuation Guide.

Optional Practical Training (OPT) Workshops
—OISS will present OPT workshops each semester to give students general information about the application process and the benefits.  Our workshops for the Fall 2019 semester will be held on Friday, September 20 at 2PM in the Education (ED) Building Room 206, and on Thursday, October 24 at 2PM. The location for the October session will be announced closer to that time. Advisors will give a general overview of OPT and explain the application process. If you are graduating in December, you should plan to apply 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 2019.

The NEW International Student Handbook is available on our website.  Please check the 2019-2020 version of the Handbook for updated information here.

Employment Authorization - If you plan on working, please keep in mind that you need to meet with an International Advisor before beginning any employment (student worker positions, Internship through COOP, Internship for Academic credit, Graduate or Teaching Assistantship positions) as well as submitting a request for authorization.



Driver's License Information--  If you are planning on getting a Louisiana Driver's License or State I.D. card, we recommend that you apply at the location listed below: 
2150 Westbank Expwy.                Monday - Friday                                 No Outside Driving Tests
Harvey, LA 70058                          8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.                      from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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 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 .

Tobacco free campus – Since August 1, 2014 no smoking or tobacco use of any kind is permitted anywhere on UNO's Campus

International Student Organization— Interested in becoming a part of the International Student Organization?  Contact ISO at to get on their mailing list. Come out to ISO's Welcome Party on Wednesday, August 21 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the International Student Lounge for some free food and fun, and to learn more about what ISO is all about!

Counseling Services Workshop – “Health and Wellness for International Students”
Wednesday, September 11 from 12:30-1:30 in the International Student Lounge
Adjusting to college in a different culture can be both exciting and overwhelming! During this presentation, Counseling Services will provide information and resources to help ease your transition. Join us to talk about your experiences as you settle into campus life, and we will offer stress and time management strategies that will support your success.

Baptist Collegiate Ministry – BCM provides a number of services and weekly events to International Students on UNO's campus. BCM will be offering weekly rides to Walmart to students, times to be announced, as well as their Coffee and Conversation hour from 12-1 on Wednesdays in the International Student Lounge. Other upcoming BCM events are listed below. For more information about these events, contact Aaron Brewer at

•  12 Days of Insanity: From August 9 – 21, look for BCM at various locations and welcome events around campus as they host a number of activities or provide snacks during the first week of the semester, including ice pops, breakfast or lunch, and game night.

•  The Well Cook-out : August 13, 5:30 p.m. at Privateer Place

•  International Dinner : August 17 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Students will have the opportunity to join local families for a traditional U.S. dinner and experience a home-cooked meal. Transportation will be provided, and students will be grouped 3-4 to a house. To sign up for the international dinner, contact Aaron Brewer at

Find us on Facebook!
  Don't forget to become a fan of OISS on Facebook . 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 us at


Please note: OISS will resume its usual office hours on Monday, August 5.

Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Fall Semester 2019 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 , follow this link.


Fall Semester 2019 University Calendar— For important dates check out the official university calendar for Fall 2019.

Important August and September Dates

August 9: Deadline to pay tuition and fees for Fall 2019. Students not paid by 4:30 p.m. will be purged and will be required to re-enroll. 

August 14: Classes begin

August 23: Last date of schedule adjustment period (with fee penalty till 11:59 PM) . Final date to drop course(s) and receive 100% refund.* Late Registration Payment Deadline to pay tuition and fees for Fall 2019 (4:30 p.m.)

September 2: Labor Day Holiday (University Closed)

September 3: 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. *

September 30-October 8: Mid-semester examination period.

* You must consult with an advisor from OISS before dropping any classes


Have a great semester!



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