FAQ for International Students
Where is Southeastern Louisiana University located, and what is it like there?
Southeastern Louisiana University is located in the town of Hammond, LA, 55 miles (89km) NW of New Orleans, LA. The population of Hammond is about 17,000. The terrain is flat, and many areas around Hammond are below sea level. The temperatures range from average lows of about 70 degrees Fahrenheit to average highs of 90 degrees Fahrenheit or more (21-32+ degrees Celsius) during summer and from average lows of about 40 degrees Fahrenheit to average highs of about 60 degrees Fahrenheit(4-15 degrees Celsius) during winter. Summers in Louisiana are hot, humid, and long, and winters are mild and short. Hammond is a small community which after the American Civil War earned the title of the "Strawberry Capital of America". People are very friendly and hospitable. Southeastern is growing at a fast rate, and students enjoy coming to study at a place where they can not only find a large group of people, but they can find a family. If you would like to read more about the history of the university, you can visit the Southeastern Louisiana University website.
What are some places that I can visit while I'm studying at Southeastern?
The Hammond Walking Tour is a nice way of learning about the history of the city of Hammond. Alligator and swamp tours are a great attraction for visitors in the Hammond area. The two big cities close to Hammond are New Orleans and Baton Rouge (which is also the capital of the state of Louisiana). Southeast Louisiana is unique in geography, food, and music.
Where is the closest airport to Southeastern Louisiana University?
The two main airports closest to Hammond offering International flights are Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and Baton Rouge Metropolitain Airport. Both airports are about 1 hour away from the university, coming from different directions. A link to transportation options can be found here.
How many international students are at Southeastern Louisiana University?
Where are the current international students from?
Are there opportunities to make American friends and experience American culture?
How can I improve my English skills?
Where can I live while studying at Southeastern?
Living on campus is a great idea! We recommend that all new international students live on campus during their first year of study. Around the university there are a few complexes of apartments that can be rented and shared by students. A quick internet search for "Hammond, Louisiana apartments" will provide you with a list of apartments in the area. Be advised to pay close attention to lease agreements and other paperwork. Visit the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center for more information before signing any paperwork.
Where do I go if I need medical attention?
What should I bring with me when I first come to the U.S.?
1. You will need linens, bedding, pillows, bedspreads, blankets, towels, as well as
personal hygiene products.
2. The temperatures range from average lows of about 70 degrees Fahrenheit to average highs of 90 degrees Fahrenheit or more (21-32+degrees Celsius) during summer and from average lows of about 40 degrees Fahrenheit to average highs of about 60 degrees Fahrenheit(4-15 degrees Celsius) during winter. Summers in Louisiana are hot, humid, and long, and winters are mild and short. For summer you should bring comfortable clothing (jeans, pants, shorts, etc.), and for winter you should be prepared with jackets and other warm clothes.
3. You should bring a photocopy of important documentation, such as passport, birth certificate, copies of all medicine prescriptions, glasses, contacts.
4. Make sure you have an emergency contact person (address and phone number), either from the U.S. or from your home country.
5. You should bring a traditional dress or outfit, as well as photos and music from your country.
6. Although the U.S. customs regulations are very strict about foreign food items, you can check on the U.S. customs website for rules and decide if you can bring food items from your country.
7. You should be prepared with U.S. cash or travelers checks for any immediate expenses that you will need after your arrival in the U.S.: tuition, room and board, books, and personal items/food.
Is there public transportation?
What are some student organizations or activities that I can be a part of on campus?
What are the benefits of getting involved in a student organization or club on campus?
There are many benefits to getting involved on campus, but a very important one is that universities with competitive admission processes take into consideration extra-curricular involvement. Also, a resume with a little work experience but a lot of campus involvement is valuable after graduation.
How can I make some money while being a student?
International students can work up to 20 hours per week during school time. During holidays and summer, international students can work up to 40 hours per week. International student are considered state workers only, and they can find information on work-study here.
How can I find a graduate assistant job?
If I don't have a computer or laptop, may I have access to one at the university?
Will my electrical appliances (laptop, hair dryer, etc.) work in the U.S.?
What grocery stores or places to eat are within walking distance from campus?
Where can I wash clothes?
What is a hurricane, and what should I do if one threatens the area?
How can I be informed if an emergency happens on campus or in the Hammond area?
How can I acquire phone service?
What dates should I be mindful of?
How can I get my drivers license?