In addition to the minimum requirements established for the program of interest, international students must also submit:

  1. Current scores from the academic version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  For those international applicants who have completed a degree in the U.S., a TOEFL will be waived. Alternately, the academic version of the English Language Testing System (IELTS) report is also accepted.
  2. An official World Education Service (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) report. The WES and ECE convert educational credentials into their US equivalents. They describe each transcript, certificate, diploma or degree that you have earned and state its academic equivalency in the US.

For graduate programs, you may access the SOPHAS website ( to see all of the LSUHSC deadlines for admissions. Please note that all applications for MPH, MS, and PhD must be processed through SOPHAS, unless otherwise specified.

Documents needed for the I-20 Application (initiated upon acceptance to a qualified program).

  1. Need to provide a financial letter from the bank. On the bank’s letterhead, the letter must contain:
    • The name of the account holder
    • The date that the account was opened
    • Account number
    • The amount of funds stated in US equivalence dollar amount and
    • Signed by a bank officer
  2. Letter of Support – If you are the sole owner of your bank account in which you are providing your own educational and living expenses, you will not need a Letter of Support.  However, if the account is in someone else’s name then you will need to provide a Letter of Support.  This letter must state the relationship between you and the supporter and that he/she will provide the necessary funds to cover your educational and living expenses.
  3. Copy of diploma
  4. Copy of passport
  5. Copy of visa (if applicable)
  6. Copy of I-94 (if applicable)
  7. For internationals who are transferring from another US university and/or colleges. Please provide the following:
    • Copies of all I-20 forms including the “initial attendance” and “continuance attendance” from all universities and/or colleges attended in the US.
    • Copy of Social Security Card (if you have one) and
    • If filed for OPT please provide a copy of EAD card

Please note that the process of obtaining a visa may take up to 90 or more days. Therefore, early application is required.

You may contact the LSUSHC SPH Office of Academic Affairs at, or phone (504) 568.5700 if you have questions.

If you have questions about Financial Aid and Scholarships, make sure to check out our website here. For additional questions, you may contact Isabel Billiot (, Admissions Coordinator, or Courtney Martin (, Student Recruitment Specialist.

 Additional Resources:

Address: 433 Bolivar Street, Room 206B, New Orleans, LA 70112-2223
Telephone: (504) 568-4802



The International Students Association (ISA) is a student-run organization whose main purpose is to serve the interests of all international personnel of LSUHSC – New Orleans. The mission is the empowerment, development, and exchange of international personnel along with the integration of knowledge and information about international culture and travel into LSUHSC – New Orleans. Furthermore, the vision encompasses the comfortable transition of all international personnel from their respective home countries to New Orleans, coordinate pre-arrival and post-arrival milestones, improve the participation of international personnel in school wide and citywide events, coordinate connections with the international Alumni.