International Students

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The International Student Advisor serves as liaison and ombudsman between the university and international students, federal government, public and private agencies, and the community. To better provide focused advising, the Admissions Office has designated two (2) days for servicing our international students.

International Student Advising Schedule
Tuesdays & Thursdays 

    10:00am – 12:00pm
    1:00pm – 5:00pm

SUSLA will receive and evaluate the following documentation and ensure the following conditions have been met before issuing a Form- I-20:

  • An Application for Admission from the prospective student
  • A $30 non-refundable, application fee. A postage and handling fee may be required for mailing the I-20 and acceptance documents.
  • Prospective student must submit their official high school or/and college academic records
  • An original official high school transcript must be presented to the International Student Advisor who will certify its authenticity. Original will be returned to the student.
  • Prospective students whose native language is not English must present proof of English proficiency that meets the institution's requirements for admission.
    • IELTS Band Score: 5.5
    • TOEFL Score (Internet-based): 46
    On a case-by-case basis, students whose IELTS scores are at least 4.5 or its TOEFL equivalent will be considered for an exception based on an evaluation by the Center for Student Success. SUSLA uses the ETS score comparison tool to compare TOEFL iBT scores to the IELTS academic module. The chart can be found at ETS Compare Scores.

  • Prospective student must present a financial Certification document that shows adequate sufficient funds for the program of study
  • Students studying with an F-1 Student Visa are required to study in a full-time program-a minimum of 12 hours or it;s summer equivalent per semester.

    When the student is accepted into the University, a completed I-20 form and a letter of acceptance will be given or sent to the student. The Designated School Official (DSO) will assist students residing in the U.S. by processing their change of visa status or their application for a transfer from another U.S. school and by having all required documents forwarded to the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

    Overseas students will have to go to their local U.S. Consulate or Embassy with their passport, I-20 form issued by SUSLA, and appropriate financial information to apply for an F-1 Student Visa.


    • Official Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL)

      • Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores are required for students whose country use English as second language. A minimum TOEFL Score (Internet-based) of 46 is recommended.
      • The International English Language Test (IELTS) band score of 5.5 will be accepted in lieu of the TOEFL.
      • On a case-by-case basis, students whose IELTS scores are at least 4.5 or its TOEFL equivalent will be considered for an exception based on an evaluation by the Center for Student Success. SUSLA uses the ETS score comparison tool to compare TOEFL iBT scores to the IELTS academic module. The chart can be found at ETS Compare Scores.
    • Proof of Immunization

        For students born after 1956, proof of immunization or immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus/diphtheria, and meningitis must be provided to the Office of Admissions prior to registration. This policy applies to all students entering Southern University at Shreveport for the first time and all students returning after an absence of one semester or more.
    • Certification of Financial Resources

        All international applicants must submit an affidavit of financial support, certified by a bank or government official stating ability to meet all expenses. A copy of the student recent (not more than 30 days old) bank statement, or a letter from their bank (in English) showing the student has sufficient funds for the length of study at SUSLA.
    • ACT or SAT scores. All new first-time freshmen under age 25 are required to submit ACT or SAT scores.

        o Applicants who have not taken the ACT must take the ACT Residual on one of the established test dates set by the SUSLA Testing Center. Contact the SUSLA Testing Center at 318-670-6450 for testing dates. o We will accept test scores via fax. Fax to 318-670-6483. o International students will be granted conditional acceptance without ACT or SAT scores, pending receipt of the ACT residual results.
    Foreign Credit Evaluation

    Financial Requirements

    A prospective student will need to provide us with the following in order for SUSLA to issue an I-20.

    A copy of the student recent (not more than 30 days old) bank statement, or a letter from their bank (in English) showing the student has sufficient funds for the length of study at SUSLA.

    If someone is sponsoring the student, the sponsor bank statement, or a letter from their bank (in English) showing the sponsor has sufficient funds for the length of study at SUSLA. The sponsor also must complete and Affidavit of Support.