Life at LR

As an international student, you are probably eager to get settled on our university campus. Here are some tips to make your transition to LR a little easier.

Your First Few Days at LR

To assist with getting you settled once you have arrived at LR, our Shuford Center for International Education will arrange for visits to a local all-purpose store where you can purchase bedding, toiletries, food, pharmacy items and anything else you may need to get settled immediately. 

Orientation Sessions

Within the first day or so, the Shuford Center will also hold orientation sessions that will focus on immigration requirements, student health forms and immunizations, campus safety, registering for classes and other items that will help you get acclimated to LR. You will also meet your I-Pals who will help you get acclimated.

All segments of orientation are mandatory and students who fail to check-in risk having their SEVIS record terminated and will not be able to remain legally in the U.S.

Getting Involved

All J-1 students are required to participate in cross-cultural activities per the regulations of the exchange visitor program. 

The Shuford Center for International Education plans cultural, recreational and educational activities throughout the semester. These cultural activities are a great way to get involved, meet friends and embrace the diversity of LR.

Trips offered during your stay at LR include the following. 

  • Asheville or a mountain music festival 
  • Charlotte for shopping, restaurants and cultural opportunities
  • Approximately three other evening outings 

In addition, per your arrangements with I-Pals, other outings in the area may be arranged such as hiking or visiting a Charlotte-area amusement park.

Campus Housing

Students 22 or under will live in double occupancy residence hall rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Single rooms are available upon request. Students over 22 can discuss possibilities for living on campus with Brittany Marinelli at


Typically, students from other countries will be participating in a tuition exchange and will be expected to pay for housing, meal plan and insurance fees, as well as purchasing required textbooks.

You are also required to purchase insurance that meets all federal requirements for you and any dependents. You must cover your living expenses.