You must have the following documents in order to
for F-1 Students:
for J-1 Students:
of electronic I-94 (You must go to this website and print it out: http://cbp.gov/i94)
I-20 (If you are a transfer, please bring your I-20 from your former
school as well.)
green page from F-1 information packet
blue page from J-1 information packet
Practical Training (OPT) Application
OPT is a benefit
available to all students who have been in F-1 status for at least one
academic year. OPT allows you to work in your field of study for up to 12
months (27 months for certain STEM fields).
February 3 -Downtown Campus, 12–1pm, 1708 – Tidewater
February 4 – Uptown
Campus, time and location TBA (to be announced)
you were unable to attend the law firm of Ware|Gasparian sessions in the
fall, the PowerPoint presentations are available here:
the month of January, International students and scholars and their dependents
may ride the Tulane University Shuttles without a Splash card. Starting
in February, all Tulane students and scholars should show their Splash card in
order to ride the shuttle.
students and scholars on F-1, J-1, H-1B visas may take their dependent F-2,J-2,
H-4 spouses to get shuttle ID cards so that they may ride the shuttle.
·Beginning in January 24 the Tulane student or scholar should
accompany the spouse to:
1440 Canal Street Room
9:00- 12:00 and 1:00-
·The Principal should bring: Splash card, I-20/ DS-2019 and
·The Dependent should bring: I-201/ DS-2019 and Passport
·If any documents are missing, no Shuttle ID will be issued.
International Dependents will be allowed to ride the Shuttle without
this ID for the Month of
Welcome Back Lunch!
Tuesday January 27th, 12-1PM Tidewater, Room 1708
Stop by and enjoy a quick and easy lunch with OISS!
Weekly Coffee Hour
Come celebrate the end of the
week with other students, scholars, and the OISS Staff!
WHEN: Friday, January 23 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
WHERE: LBC (Bldg 29) Stibbs Room (# 203), Uptown
Orleans Pelicans Game
WHEN: February 2nd,
COST: $15 per
person (plus online ticket processing fee).
would like to come on the trip with dependents, please sign up in person at
OISS and pay with check or cash.
TO PURCHASE TICKETS
CLICK HERE. SALES END JANUARY 29TH at 11:59PM. Please read all
Uptown: Will begin
loading on Freret Street by the Library at 5:45 p.m. and bus will leave at
Downtown: Will arrive at
Deming at 6:15 p.m. and will load and leave for game immediately.
up now for our annual Plantation Tour!
$20. This includes transportation, a guided
tour of the plantation and a boxed lunch.
Individuals interested in the event, click hereto sign up and pay for your space with a credit card. If
you would like to come on the trip with dependents, please sign up in
person at OISS and pay with check or cash.
begins today. Please sign up early to reserve a seat! We
will not be able to accept any registrations after Friday, January 23 at
Campus: 10:00 a.m. on Freret St outside the Howard-Tilton Memorial
arrive at the Destrehan Plantation around 11:00 a.m. The tour will begin at
11:30 a.m. and will last approximately 70 minutes. We will then have a
picnic lunch before heading back to New Orleans. Expected return time is
AND LOCAL EVENTS
January 19th-January 29th: MLK Week for
Peace, is a weeklong celebration of the life and legacy of the late civil
rights activist, students from Loyola University New Orleans, Dillard
University, Tulane University and Xavier University, will have a "Day
On, Not Off," with more than 800 students spending the national
Martin Luther King Jr. holiday giving back to their communities through
various service projects. Students may pre-register by visiting the MLK Week
for Peace website. On January 20th begins a four-day
series of free, public events put together by the consortium of four local
universities. For registration details and locations please click here.
King Cake Festival 2015
January 25, 2015. 11:00am-6:00pm. Mercedes-Benz Superdome
presents the second annual King Cake Festival – a celebration benefitting
babies and children at Ochsner. Spend the day strolling Champions Square
and sampling New Orleans’ finest King Cakes from the city’s greatest
bakers. For more information, check it outHERE.
Magician Peter Boie
Saturday, January 24, 2015. 8:00pm-10:00pm.
Lavin-Bernick Center (LBC), Kendall-Cram Lecture Hall.
presents Magician Peter Boie: the most entertaining, astonishing, and funny
magic show touring the country.
Friday, January 30, 2015. 8:00pm AND Saturday,
January 31, 2015. 2:00pm. Mahlia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts.
the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous
tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales,
taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture. Its
stunning beauty and tremendous energy leave audiences uplifted and
inspired. Learn more about Shen Yun HEREor buy tickets onlineHERE.
Thursday, February 5, 2015. 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Dixon
in its fifth year of operation, TEDxTU will present a two-hour stage
program featuring TED –style talks and TED videos. Speakers will include
some of New Orleans’s most active innovators, from entrpreneurs to
educators, and public service professionals to students. This year’s theme
is “Create Tomorrow.” TEDxTU is sold out each year, so please reserve your
tickets today by clickingHERE.
Traditional African Dance Company
Community/family-oriented dance classes are hosted
every Friday at The Studio, 1520 N. Claiborne St, 70116. All dance levels
and genders are encouraged. The classes are scheduled from 7:00 – 8:30 for
only $10 per class or $35 monthly. Please click herefor more information.
International Food and Music Festival - March 14, 2015
The Office of International Students and Scholars and the
Office of Multicultural Affairs are pleased to announce the return of the
annual International Food and Music Festival! This festival is meant to
bring Tulane’s international community together and showcase your food and
culture to the Tulane and New Orleans community. International students and
scholars bring so much life and diversity to Tulane and this festival is a
great opportunity to come together and celebrate your contribution! Please
consider bringing cultural items, cooking, volunteering, or performing for
this event. Sign up HERE.
If you need
documents or mail brought from OISS, please email or call us before 10:00
am that day.
Uptown coffee hours will
now be held weekly (Fridays 3-5PM). Please check this section of the digest
for the most up-to-date information.
January 23 – Coffee Hour,
LBC, Stibbs #203
January 30 – OISS Office - 6901 Willow
Building (Downtown Campus) has allocated # 1819 from 1-3 pm on all weekdays
as quiet prayer space for students of all religious denominations.
the digest weekly for more updates about times and locations.
Mardi Gras Series
Each week leading
until Mardi Gras, OISS will feature tips and facts about the Carnival
LEARN YOUR MARDI GRAS LINGO!
masque, tableau ball) –
A masked ball in which scenes
representing a specific theme are enacted for the entertainment of the club
members and their guests; krewe “royalty” is traditionally presented during
The fatted bull or ox, the
ancient symbol of the last meat eaten before the Lenten season of fasting;
a live version was presented in the Rex parade until 1909; a paper mache
version appeared in 1959 and continues as one of Carnival’s most
The absolute leader of each
From the Latin carnival,
loosely translated as “farewell to flesh”; the season of merriment in New
Orleans which begins annually on January 6, the Twelfth Night, and ends at
midnight on Fat Tuesday; the Carnival season leads up to the penitential
season of Lent in which fasting replaces feasting.
Aluminum coin-like objects
bearing the krewe’s insignia on one side and the parade’s theme on the
reverse; first introduced by Rex in 1960 and created by New Orleans artist
H. Alvin Sharpe; doubloons are also minted and sold in .999 silver, bronze,
A souvenir, given by krewe
members to friends attending the ball, normally bearing the organization’s
insignia, name, and year of issue.
traditionally carried by white-robed black men; in the past century, flambeaux
provided the only source of nighttime parade illumination.
Groups of black men in New
Orleans who portray American Indians and are magnificently outfitted with
handmade beaded and feathered costumes; this Carnival custom dates to the
mid-19th century among the more renowned tribes are the Wild Tchopitoulas,
the Yellow Pocahontas, and the Wild Magnolia.
The mission of the Office of International Students and
Scholars is to provide leadership in the internationalization of Tulane
University by supporting the Tulane international community and
facilitating cross-cultural interaction. By way of support, OISS offers
quality programs and services and ensures compliance with federal
Our strong belief is that a vibrant international
community enriches Tulane University and the New Orleans community and is
an essential component to understanding our role within the global