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International Students

Important information as you prepare for your trip to ULM


Pre-Departure Checklist


 *Make at least 2 copies of all your documents and leave a copy for your parents or someone at your home country 

In case of any additional questions contact one of the international students on Facebook or email us at international@ulm.edu.


Ticket and Flight Information

The closest airport to the University of Louisiana Monroe is the Monroe Regional Airport (MLU) located on 5400 Operations Road, Monroe, Louisiana 71203. Their phone number is 318-329-2461. This airport is located 5-10 minutes from ULM campus.

On arrival, you have a few options of transportation to the University or the preferred location. These include:

a) ULM International Office Staff. You will have to contact the Office of International Students in advance prior to your departure with flight details via email at international@ulm.edu for a staff member to pick you up.

b) You can also contact a taxi or cab service though cab services aren’t readily available in Monroe. Some of the cab services include: A1 Taxi service at (318)-331-9233, Alpha and Omega at (318)-341-6633 and Jesus Cares Taxi (318)-512-9339. The estimated rate for taxis from the airport is $15- $20.

Additionally, if you have previously contacted the Office to arrange temporary housing accommodation in the Liew Family International Student Center, just tell the taxi or cab to drop you directly at there. The Center has beautiful countries' flags flying in front of it, and is the first building on campus when you arrive near Taco Bell on Sterlington Road. 


For your trip

The temperature during your flight will most likely be cool so we advise that you carry a sweater or jacket to keep you warm. At the peak of summer, the temperature will range from 27C (80F) to 40C (104F). It is best you layer your clothing so if it gets too hot, you can take your jacket or sweater off. Also, wear comfortable shoes for your flight as it will require connecting flights through major airports to get here.

In some airports, Wi-Fi is free while some have a charge so it is best you have all your documents printed out and signed ready for immigration or boarding crew. Carry your passport and other documents, as well as your money, well protected on you. DO NOT leave your bags unattended or help people you do not know with carrying their baggage through the airport.

Note--if you’re a picky eater, it would be advisable to buy snacks you are familiar with in the airport to avoid dehydration or hunger pangs. Some connecting times are longer than others, so stay on top of that to make sure you don’t go hungry or miss your flight. Be conscious of time differences between states and changes in boarding information. Check the airport for the updated information or time changes once the plane lands at your destination. That way you have enough time to eat, shop, and not miss your flight.

You can also bring a good book to read while waiting for flight, buses, etc. 


Climate, Clothes, and Other Items to Bring

The climate in Monroe is relatively mild. During the summer, it is hot and humid with temperatures ranging from 27C (80F) to 40C (104F), and in winter between 10C (50F) to -7C (20F). Be prepared for both cold and hot weather. Students dress informally on campus. Both men and women often wear slacks, shorts, jeans, and t-shirts or shirts. There is no dress code so you are free to dress at will with decency.

There are times that call for more "formal" clothing, with men wearing suits and ties, and women wearing skirts or dresses. Pack what you really need to avoid heavy bags. There are stores and malls here to accommodate your shopping needs.

Bring an outfit representative of your country to wear for special events, such as the International Banquet, which is a highlight of the year at ULM and will be held in March/April, and to show to people as you share information about your home. For the International Food Fair also bring a recipe from home which you are prepared to cook. Feel free to bring along brochures and other information to use during International Week (in March), and you will be glad you have photos of your family and friends to share with new friends in Louisiana. 

*For your convenience, it is best to avoid bringing food items such as like fish, meat, cheese, fruits, and vegetables since they will attract the attention of airport officers or dogs. You could be fined and your goods confiscated.


What to include in your hand luggage

Because medicine and eyeglasses are quite expensive in the U.S. you may want to bring a supply or a replacement pair with you.  Carry with you any prescription medication you are currently using, but be sure to have the medical doctor's prescription in your possession should US Customs ask for it; have an English translation available. Fully charge your phone, carry a phone charger and also have important phone numbers on hand just in case you need to make emergency calls. For emergency related to change of flight information or pick up, contact our office at (318)342-5225 or castillo@ulm.edu.


We are excited you are joining us and we are looking forward to seeing you at ULM!