University of Louisiana at Lafayette
An outstanding education for an exceptional value
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette offers international students an outstanding education for an exceptional value—in one of the most unique cultural areas of the United States. Our University is a place where students from around the world and the country are offered virtually limitless opportunities to learn in our exceptional facilities while enjoying the personal attention and camaraderie that we (and the Cajun culture) are famous for.
We believe that students get the most out of an education that makes it personal, which is why we stress student research throughout our undergraduate programs. Research and real-world experience can be found in many of our departments, such as in the College of Nursing & Health Sciences, which is home to incredibly life-like, computerized human patient simulators and uses virtual reality technology to give students a realistic experience. Likewise, students in Physics get hands-on training at the Louisiana Accelerator Center. The accelerator lab utilizes ion beams to advance the science of nanotechnology that's used to build machines one-billionth the size of a computer chip.
UL Lafayette draws distinguished faculty to its centers of excellence, allowing more students to participate in advanced research. Some of our most distinguished centers of excellence are the Center for Louisiana Studies, the Center for Business & Information Technologies, the Center for Advanced Computer Studies, and the Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Development & Lifelong Learning.
More than 650 international students enjoy a vibrant community on campus. One of the biggest events of the year is International Week, held at the end of March, where our many cultures are celebrated with events, entertainment, the International Dinner and Ball, and a Miss International Pageant.
Ranked among the "Best National Universities" | U.S. News & World Report, 2022
Named among the The Best 388 Colleges | The Princeton Review, 2023
Two-time winner of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award | INSIGHT into Diversity magazine
Gold-level Military Friendly® School
Ranked among "America's Best Value Colleges" | Forbes, 2023
Named a 2022–2023 College of Distinction
Our campus enrolls a diverse student body of over 19,000 students each year from all 50 states as well as 700 international students and scholars from 98 countries. We offer students a high-quality education at an affordable cost, and we're committed to providing culturally sensitive services to our international students and scholars. We service our international population through orientations, advising, immigration services, programming advocacy, and outreach.