Incoming Pre-Arrival Information

Freeman is excited to welcome our visiting exchange students from our partner institutions! After completing Phase I of your application, here are a few things you need to think about as you plan to come to Tulane.

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Pages 4 & 5 of Freeman 2024 Incoming Students Brochure

Applying for a Student Visa 

Our exchange students (not double degree students) come to the United States on a J-1 visa. Our double degree students come on an F-1 visa. 

After Tulane accepts your enrollment and sends you a welcome email, you will be registered for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee.  Tulane will issue you a DS-2019 form (for J-1 visas) or a Form I-20 (for F-1 visas).  After you receive your form and register in SEVIS, you may apply at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate for a student (J or F) visa.  You must present the required documents to the consular officer when you attend your visa interview.

Upon receiving your acceptance information, please check that all of your personal details on the DS-2019 form (or I-20) are correct. Any mistakes should be reported to our office immediately so we can update your information accordingly and Tulane's Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) can re-issue your form if necessary. 

Code of Student Conduct / Code of Academic Conduct

The Code of Student Conduct sets forth rules by which students must abide regarding academic and personal integrity. An electronic copy of the Code of Student Conduct. Students must also abide to the Code of Academic Conduct. You will be asked to read both Honor Codes and acknowledge with a signature.

Graduate students are also required to review and abide by the Unified Code of Graduate Student Academic ConductThe Code of Student Conduct and the Code of Academic Conduct apply to all students enrolled at Tulane University. If a visiting student is charged with a violation of the Code, his/her home university will be notified. He/she may have to resolve the charge(s) before registering for a subsequent term or receiving a transcript or diploma.

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Pages 6 & 7 of Freeman 2024 Incoming Students Brochure


  • OISS Check-In: OISS provides immigration support for the Tulane community. Your visa paperwork originated in their office. You will also visit them if traveling outside the country during your period of study at Tulane or have questions about your immigration status or employment. You will find helpful information on the OISS website. You will receive an OISS orientation guide with your DS-2019 and are required to attend OISS orientation at the beginning of the semester. OISS has a mandatory check-in for immigration purposes. The process is online. You will receive more information by email at the beginning of the semester. You can also visit OISS in person at Center for Global Education at 6901 Willow Street, next to the PJ's Coffee Shop at the intersection of Willow & McAlister.
  • Study Abroad & Exchange Check-In: Once you arrive to campus, visit our office (located in the Goldring Woldenberg Business Complex at 7 McAlister Drive, Suite 220) so we can meet you, give you information about orientation for incoming Business School exchange students and assist you with any needs you have upon arrival. We will also hold a Freeman Exchange Orientation for all business exchange students so you can meet other students and learn how to be successful during your time in the Freeman School of Business.
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