You can fly into either, Monroe (Airport Code: MLU) or Shreveport (Airport Code: SHV), Louisiana. Monroe is approximately 40 miles from Ruston. From either airport, you can take a taxi to the bus station and ride the bus to Ruston.
You should come by the International Student Office (ISO) upon your arrival and bring ALL your immigration documents with you (passport, I-94 card, and I-20). We will be happy to answer your questions and do our best to make you feel home.
You will be involved in many events here where you will have a chance to display some things specific from your country. We recommend that you bring your country's traditional dress, posters, and any type of arts & crafts that you feel help to describe and educate others about your home country.
We recommend that you DO NOT travel with a large sum of money. Plan to bring enough cash for any traveling expenses and bring the remainder in Traveler's Checks, Bank Draft, or some other secured manner. Once you have arrived in Ruston, you can deposit the money into your Tech account to cover your tuition expenses and our office will assist you in opening a personal checking and/or saving account(s) at a local bank.
You need to study at Tech for a minimum of one academic quarter before you are eligible to transfer to a different school.
Many on-campus jobs, which are also referred to as student worker positions, are open to international students. The larger employers are the University Police, Cafeteria, Library, Computing Center, Housing, and Tech Farm (Tech Dairy). You should contact these, and all other on-campus employers, as soon as possible. There are a limited number of positions available, so it is important for you to come early and make a good first impression. However, certain Offices might not process your applications before the start of the academic quarter you are admitted to.