Arrival in the U.S.

*Reminder – Initial International students should not enter the United States more than thirty (30) days prior to the semester start date.

Once a student has arrived in the United States and processed through the Port of Entry, students should report to Lamar University. 

(1) Orientation (University Law Required – No Orientation, No Registration)

Orientation for new international students takes place prior to registration and is mandatory. Students should plan to arrive in time to attend. The orientation entails important information about maintaining your immigration status, achieving academic success, and utilizing valuable on campus services. Students will have a chance to meet other new students within their degree program, as well as professors and the dean of their academic department.

Students will be notified of the Orientation schedule prior to the semester start date and reserve their seat upon receiving the SEVIS Form I-20.

  • SEVIS Program
  • Homeland Security
  • Pay  Tuition and Fees
  • Student ID
  • Register courses
  • Library Card
  • Cell Phone Service
  • New Address at Banner
  • Lamar Email Account
  • Student writing Center
  • Recreation Center
  • Meal Plan
  • Housing (on campus , off campus and Temporary Housing)
  • Transportation (On campus shuttle / Public transportation)
  • Student Health Center
  • Health Insurance
  • Placement Test

(2) Vaccination Records

Ask at the U.S. embassy or consulate whether you must have a medical examination and/or immunization(s) before entering the United States. Regulations are different for each country of origin. Inform the U.S. embassy or consulate if you plan to visit other countries before going to the United States because this might affect the requirements for you. Major airlines often can supply information on U.S. entry requirements from other countries. Your doctor also might recommend additional immunizations.

Texas Senate Bill 1107 requires that all new students under age 22 who attend on-campus classes at an institution of higher learning either receive a vaccination against bacterial meningitis or meet certain criteria for declining such a vaccination before the first day of the semester. The requirement also applies to returning students under age 22 who were not enrolled in the previous long semester.

All new or returning Lamar University students under age 22 who were not enrolled in the previous long semester must provide proof of a bacterial meningitis vaccination or exemption through one of the five methods listed below.

The law states that students who do not qualify for an exemption must be immunized no later than 10 days prior to the first class day. This vaccination is valid for a five-year period. Make sure that yours has not expired. Take action now in order to register on time.

How to provide proof of bacterial meningitis vaccination or exemption

1. The Lamar University IMMUNIZATION RECORD/MEDICAL EXEMPTION FORM(PDF) that is completed and signed by a physician, his or her designee, or public health official.

2. A document bearing the signature or stamp of a physician, his or her designee, or public health official. This record must state the name of the vaccination, the name and address of the medical facility, and the day, month and year that the vaccination was administered.

3. An official immunization record generated by a state or local health authority. This record must state the name of the vaccination, the name and address of the medical facility, and the day, month and year that the vaccination was administered.

4. An official school record that indicates a current bacterial meningitis vaccination. This record must state the name of the vaccination, the name and address of the medical facility, and the day, month and year that the vaccination was administered.

5. An affidavit or a certificate signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States, in which it is stated that, in the physician's opinion, the vaccination required would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student. This document must state the name of the physician and the name and address of the medical facility.

6. An affidavit, which must be signed by the student and notarized, stating that the student declines the vaccination for bacterial meningitis for reasons of conscience, which may include a religious belief. The exemption form must be requested from the Texas Department of State Health Services and may take up to two weeks for delivery by mail -Request for Conscientious Objection Form.

Where to get the vaccination

Facilities where the vaccination may be available appear below.

Lamar University Student Health Center
857 E. Virginia
Beaumont TX 77705
(409) 880-8466
NOTE: Student must have a Lamar ID and
Student Identification Number to make an appointment

Most Walgreens pharmacies

CVS pharmacies at 2950 Dowlen Road, Beaumont, and 2712 Highway 365, Nederland

Your local health department

Submitting immunization/ exemption documents

Immunization or exemption documentation may be submitted to Lamar University electronically, through the U.S. Postal Service, in person or by fax machine.

In Person: Records Office, Wimberly 102

By Mail: Lamar University
              Records Office
              P.O. Box 10010
              Beaumont TX 77710

By E-mail: immunization@lamar.edu

By Fax: (409) 880-7769

(3)Tuberculosis Testing Policy

All the TB Testing policy details can be found on the following website:

https://students.lamar.edu/student-engagement/student-health-center/tb-testing-policy.html

(4) Registration in International Student Services Office

Initial students are required to complete the ISSO registration process and complete any required placement exams before they are eligible for academic advising or enrollment in classes.

It is mandatory the International Student Services Office keep record of specific documentation and report vast amounts of information to SEVIS and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  A few examples of this are as follows:

  • Copies of immigration documentation (Passport, Visa, I-94 Card, SEVIS Forms, etc.)
  • Address Information and Updates
  • Periodic reporting to SEVIS regarding enrollment and OPT
  • Release  information regarding the status of individual students to SEVIS and DHS officials
  • Signed the required document
  • Register at Banner
  • Register at SEVIS

(5) Academic Advising and Enrollment

Upon completion of the ISSO registration and placement exams, students should report to their respective Department for advising and course enrollment.  International students are required to be enrolled full-time during the regular semesters (fall/spring) unless approval has been received by the ISSO and Department prior to the beginning of the semester.

Fall/Spring
Graduate Students (Masters/Doctor) – 9 Semester Credit hours
Undergraduate (Bachelor/Associate) – 12 Semester Credit hours

Summer
Undergraduate – 8 Semester Credit hours (Summer I, II, and/or 3)
Graduate – 6 Semester Credit hours (Summer I, II, and/or 3)

*Students entering the summer semester are required to enroll full-time.

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