Application to study at the University of New Orleans

In order to study at the University of New Orleans, you need the following application documents. All documents must be submitted in triplicate (original, copy and PDF) to the Center New Orleans.

Further steps:

The final decision is made by the University of New Orleans. It is possible that the UNO will not accept students, e.g. due to a too low GPA (Grade Point Average). Neither the CNO nor the Center Austria assume any liability for this!

You will be notified by the CNO as soon as you can start doing the online application.

The Center New Orleans organizes an information meeting at a convenient time, providing you with information on the following steps and the following documents.

Details:


Application Form

Fill in the Center Austria Application Form.

Assistance:
Undergraduate or graduate student?  You can enroll as a "graduate student" if you have already completed a Bachelor Program (Master program, etc.) or if you have completed the 2nd semester after the first diploma examination (“old” diploma study program) before going to study at the UNO.

Undergraduate Students have certain financial benefits on campus and Graduate students pay slightly more tuition fees. Therefore, consider in advance whether you really want to attend graduate courses. If you do not meet the requirements for graduate students, you must apply as an undergraduate student.


Transcript of Records in English ("Studienerfolgsnachweis")
 

A complete transcript of records (PDF) from the LFU-Online is required. Only complete transcripts are accepted (all grades must be included, even fails!). If you are a graduate student, the bachelor's certificate  must be submitted in English as well.


Motivation letter

Please write a one- to two-page letter of motivation in German or English, stating why a semester or academic year at the UNO is interesting and relevant for you (academic and personal perspective).


Proof of Immunization Compliance

In order to enrol in an American university, you must submit this Proof of Immunization Compliance .

Assistance:
Ask your doctor to confirm your immunization statue. It is up to you whether you get vaccinated. With regard to the meningococcal vaccine you normally get one single dose in Europe. If you have a meningococcal vaccine, please enter the date. In addition to that, you must fill in the “Request for Exemption” as well. If you do not have one or more vaccinations, you need to fill in the “Request for Exemption". After receipt of your student number, you also need to complete the UNO  Online-Waiver .


Statement of Financial Support

In order to enter the US on a non-immigrant visa and to enrol in an American university, you must complete the Statement of Financial Support (how to fill in the document). In addition, ask your bank or your sponsor to confirm your  account balance (in English, in accordance with the document given, and the letterhead of your bank). For a stay abroad (one semester) your bank must at least confirm a balance of $ 15.500, for two semesters the account balance must amount to at least $ 31.0000.  

Assistance:

Student Information: : Enter all your personal information and tick your desired study program at the University of New Orleans (undergraduate or graduate).

Visa Information: Please tick "J-1 Student" and leave all other fields blank unless you are already in the US at the time of application.

Dependent Information: Please leave blank if you are not accompanied by a family member for your entire stay in the United States.

Address Information: Please leave the first box blank and fill in the following information:
Permanent Home Country Address: your address
Telephone: your telephone number
Email: your university email address

I-20 Delivery Information: Please enter the following address – Mail to the following address: Center Austria, University of New Orleans, 118 International Center, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans LA 70148

Financial Information: Please tick what proof you will submit as confirmation of your financial resources:

Applicant's Personal Funds or Loan in case you get a confirmation of your own funds
or
Funding from Parent, Relative, or other Sponsor if the letter of confirmation is from a parent or other "sponsor" who guarantees that you have enough funds.

You and your sponsor have to fill in some more data in the last section and sign the document.


Copy of passport

Please check the expiration date of your passport and, if necessary, order a new one. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the end of your stay.


Submission of the application

Applications (original, copy) must be submitted to:
Center New Orleans
Herzog-Friedrich-Str. 3, 1. Stock
6020 Innsbruck 

Please send a copy via email (PDF) to the Center New Orleans as well: Center-New-Orleans@uibk.ac.at 

The Center New Orleans checks the applications and forwards them to the Center Austria at the UNO. Postal charges for express delivery of documents to the US may be required and may be paid in cash at the CNO.


Proof of English Proficiency Level

American universities usually require a TOEFL language test to accept foreign students. Due to the university partnership there is an exception for Innsbruck students at the UNO. This allows Innsbruck students to take part in an interview with Dr. Margaret Davidson from the UNO. You will be informed by the CNO as soon as the interview appointments with Dr. Davidson are confirmed. After the conversation, she will send a confirmation directly to the Center New Orleans. This confirmation replaces the TOEFL test.

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Further steps:

 

The final decision is made by the University of New Orleans. It is possible that the UNO will not accept students, e.g. due to a too low GPA (Grade Point Average). Neither the CNO nor the Center Austria assume any liability for this!

You will be notified by the CNO as soon as you can start doing the online application.


Online-Application UNO

In addition to the application that you must submit to the Center New Orleans, you must also apply separately to the UNO. This can be done online on the Homepage of the UNO. Please do this only after you have received the OK from the CNO! 

The Center New Orleans organizes an information meeting at a convenient time, providing you with information on the following steps and the following documents.


Information event – information on New Orleans, housing, entry and arrival in the US

The Center New Orleans will organize an information event. During this meeting we will give you the DS-2019 to you and we will provide you with further information. Please try to come to this meeting. We will also provide you with information on accommodation, flight booking and entry, arrival in New Orleans and the city itself.


Nomination Letter, Letter of Admission, and Student Number

If your application has been received and processed by the UNO and you have been admitted to the program, you will receive a nomination letter from the Rector’s appointee for the partnership with the UNO. Make a copy of it and go with the original one to the study department to have your stay abroad registered (document)

Dont forget to pay the ÖH fee for the semester or the year abroad! A copy of the nomination letter is important in case you wish to apply for a scholarship.

If your application to the UNO has been successful, you can print a "Letter of Admission" and your UNO student number from the UNO application website.


Webstar-Account

Once you have received your student number, make a Webstar Account. Webstar is similar to the LFU Online and allows you to enroll or the courses and check your UNO e-mails. To create the account, the language of the browser must be set to "English"! Otherwise you will not be able to log in!

Please register for courses only after you have received the OK from the CNO, otherwise it may happen that you have a so-called "hold"!



DS-2019 form and visa application

Once all documents have been reviewed by the UNO and the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) has entered your visa application data, you will receive the form DS-2019 through the Center New Orleans at an information event. You need the form for the visa application, so it is very important that you immediately check all personal data for accuracy, otherwise the visa application will be unnecessarily delayed and additional costs can arise. Please apply for a visa and make an appointment with the embassy only after you recieve the DS-2019 and after having all necessary information from the New Orleans Center! 

To apply for a visa, you must make an appointment at the American Consulate in Vienna or Munich and have certain documents ready. Recently, Austrian and Italian citizens can no longer apply for a visa in Munich, but can do so exclusively in Vienna. Italian Students can also go to Milan. Information on the exact procedure of the visa application, the required forms and fees can be found on the websites of the responsible American consulates:


American Consulate in Vienna

American Consulate in Munich (passports with visa are sent to German postal addresses only!)

Follow the instructions for the visa application exactly! If you follow them, a successful visa application will be possible. It is important to pay all fees. These are slightly different in Vienna than in Munich and have been reorganized since December 2013. You also have to pay the SEVIS fee and consulate fees!


Travel and Health Insurance, Insurance Coverage Form

For the stay at the UNO, a travel and health insurance is obligatory! Such an insurance must meet all criteria stated on the form  J-1 Insurance Coverage Evaluation Form of the UNO. An updated version of the Fall Semester 2018 form will be handed over to you by the CNO along with the DS-2019. Please fill in this travel insurance form and take it with you to the USA together with a separate insurance confirmation in English. The Insurance Coverage Evaluation Form must be submitted to the OISS no later than five days after arrival at the UNO! It must be exactly this form, otherwise it will not be accepted! If you omit to submit the document or if you hand in another form, you have to take out the UNO insurance, which is more expensive and offers less favorable conditions. 

In general, we advise against travel and health insurances via credit cards as these often don't meet the requirements.


Courses offered and registration

Before you have received a UN student number and have made a Webstar account, you can use the UNO's Course Bulletin as a "guest" and become familiar with the courses offered the previous semester.

Undergraduate students have to complete at least twelve credits (usually four courses, but not more than six courses). Credit hours are not ECTS! Undergraduates can attend courses up to the 4000 level (ie including 4000 courses) as long as there is no extra "G" for graduate in the course catalog.

BA MAN&ECON students at the University of Innsbruck, who later decide to enroll for the International Economic and Business Studies program, can NOT use the grades of the examinations of the first study section at the UNO for the grade ranking (IWW-Test)! In this case, only the self-organization of the obligatory study abroad year is possible. For further information, please contact the study coordinator or Mag. Elke Kitzelmann.

Graduate students have to complete at least nine credits (usually three courses; a maximum of six courses can be attended). You can attend 4000 / G level courses and higher, of course all undergraduate courses, but no "Capstone courses". The attendance of 6000 level courses by graduate students is also not appreciated, as they are at a high level and the last courses of study.

In any case, you should clarify in advance with the responsible Dean of Studies which courses can be credited to you at the University of Innsbruck. We recommend to have a preliminary notice of recognition issued. 

From the moment that the courses for the respective semester are online, all your application documents have been checked, you have made a Webstar account, and the international students have been enabled for course registration (you are informed by the CNO), you should be able to sign up for courses via Webstar. 


Tuition fees and student ID

You can pay the tuition fees either at the Bursar's Office in cash (no additional expenses) or online via WebStar with credit card (works only with Mastercard or American Express). For credit card payments fees of 2.5% (about 80 - 100 USD) are due. The online payment can be executed in Austria prior to departure.

It is also possible to do a wire transfer, for which you will need the proper paperwork. The fees for this are about 30$, so make sure you include that amount when you transfer the money.

There will be a deadline for the payment of the tuition fees. If the date is prior to your arrival in New Orleans, the fees have to be paid via credit card. (Deadline ist not announced yet)

Tuition fees for undergraduates were approximately $ 4350 per month for Fall 2018 and approximately $ 4,450 for graduates. Fees may vary for the following semesters and according to the classes you have chosen.

On WebStar you will find your "fee Bill". Initially, more than $ 10,000 are listed. That amount still includes the "Non Resident Fee" and the "Insurance Plan", which you can deduct. The "Non Resident Fee" is not applicable because of the partnership of the two universities and the "Insurance Plan" is not applicable because you will have your own travel insurance. If the tuition is paid, you can have a student ID issued on-site.

Clarify the credit card limit with your bank at home! You will need a higher limit than banks usually grant, especially in the first few days. If the limit is too low, you may not be able to pay the rent, tuition, etc. It is not possible to withdraw money with a credit card in a bank in the US! Withdrawal at the ATM (Maestro) is possible, but only within the card limit.

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