The A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, originally the College of Commerce and Business Administration, was established in 1914 and is a founding member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the premier accrediting body for collegiate schools of business. Today, the Freeman School is a leading, internationally recognized business school with more than 2,500 students in programs spanning the globe. With innovative curricula that combine outstanding classroom instruction with distinctive experiential learning opportunities, the Freeman School is dedicated to preparing current and future business leaders to contribute positively to their organizations and their communities.
In its Essential Science Indicators index, Thomson Scientific ranks the Freeman School in the top 1 percent of institutions based on citations in business and economics between January 2000 and April 2010, with 197 faculty papers collectively cited 1,864 times. Among institutions that produced at least 100 indexed papers in the field during that period, Freeman's impact score of 9.46 cites per paper places it at No. 70 of the 181 institutions in the top 1 percent.
The Freeman School is housed in the Goldring/Woldenberg complex on Tulane University's Uptown campus. The Goldring/Woldenberg complex is in the center of campus, next to the Tulane University Law School and across a pedestrian thoroughfare (McAlister Place) from the university's student center (the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life or "LBC").
Tulane's Uptown campus is on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line, across from Audubon Park, approximately four miles from the French Quarter, in New Orleans, LA.
New Orleans is, and always has been, an international city. New Orleans was founded by the French, governed by Spain, purchased by the U.S., and shaped by waves of immigrants from Africa, Haiti, Ireland, Germany, Italy, China, India, Central and South America, and Vietnam. Today New Orleans remains abundantly rich in the culture of Creoles, Cajuns, African Americans, Hispanics, Irish, Italians, Asians, and many others. New Orleans contains a diversity of people, a diversity of ideas, and a diversity of perspectives, which makes it great place to study business. Exchange students at Freeman gain diverse and international perspectives necessary for success in the global business world.
Tulane's beautiful, tree-lined campus will feel like home in no time. Campus life is active and there are many opportunities for exchange students to get involved in activities.
In a city where the temperature rarely goes below 50°F (10°C), Tulane students are almost always able to spend their free time active and outdoors. With more than 200 student organizations, including 24 fraternities and sororities and a wide variety of collegiate and intramural athletics teams to take part in, students here have many ways to get involved on campus. The Reily Recreation Center, Tulane's on-campus gym also is a great place to unwind after a long day to go swimming, take an exercise class or run a few laps around the indoor track.
There are a number of entertaining theatrical performances, concerts and speakers on campus throughout the year. Tulane students are never at a loss for activities, either behind the scenes, onstage or in the audience.
The Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life is a focal point for campus life with comfortable study spaces, multiple dining options, a bookstore and other retail shops. It's also the home for student organizations and many of the departments that provide student services.
With over 25 dining locations on campus, students are never far from a wide range of meals and snacks. A monthly farmer's market, food trucks and a late night diner are some of the most popular offerings.
Tulane's on-campus clinic, pharmacy and counseling staff keep students healthy in mind and body. Preventative healthcare, health promotion programs, urgent care and referral coordination are just a few of the services they offer.
If you have had accommodations in the past or need them at any time while you are at Tulane, the Goldman Center for Student Accessibility can assist you. They are committed to providing equal access and a friendly environment for all who work or study here.
Study Abroad & Exchange, the Office of International Students and Scholars, and the Division of Student Affairs are just some of the many offices that provide services incoming exchange students utilize to get the most out of their Tulane experience.
The Fall semester takes place August - December. The Spring semester takes place January - May.
On this exchange program, students take the same courses undertaken by local Freeman students. All courses are instructed in English. Courses vary semester to semester and year to year. For an updated list of course offerings please see https://classschedule.tulane.edu.
Incoming exchange students submit a course registration form as part of the application to the program at the Freeman School. Study Abroad & Exchange staff register students for courses. Undergraduate course registration opens in April for the Fall and November for the Spring. Graduate course registration opens in June for the Fall and December for the Spring.
It is important that students ensure that they meet all prerequisites for the courses they wish to enroll in. Every effort is made to accommodate students' preferences but students must be flexible and should have some extra pre-approved courses to replace those in which we are unable to register you.
Exchange students must be registered for at least 12 credit hours (undergraduate) or 9 credit hours (graduate) to remain in compliance with their J-1 or F-1 visa status.
Undergraduate students should select at least 12 credits from Business (ACCN, ENRG, FINE, LGST, MCOM, MGMT, MGSC, MKTG, TAXN). Classes in other departments may be available but require the approval of the department and/or instructor.
Graduate students should select at least 9 credits from Business (ACCN, ENRG, FINE, LGST, MCOM, MGMT, MGSC, MKTG, TAXN). Classes require the approval of the Director of Graduate Education. Classes in non-business departments may be available but require approval of the department and/or instructor.
Students must confirm their registration at the beginning of each semester.
Students are able to request changes to their course selection and must notify Study Abroad & Exchange staff of desired changes prior to the end of the drop/add period (end of the second week of classes).
Most courses are characterized by traditional teaching with lectures, discussions, group work (in and out of class), and written course assignments. Many of the courses require substantial preparatory reading.
Class attendance & participation is mandatory for all Tulane students, including exchange students, and is part of a student’s final grade in all courses. Excessive absences may result in failing the course (receiving a grade of “F”) and may jeopardize an exchange student’s visa status.
Tulane students, including exchange students, are required to read and abide by the Codes of Academic and Student Conduct, which contain the standards of behavior for all students, describe the judicial process, and outline potential sanctions associated with Code violations. Violation of either Code by exchange students may jeopardize their visa status.
There are different methods of assessment (homework, papers, presentations and exams). Course syllabi outline grading policies and procedures.
Grading is based on the traditional American system. Grades given are from A to F, with A being the highest grade.
To access the Freeman semester abroad application, you must first be nominated to the program by your home university. The coordinator at your University sends student nomination via e-mail (including name, gender, e-mail address, date of birth, study period at Tulane and level of study).
Nominated students will receive an email with instructions to submit application forms via the online application system. All required application forms & documents must be received by the deadlines.
Documents required as part of the Freeman application include:
Copy of passport
University transcripts in English
Foreign admissions data form (FADF)
TOEFL or IELTS Score Report
Proof of financial Support
Course selection form
Immunization form (completed and uploaded to Student Health online portal)
The requirement to pay tuition and fees is waived with the exception of the health center fee at Tulane and supplemental course fee used to support additional costs of instruction, supplies or materials. The participating students under the terms of the exchange agreement continue to pay tuition and fees to the home institution. The home institution has the discretion to impose certain non-academic fees on its students, in order to facilitate the student exchange program. The costs of food, accommodation, travel, books, transportation, passports, visas, insurance, and personal expenses shall be borne by the participating students.
Approximate Cost of Living
The 2017-2018 estimates for living expenses reflects a student budget of $2,351 per month for room (rent, utilities), food, miscellaneous expenses, books and supplies, and all transportation. Book expenses are estimated to be $750 per semester, which is included in the above amount. Health expenses ($1,500 per semester), representing medical insurance and ordinary health expenses (such as prescriptions), are not included in the estimated living expense budget of $2,351 per month.
Health Center Fee
All Tulane students, including exchange students, are required to pay the Health Center Fee (specific fee amount to be included with application materials). This fee is separate from the Health Insurance fee. The fee covers visits to the Health Center and Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) if the student is injured, ill or needs to meet with a mental health professional. Instructions on how to make payment will be provided during orientation.
All F-1 and J-1 visa-holding international students at Tulane University (and their F-2 & J-2 dependents) are required to have health insurance and will be automatically charged for the university-sponsored student health insurance plan. All international students must either enroll in the university-sponsored student health insurance plan or waive enrollment in this plan by providing proof of other adequate coverage. Costs and instructions for enrolling in or waiving the insurance will be provided the semester prior to a student’s exchange period.
Exchange students are responsible for arranging their own accommodations. It is an independent process. You may arrange housing after you arrive, however, some students prefer to arrange housing in advance. Note that if you choose not to arrange housing in advance other exchange students may already have roommates.
On-campus residence hall space is limited. Exchange students are not guaranteed accommodations on-campus.
On-campus housing information can be found on Tulane University’s Housing and Residence Life website at http://housing.tulane.edu/. Important: If you submit a Tulane Housing Application form, you are signing a binding contract declaring that you will live in Tulane’s residence halls and pay for the room even if you decide not to accept your housing assignment. If you later decide not to live in Tulane housing, you are not able to decline this application/contract and you will still be responsible for paying the full cost of housing for the semester plus a non-refundable application fee. There is no way to cancel your application form. Please do NOT complete a Housing Application form unless you are absolutely sure you wish to live in a dorm or apartment on campus.
On-campus housing often reaches 100 percent capacity, in which case exchange students cannot be accommodated on campus.
Many exchange students live in off-campus apartments located in the neighborhoods around the university. Costs vary but can be less expensive than living on-campus. It normally takes at least 4 to 5 days to finalize setting up an apartment/house if you do not have housing when you arrive. Be sure to make a reservation at a hotel, hostel or Airbnb for the first few days you are in the city.
Study Abroad & Exchange staff can connect you with landlords who regularly rent to exchange students. At your request, we can also introduce you to other exchange students looking for housemates.
Note: Study Abroad & Exchange does not endorse any of the housing listed on the above links. The quality and condition of the apartments listed have not been verified by us. Individuals interested in the properties are responsible for checking the condition of the listed apartments and we recommend that students have any lease checked for free by the Tulane Legal Assistance Program before signing. Please check any housing listed in person before signing a lease or making a deposit.