International Student FAQ

  1. How does the UO define an international student?
  2. Can the application fee be deferred for international students?
  3. Can I study part time?
  4. Are international students required to take the SAT or ACT?
  5. Does the University of Oregon offer conditional admission?
  6. Is the TOEFL required for students who have earned U.S. bachelor's degree or higher?
  7. How long is a TOEFL/IELTS score valid?
  8. Does UO award credit for the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, and the Advanced Placement (AP) exams?
  9. How can I find information about programs offered at the UO?
  10. Can international students apply for a second undergraduate degree?
  11. I have sent my application to the UO. What happens next?
  12. Can international students apply for financial aid and scholarships?
  13. Can international students work on campus?
  14. What should I do to get a student visa?
  15. Do I need to submit an immunization record?
  16. Do I need health insurance?
  17. Can I defer my offer of admission?
  18. Do I have to attend International Student Orientation?
  19. How can I find out more about Eugene?
  20. What services does the U.S. government offer to international students?

1. How does the UO define an international student?

Any student who is not a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the United States is considered an international student. International students usually need an F1 or J1 visa to study in the United States.  

2. Can the application fee be deferred for international students?

The application fee can be deferred for international students only in special cases. Students must contact the Office of Admissions for approval.

3. Can I study part time?

No, international students cannot study part time. U.S. immigration law requires that all international students on F1 student visas maintain full-time enrollment. To be considered full time, undergraduate students must be registered for a minimum of 12 quarter credits. Graduate students must be registered for a minimum of 9 quarter credits to be considered full time.

4. Are international students required to take the SAT or ACT?

No, international students are not required to take the SAT or ACT, but it is recommended, if available. Please note that the School of Architecture and the Robert D. Clark Honors College require the SAT of all applicants, including international students.

5. Does the University of Oregon offer conditional admission?

Yes, the University of Oregon offers conditional admission for students who meet our academic requirements but do not meet our English proficiency requirements.

6. Is the TOEFL required for students who have earned a U.S. bachelor's degree or higher?

No, the university does not require the TOEFL for students who have earned a U.S. bachelor's degree or higher, but some graduate departments require the TOEFL from all non-native speakers of English.

7. How long is a TOEFL/IELTS score valid?

The TOEFL/IELTS score is valid for two years.

8. Does the UO award credit for the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, and the Advanced Placement (AP) exams?

Yes, the university awards credit for IB and AP exams. More information is available on the UO Registrar's website.

9. How can I find information about programs offered at the UO?

More information about academic programs and majors is available on the Majors and Minors webpage.

10. Can international students apply for a second undergraduate degree?

Yes, international students can apply for a second undergraduate degree. Students who have already completed an undergraduate degree can apply as postbaccalaureate nongraduate students.

11. I have sent my application to the UO. What happens next?

Once we receive your materials, we will send you a letter to confirm the receipt of your application. We will also send you an Identification Number and a personal access code (PAC) that you can use to check the status of your application online. If admitted, a Notice of Admission and a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 Form) will be mailed to you.

12. Can international students apply for financial aid and scholarships?

The University of Oregon offers many scholarships and financial aid for international students. Financial assistance for international students is available through the Office of International Affairs. International students can also apply for general university scholarships through the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

13. Can international students work on campus?

Yes, according to U.S. law, on-campus employment is the only legal employment for international students.

14. What should I do to get a student visa?

Most international students attending the UO hold student (F1) visas. After you are admitted to the UO you will receive a Notification of Admission and a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 Form). In order to obtain a student visa, present the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 Form) to a United States embassy or consulate. The U.S. Department of State offers more information about obtaining a student visa. If you are attending a college or university in the United States, you must obtain a new Form I-20 from the University of Oregon. Be sure to complete the International Student Transfer Form from the Office of International Affairs. Your SEVIS record must be released from your former school to the University of Oregon. If you have specific questions about student visas, you can contact the SEVIS coordinator at the Office of International Affairs.

15. Do I need to submit an immunization record?

Yes, all students must submit an immunization record. The University of Oregon requires proof of measles (Rubeola) and mumps immunity of all entering international students. Information about required shots is available on the UO Health Center website.

16. Do I need health insurance?

Yes, all international students are required to have health insurance

17. Can I defer my offer of admission?

The UO admits students for a specific term. If you wish to enroll for a term later than that for which you are admitted, you must submit a new application with updated transcripts. Your $50 application fee is good for one academic year (fall through summer terms).

18. Do I have to attend International Student Orientation?

Yes, International Student Orientation helps students with their transition to the UO, and all newly admitted international students are required to attend at the beginning of each academic term.

19. How can I find out more about Eugene?

Information about the city of Eugene, Oregon, and the surrounding area is available on the Unique Eugene webpage.

20. What services does the U.S. government offer to international students?

Check with the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs for services available for international students.