International Freshmen Requirements

You should apply for admission as an international student if you are not a United States citizen or a permanent resident of the United States. An international student is defined by meeting the following criteria:

  • Enters or is in the US specifically for the purpose of study 
  • Does not have US citizenship or legal permanent resident status but is currently in the US on a non-immigrant visa (F-1, J-1, etc.) 
  • Does not hold permanent resident status (a “green card”) 

If you have questions about whether you should apply as an international student, please contact

US citizens and permanent residents should complete the domestic application for admission.

As an undergraduate you may apply for admission as a freshman or a transfer student. You are a freshman if you completed high school (secondary school) and have not yet enrolled in a regular session at a college or university. You are a transfer applicant if you have completed high school (secondary school) and have enrolled in a college or university.

To access the University of Oregon (UO) International Application for Undergraduate Admission, you can use the online UO application or download the PDF; freshmen may also complete the Common Application. Regardless of which option you choose, your application will be considered the same.

Freshman Admission Requirements

  1. Academic requirements: To be a competitive candidate for admission to the UO, we recommend at least a B average or a 3.00 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.00 scale. Please review the minimum requirements for applicants from your country. The UO does not require SAT/ACT results for international students. If you have them, they can be used to prove English proficiency.
  2. English proficiency: If your native language is not English, you must submit standardized language test scores. Please review the test score requirements before applying.

  3. Conditional admission: The UO may offer conditional admission to international undergraduate students who have not yet reached the required level of English language proficiency. If you are conditionally admitted, you will attend the American English Institute (AEI) to study English in an intensive environment. Upon successful completion of the highest level of English instruction at the AEI, you will be granted full admission to the UO. AEI students can submit passing English proficiency test results to be considered for full admission before they have completed all the AEI coursework. However, a passing English proficiency test result does not guarantee admission.

  4. Demonstrating financial resources: According to U.S. government regulations, all applicants who need a student visa to study in the U.S. must demonstrate they have sufficient funds to pay for tuition costs and living expenses while at the UO. Students demonstrate sufficient funds by submitting a bank statement, certificate of balance, scholarship letter or any combination of the three. Financial documents must have been prepared in the last 6 months.
  5. Personal statements and letters of recommendation (optional): You may send a personal statement with your application to explain special circumstances in your life that have affected you or your education. Letters of recommendation are not required for admission to the UO as an undergraduate but can be included in support of a student’s application for admission.

Completing Your International Application

Read how to complete your application.

International Exchange Student Information

Read the requirements for international exchange students