Oregon State University
University Info | College of Engineering Info
Oregon State is a leading research university located in one of the safest, smartest, greenest small cities in the nation. Situated 90 miles south of Portland, and an hour from the Cascade Mountains or the Pacific Coast, Corvallis is the perfect home base for exploring Oregon’s natural wonders. OSU enrolls 24,000 undergraduates, 4,000 graduate students and 3,300 international students. Students may choose from over 300 student clubs at OSU, including over 20 student clubs and organizations within the College of Engineering. The Dixon Recreation Center houses two cardio rooms, two weight rooms, two gyms, six racquetball courts, three squash courts, three multipurpose rooms, a 42ft tall climbing wall, 1/10 mile indoor track, 25-yard pool, a dive well, a hot tub, three sand volleyball courts, and the Adventure Leadership Institute.
Terms of Exchange
- Undergraduate students: Accepted
- Graduate students: NOT Accepted
- Computer Science majors: Accepted
English Proficiency Requirements
- Minimum TOEFL iBT score – 80
- Minimum IELTS score – 6.5
Acceptable alternatives include the below and their minimum scores:
- SAT Reading – 500
- ACT English – 21
- AP English L & C – 3
- IGCSE/International A Levels English – grade of C (pass)
- IB (HL): English A2 – 5
- US Post-Secondary Institution minimum 36 quarter transfer credits (must include two English composition courses with grades C- or better or one English composition and one speech communication course with grades C- or better)
Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
Students may come for a combination of some or all of Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. Students may begin their stay at OSU during Fall, Winter or Spring terms. We do not allow exchange students to begin their stay at OSU during the summer term.
Academic Calendar | Term Dates (including exam period)
The OSU academic calendar divides the school year into quarters (terms). We have 4 quarters per year: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer.
In general the terms follow this calendar:
- Fall term: Late-September to Mid-December
- Winter term: Early-January to Late-March
- Spring term: Early-April to Mid-June
- Summer term: Mid-June to Early-September
Before you book your plane ticket, please make sure that you understand not only our academic calendar but when the residence halls open and close (if you plan on living in the residence halls) and when final exams take place. Do not book your plane ticket before the last day of final exams.
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Science
- Construction Engineering Management
- Ecological Engineering
- Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Energy Systems Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
- Manufacturing Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Nuclear Engineering
Course Descriptions and Schedules
Workload per Term
You must take a minimum of 12 credits per term and may take no more than 19 credits. Most OSU students take between 12 – 16 credits per term.
Tuition for online courses is not waived for exchange students and is the responsibility of the student.
Additional Application Materials
Students nominated by IIE to OSU will be required to fill out OSU’s online application and submit supplementary materials to the GE3 coordinator at OSU.
Recommendation letter from a professor or academic staff:
- Optional for Global E3 Application. Letter of recommendation may be required by host university as part of the host university application process.
Acceptance packages will be mailed to students’ home school advisors approximately 8 weeks after receiving a complete application, including supplemental OSU materials as noted above.
On-campus housing is available to exchange students, although it is not guaranteed. Accepted students who wish to live in on-campus housing should be sure to apply early to reserve their space.
Estimated Cost of Living
Cost of Attendance
Students living on campus are required to purchase a meal plan. Meal plans are optional for students living off campus.
Corvallis also offers a number of affordable dining options within walking distance of campus, as well as several grocery stores throughout the city.
Both the OSU Shuttle and Corvallis Public Transit offer local transportation free of charge. Many students and residents of Corvallis commute by bicycle, and the OSU campus offers ample bicycle routes and lockup stations.
Academic expenses (e.g., books, stationery) – Books and supplies may cost students an average of $600 per term.
Personal expenses – Personal expenses vary with individual students.
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students in Engineering
COE Study Abroad Student Coordinator
College of Engineering, Office of Student Services | COE.firstname.lastname@example.org
Corvallis is nestled in the heart of Oregon's Willamette Valley, within 90 minutes of the Portland Metropolitan area, world class skiing, and the spectacular Oregon coast. We are an award-winning City that has been recognized as one of the best college towns, one of the top ten places to live, and as having the highest Peace Corps volunteers per capita and the most green buildings per capita. The City was recognized for exceeding standards established by the International City Manager’s Association Center for Performance Measurement and was ranked #1 on the Environmental Protection Agency's national list of Green Power Communities.
There is never a lack of things to do in Corvallis. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or a foodie, have an artistic bent or love all things fairs there is something happening year round. Corvallis offers an incredible array of outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, golf, winery tours and, in every summer, a wonderful farmer’s market. Downtown offers fabulous restaurants, unique shops, music venues, art galleries and breweries to enjoy, in addition to the many special events and festivals happening year round.