Oregon State University
University Info | College of Engineering
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
For immigration processes and services only:
International Student Advising and Services
For all other GE3 student and advisor inquiries:
COE Study Abroad Student Coordinator
College of Engineering
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.
- 24,000 undergraduate
- 4,000 graduate
- 3,300 international
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
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.
TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for incoming international Global E³ students where the language of instruction is not English.
Minimum TOEFL scores:
- Paper-based - 550
- Internet-based - 80
Minimum IELTS score: 6.5
Acceptable alternatives to the TOEFL and IELTS include:
- SAT Reading: Minimum score of 500
- ACT English: Minimum score of 21
- AP English L & C: Minimum score of 3
- IGCSE/International A Levels English: Minimum grade of C (pass)
- IB (HL): English A2: Minimum score of 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)
Additional application materials?
- 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
- Radiation Health Physics
Yes, students will be required to fill out OSU’s online application and submit supplementary materials to the GE3 coordinator at OSU.
When will students receive their acceptance package?
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.
COURSE REGISTRATION & ACADEMIC INFORMATION
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.
Course descriptions and schedules
Workload per semester
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.
OSU cannot send transcripts on behalf of exchange students. It is exchange students' responsibility to order official transcripts via the Registrar's website (there is no cost).
Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?
Yes, on-campus accommodation is available to exchange students, although it is not guaranteed. Accepted students who wish to live on-campus housing should be sure to apply early to reserve their space.
When can exchange students move in to the Hall of Residence?
Students may generally move in to residence halls 3 – 4 days prior to the first day of classes of an academic term or 1 day prior to International Student Orientation.
All inbound exchange students need a visa and a DS-2019 to enter the United States. After you have been accepted as an exchange student by your home university you should submit OSU’s application and supplementary materials to the primary GE3 contact at OSU. Upon acceptance by OSU, we will issue your DS-2019 that will allow you to apply for your J-1 visa and enter the US. We will also provide you with necessary information regarding immigration regulations.
Health Insurance & Immunizations
All OSU international students, and their accompanying dependents, are required to have health and accident insurance for the duration of their program in the US. You must either purchase the OSU International Student Health Insurance plan or use a personal plan that is comparable to that offered by OSU. To use your own plan, you must show proof of health and accident insurance that is in effect for the duration of your stay in the U.S., and that your plan meets the following minimum criteria to that of the OSU plan (in US dollars):
- A minimum of $1,000,000 of coverage for medical services per year
- A minimum of $50,000 of coverage for Repatriation of Remains
- A minimum of $50,000 of coverage for Medical Evacuation
- Benefits payable in the U.S.
Exchange students must also comply with the immunization requirements that apply to matriculated students.
When should I arrive?
After you have obtained your visa, you may enter the US no earlier than 30 days before your program start date.
Is airport reception available?
If the student plans to live on-campus, then it is recommended that students move in on available move-in dates before the beginning of the term.
If the student is living off-campus and is signing an apartment lease, then students should arrange a move in date with the landlord.
All students should arrive in time to attend New International Student Orientation.
OSU does not provide airport reception for new exchange students, however several options for transport to OSU exist. Portland International Airport (PDX) is approximately 1.5 hours by car from OSU, and the Hut Airport Shuttle runs daily between PDX and OSU.
Is there any bank on campus?
Several banks are within walking distance of campus and ATMs are located within the Memorial Union.
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING
For estimated cost of attendance at OSU, refer to the financial aid page for more details.
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.
Other administrative fees
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students in Engineering
COE Study Abroad Student Coordinator
College of Engineering, Office of Student Services
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