International Applicants

International applications and documents proceed through a series of UO units/offices throughout the admission process. Applications begin with the department of interest, proceed through the Graduate School and the Office of Admissions, and then move on to the Office of International Affairs.

In addition to the other admissions application procedures (see Admissions Procedures), international applicants are responsible for the following:

  1. English Language Proficiency Requirement
  2. Transcripts
  3. Financial Verification
  4. Receive Admit Packet with Immigration Document or Transfer-In Instructions
  5. Manage Your Requred Health Insurance
  6. Complete Pre-Arrival Checklist
  7. Support from the UO Office of International Affairs

1. English Language Proficiency Requirement

Applicants whose native language is not English must show proof of language proficiency. Please see http://gradschool.uoregon.edu/admissions/non-native-english-speakers for more information.

Contact the Graduate School at gradsch@uoregon.edu with questions regarding the language requirement.

2. Transcripts

To be admitted to the Graduate School for the purpose of seeking an advanced degree or certificate you must have a degree that is equivalent to a U.S. four-year bachelor’s degree. Additionally, the transcripts and/or degree certificates must be received from an institution recognized by the country's educational body that oversees institutional approval, such as the Ministry of Education.

International applicants must provide, upon application, certified official original transcripts/true copies and certified English translations of all college or university work. Official degree/graduation certificates with certified English translations are also required if the degree and conferral date do not appear on the transcripts.

These official transcripts should be sent to:

Office of Admissions
1217 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1217

If translations are not provided by the institution:

Department Transcripts
In addition to sending your transcripts to the Office of Admissions, you may be required to provide transcripts to the department to which you are applying. Some departments require you to upload unofficial copies of transcripts on the online application; some require official hard copies; others require both uploaded AND official hard copies. Please refer to your department's application instructions for requirements.

Contact the Graduate School at gradsch@uoregon.edu with questions regarding the transcript requirement.

3. Financial Verification

U.S. Government regulations require that the University of Oregon verify the availability of sufficient financial support for non-immigrant students before a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 or DS-2019) can be issued. International students must submit supporting financial documents (e.g., Graduate Teaching Fellowship (GTF) appointment contract, scholarship award letter) and/or bank statements to the Office of Admissions after applying. Estimated expenses can be found here.

Students planning to be sponsored by an agency, government or other sponsor should have proof of financial support sent from the sponsoring agency (e.g., a letter from the sponsor and copies of the sponsor’s bank statement).

Financial verification documents can be e-mailed or mailed to: uoglobal@uoregon.edu

Office of Admissions
1217 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1217

Contact the Office of Admissions at uoglobal@uoregon.edu with questions regarding the financial verification requirement.

Once You Have Been Accepted by the University of Oregon

4. Receive Admit Packet with Immigration Document or Transfer-In Instructions

Most international students will receive an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility necessary to apply for the F-1 student visa. For students already in the US in F-1 status with a valid I-20, you will receive instructions on how to transfer the I-20 SEVIS record to the University of Oregon.

Students with a nonimmigrant visa status other than F-1, or who have U.S. permanent resident status, should notify International Student & Scholar Services at sevis@uoregon.edu.

Contact the Office of International Affairs at sevis@uoregon.edu for questions regarding your I-20 or visa status.

5. Manage Your Required Health Insurance

All international students are required to carry health insurance and are automatically enrolled in and billed for the UO Student Health Benefits Plan. Health insurance is a complex topic that you will learn more about during International Student Orientation. Please get started by completing the following:

  • Read the information provided at the UO Health Insurance Plan website
     
  • You will need to pay extra attention to this information if you would like to submit a Waiver or enroll your dependents in the plan. Deadlines Apply.
     
  • Please notice the insurance start and end dates. It is possible that you will be arriving in the US before health insurance coverage begins. You may want to purchase a travel policy for anytime you are in the US before your UO health insurance begins. 
     
  • International Graduate Employees: International students who have a graduate employee appointment (GE) are eligible to enroll in the GTFF health insurance plan. This plan is available to the GE at low cost and provides medical, dental, and vision coverage. Children and families may be added to the GTFF health insurance plan for an additional cost. For more information and to enroll in this health insurance plan, contact the GTFF Benefits Administrator, (541) 344-0832 or benefits@gtff.net (link sends e-mail). Remember, if you sign up for the GTFF insurance, you must complete a waiver request form through the student portal to be removed from the student insurance (and to receive a credit for the premiums. Deadlines apply.

 

If you have questions about health insurance, you can email UOstudentinsure@uoregon.edu.

Visiting scholars are not eligible for the UO Student Health Benefits Plan and must obtain their own insurance.

Dependents cannot use the Student Health Center. They must arrange for health care serviced off campus.

6. Complete Pre-Arrival Checklist

Please go to the International Student & Scholar Services' website and complete the Pre-Arrival Checklist at https://isss.uoregon.edu/pre-arrival

The Pre-Arrival Checklist is designed to guide new graduate students on the steps that need to be taken prior to arrival in Eugene, and to ensure a smooth transition to the UO. If you have any questions about the pre-arrival checklist, please contact International Student & Scholar Services at sevis@uoregon.edu.

7. Support from the UO Office of International Affairs

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is the unit within the Office of International Affairs which sponsors and supports new and continuing international students. In addition to the Pre-Arrival Checklist, you can contact ISSS if you have questions about visa and immigration matters, arrival and settling-in, transferring from another school, or any other questions or concerns. You will receive support from ISSS upon arrival with regard to social security numbers, driver’s licenses, changes to immigration or financial status, as well as an introduction to programs designed to support the integration of international students on our campus.

 

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