Oregon State University


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 Cascades or the Pacific Coast, Corvallis is the perfect home base for exploring Oregon’s natural wonders.

Oregon State University has always been a place with a purpose — making a positive difference in quality of life, natural resources and economic prosperity in Oregon and beyond. Through discovery, innovation and application, we are meeting challenges, solving problems and turning ideas into reality.

Founded in 1868, Oregon State is the state’s Land Grant university and is one of only two universities in the U.S. to have Sea Grant, Space Grant and Sun Grant designations. Oregon State is also the only university in Oregon to hold both the Carnegie Foundation’s top designation for research institutions and its prestigious Community Engagement classification.

Why choose Oregon State University?
Graduation Requirements

To earn an International Degree, you must

  1. meet university dual degree requirements
  2. gain advanced proficiency in a foreign language
  3. complete an experience abroad in a country where that language is spoken
  4. take four ID core courses
  5. write a thesis on an international dimension of your primary major

Your graduation audit will be completed by an advisor in your Primary College or Department. Confirmation of the International Degree will be appropriately noted on your transcripts, and you will receive separate diplomas for your primary major and International Studies.

1. University Dual Degree Requirements

You must successfully complete all departmental, college, and institutional requirements for your primary degree.

You must also complete a minimum of 32 credits in residence beyond the 180 credits required for most primary degrees (some majors require more than 180 credits).

  • Credits from an OSU-sponsored program abroad are in-residence.
  • Depending on level of previous foreign language study and experience abroad, you could take anywhere from the minimum 32 credits to more than 70 credits to complete the degree.

Additional International Degree requirements may be established for your primary degree, so check with your major adviser or the International Degree Contact in your department to make sure that you know what they are and that you are able to complete them. When you meet with your adviser, have a transcript in hand.

2. Advanced Proficiency in a Foreign Language

Advanced proficiency is usually evidenced by completion of the third term of a fourth-year language sequence at OSU (413). The OSU Department of World Languages and Cultures (WLC) will approve your language proficiency and sign off on theLanguage Proficiency Form once you have completed this requirement.

  • Language courses must be taken for a letter grade (not S/U).
  • The student’s cumulative GPA in language courses must be a minimum of 3.0.
  • Exceptions may be considered only by petition (see International Degree Office for details).

Possible methods of demonstrating fourth-year language proficiency:

  • Completion of the sequence ending in 413 with minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in language classes
  • Coursework or experience identified by OSU foreign language faculty advisor as equivalent to 413 with minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in language classes
  • Courses at another accredited U.S. college or university may substitute if combined third- and fourth-year language courses constitute a minimum of 18 quarter/12 semester hours with minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in language classes
  • Acceptable score on a recognized national or international proficiency test*
  • Completion of a minimum of 1 term international internship or international research program using target language after completion of 313 class with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all language classes **
  • Completion of a minimum of 9 months of international immersion through study, internship, or research using the target language after completion of 213 class (for language not taught at OSU at fourth year level). **
  • International Student/Non-Native English (native language )

* fees involved in administering a language proficiency exam are the responsibility of the student.
** The student must clearly demonstrate how the target language was used and linguistic progress achieved during their cultural immersion in a brief portfolio presented to the OSU Department of World Languages and Cultures.

3. Experience Abroad

You must spend a minimum of 10 weeks in a country where your International Degree language is spoken, engaged in one of these activities: study abroad, international internship or independently arranged research project/directed study.

4. ID Core

You must successfully complete a minimum of four courses for the International Core selected from the Baccalaureate Core Curriculum (see General Catalog for yearly changes). These courses are in addition to the University’s Baccalaureate Core requirements. The International Core course requirements must come from the following categories:

  • One course from the Western Culture category;
  • Two courses from the Cultural Diversity category;
  • One course from the either the Western Culture, Cultural Diversity, or Contemporary Global Issues categories

Note: you can not take all four of the additional Baccalaureate Core courses focusing on the same culture/language group.

Program Admission and Acceptance

The International Degree allows you to become an expert in an international context of your subject, putting you a step ahead of most of your peers in language skills, research and writing experience, intercultural experience, communication and understanding.

How do you join?

You must apply for admission to the ID program and be a current student with a declared major in any of the eight undergraduate colleges at OSU. Admission requirements include:

  • At least 32 credits of college-level coursework completed, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and
  • Completion of 213 in your foreign language, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or other evidence)
  • Meet with the ID advisor to review graduation requirements and discuss integration with your primary major requirements
Sponsored Student Programs

The Sponsored Student Program is a part of International Student Advising and Services (ISAS) at Oregon State University with the specific goal of assisting sponsors and sponsored students by:

  • Supporting the academic goals of sponsored students and their sponsors.
  • Providing records of student’s academic standing when requested.
  • Facilitating communication between students and sponsors to help with financial and administrative questions.
  • Working with international student advisors (ISAs) to answer sponsored students’ questions and to help students maintain and understand their immigration status.

Services for Sponsored Students:

  • A special orientation session for sponsored students
  • Help with OSU medical insurance. Sponsored Student Programs can help get a waiver of OSU medical insurance if the sponsor’s insurance meets OSU minimum requirements.
  • Help sponsored students communicate with Academic Departments, and Sponsoring Agencies.
  • Reminders for students with expiring financial guarantee/support letters.

Sponsored Student Letter Request Form

Services for the Sponsor:

  • A special orientation session for sponsored students.
  • Student transcripts to show academic standing upon request.
  • Special campus meetings for sponsors to meet with their students.
  • Manage Financial Guarantee letters for the Third Party Billing process with OSU Business Affairs and the INTO OSU Finance Office.

 International Programs (IP) Administrative Fee:

  • An administrative charge of two hundred and seventy five dollars ($275) per academic term per student will be assessed to the sponsoring agency. The administrative fee will be included on the billing statement each academic term.

As Oregon’s leading public research university, with $263 million in external funding in the 2013 fiscal year, Oregon State’s impact reaches across the state and beyond. With 12 colleges, 15 Agricultural Experiment Stations, 35 county Extension offices, the Hatfield Marine Sciences Center in Newport and OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon State has a presence in every one of Oregon’s 36 counties, with a statewide economic footprint of $2.06 billion.

Oregon State welcomes a diverse student body of over 26,000 students from across Oregon, all 50 states and more than 100 countries. They can choose from more than 200 undergraduate and more than 80 graduate degree programs,including over 30 degrees online offered through Oregon State Ecampus. Oregon State increasingly attracts high-achieving students, with nationally recognized programs in areas such as conservation biology, agricultural sciences, nuclear engineering, forestry, fisheries and wildlife management, community health, pharmacy and zoology.

Oregon State also ranks high in sustainability, fourth among universities nationwide for using renewable energy and first in the Pac-12 Conference. And our students literally help power the university: 22 exercise machines at Dixon Recreation Center are connected to the grid.

The 400-acre main campus in Corvallis includes a Historic District, making Oregon State one of only a handful of U.S. university campuses listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The district includes such icons as Weatherford Hall, the Memorial Union and Benton Hall, the oldest building on campus.

Oregon State is located in Corvallis, a vibrant college town of 55,000 in the heart of Western Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Corvallis consistently ranks among the best and safest cities to live in the U.S., as well as among the most environmentally responsible.


Oregon State University’s outstanding faculty and academic programs increasingly attract Oregon’s top students, as well as those from other states and countries. In 2008, for example, more Oregon high school valedictorians enrolled at Oregon State than at any other college or university in the state. A 2009 survey of the greater Portland area by The Oregonian found more high school graduates were enrolling at Oregon State than at any other college or university.

Oregon State offers more than 200 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through its 12 colleges, including the University Honors College, one of only a handful of degree-granting honors programs in the U.S.

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