Pre-Arrival Checklist

Login to DuckWeb and update your PAC

DuckWeb is the University of Oregon’s online information system for students. Your PAC allows you to login to your DuckWeb account. You will need your UO Student ID and PAC to login to Duckweb. You should have received your PAC by regular post when you submitted your application for admission.You will also receive your PAC in the letter of acceptance being sent to you, unless you (or someone else) has already logged into your DuckWeb account.

Once you login to Duckweb you will be automatically prompted to update your PAC. Update your PAC to a password you can remember. You will need it for several of the steps in this prearrival checklist.
If your letter of acceptance does not include your PAC, or you forgot it, you can reset your PAC.

Submit your intent to register form (Fall Term Only)

  • Undergraduate Admits: Complete the Intent to Register form
  • Graduate Admits: Each graduate program requires different procedures for informing the program of your intent to enroll. Please contact them directly for further information. You may access a list of programs on the Graduate School website.

Create your Duck ID and UO email account

Your Duck ID is the username that comes before your UO email address. Set up your UO email account. Click on ‘Claim Your Duck ID.’ You will need the UO ID number and the Personal Access Code (PAC) found in your letter of admission. If you have trouble setting up your Duck ID the IT website has more detailed instructions.

Plan for International Student Orientation (ISO)

  • Visit the ISO website to learn your program dates and plan your travel. We recommend arriving a few days early to adjust to the timezone. 
  • Watch your email: About 3-4 months before ISO you will receive emails from iso@uoregon.edu with instructions on how to sign up and any other things you need to do before ISO.
  • Special note for Graduate students: You are expected to attend ISO when it does not conflict with your Graduate School Orientation events.
  • Arrange for housing: If you need housing before ISO begins you can stay with a host family or find a hotel.  
    • Host Family Information: Limited spaces are available to stay with a local family for a few days before moving into your residence hall or apartment. Students beginning fall term will receive an email on how to sign up in July. All other students, apply here.
    • Hotel Information: Find hotels near the UO. Many students choose to stay at the Phoenix Inn Suites.
    • TIP: the EMX bus may stop near your hotel and connect directly to the UO. Show your UO ID to ride for free!

Watch the required pre-arrival training videos

1. Welcome to the University of Oregon

2. Immigration Training for Students Studying in the US for the First Time

This video is REQUIRED for students who will travel to the US for the first time to attend the University of Oregon.  J-1 student visa holders should NOT watch this video. You will receive all important information during ISO.

3. Immigration Training for Students Transferring from a US school or the UO AEI program

This video is REQUIRED for students who are coming from AEI or another US school. J-1 student visa holders should NOT watch this video. You will receive all important information during ISO.

4. Using Common Sense On and Off Campus

5. Academic Success at the University of Oregon for Undergraduate Students

6. Healthy Social Life and Safety Tips

7. Healthy Relationships and Dating

8. Identity Theft and Scams

Complete online testing

  • Undergraduate students must complete their AEIS English Language Placement test AND Math Placement Test before traveling to Eugene. If you do not complete both tests, you will not be allowed to register for classes during ISO. Please check your UO e-mail regularly to stay updated regarding the testing process.
  • Graduate students: Placement testing is not required for MOST graduate students. Make sure you understand all your program requirements by communicating with your academic department.
  • Exchange students: Placement testing is not required for exchange students.

Freshman students contact your peer mentor “Big Brother, Big Sister”

Peer Mentors are current students who will be your personal friend and helper during your first term here. Once you sign up for ISO you will get an email from your Peer Mentor. Please respond and start asking questions you have about the UO and Eugene.

Return required forms

  • Submit Immunization Forms. The UO requires proof of measles (Rubeola) and mumps immunity for all incoming students. Submit your forms to the Health Center before attending ISO.
  • Send transcript. After you complete your studies at your current school, send a final transcript to UO Office of Admissions, 1217 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403.
  • Sign the Revolving Charge Agreement. All new students are asked to sign a revolving charge agreement acknowledging that you have received the information which explains the terms and conditions of your billing account. To sign the agreement, login to Duckweb, select “Student Menu”, select “Revolving Charge Agreement.” Read, check box to agree, and sign.

Arrange for Housing

IMPORTANT NOTE: All incoming first-year undergraduate students are REQUIRED to live on campus beginning Fall 2017. For more information, go to University Housing website.

Manage your required UO 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 ISO. 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. For more information and to enroll contact the GTFF Benefits Administrator at benefits@gtff.net. If you sign up for the GTFF insurance, you must complete a waiver request form to be removed from the student insurance. Deadlines and costs apply.

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

Tuition Due Dates/Payment Options

To help you plan ahead, the Business Affairs website posts Tuition Payment Due Dates for each term. You will not be billed for tuition and fees until after you attend International Student Orientation and register for classes. International Student Payments can be made through the University of Oregon's partner, Flywire.

Final Steps

Don't forget apply for your visa, book your flight to arrive in Eugene and attend ISO. If you have any questions e-mail iso@uoregon.edu.