Exchange & Visiting Students

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Exchange & Visiting Students

Study abroad at the University of Oregon to experience our rich and diverse student experience. UO students, or “Ducks,” can participate in a wide range of academic and co-curricular activities, all in the beautiful, green town of Eugene. Whether you are a sports afficionado, a fervent hiker, a budding artist, or a culture lover, you will find plenty of ways to enrich your experience at the UO by participating in Duck Life.

We look forward to welcoming you to our flock!


About the University of Oregon

The University of Oregon is a public research university and a proud member of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU). Renowned for its research prowess and commitment to teaching, UO is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of 65 leading research universities in North America. Making it one of two AAU members in the Pacific Northwest, and the only one in Oregon.

Founded in 1876, the institution's growing 295-acre green campus is situated along the Willamette River, within the city of Eugene, Oregon. The UO is organized into 9 Colleges and Schools, offering 316 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The University of Oregon is located on Kalapuya Ilihi, the traditional indigenous homeland of the Kalapuya people. Following treaties between 1851 and 1855, Kalapuya people were dispossessed of their indigenous homeland by the United States government and forcibly removed to the Coast Reservation in Western Oregon. Today, Kalapuya descendants are primarily citizens of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and they continue to make important contributions in their communities, at the UO, and across the land we now refer to as Oregon.

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Application Process

To study at the UO as an exchange or visiting student, you must first be approved by your home university. Please contact your home university international office for information about the application process and deadlines.

Once your home university approves your application, you will need to submit additional application to the University of Oregon directly. We require the following supporting documents:

  1. Valid passport
  2. Official academic transcript (GPA 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale)
  3. Proof of English proficiency
  4. A statement of purpose
  5. Proof of financial support
  6. Course preference form

For more detailed information about each document and application requirements, please review our Fact Sheet.

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The University of Oregon offers more than 300 undergraduate programs and more than 120 graduate programs. 

Each course at the UO is assigned a course level. Courses numbered 100–499 are undergraduate courses; 100–299 are lower division (first- or second-year level), and 300–499 are upper division (third- or fourth-year level). Upper division courses are generally more rigorous and are more likely to have pre-requisites. Courses numbered 500 and above are graduate-level courses. Most UO classes are worth 4 UO credits.

Exchange and visiting students can take courses both inside and outside their academic major. Popular courses and upper division courses may fill up very quickly, so students are encouraged to be flexible with their course selections and register for classes as soon as they can. Course registration is on a first-come first-served basis.

Students may view the courses most recently offered. Please note that the courses offered may change from year to year and from term to term. Students are responsible for determining if they are eligible for the courses they intend to take.


  • Some courses at the UO have pre-requisite requirements. Pre-requisite requirements will be noted on the course page. Students will need to be able to demonstrate that they have sufficient academic background and preparation to be successful in courses with pre-requisites.
  • Some courses are restricted to students in a specific major
  • Exchange students are not eligible to take graduate-level courses in the School of Law or the College of Business

Course Load
Undergraduate students must enroll in a minimum of 12 credits per term, and graduate students must enroll in a minimum of 9 credits per term.

Academic Calendar
The University of Oregon is on the quarter system, which means that instead of two semesters, we have three 10-week terms (fall, winter, and spring) during our regular academic year. Exchange and visiting students can choose to study at the UO for one, two, or three terms.

Please note that exchange and visiting students should plan to arrive in time for International Student Orientation, which is generally held the week before classes begin. Exact dates will be shared with incoming students once confirmed.


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Exchange and visiting students may choose to live in on-campus residence halls, university-owned apartments, or in off-campus housing. Placement in the residence halls is not guaranteed. Students are responsible for arranging their own housing, and costs may vary quite significantly depending on where a student chooses to live.

Students will be able to apply for university housing (both residence halls and apartments) after being admitted to the UO.

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