Spring Term 2023 Guidance for New International Students

Updated: February 5, 2023

Notify ISSS of Your Plans for Spring Term 2023

Please confirm your arrival plans by following the instructions below. If you find you are unable to join us for spring term, please email ISSS at intl@uoregon.edu

1) Log into your international student portal (iConnect) with your Duck ID and submit the “New Student Spring 2023 Plan” eform: https://iconnect.uoregon.edu/istart/controllers/start/StartEngine.cfm

In-Person Class Requirement

All new international students will be required to enroll in at least one in-person class. 

International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation (ISO) is required for new international undergraduate and exchange students. Graduate students should plan to attend all orientation sessions, if possible. ISO will be held on the Eugene campus March 30 & 31, 2023. If you are an undergrad or exchange student, please book your flight to arrive in Eugene prior to ISO.

For the ISO schedule, go to https://isss.uoregon.edu/iso.

Use of Electronically-Delivered I-20s

For F-1 students, you are allowed to use a printed, signed and dated I-20 copy sent to you via email for travel to the U.S. The original-signed I-20 is not required. Keep the printed, signed and dated I-20 with your passport to present to U.S. immigration upon arrival.  

For J-1 students, the original-signed hard copy DS-2019 is required for entry to the U.S. 

UO COVID-19 Vaccination & Booster Shot Requirement

The UO requires all students to be up to date on COVID-19 vaccines which includes all doses in the primary series, and all boosters recommended for you, when eligible. See COVID-19 FAQs below for more information.

Vaccination requirement – Student Process: 


Students are required to use myUOHealth to submit their records.

All vaccine questions should be directed to the UO Health Center at immunization@uoregon.edu


Review all FAQs on the UO website at https://health.uoregon.edu/covid19 including those below.

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Required: The UO will require students to be up to date on COVID-19 vaccines prior to the start of the term. Students may be eligible to request an exemption. We strongly recommend you a) get vaccinated for COVID-19 in your home country prior to arrival to the U.S., and b) receive your last vaccine dose at least two weeks prior to your arrival to the U.S.
  • What does it mean to be “up to date”? You are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines when you have received all doses in the primary series, and all boosters recommended for you, when eligible. 
  • Will the UO accept vaccines other than those approved for use in the US? No, the UO will only accept any COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO)
  • If international students got a vaccine out of the US, how should they show proof? UO will allow international students to upload to the myUOHealth portal evidence of any COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). This is the same portal international students already use to upload other immunization records. Please note that these immunization records must be submitted in English.  
  • Can international students get a vaccine after arrival in Eugene? No. The U.S. government now requires all travelers to the U.S. show proof of being fully vaccinated prior to boarding an international flight to the U.S. 
  • What if I cannot get the COVID vaccine prior to arrival to the U.S.? You may be eligible to enroll in online classes from your home country if online courses are available in your major or field of study. You may also request to defer to a future term to allow more time to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Student Health Insurance Process and Fees

All international students are automatically enrolled in and billed for the UO Student Health Benefits Plan. The cost for the UO Student Health Benefits Plan is $1,026 per term ($1,539 per semester for Law students) and provides excellent coverage, low deductibles and low out of pocket limits. If you have other health insurance, you can request to waive out of the UO student health benefits plan as long as you meet the waiver criteria. (Graduate Employees have a different waiver process - see next paragraph). Waiver criteria and instructions can be found here: https://health.uoregon.edu/insurancewaivers. The deadline to request a waiver for spring 2023 is April 12, 2023.

Graduate Employees (GEs): you are eligible for the GTFF Insurance Plan administered by the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation (GTFF) labor union which costs a fraction of the student plan. However, you must first enroll in the GTFF insurance plan at http://gtff3544.net/health-care/. The GTFF benefits coordinator will then waive you out of the UO Student Health Benefits Plan.

Immigration Document Check-In

Within 10 days of your arrival to the U.S., you are required to "check-in" online with International Student & Scholar Services. To check-in, log into iConnect Student Portal with your DuckID and submit the "Immigration Document Check-In" eform. You will need to upload a copy of your passport and the arrival stamp in your passport.