International Students

English Proficiency and Financial Statement

Direct admission questions to the Undergraduate/Graduate Coordinator: linginfo@uoregon.edu

International Students must also complete the following admission procedures.

1)  TOEFL/IELTS Score (international applicants only)

A satisfactory command of the English language is required for admission to the University of Oregon. Applicants whose native language is not English must show proof of language proficiency through one of the following three methods:

MethodRequirement
TOEFL ScoreMinimum Score: 575 (Paper) or 88 (internet-Based).
IELTS ScoreMinimum Score: 7.0 overall band score.
Degree from English-speaking countrySubmit degree transcripts proving that you have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited U.S. institution or from an institution in the following countries: Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom

2) Financial Statement (international applicants only)

International students who will be sponsored by the University of Oregon on an F-1 visa or J-1 visa must first obtain a “Certificate of Eligibility” Form I-20 or DS-2019 in order to schedule a visa appointment. Verification of a student's financial capability to pay tuition, fees and living expenses for at least the first year of study is required before Form I-20 or DS-2019 can be issued. Please visit https://isss.uoregon.edu/financial-documentation-international-graduate-students for more information prior to submission.

Required Financial Documentation for Issuance of I-20/DS-2019

Complete the Financial Certification & Immigration Information Form and email, with supporting financial documents, to sevis@uoregon.edu.

Statement of Financial Support – required for students who will receive financial support from a personal sponsor such as a relative, friend or employer.

 

Timeline for Recieving I-20

Process for receiving the I-20, Certificate of Eligibility from the University of Oregon

Admissions Review

It takes about six weeks after the application deadline date for the department admissions committee to review the applications.  The committee will only review complete applications.   When the applicant is accepted, the department recommends to the Graduate School the applicant be admitted into the program.

Graduate School and International Student and Scholar Services Approval

The next step is the Graduate School reviews the applications for required documentation: 

  • Official Transcripts.  To be admitted to the Graduate School for the purpose of seeking an advanced degree or certificate, the applicant must have an accredited degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree from an institution of recognized standing.   Official transcripts with certified English translations are required.
  • English Language Proficiency. A satisfactory command of the English language is required for admission to the University of Oregon. Applicants whose native language is not English must show proof of language proficiency through one of the following three methods: TOEFL, IELTS or a degree from an English-speaking country. Scores should be sent directly from ETS to the University of Oregon.  The institution code is 4846.

After receiving Graduate School approval, admission decisions are forwarded to International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). ISSS will verify submission of the financial statement: 

  • Financial Statement.  US Government regulations require that the University of Oregon verify the availability of sufficient financial support for non-immigrant students before the I-20 can be issued.  International students must submit supporting financial documents  (e.g., Graduate Employment (GE) appointment contract, scholarship award letter and/or bank statements). Please visit https://isss.uoregon.edu/financial-documentation-international-graduate-students for more information.

Approximate timeline:  After admittance by the department the rest of the approval cycle can take 6-8 weeks, provided the required documentation has been sent to the Graduate School and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).

Sending the I-20:  Once admission is verified by ISSS, the applicant will receive a letter and immigration packet from the University of Oregon. Admitted students will receive an email confirming mailing options. Most students will receive an I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility) to apply for an F-1 visa.

Please note the department is not responsible for issuing the I-20.