Oregon State University

Area of Study Arts and Humanities, Biomedicine, Biology, Business, Creative Arts, Education, Engineering, Environmental Practice, Environment and Geoscience, Indigenous Studies, Information Technology, Languages, Marine Science, Politics, Psychology, Science, Social Work, Sports and Exercise Science, Zoology
Course Language(s) English
Average Credit Load 12 Credits
Semester dates Fall September - December
Winter January - March
Spring April - June

About the University

Founded in 1868, Oregon State University is one of only two universities in the United States to have Sea Grant, Space Grant and Sun Grant designations. Oregon State is also the only university in the Oregon to hold both the Carnegie Foundation’s top designation for research institutions and its prestigious Community Engagement classification. The OSU main campus is in Corvallis, consistently ranked as one of the safest university communities on the West Coast, has about 58,000 residents, Corvallis offers a friendly, university-oriented atmosphere.


Corvallis, Oregon, United States of America

Corvallis is a beautiful college town nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley. An hour's drive from the Pacific Coast and two hours from the Cascades and high desert, Corvallis is an ideal site to live and work. Corvallis embodies the spirit of the Northwest, with beautiful natural surroundings, friendly citizens, and an outstanding quality of life. It is one of the safest places to live – clean, friendly, and family-oriented.

Exchange information

Courses available

More information on courses available, visit the OSU website.


While you are a student at OSU, you have different housing options. Many international exchange students choose to stay in the residence halls. This allows international students to meet and get to know their American student peers while fully immersing in college life. Living on campus is also the more convenient option as on-campus residents live within walking distance of most, if not all, university buildings.

More information about on-campus residence halls, available dining services, costs, application deadlines, and much more online through the OSU Housing Information website for International Students.

Cost of living

Cost of living varies depending on personal needs, the estimated cost of living in on-campus accommodation is estimated between USD 8,000-12,000 per year, food, if using meal plan, USD 10-17 per day plus health insurance, transport, text books and supplies and spending.

See current exchange rates.

Visa requirements

You must have a valid passport in order to obtain a visa for the United States.

Before visiting the US Consulate for your visa, please read carefully the instructions on the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019 form) issued for your studies at Oregon State University. Students with an I-20 will apply for an F-1 student visa. Students with a DS-2019 will apply for a J-1 exchange visitor visa.

Contact your closest US Embassy or Consulate (Sydney or Melbourne) to get the procedures for applying for a visa. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USICE) has published information sheets describing what to expect when applying for a student visa and at a US Port of Entry.

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