Information for International Students
Students who require tutoring or additional coursework in written or oral English skills may wish to contact the American English Institute (107 Pacific, 6-3945), the English Department at the UO (118 PLC, 63911), or Lane Community College Downtown Center (1059 Willamette Street, 747-4501).
The Office of International Education and Exchange, located in 330 Oregon Hall (6-3206), offers a variety of services to new and returning students. The office provides information about admissions, housing,
U.S. immigration regulations, employment opportunities, and scholarships. International Education and Exchange also offers academic and personal counseling, helps students adjust to life in the U.S., and coordinates the Friendship Family program that introduces foreign students to local families. The Office of International Education and Exchange produces a publication, Resource Guide for Foreign Students and Families full of valuable information for foreign students. Contact their office if you have not yet received a copy. Please see http://oip.uoregon.edu/iss/index.php for information from the Office of International Programs.
Nonnative speakers of English who accept graduate teaching fellowships for teaching-related positions must submit a score for the Test of Spoken English (TSE) or the SPEAK test to the Graduate School. Individuals scoring below 50 on either of these tests will be required to attend language support classes (at no additional charge to the student) and may be subject to limitations on the kinds of activities they may carry out as GTFs. The TSE is available at many TOEFL testing sites. If a TSE score is not submitted to the Graduate School in advance of arrival on campus, the student must take the SPEAK test at the University of Oregon prior to the first term of appointment. The cost of the SPEAK test is $35.00. This cost is refunded to students who have GTF appointments during the term they take the SPEAK Test. More information about this test can be found at http://gradschool.uoregon.edu/?page=intlGTFLangRequirement. The results of this test will be considered in the student’s application, if the exam is taken before a GTF decision is made.
International students demonstrating financial need and exceptional merit are encouraged to apply to participate in the University of Oregon’s International Cultural Service Program (ICSP). Students selected to participate in ICSP receive a partial tuition waiver of $6,000-$18,000 per academic year (prorated per term). In very exceptional cases, supplemental awards may be given which cover the full cost of non-resident tuition. Fees are not covered by ICSP include non-instructional, departmental, and resource fees. As a participant in the program, ICSP students agree to complete 80 hours per year of cultural service. This service takes the form of speaking about your country, culture and traditions, to school classes and community groups. For more current information and details, see http://international.uoregon.edu/isss/icsp