University of Oregon

At the University of Oregon, you’ll explore 315 academic programs, many of them ranked in the top 20 in the United States. You’ll be welcomed into a community of students and faculty who embrace new ideas and the differences among us. Meet UO students from more than 103 countries and all 50 of the United States. Make strong connections in the community of Eugene, your host city with citizens who will celebrate your success in classrooms and labs. Enjoy the vibrant music and arts scene in this safe, small city. Participate in any of our over 250 student organizations, including many multicultural, ethnic, and international groups. If you are not quite ready for UO, you are welcome to study English in our world class American English Institute.

Be part of a community where environmental responsibility is the norm. Recycle, eat locally, and join the UO community’s efforts to promote sustainability. Interact with like-minded students at international coffee hours, language circles, sporting events, and in classrooms. Add your unique voice to our campus community!

University of Oregon Students


School curriculum summary

The University of Oregon is on the quarter system and the academic year consists of three terms:

  • Fall term- late September to early December
  • Winter term – early January to late March
  • Spring term – early April to early June.
  • Classes are also offered during the Summer term – late June to August/September

The American English Institute follows the UO calendar.

The American English Institute has 7 levels: 

  • 0 – 6 for undergraduate preparation
  • 0-7 for graduate preparation.
Median Class Size 19
Student to Teacher Ratio 18:1
The American English Institute classes average 15 students.
The UO is a teaching and research university where faculty teach classes to undergraduate students from business to music. The UO has been ranked No. 3 in the nation in funded research per faculty member for five consecutive years The faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences ranks 15th nationally among public research universities. All faculty members in the American English Institute have master or Ph.D. degrees.
The most popular majors among undergraduate students include Art, Architecture, Biology, Business Administration, Economics, Educational Studies, English, Environmental Studies, General Science, History, International Studies, Journalism: Advertising, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Spanish. The American English Institute offers both credit (Academic English for International Students, or AEIS) and non-credit classes (intensive English Program)
You can get your UO experience off to a great start by living on campus. At the UO, the residence halls are an extension of the classroom, and research shows that students who live on campus as freshmen achieve higher GPAs and graduate at a higher rate than those who don’t. You can check out how to apply, room diagrams, what to bring to campus, room and board rates, dates and deadlines, care packages, family newsletters, and download important forms. It’s all here:
At the University of Oregon you’ll find several sources of financial aid for international students, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Each year the University of Oregon awards more than one million dollars in financial aid and scholarships to international students.

The Friendship Foundation for International Students (FFIS) is a local non-profit organization whose purpose is to foster international understanding by welcoming and providing hospitality to University of Oregon international students. For more information:

Academic English for International Students (AEIS) is a program designed to help international students develop expertise in English for academic purposes while they are taking other classes at the university. For more information:

The International House is a residential community designed to promote international understanding and cooperation by bringing together students, faculty, and distinguished visitors from around the world to share their individual and collective perspectives on global issues. You can apply to this program through University Housing.

The American English Institute offers a seven-level intensive English program for those needing .to improve their English language skills or to build confidence. Students can participate in one term prior to beginning their university studies if they wish. Visit for more information.

Nonresident Tuition and Fees $34,041 Total Living Expenses $16,428* The figures provided are estimates and are for planning purposes only.

The American English Institute costs approximately $9,100 per term including tuition, fees, housing, and living expenses,. Please visit for actual costs.

University of Oregon

Office of Admissions 1217 University of Oregon Eugene, Oregon 97403 U.S.A. Phone: +1.541.346.3201 | Fax: +1.1.541.346.5815 | Email: 
Web: UO Admissions Website

For complete information or to obtain an application for admission, please visit us on-line at the University of Oregon International Admissions Website.

To apply, please complete the following and send it to the Office of Admissions with a $50 (U.S. dollars) nonrefundable fee:

  • Complete the International Student Application
  • Official transcripts of all school work you have completed beyond the eighth grade year of school
  • Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if your native language is not English.

Admission to the Intensive English Program at the American English Institute requires students to have graduated from high school and to meet the financial requirements of an F-1 visa. For more details, see


The University of Oregon has provided me with many opportunities and a place to pursue and develop my academic and career goals. The professors are full of enthusiasm, and make sure to equip us with the skills we’ll need once we graduate. Rochelle Bargo Hometown: Hong Kong & the Philippines Major: Electronic Media Journalism & Magazine Journalism Estimated Grad Date: Spring ’11 My host family’s house feels like home. The people I know here feel so much like home. I am here to break stereotypes, and give something unique that the media doesn’t give you. Awab Al-rawe Hometown: Baghdad, iraq Major: Undeclared, but probably International Studies Estimated Grad Date: Spring ‘13