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Initial Transition Information

International Student Orientation: At the beginning of each term, the International Student Orientation team holds a mandatory orientation program for new international students. This program is designed to provide you with valuable information and facilitate your transition to OSU. By participating in the International Student Orientation, you will gain essential information about:

  • immigration rules and regulations that affect your visa status
  • student health services and health insurance requirements at OSU
  • academic life at OSU 
  • campus and community resources
  • opportunities to meet other new international and domestic students at OSU
  • advising and registration (if you have not done this prior to orientation) 

Visit the Office of International Services website for the most up-to-date information on orientation.

What is a term/quarter system? Oregon State University defines a term (also referred to as a "quarter") as one-third of the academic year, not counting summer. Terms at OSU are divided into fall, winter and spring terms and consist of 11 weeks each, with finals occurring during the last week. OSU Summer Session has several different options for length of courses, varying from one week to 11 weeks.

Why is school spirit important?  In the United State having pride in your school is an important piece in a student feeling a sense of belonging. A sense of belonging strongly correlates to a positive experience. School spirit most often appears in wearing Oregon State clothing or dressing in our school colors which are orange and black. It can also be cheering at sporting events and singing our school fight song to encourage the team.

What is Beaver Nation? Who We Are: GRITTY.  DETERMINED.  CONFIDENT.

Hardworking, always taking action. Every problem is a challenge. Every challenge is an opportunity. Steadfast, with the perseverance to accomplish great things. It’s never too cold, too remote, too windy, too steep, when knowledge is on the line. Positive and unshakable, open to every possibility. There are no setbacks, only resets. And every obstacle is an excuse to try a different path. Want to see a Beaver work twice as hard? Tell them it can’t be done.

Where can my student get help with immigration documents/issues?  For concerns or questions with immigration and documentation your student can contact the Office of International Services.

First-Year Families Information: A student's first year at college is a time of tremendous growth and development. The success of this first year are the building blocks of a student's time at Oregon State University. Family support is critical to the transition.  

Continuing Student Information

My student is talking about changing their major? A student’s academic program encompasses the degree, major, minor and any options they are pursuing in their studies at OSU. They can utilize the general catalog, advising resources and MyDegrees to track their program requirements and make decisions regarding changes to their program.

  • Undergraduate students who wish to change their academic program follow the process outlined by the Office of the Registrar. 
  • Graduate students who wish to change their academic program should consult the Graduate School Office’s change of degree/major procedures.

Where can my students work while in the US? International students seeking employment, either on-campus or off-campus, must follow both University and Federal regulations governing international student employment. 

What is Commencement? Oregon State University grants and congratulates over 3,000 new graduates with bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees each spring. Learn about Commencement, a graduation ceremony to celebrate students' achievements. 

Second-Year Families and Beyond: Even though a student has completed their first year at Oregon State, there are still a variety of transitions and things that arise for students. Our hope is that as students continue their time here at Oregon State they begin to establish their own network of support within the university.  There are many ways that this can evolve and transform over time. They may start getting more involved with a club or organization within their major, research, or their job (especially if they are working on campus).