Programs


You're looking for an exceptional college experience, and Oregon State University is ready to deliver! OSU offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including routes for students who do not meet direct entry requirements.


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Ready to start a degree-seeking program at OSU? Read more about undergraduate offerings at OSU and get started with an application!


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Pathway Programs
Combining intensive English courses with OSU academic courses, students who complete the 3 term Pathway program enter their desired OSU degree program with excellent English and study skill preparation.


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Graduate Programs
If you're looking to continue your education with a Master's degree, the OSU Graduate School can help. The Office of International Admissions handles MBA and Graduate Pathway admissions. All other graduate fields of study are handled by the OSU Graduate School.


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English Programs
Looking to study English for a short time, or eventually enter a US univeristy? Our Academic and General English programs provide intesive English language training and may be right for you.


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Study Abroad with English
A long-term program that combines Academic English language study with OSU undergraduate courses. With approval from your home university, the academic courses you take can be transferred to your undergraduate degree.


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College Year Abroad: The American University Experience
A long-term program that immerses students in the university experience. General English courses combined with placement with an American roommate, native English conversation practice, access to all OSU facilities and flexible start dates give students an experience integrated with the American community.

College Year Abroad

Program Description
College Year Abroad is a long-term General English program for students who want to fully experience the American university. As with regular General English students, College Year Abroad students have access to all the same resources and amenities as all other university students including:

Many College Year Abroad students who choose to live on campus will be placed with an American roommate. Conversation groups give students the opportunity to meeting domestic students and practice their English. And special trips and activities planned by INTO OSU will ensure students get the most out of their study abroad experience!

More info about the College Year Abroad program.

English Programs


At INTO OSU, we deliver programs that promote academic, professional and personal success. Our commitment to providing an outstanding experience makes INTO OSU English language programs an ideal choice for students looking to improve their English skills at a US university. 


Academic English (AE)

Program Description
The Academic English program at INTO Oregon State University prepares international students for university study in the US. The academically rigorous program provides international students with high-quality English language instruction and the academic skills to succeed at OSU through development of:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Standardized test preparation
  • Academic study skills

Program Highlights

  • Intensive English to prepare for university study
  • Academic advising throughout program
  • Small classes of 18-20 students
  • Highly trained and experienced instructors
  • Participation in conversational practice programs

Program Outcomes
After finishing this intensive program, successful students will be able to:

  • Interact in the US classroom with professors and fellow students
  • Understand US values in an academic setting
  • Present their spoken and written ideas accurately and effectively in English
  • Write research papers with proper use of citations and references
  • Use the internet and OSU library databases to conduct academic research
  • Read, understand, and critically evaluate academic texts
  • Understand and use vocanulary common to academic discipines
  • Take useful and accurate notes in lectures and presentations
  • Develop and deliver oral presentations

General English (GE) 

Program Description
The General English program consists of 5-week sessions designed for students of all levels of English who want to develop communication skills in many social and professional situations while learning about American culture. 

Program Highlights

  • English instruction for personal or employment motives
  • Flexible entry dates and duration of study
  • Access to all OSU campus facilities and events
  • Academic advising throughout program
  • Small classes of 18-20 students
  • Use of a fully-equipped Learning Center with state-of-the-art technology
Program Outcomes
The General English program allows students to tailor their program to suit their personal, professional and academic goals.
General English students will be able to:
  • Improve general language proficency in listening, speaking, vocabulary, reading and writing
  • Expand career prospects by improving English language proficiency
  • Develop conversation skills for real-world situations such a greeting, initiating conversation, turn-taking, interrupting, asking for information
  • Read and understand schedules, signs, ads and other authentic materials
  • Understand basic cultural values and behaviors of Americans in order to interact appropriately
  • Have the opportunity to interact with native English speakers
  • Progress to Academic English for further study at OSU

Pathway Programs


INTO OSU's innovative Pathway programs offer students a clear path into undergraduate or graduate study at OSU. Combining intensive English courses with OSU academic courses, students who complete the 3 term Pathway program enter their desired program with excellent English and study skill preparation.

Successful completion of an Undergraduate Pathway program allows students to progress to the second year of their undergraduate degree at Oregon State University in their respective field of study. Successful completion of a Graduate Pathway program secures students a place in full-time graduate studies at Oregon State University in their respective field of study.

Click here to view all available Undergraduate and Graduate Pathway programs at INTOhigher.com.


Undergraduate Pathway Programs 

What is the Undergraduate Pathway program?
INTO Oregon State University’s Undergraduate Pathway programs combine intensive language study, academic skills development and academic coursework in a carefully constructed program designed to move students successfully through the first year of an undergraduate degree program. 

Who is the program for?
The Pathway program is designed for students who want to take the fast-track to success. The program is ideal for students who:

  • Want to study for an undergraduate degree in the US 
  • Need to improve their English language skills
  • Have lower GPAs than required of direct-entry students
  • Desire additional academic, language and cultural support in order to succees during their first year at a US university

What classes will Pathway students take?
The Undergraduate Pathway program is comprised of OSU credit-earning courses in math, science and writing. From the first day of classes, INTO OSU Pathway students study alongside domestic students in many of the same courses.

Conditional Undergraduate Pathway
Academically qualified applicants for Undergraduate Pathway who are unable to provide a language proficiency score (or who provide one that is below the minimum) will be conditionally admitted to the Undergraduate Pathway program and required to complete INTO OSU Academic English through Level 4 before beginning the OSU academic coursework portion of the program.  All students have a study plan and receive academic advising that is reflective of their specific Conditional Undergraduate Pathway program. 


Graduate Pathway Programs 

What is the Graduate Pathway program?
The innovative Graduate Pathway program is a pre-Master’s program that provides international students a direct path to various graduate degrees at the university. The program gives students the academic foundation, essential language skills and GMAT/GRE test preparation to successfully move on to the Master’s degree. 

Who is the program for?
Direct admission to the Graduate School and respective department-based graduate programs at Oregon State University is highly competitive with only the best and most-prepared students being selected. Many students who meet all the minimum entry requirements are not admitted because of the competitive nature of the programs. The Graduate Pathway program is designed for international students who:

  • Require additional preparation to be admitted directly to the Graduate School
  • Fall short of meeting the minimum GPA or test score requirements
  • Need further English development
  • Need to improve study skills for success in their chosen field of study 

What classes will Graduate Pathway students take?
The academic courses included in the Graduate Pathway programs are carefully chosen to ensure success in graduate level studies. Students will be advised on which modules to follow during their academic orientation and the INTO OSU center.

What are the benefits?
Pathway students receive the highest level of support during their transition abroad, making it an ideal choice for international students who are driven to achieve high academic goals. Other benefits include:

  • Assured progression to an OSU graduate program*
  • Up to 40 hours of TOEFL test preparation and GMAT or GRE preparation
  • Dedicated academic adviser and progression adviser to help facilitate transition to the university
  • Pathway peer tutors available to provide additional academic support

Conditional Graduate Pathway
Academically qualified applicants for Graduate Pathway who are unable to provide a language proficiency score (or who provide one that is below the minimum) will be conditionally admitted to the Graduate Pathway program and required to complete INTO OSU Academic English through Level 5 before beginning the OSU academic coursework portion of the program.  All students have a study plan and receive academic advising that is reflective of their specific Conditional Graduate Pathway program.

*Subject to successful completion of Pathway program, achievement of required test scores and subscores and submission of additional application materials

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Study

If you're looking for a classic American university, you've found it in OSU! Our undergraduate programs generally take four years to complete. The minimum GPA to gain entry to OSU as an undergraduate student is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. If your GPA is below a 3.0, you should consider applying to the Undergraduate Pathway program. See below for more information.

For a complete list of classes, visit the undergraduate course catalog here.

Undergraduate Pathway Programs

A combination of intensive English and academic courses, Pathway Programs offer students a clear path to the university. After successfully completing the program, students become degree-seeking students. The academic and English language requirements are lower to enter a Pathway program, giving students an opportunity to enter OSU.

Undergraduate Conditional Admission

The Undergraduate Conditional Admission program is now being offered through the Undergraduate Pathway program which provides appropriate language training and access to academic courses for students who meet GPA and language requirements.  (Please see description of Pathway programs and majors above).  Applicants who submit complete applications on or after December 16th, 2013  will be offered the appropriate Pathway program for the Spring 2014 term and beyond.

Students who plan to receive government sponsorship for their studies from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Libya or Oman that meet the academic requirement for direct undergraduate admission but not the English language requirement will be issued a letter of admission stating academic admissibility for sponsorship purposes. 

Postbaccalaureate

Do you already have a bachelor's degree and are looking to earn a second bachelor's, minor or certificate? You'll enroll as a postbacc student. The requirements are mostly the same as for direct-admit students, but the college you're applying to will make the final admission decision. English language requirements are a TOEFL of 80 or higher with a minimum subscore of 16 in each section, or an IELTS of 6.5. Conditional Admission with low or no TOEFL/IELTS score is not possible. Visit the OSU Postbacc website for more information.


University Honors College

As a small degree-granting college within Oregon State University, the University Honors College (UHC) offers OSU's most prestigious undergraduate degree, the Honors Baccalaureate, in any undergraduate major.

The UHC offers:

The honors community is diverse, supportive and active in the university and the community. The UHC values and embraces a global perspective and welcomes students from all countries and backgrounds.

Admission to the UHC is competitive. Applicants meeting the minimum academic criteria will also be evaluated on their responses to the essay portion of the UHC application and on their non-academic activities and contributions to their communities.

For more information about the UHC, visit oregonstate.edu/dept/honors.

Study Abroad with INTO OSU


Program Description
Study Abroad at INTO OSU is designed for students who want one or more terms of study abroad experience at a top US university. The program provides students with a classic American university experience while taking a variety of classes. Students will have access to all the support services available at the university and INTO OSU, including exceptional one-on-one tutoring, social and cultural trips and more. 

The length of the Study Abroad program will vary depending on a student’s needs. The program can be customized for different levels of English and for specific academic interests.  There are fall, winter, spring and summer start dates available. Additional program and admission information can be found here.
With prior approval from your home university, the academic courses that you will study at OSU can be used to gain credits toward your undergraduate degree in your home country. This program is not designed as a route to degree-seeking OSU programs, though your credits may apply to an OSU degreProgram Description

The length of the Study Abroad program will vary depending on a student’s needs. The program can be customized for different levels of English and for specific academic interests. There are fall, winter, spring and summer start dates available.

With prior approval from your home university, the academic courses that you will study at OSU can be used to gain credits toward your undergraduate degree in your home country. This program is not designed as a route to degree-seeking OSU programs, though your credits may apply to an OSU degree if you seek admission.

This program consists of three parts:

Study Abroad with English (SAWE) Part 1
Students study full-time in the Academic EnglishPart 1 includes full-time intensive study in the Academic English program. Students have an opportunity to progress to Study Abroad with English Part 2 upon successful completion of Academic English level 4 and meeting internal progression criteria. to the level required for taking credit courses at OSU. This intensive program starts at four different entry points during the year, in spring, summer, fall or winter.

Study Abroad with English (SAWE) Part 2
Students are able to select from OSU undergraduate credit bearing courses offered by the College of Liberal Arts courses and study alongside domestic and international students while continuing to take 6 -12 hours of Academic English classes as well. Students have an opportunity to progress to the Visiting International Students Program upon successful completion of Academic English core level 6 courses or ALS160/ALS162 and meeting internal progression criteria.

Visiting International Students Program (VISP)
Students can select from a range of OSU credit-bearing courses offered by the College of Liberal Arts. Optional academic English courses are also available.   

All OSU undergraduate College of Liberal Arts courses taken through the VISP and SAWE Part 2 program are transferrable with prior approval from the student's home university (except intensive English courses, if selectedwhich are not mandatory but are available). For more information please visit intohigher.com/osu/programs.

Departmental approval is required for students seeking to register for a course outside the College of Liberal Arts.

Program details, admission requirements and application materials can be found here.