OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Taking Classes

Enrollment and Taking Classes at Oregon State University

International Scholars and dependents may want to take a class or classes at Oregon State University or a different institution during their stay in the United States.

If you are in the United States in any non-student visa status it is critical that you consult with your Immigration advising office before applying for admission. Please be aware that only certain visa types allow an individual to pursue coursework. Consequences of taking classes may result in failure to maintain visa status.

Visa Type

Allowed to Take Classes (part-time)?

Allowed to pursue a degree (full-time)?

Eligible for on-campus student employment?

Eligible to apply for post-graduation work authorization?

Where to go for advice

B-1/B-2

No

No

No

No

n/a

F-1, J-1/ J-2 Students/Dependents with OSU-sponsored status documents

Yes

Yes

Yes, with authorization

Only F-1 and J-1 students may apply

International Student Advising & Services (ISAS)

F-2 Dependents

Yes, part-time only (9 credits)

No

No

No

International Student Advising & Services (ISAS)

J-1, H-1B, E-3, TN with OSU-sponsored status documents

*Yes, in some cases

**See note below

No

No

International Scholar & Faculty Services (ISFS)

J-2, E-3D with OSU-sponsored status documents

Yes

Yes

***See note below.

No

International Scholar & Faculty Services

H-4, TD with OSU-sponsored status documents

Yes

Yes

No

No

International Scholar & Faculty Services

Non-OSU visa holders

Maybe, check with sponsor

Maybe

Maybe

Maybe

Program (visa) sponsor

Other Visa Types Sponsored by OSU (PP, PR, L2, etc.)

Contact International Student Advising & Services (ISAS)

  *J-1 Professor, Research Scholar, Short Term Scholar, and Student Intern categories

The primary purpose of exchange visitors in these categories is research and/or interning.  Visitors may take classes related to their research program or internship as long as their original program is not delayed or interrupted by part-time study. 

  • OSU Courses: OSU policy limits course load to 6 graduate or 8 undergraduate credits per academic term. Before enrolling in classes, scholars must register as non-degree students.  Apply to OSU online by visiting admissions.
  • English Courses: OSU policy limits course load to 9 credits of English Language per term. Apply for INTO-OSU English Language classes through International Admissions.
  • Other Courses: Linn-Benton Community College Admissions.

**If enrollment in classes becomes the primary objective for a J-1 scholar, then the J-1 category may no longer be appropriate. A change of status type may be needed and the scholar is requested to contact ISFS about his/her situation.

 

J-2 and E-3D Dependents

J-2 Exchange Visitors may enroll as degree or non-degree seeking students on a full or part-time basis. Learn more about dependent benefits.  

***Dependent Employment Authorization

J-2 or E-3D dependents are eligible for on-campus student employment positions (if they are enrolled in at least 1 credit at OSU) or off-campus employment only if they have applied for work authorization and received an Employment Authorization Document.

 

Important Consideration for Dependents

While E-3D, F-2, J-2, H-4, and TD dependents may take classes and even pursue a degree, they are NOT eligible for the same kinds of benefits that they would be if in a student visa category.  Talking with an international student advisor about your options may be helpful in making a decision about your visa status and future plans.