The International Degree allows you to become an expert in an international context of your subject, putting you a step ahead of most of your peers in language skills, research and writing experience, intercultural experience, communication and understanding.
How do you join?
You must apply for admission to the ID program and be a current student with a declared major in any of the eight undergraduate colleges at OSU. Admission requirements include:
- At least 32 credits of college-level coursework completed, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and
- Completion of 213 in your foreign language, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or other evidence)
- Meet with the ID advisor to review graduation requirements and discuss integration with your primary major requirements
If you meet those requirements, just submit the application (pdf) to the front desk as you enter Suite 130 in University Plaza, 1600 SW Western Blvd.
We'll review and forward it on to your academic department for approval. They will send it back to us and we will inform you of the outcome!
You may be admitted to the program as a pre-International Degree student if you meet all the requirements listed above except completion of the two year language requirement. You will be accepted with conditional status and be eligible for all program benefits except scholarships.
Proficiency equal to 213 may be evidenced by the following:
- Successful completion of four or more years of consecutive study of the same foreign language at the high school level preceding admission to Oregon State University;
- Completion of the AP College Board test in a foreign language with a score of 4 or 5;
- Completion of the third term of a second-year foreign language sequence at OSU or at another accredited university with a GPA of 3.0 or better. For this course to count it must constitute a minimum of 4 quarter or 3 semester hours.
- Completion of one term of a third-year foreign language course (i.e., any course designated 311, 312 or 313) at OSU or another accredited university with a GPA of 3.0 or better. For this course to count it must constitute a minimum of 3 quarter or 2 semester hours.
- If you are a foreign student whose native language is not English and you wish to use English to satisfy the foreign language entrance requirement, you will have satisfied the entrance requirement upon admission to OSU.
- For any language not offered at OSU, you may satisfy the foreign language entrance requirement by either:
- Demonstrating end of second-year level proficiency in a foreign language by passing a proficiency test administered by a certified international language proficiency tester; or
- Demonstrating end of second-year level achievement in a foreign language through successfully completing an achievement test administered by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at OSU.
Special Notes about Admission
If you change majors after admission to the International Degree Program, you will have to re-apply for admission to the International Degree Program in your new department.
If you are pursuing two or more degrees besides the International Degree, you only need to apply for the International Degree in one department. The choice of departments is up to you, but you should consult with your academic advisor(s) before determining where to apply.