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International Programs

The Division of International Programs plays a leadership and collaborative role in the university’s comprehensive internationalization strategy by advancing international education for U.S. and international students, scholars and faculty; furthering the integration of global learning in OSU’s teaching, research and outreach; and promoting OSU as a premier international research university through partnerships and regional initiatives. The division is led by the vice provost for International Programs, and includes the Offices of International Student Advising and Services (ISAS), International Degree (ID), OSU Global Opportunities (OSU GO), and International Scholar and Faculty Services (ISFS).

The division works collaboratively with INTO Oregon State University, the university center that offers a range of English language programs including preparatory programs for international students aiming to enter OSU at both graduate and undergraduate levels via pathway programs, rather than via direct admission. As part of this collaboration, the vice provost has oversight responsibilities for INTO OSU Academic Programs and International Admissions.


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OSU Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO)

Krista Lane, Director
Ken Smith, Associate Director

University Plaza
1600 SW Western Blvd., Suite 290
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon 97331
Phone: Ken Smith, Associate Director, 541-737-6463
Website: http://international.oregonstate.edu/osugo

OSU Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) is the centralized hub for supporting students and faculty who wish to explore, travel, study, and go global: whether studying abroad in diverse countries, participating in specialized international internships, joining service-learning and experiential programs that delve into unique projects and communities, and/or conducting comprehensive and rigorous international research. OSU GO is committed to supporting the university’s goal of tripling student study abroad participation over the next 3 to 5 years.

Overseas Study, Exchange, and Internship Programs

OSU students may broaden their education by taking part in one or a number of OSU GO’s international study programs. Many of the programs allow qualified students from a wide variety of disciplines to earn academic credit from Oregon State University while pursuing their studies internationally. For academic programs approved for OSU credit, financial aid may apply to help cover the costs. In addition, the previous Oregon University System International Programs office, now IE3 Global, is the programmatic development unit within OSU GO to support the strategic mission of study abroad.

IE3 Global offers wide and diverse program options for OSU students, from direct exchange, study abroad, faculty-led, international internships, and research and sabbatical opportunities. Furthermore, IE3 Global within OSU GO is working with colleges and departments on new program opportunities, development, and implementation that aligns with OSU’s strategic internationalization goals and evolving curriculum.

More information about OSU GO programs can be obtained from Ken Smith, OSU GO Associate Director, by writing to ken.smith@ie3global.org or calling 541-737-6463.


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International Scholar and Faculty Services (ISFS)

Charlotte Ross, Director

University Plaza
1600 SW Western Blvd., Suite 190
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon 97331
charlotte.ross@oregonstate.edu
541-737-3006
Fax: 541-737-6482
Website: http://international.oregonstate.edu/isfs

International Scholar and Faculty Services (ISFS) assists departments, units and colleges by advising on immigration regulations and visa options for visiting scholars and international hires. ISFS prepares and files the petitions and applications with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Department of Labor (DOL), Department of State and other government agencies. ISFS represents OSU in working with USCIS and other government agencies, and ensures that the university complies with laws and regulations in processing employment-based visa petitions. ISFS represents OSU in working with the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security in the administration of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program through which we host visiting scholars, professors, interns, and exchange students. ISFS serves as a resource to the campus community by providing immigration-related advice on university-wide issues.


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International Student Advising and Services (ISAS)

Rachael Weber, Interim Director

University Plaza
1600 SW Western Blvd., Suite 130
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon 97331
rachael.weber@oregonstate.edu
541-737-6310
Fax: 541-737-6226
Website: http://international.oregonstate.edu/isas

International Student Advising and Services (ISAS) provides a variety of services to international students, including advising on immigration issues, financial and academic concerns, cultural adjustment, and personal issues. The unit is responsible for maintaining regulatory compliance and integrity of OSU’s F-1 and J-1 student programs*. Staff serves as a liaison and resource to OSU colleges and departments, community groups, and US and foreign government agencies and sponsors to promote the interests of the OSU international student population. The unit maintains strong ties with international sponsoring agencies which provide a large and diverse population of students from traditionally under-represented countries. Staff provides outreach and conducts trainings and workshops for OSU faculty, staff and students on regulatory issues, employment, and cross-cultural competency. ISAS collaborates with INTO OSU to offer quarterly orientation programs for incoming students to help provide successful transition to the US/OSU educational system. Staff also works closely with INTO OSU to streamline services and programs to better serve all international students and their families at Oregon State University. At present, there are approximately 4,000 international students from over 95 countries studying in degree-seeking, exchange, English language, and academic preparation programs at Oregon State University.

* ISAS manages select merit and financial need-based scholarships for international students, including the International Cultural Series Program (ICSP).


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International Degree

Laurie Lewis, Senior Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives
Nicholas Fleury, Head Advisor
nicholas.fleury@oregonstate.edu

International Degree and Education Abroad
University Plaza
1600 SW Western Blvd., Suite 130
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon 97331
541-737-3006
Website: http://international.oregonstate.edu/id


Undergraduate Major

International Studies (BA, HBA) (Major code 910)


The International Degree is Oregon State University’s unique double-degree program. It allows any interested undergraduate student the opportunity to explore the international dimensions of any primary major. International Degree students complete Advanced Proficiency in a Second Language, Four additional Baccalaureate Core Courses in International Studies, an International Experience, and a Senior Thesis.

As an International Degree participant, you will earn two degrees. The first degree, the primary degree, will be your chosen major in any department on campus. The International Degree, or concurrent degree, will be in International Studies in your primary degree department.

For example, if your primary degree is a BS in Environmental Sciences, then the International Degree would be a BA in International Studies in Environmental Sciences.

Admission Requirements to the International Degree Program

  1. A minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA after completing at least 32 credits of college-level courses and good standing within your department, college and the university. The dean of your college may give you special consideration if you fall below this minimum. See the International Degree office for more information about this process.
  2. Proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to that attained by the end of a second-year language sequence at OSU*. This may be met in one of the following ways:
    1. 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;

    2. Completion of the AP College Board test in a foreign language with a score of 4 or 5;

    3. Completion of the third term of a second-year foreign language sequence at OSU or another accredited university with a GPA of 3.0 or better. This course must constitute a minimum of 4 quarter or 3 semester credits.

    4. 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. This course must constitute a minimum of 3 quarter or 2 semester credits.

    5. An international student whose native language is not English who wishes to use English to satisfy the foreign language entrance requirement will have satisfied the requirement upon admission to OSU.

  3. Meet any additional requirements established by your major department or college.

Special Notes about Admission

If you change majors after admission to the International Degree Program, you will have to reapply for admission to the International Degree Program in your new department.

If you are pursuing two 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 your advisors before determining where to apply.

*You may be admitted to the program as a pre-International Degree student if you meet all the requirements listed above except for the two-year language requirement.


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General International Degree Requirements

  1. You must successfully complete all departmental, college, and institutional requirements for your primary degree.
  2. You must also complete a minimum of 32 credits in residence beyond the minimum 180 to 204 credits required for most primary degrees. Courses taken through an OSU-sponsored program abroad are considered in-residence credits. Depending on the level of previous foreign language study and experience abroad, you could take anywhere from a minimum of 32 additional credits to a maximum range of 70-plus additional credits to complete the degree.
  3. Additional International Degree requirements may be established for your primary degree, so check with your major advisor or the International Degree contact in your department to make sure that you know what they are and that you are able to complete them. When you meet with your advisor, have a transcript in hand.
  4. As is currently true for all degrees, your academic dean will verify that you have completed the International Degree requirements. The graduation audit will be done along with and in the same fashion as for your primary degree by your major department. Confirmation of the International Degree will be appropriately noted on your transcripts, and you will receive separate diplomas.

Specific International Degree Requirements

  1. You must demonstrate advanced level achievement or proficiency in a foreign language in one of the approved ways. Typically, this requirement is met by completing the third term of a fourth-year language sequence at OSU. Students must take language courses for letter grades and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Exceptions may be considered only by petition (see International Degree office for details). To find out about additional ways to demonstrate advanced proficiency, contact the International Degree office.

  2. You must successfully complete a minimum of four courses selected from the baccalaureate core curriculum, with the approval of your departmental International Degree advisor. These courses are in addition to the university’s baccalaureate core requirements. The International Degree course requirements from the baccalaureate core are as follows:
    • One course selected from the Western Culture category (3–4 credits);
    • Two courses selected from the Cultural Diversity category (6–8 credits);
    • One course selected from the Western Culture, Cultural Diversity, or Contemporary Global issues categories (3–4 credits). Note: Not all four courses may focus on the same culture or language. For example, you cannot take all four of the additional baccalaureate core courses focusing on Spanish speaking countries/peoples.
    • To see the entire baccalaureate core list go to http://catalog.oregonstate.edu/BCC.aspx.
  3. The third requirement of the degree is to spend a minimum of 10 weeks in a country where your International Degree language is spoken and be engaged in a study abroad program, an international internship or an international research project.

  4. The final requirement for the degree is to prepare a rigorous and integrative senior thesis, which demonstrates a fundamental and comprehensive understanding of global issues and of the international dimensions of your primary degree. Requirements for the senior thesis include successful completion of INTL 407, Seminar: International Issues: Introduction to Thesis for 1 credit, and 3 to 6 credits of 403 (Thesis) in your department.

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Graduation Language Requirements

Students must demonstrate advanced level achievement or proficiency in a single foreign language in one of the following ways:

  • Completion of a fourth-year foreign language sequence (designated 411, 412, 413) at OSU with a minimum 3.00 GPA cumulative in all foreign language courses. Courses must be taken for a letter grade and may not be graded S/U.
  • Completion of a fourth-year foreign language sequence at another accredited university with a minimum 3.00 GPA, in a program in which the combined third-year and fourth-year language courses constitute a minimum of 18 quarter or 12 semester credits.
  • Completion of a minimum of 9 quarter (6 semester) credits with a minimum 3.00 GPA, at Oregon State University or another accredited university, of any 400-level course work (in any discipline) taught in a foreign language, if approved by the student's primary degree department or school.
  • Demonstration of end of fourth-year level proficiency in a foreign language by successful completion of an achievement test administered by the School of Language, Culture, and Society at OSU.
  • Demonstration of fourth-year level proficiency in a foreign language as evidenced by an oral proficiency test administered by a certified foreign language proficiency tester that is approved by the OSU School of Language, Culture, and Society. 
  • For languages not offered at OSU, the requirement may also be completed by a minimum of nine-month residency (study, research, work), after fulfilling the foreign language entrance requirement, in a country in which the language is spoken.
  • Completion of a minimum of one term international internship using the target language after completion of a third-year language sequence (311, 312, 313) at OSU with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.

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Experience Abroad

Students must spend a minimum of 10 weeks in another country where the language used to meet the International Degree requirement is spoken and be engaged in one of the following:

  • A study abroad program offered by OSU, another university, or a program designed by the student. Programs administered by other universities or those designed by students must be approved by the International Degree Program and the student's primary department. Currently OSU has university-sponsored programs in over 70 countries.
  • An international internship or work program that receives academic credit, such as the IE3 Global Internship Program offered by OSU.
  • A pre-approved research project abroad.
  • Previous international experience, such as the Peace Corps, approved by the primary academic department and the International Degree Program.

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Senior Thesis

The final requirement for the degree is to prepare a rigorous and integrative senior thesis that demonstrates a fundamental and comprehensive understanding of global issues and of the international dimensions of your primary degree. This thesis places your academic discipline in an international context, often in a comparative fashion. Because it fulfills the writing intensive course requirement for the International Degree, it will involve multiple drafts and revisions. The final product will represent polished, formal writing, in a format appropriate to your academic field.

Dual Thesis Requirements:

You may write one thesis to meet the International Degree requirement and the thesis requirement in your department. If you will complete a senior thesis to meet another academic requirement in your primary degree, it is important to consult with academic advisors in your major as well as in the International Degree office.

• Example: If you are in the University Honors College, you will work with both the Honors College and the International Degree office to ensure that you fulfill both sets of requirements.

Thesis proposal: A copy of the thesis proposal form will be on file in the International Degree Program office. The topic will evolve as you work, and may change substantially, but identifying an appropriate advisor and developing a proposal form are crucial steps in your progress toward completion of the thesis requirement of the International Degree. If your thesis ideas change significantly, it is important to file a revised proposal with the International Degree Program office.

Thesis credit: Before graduating, you will spend two to three terms working on the thesis and will receive credits through your major department. You will register for a minimum of 3 thesis credits under the department prefix appropriate to your major (403), with your thesis advisor as the professor of record. These credits may be distributed over multiple terms, and you may receive an incomplete for the credits taken during the earlier term(s) until you have finished your thesis work. You will register for these credits during the year you plan to complete your thesis work, as incomplete grades should be removed within 12 months. Please note that credits for which you receive an incomplete do not count toward credits satisfactorily completed during that term. If you receive financial aid, you should plan ahead to ensure that this does not affect your aid eligibility.

Example: If you are a sociology major, you would register for a minimum of 3 credits of SOC 403. If you are a mathematics major, you would register for MTH 403. Some departments already have a thesis course listed in the schedule of classes, but other departments may ask the registration schedule desk to set up a CRN for that course number during the term(s) for which you wish to register for thesis credit.

These credits may be graded or pass/no pass. If you and your advisor agree that the scope of your thesis warrants additional credit, and your college and department's policies allow it, you may register for additional credits. The suggested maximum is 6 credits.

Colleges, departments, or advisors may elect to set different requirements for thesis credits that meet the needs of their programs. In this case, the requirements or preferences of the college/department take precedence over general International Degree requirements.

Requirements for the Senior Thesis Include:

Thesis class: As a part of your program, you will enroll in the 1-credit class INTL 407, Seminar: International Issues: Introduction to Thesis, offered on a pass/no pass grading basis. The course is offered twice a year during fall and winter terms. It is designed to help you define and focus your areas of interest, get an overview of research methods, develop your thesis ideas, identify a suitable advisor in your major department who will assist you throughout the process, complete a thesis proposal form, and develop a realistic and effective timetable for completion. During this course, you will receive a copy of the guide, Preparing a Senior Thesis, and an advisor information sheet, which will help you and your advisor as you work on your thesis. Note: If you are also a student in the University Honors College, you may enroll in either the UHC thesis class or the International Degree Program’s thesis class.

Final thesis: This represents polished, formal writing. Theses average 30 to 50 pages, but to ensure fulfillment of the WIC requirement, even a thesis with a nonverbal component such as art, music, or photography must include a minimum of 8 to 10 pages of formal writing and place the thesis in the appropriate historical/cultural context by incorporating and documenting outside sources.

• Example: A graphic arts student who interned in Russia compared contemporary posters in the U.S. and Russia, and displayed examples. He also wrote an analysis of his findings.

Presentation: When your thesis is complete, you will make a public presentation of your work. The format may vary depending on your topic and your own preferences, but you will present your thesis to a group including your advisor, other interested faculty in your department, representatives of the International Degree program, and other guests whom you may want to invite.

Final copies of the log and thesis must be turned in to your major department and the International Degree office two weeks prior to the date that grades are due for graduating seniors for the term you plan to graduate. This is usually a week before finals week.

Additional College and Departmental Requirements

Foreign Language Majors

To earn the International Degree you must complete the second foreign language required of a language major through the fourth-year level. You must also spend two 10-week periods abroad, one in each of the countries where the two languages you are studying are spoken. For example, if you are a German major and have decided to take Russian as your second foreign language, you must complete the 400-level Russian course and study abroad in both Germany and Russia.

Additionally, you may not complete major/minor requirements without taking upper-division courses in the OSU School of Language, Culture, and Society even if you complete the hour requirements abroad.

College of Forestry Majors

As part of the four additional baccalaureate core courses required for the International Degree, you must take FE/FOR 456, *International Forestry (3).

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Scholarships

In support of the overseas learning experience, the International Degree Program has funds available to assist students traveling abroad and to assist with costs associated with research for your thesis. These are awarded on a competitive basis. Please talk to the International Degree office for more information.


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