International Students

Departmental Admissions Process

Direct departmental application questions to the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Jeffrey Librett, and make sure to check out our website for further information.

University Admissions Process

International applicants must also complete the university admission process:


A satisfactory command of the English language is required for admission to the University of Oregon. Applicants whose native language is not English must show proof of language proficiency through one of the following three methods:

TOEFL ScoreMinimum Score: 88 (internet-Based)
IELTS ScoreMinimum Score: 7.0 overall band score
Degree from English-speaking countrySubmit degree transcripts proving that you have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from an institution in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.

Financial Statement

The Office of Admissions requires international students to provide evidence of financial support for all anticipated educational and living expenses for the first year of study in the United States before an I-20 can be prepared. The I-20 is the document required to apply for an F-1 student visa. Graduate applicants offered admission to the Dept. of German & Scandinavian typically receive a Graduate Employee (GE) contract that covers the financial requirements for the I-20. If you are admitted, the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) office will contact you about the financial requirements. You need to submit all documents directly to the ISSS office. You can find more information on their website:

Official Transcripts

To be admitted to the Graduate School for the purpose of seeking an advanced degree or certificate, the applicant must have an accredited degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree from an institution of recognized standing. Official transcripts with certified English translations are required.

Graduate School and Office of Admissions approval

The next step is the Graduate School and the Office of Admissions reviews the applications to see if all required documents have been received and all requirements have been met. The Office of Admissions will not formally admit or send an I-20 until all required documents have been received and approved.  Please note the department is not responsible for issuing the I-20.

Sending the I-20

Once admitted by the Graduate School and the Office of Admissions, the applicant will receive a letter and immigration packet from the University of Oregon. The packet can be sent by express mail. That information will be provided once the I-20 is made by the ISSS office.