Graduate Application Instructions
A candidate for admission to the graduate program must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year university, and is recommended to have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.30 or better for all academic work. The application deadline is January 5th for admission the following Fall term.
The International Studies Graduate Application is primarily an online process. You may upload PDF copies of your statement of purpose and resume. Your recommendation letter writers may upload PDF copies of your recommendation letters. You are responsible for making sure your test scores are reported through Educational Testing Services, and that your official transcripts are mailed both to the Office of the Registrar (degree transcript only) and to the Department of International Studies (all pertinent college/university transcripts). See addresses below.
Step One: Before You Apply
- GRE Test or a Writing Sample
**INDICATORS OF CAPACITY FOR SUCCESS**
Traditionally programs like ours have used the GRE as a key indicator of an applicant’s capacity for the kind of focused, informed and goal oriented work graduate level study requires. While we see value in this type of assessment, we are aware of its intellectual limits, and we are sensitive to the logistical and financial challenges it may present for people applying to our program. In our experience we have found that substantive writing samples can offer an equally valid and informative indicator of the potential for success in our program. For these reasons we allow applicants to choose to submit a) GRE scores or b) a writing sample.If you decide on the writing sample, select your submission carefully in order to give the faculty a good sense of your ability to craft a clear written argument. The sample may be an academic paper (a class paper or thesis), or another format that demonstrates your analytical writing abilities (e.g.: a policy brief or published news story). Please do not submit a document longer than 7,000 words (a maximum of 20 pages of double-spaced 12-point font). Shorter pieces or extracts of longer pieces are acceptable. Should you excerpt from a longer work (e.g. an undergraduate or M.A. thesis), please include a brief explanatory note providing the context of the selection and a description of the scope and argument of the larger work. Plagiarized samples will disqualify the applicant. This upload is separate from the “Personal Statement/Written Essay” upload. So if you use this option, your application will have 2 writing uploads.If you decide to take the GRE, we suggest you take the exam 4- 6 weeks before the application deadline of January 5. We must receive your official scores via Educational Testing Services no later than January 5. GRE scores must be reported to the University of Oregon (code 4846).
- TOEFL or IELTS – International students and applicants whose native language is not English must show proof of language proficiency by passing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). TOEFL minimum scores – 575 on the paper-based test or 90 on the internet-based test.
IELTS minimum scores – (Academic module) overall band score for graduate admission is 7.0.We suggest you take the exam 4- 6 weeks before the application deadline of January 5. We must receive your official scores no later than January 5. TOEFL or IELTS Waiver – international students who have graduated from an accredited 4-year U.S. university or from one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom are not required to take the TOEFL or IELTS.
- Grade Point Average – It is recommended that you have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.30 or better for all college/university academic work.
- Transcripts – Applicants must submit official final transcripts from all colleges or universities where they received a bachelor’s degree and all subsequent degrees. Transcripts must show degrees awarded. Required documents must be sent directly from the institution to the Office of the Registrar in a sealed envelope OR issued by the institution in a signed/sealed envelope and mailed, unopened, by the student to the Office of the Registrar:
Office of the Registrar
5257 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403
**The University of Oregon Graduate School provides instructions on submitting official transcripts.
- Electronic Transcripts: If the applicant’s degree institutions offer official electronic copies sent by a secured provider (i.e. National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment, Scrip Safe, etc.), they may have them sent to email@example.com directly from the institution. These are subject to review and verification of authenticity. We cannot accept PDF attachments sent via email. Transcripts sent from international institutions typically do not meet requirements to be sent electronically.Applicant’s Own Transcript: Applicants should not send their own original documents to the Office of the Registrar or the Graduate School. Original documents will not be returned and will not be considered to be official documents. If you are not able to have your documents sent directly from the institution in a sealed envelope, please consult the contact information at the bottom of this page.International students must submit the final transcripts in both the original language and an official English translation.
Please review the link below on the Graduate School website for detailed instructions on providing your official transcript. Official transcripts must be in the degree-conferring institution’s officially sealed/signed envelope and mailed unopened to the Office of the Registrar.
Late Graduation – If you have not graduated at the time of application, please send transcripts showing latest term completed. If you are accepted for admission, your official degree transcript must be sent as soon as you have graduated.
Step Two: Apply Online
- The University of Oregon Application to the Graduate School (and to the International Studies program) is found at the following link:
- An application fee of $70 (for domestic applicants) must accompany this application.
NOTE: (International applicants pay a $90 application fee)
- If you are an international student and do not have a social security number, leave that line blank.
The Graduate School may waive the application fee, if you qualify. Check out link below to find out: 1) if you qualify 2) type of waiver for which you qualify, and 3) how to apply for the waiver.
Some waivers are limited; others are unlimited. Check to see which circumstance (if any) applies to you.
Additionally, an approved waiver is not applied to your application until after you submit the application. https://gradschool.uoregon.edu/applicationfeewaivers
- Special area: tell us which part(s) of the world you expect to focus your studies
- Languages (other than English that you can read with competence): please list your second language(s) here.
- RESUME – a comprehensive post-high school employment and educational resume
- PERSONAL STATEMENT – a written essay, composed according to the following guidelines:
- How your background and experience lead you to an interest in this interdisciplinary international studies graduate program.
- Be sure to mention how you see this program addressing your professional goals.
- Describe the particular topic or issues you hope to address in your graduate studies, and
- Discuss how the topic or issues relate to the program, its curriculum, and its faculty.
Header for both resume and personal statement should include:
- Your Name,
- Your Area of International Studies Focus,
- Your Country/Region of Focus,
- Language(s) you read with competence
Letters of Recommendation:
- If you have paper copies of recommendation letters, you may send these by mail to the International Studies program at the address listed above for sending transcripts. You will still list all the information about your letter writer in the online form. There is a check-box for “Send by Mail” on the online form.
- We encourage you to do this step early in your application process, to allow letter writers as much time as possible to upload their recommendations.
- Three letters of recommendation from references who can evaluate your academic potential will be uploaded by your letter of recommendation writer after you’ve completed entering the following information for each: name, position, institution, street address, telephone and email. We will contact each letter writer, and ask her/him to upload her/his recommendation.
For Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RCPVs)
If you are a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV), you may apply to enter the International Studies Graduate Program as a Coverdell Fellow. Do not start your application until you have received the fee waiver login.
In order to receive an application fee waiver, you *must* complete this process first, before beginning your application:
Please obtain the following:
Description of Service document signed by the country director from the RPCV’s country of service – verifying your participation, and dates of service. Send these to: firstname.lastname@example.org (our graduate coordinator, Hope Marston).
Once your fee waiver has been approved, you’ll receive a login to begin your application. This login must be used in order to receive the fee wavier.
You will not receive a fee waiver unless you apply, using a special login. Do not start your application until you have the fee waiver login.
More information at this link re: the Coverdell Fellows Program at International Studies.
Step Three: For International Students
U.S. Government regulations require that the University of Oregon verify the availability of sufficient financial support for non-immigrant students before a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 or DS-2019) can be issued. International students must submit supporting financial documents (e.g., Graduate Employee position (GE) appointment contract, scholarship award letter) and/or bank statements to the Office of Admissions after applying. Students planning to be sponsored by an agency, government or other sponsor should have proof of financial support sent from the sponsoring agency (e.g., a letter from the sponsor and copies of the sponsor’s bank statement).
Documents can be emailed to: email@example.com or mailed to the Office of Admissions.
Contact the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions regarding the financial verification requirement. (NOTE: this is technically not an admissions requirement, but is a requirement in order to issue a visa.)
International applicants must provide this information to Admissions using the Supplementary Application Financial Statement for International Students,http://gradweb.uoregon.edu/online_app/application/FinancialStatement.pdf This information is required after you have received a letter offering admission and have accepted admission.
The Graduate School maintains a webpage with additional information for International applicants: https://gradschool.uoregon.edu/international
Questions about the International Studies Application Process
International Studies Graduate Coordinator
Phone: 541 346-5052