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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 15 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 Admissions (degree transcript only) and to the Department of International Studies (all college/university transcripts). See addresses below.

Step One: Before You Apply

  1. GRE Test – All applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). We suggest you take the exam 4- 6 weeks before the application deadline of January 15.  We must receive your official scores via Educational Testing Services no later than January 15.  GRE scores must be reported to the University of Oregon (code 4846) or to International Relations (1901).
  2. TOEFL – International students and applicants whose native language is not English must show proof of language proficiency by passing theTest 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 15.  We must receive your official scores no later than January 15. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Transcripts – Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited 4-year university by the time of admission.  International students must submit the final transcripts in both the original language and an official English translation.

Transcripts must be mailed to two locations on the University of Oregon campus:

Office of Admissions – undergraduate transcript showing completed degree.
Send transcript to:

Office of Admissions
1217 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1217

Department of International Studies– all transcripts from college or university course work including the final transcripts for any degree received.  If you are a University of Oregon student, you may order transcripts through DuckWeb.
Send transcript(s) to:

Department of International Studies
ATTN: Graduate Program
5206 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-5206

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

  1. 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: (After July 1, 2017, international applicants will pay a $90 application fee)
  • If you are an international student and do not have a social security number, leave that line blank.

2.       Application components:

  1. Special area:  tell us which part(s) of the world you expect to focus your studies
  2. Languages (other than English that you can read with competence): please list your second language(s) here.


  1. RESUME – a comprehensive post-high school employment and educational resume
  2. PERSONAL STATEMENT – a written essay, composed according to the following guidelines.

Header for both should include:

  • Your Name,
  • Your Area of International Studies Focus,
  • Your Country/Region of Focus,
  • Language(s) you read with competence


Personal Statement/Written Essay should include:

  • 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.

Letters of Recommendation:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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 Teaching Fellowship (GTF) appointment contract, scholarship award letter) and/or bank statements with their applications. 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).

International applicants must provide this information to Admissions using the Supplementary Application Financial Statement for International Students, 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



Questions about the International Studies Application process
Hope Marston
International Studies Graduate Coordinator
Phone: 541 346-5052

Questions about the International Studies Graduate Program
Derrick Hindery
Director of International Studies Graduate Program
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