Visiting International Student Program

Study Abroad at an American university

The Visiting International Student Program (VISP) allows you to take OSU credit-bearing courses in various departments at Oregon State University including liberal arts, business, engineering, public policy and the sciences.

The VISP is designed for students who want one or more terms of study abroad experience at a top US university. The program provides you with a classic American university experience while taking a variety of credit-bearing classes. You will have access to all the support services available at the university and INTO OSU, including exceptional one-on-one tutoring, social and cultural trips and more. Intensive English courses are available but are not a mandatory part of the program. 

Courses taken are transferrable in accordance with articulation policies of your home university. All courses taken as part of the VISP are credit-bearing (except intensive English courses, if selected). You should coordinate with your home university to ensure courses taken through VISP are transferrable to their degree.

NOTE: The Visiting International Student Program is not a route to degree-seeking programs at OSU. VISP students who wish to pursue a degree at OSU must apply separately and meet all admission requirements.


Visiting International Student Program

What will I study?

INTO OSU has partnered with the OSU College of Liberal Arts to make a wide range of courses available to VISP students. A selection of available courses is listed below. Other courses may be available in the College of Liberal Arts by special arrangement.

Sample Course Offerings: 

The following list of Visiting International Student Program courses is only a representative sample. Other courses may be available.

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

FILM 125

Introduction to Film Studies: 1945-Present 3


Religion in the US 4

PSY 201

General Psychology 3

SOC 206

Social Problems and Issues 3

ART 101

Introduction to Visual Arts 4

SOC 204

Introduction to Sociology 3

TA 147

Introduction to the Theater 3



Visiting International Student Program

How do I qualify?

Academic entry requirements: 3.0 High School GPA or completion of at least one year of study at a university overseas with a minimum GPA of 2.25
English language entry requirements: TOEFL iBT 80 (minimum 16 subscores) (PBT 550) or IELTS 6.5 or completion of Academic English level 6*
Age requirement: 16 years old

*If students do not meet the language requirement, Study Abroad with English is available.


Visiting International Student Program

When can I start?

2017-18 Dates and Prices

START DATE 1 Term 2 Terms 3 Terms
Winter term: January 3, 2018
Spring term: March 28, 2018
Summer term: June 20, 2018
$9,996 $19,992 $29,988

2018-19 Dates and Prices

START DATE 1 Term 2 Terms 3 Terms
Fall term: September 13, 2018
Winter term: January 2, 2019
Spring term: March 27, 2019
Summer term: June 19, 2019
$10,300 $20,600 $30,900

Program Duration

A minimum of 1 term (approximately 3 months or 11 weeks)


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