Immigration FAQs

Update on Status of Executive Order
For Students
For Departments
For Employees
Responses to Immigration Enforcement
Allies and Supporters of UO’s Global Community


Update on Statuses of January 25 and March 6, 2017  Immigration Executive Order

On March 15th, a U.S. District Court in Hawaii issued a nationwide order that temporarily blocked the implementation of key sections of a March 6th Executive Order that placed restrictions on admittance of immigrants and refugees. This ruling was followed by a similar order issued by another U.S. District Court in Maryland.  

Although the March 6th order is temporarily blocked, the UO remains quite cautious considering the uncertain political and legal environment surrounding the multiple Executive Orders that seek to establish additional guidelines for admittance of immigrants and refugees into the U.S.  The UO suggests that students, faculty, and staff that could be affected by the March 6th order consult closely with the international support team at UO and independent immigration counsel.

On March 6th, 2017, the US presidential administration issued a new executive order which superseded a previous January 27, 2017 executive order which had been blocked by federal courts.

The new executive order established additional guidelines for admittance of immigrants and refugees into the U.S. It was scheduled to take effect on March 16th, 2017.

The March 6th order established a 90-day ban on issuance of visas to individuals from 6 countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen).  This ban applies to nationals from those six countries who:

  • are outside the U.S. on March 16th, 2017;
  • did not have a valid visa at 5:00pm EST on January 27th, 2017, and;
  • do not have a valid visa on March 16th, 2017

Nationals from the six targeted countries who hold valid visas or green cards are exempt from the ban.

The new executive order also gives US immigration officials the discretion to allow entry to people from the six targeted countries who are continuing work or study in the US, have significant business or professional obligations in the US, or are reuniting with family in the US.

The UO remains quite cautious that this discretion will be exercised in a way that actually permits the normal flow of new students, new employees and visiting scholars wishing to come to the UO.

The ban on entry no longer applies to Iraq, yet section 2.g. orders DHS to subject visa applications and other admittance decisions regarding Iraqi nationals to “enhanced scrutiny.” 

The March 6th Executive Order and corresponding memo to the Department of Homeland Security does not expressly mention or refer to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The original Executive Order 13769 of January 27, 2017, is now revoked, effective date of this new order (March 6).

On January 25, 2017, the administration also issued an executive order on immigration enforcement within the United States. This order required the Secretary of Homeland Security to take a series of actions related to “border security” and enforcement of current federal immigration laws, including the “planning, designing, and construction of a physical wall along the southern border” and enhancement of detention and deportation proceedings for undocumented immigrants.

On February 21st, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security issued two memos outlining implementation procedures for the immigration and border security executive order issued on January 25th, 2017. These memos highlight changes to immigration enforcement policies and procedures undertaken by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency and the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP). They instruct these agencies to hire more staff and more aggressively identify, arrest and remove undocumented immigrants who have committed a wide range of crimes, as well as anyone who may, according to an immigration official, “pose a risk to public safety.” They enhanced the detention capabilities of federal immigration officials, eliminated the so-called “catch and release” policy (which allowed for undocumented immigrants to be paroled into the U.S. while awaiting an immigration hearing), and expanded the process of expedited removals to include any undocumented immigrant who does not qualify for asylum and cannot prove that they had lived in the United States for at least two years.

The memos also call for an expansion of a voluntary program through which local law enforcement can request to be designated as immigration officers. The Governor of Oregon has taken steps to prevent such designation in any jurisdiction in the state.

The February 21st guidelines also note that, at present, U.S. immigration enforcement policies related to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) have not changed, but will be the subject of further clarification from the Department of Homeland Security. A White House Spokesman went on to stare that the future of the DACA program was not a “settled matter.”

The University of Oregon’s policies regarding undocumented and DACA students remain unchanged.

The UO continues to follow this situation closely and will update this page as additional political or legal developments occur.

For Students

Q: If I am a UO student, faculty or staff member from one of the six countries targeted by the March 6th, 2017, executive order on immigration (Iran, , Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen), and I am currently a resident in the US, is it okay for me to travel outside the US?

A: Although the March 6th order is temporarily blocked by the courts, the UO urges caution and suggests that UO students, faculty, and staff consult closely with the international student support team and your own immigration counsel before traveling outside the U.S.

The March 6th Executive Order bans entry into the U.S. of individuals from the six countries without current visas. Students, faculty, and staff from the six countries who hold current visas should be unaffected by this order and should be free to travel outside and return to the U.S. However, we strongly suggest that you should undertake travel only with the guidance of your own immigration counsel, and with an expectation of heightened scrutiny and delays at the US border. Please also consult closely with the international support team at UO before you travel outside the US during the period of the current 90-day ban on arrivals into the US from the six targeted countries, through June 15, 2017.

The temporary travel ban may ultimately become permanent with respect to any or all of the six countries or, after a review of all countries as ordered by the President, additional countries. Thereafter, there is not yet clarity on how rules may change, so we suggest you consult closely with the international student support team at the UO and your own immigration counsel as this complex and fluid situation evolves. 

Q: If I’m from one the six countries targeted by the March 6th, 2017, executive order and I am concerned about travel outside the US for the foreseeable future, what can the UO do to help so this does not negatively affect my academic progress, career plans, or personal life?

A: For academic progress issues, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and the Office of Academic Affairs have established a committee of faculty members and department heads from units with the largest number of students from the targeted countries. Please contact ISSS director Abe Schafermeyer, abe@uoregon.edu or 541-346-1215, who will refer you to that committee, which will work with you on a case-by-case basis to find solutions to academic progress delays resulting from the January 27, 2017, executive order.

For career concerns, please contact ISSS director Abe Schafermeyer, abe@uoregon.edu or 541-346-1215. We have limited emergency support funds and work-study positions set aside for students affected by the January 27, 2017, executive order.

Q: Does the UO support undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students?

A: We have heard from numerous students, faculty and staff members that they are concerned about potential changes to immigration laws, especially as it relates to undocumented students and those covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. We want to be very clear that we support all UO students, regardless of their immigration status.

The February 21, 2017 DHS memo specifies that the January 25, 2017 Executive Orders on immigration and border security do not change U.S. immigration enforcement policies for DACA. While it is too soon to speculate on what may happen in the future, the University of Oregon remains committed to the DACA policy and providing an inclusive campus that values global citizenship and engagement. International students, scholars, and faculty members as well as undocumented and DACA students continue to be protected by the same privacy laws and university policies as US citizens.

The UO has appointed Dr. Jane Irungu, assistant vice president for student engagement, to serve as campus point person in support of undocumented and DACA students. Irungu can be reached at 541-346-4464 or jirungu@uoregon.edu.

Q. What information is available about the BRIDGE Act?

A. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Reps. Mike Coffman (R-CO) and Louis Gutierrez (D-IL) have introduced this bipartisan legislation in Congress that would allow people who are eligible for or who have received work authorization and temporary relief from deportation through DACA to continue living in the US with permission from the federal government. You can find additional information in a Q and A format at https://www.nilc.org/issues/daca/faq-bridge-act/.

Q: Where do I go with questions about support for undocumented students and community members on campus?

A: The university has created an administrative position within the Division of Student Life that will be a point of contact. Jane Irungu, assistant vice president for student engagement, will serve as the University of Oregon’s point of contact and resource for those covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Irungu can be reached at 541-346-4464 or jirungu@uoregon.edu.

Q: I am an international student planning to study abroad. Is that still possible?

A: Yes, all international students are welcome to study abroad through Global Education Oregon (GEO, the UO’s study-abroad office). We will closely monitor immigration policy before and during your stay abroad. If you are from one of the six countries mentioned in the recent executive order and have a valid visa that lasts beyond your expected return date to the U.S., you are welcome to study abroad. However, if you are a student from one of the six countries mentioned in the recent executive order, we recommend that you consult closely with the international support team at UO before traveling outside the U.S. during the current 90-day period, ending June 15, 2017. Thereafter, there is not yet clarity on how rules may change, so we suggest you consult closely with the international support team at the UO as this complex and fluid situation evolves.

If you have specific questions or concerns about your ability to study abroad, please contact Tom Bogenschild, executive director of Global Education Oregon, tombogen@uoregon.edu or 541-346-4911.

Q: As a student, where do I go with additional questions?

A: International students can contact Abe Schafermeyer, director of International Student and Scholar Services, abe@uoregon.edu or 541-346-1215.


For Departments

Q: What do I do if an immigration enforcement official requests information about a UO student, employee, or visiting scholar?

A: The UO Office of the General Counsel is the point of first contact for law enforcement officials seeking information about a UO community member. Contact the general counsel at 541-346-3082 or gcounsel@uoregon.edu.

The Immigration Legal Resource Center, an independent immigration rights nonprofit organization, has available on its website legal rights red cards, which anyone can print out and give to an immigration enforcement official to succinctly assert one’s rights in written form.

On November 16, 2016, the UO issued this statement to campus on these issues:

As is currently our practice, we will treat all students equally in keeping with our values of inclusion, diversity, and equity. This also means 

  • the University of Oregon will not facilitate immigration enforcement on our campus without a warrant or a clear demonstration of exigent circumstances such as the imminent risk to the health or safety of others
  • the University of Oregon Police Department will not act on behalf of federal officials in enforcing immigration laws
  • the University of Oregon will not share with the federal government any information on the immigration status of students unless required by court order

While the February 21 memo from the Department of Homeland Security seeks to expand the use of local law enforcement as immigration officials (under provision 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), the University of Oregon stands by its statement of November 16, 2016, above.

Q: My unit is about to admit a student from one of the targeted countries. What should we do?

A: A few UO academic units are about to admit graduate students from the six targeted countries. Any applicant who has secured a visa to enter the U.S. should be unaffected by this order.  However, applicants who have received a letter of acceptance but have not yet been issued a visa will be affected by this order. Although Section 3.c. of the March 6th EO outlines waiver procedures that could allow prospective students, faculty, and staff from the six countries to enter the U.S., it remains unclear the extent to which (if at all) waivers will be granted for foreign nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

The following language has been approved by the Office of the General Counsel for use in admissions communications:

Please note that the new US administration is reviewing immigration policies and visa rules, with changes underway or expected. Already a 90-day ban has been placed on new visas for citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen. After this 90-day ban, we can only speculate on new visa policies. Thus, while our offer of admission represents our earnest desire for you to join our intellectual community here at the University of Oregon, this is always contingent on each admitted student successfully obtaining a visa to enter the US. Should visas from your country be suspended, we ask you to be in touch directly with the school or department you have been admitted to and decide on a possible course of action for your specific student.

Possible admissions actions or recourse in case a US ban affects applicants from a specific country (all actions approved by the UO general counsel):

a) Deferred admission
b) Defer admission until a later date, after which the student may need to reapply to a given program
c) Talk with an international advisor or the UO general counsel about your situation. Rules and regulations will likely evolve and become clearer under the new administration
d) Arrange for the student to reapply to a program in the next admissions cycle

Q: My unit is expecting a visiting scholar or guest lecturer from one of the six countries targeted by the executive order. Will they still be able to come?

A: Any visiting scholar or guest lecturer who has secured a visa to enter the U.S. should be unaffected by this order. However, visiting scholars and guest lecturers who have received invitations but have not yet been issued a visa will be affected by this order. 

Although Section 3.c. of the March 6th EO outlines waiver procedures that could allow visiting scholars from the six countries to enter the U.S., it remains unclear the extent to which (if at all) waivers will be granted for foreign nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.  If you are planning to host a visiting scholar from one of the six targeted countries, please be in touch with Kate Comiskey, International Scholar Advisor in the Office of International Affairs (comiskk@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5573), to explore ways UO can support your efforts within the parameters of current legal restrictions.

Q: Are there ways for UO faculty to signal they are supportive of students who may be struggling with these changes?

A: While UO rules prohibit use of public resources (UO email, websites, fora, etc) for advocacy of a personal political stance or support for a particular candidate, we can certainly express support for students who feel anxiety and stress as immigration rules change. This is a normal part of the advising and mentoring function of faculty.

Each student faces unique circumstances, so face to face listening is a powerful supportive strategy.

Please refer students to campus resources designed to support them, such as the ones listed below.

Many UO faculty are interested in being part of a national statement of support for concerned students, such as can be found at We Stand With Our Students set up by UCLA colleagues.

Finally, a small but simple gesture of support might include placing this Multilingual Welcome Poster for your office door, or other public spaces. High quality printed copies available by contacting the Office of International Affairs at intl@uoregon.edu or calling 541-346-3206.

Q: Where do I go with questions about international student, faculty, visiting scholar, or employee concerns and support?

A:  General questions about international policies and programs at the UO can be directed to Vice Provost Dennis Galvan in the Office of International Affairs, dgalvan@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5851.

International students can contact Abe Schafermeyer, director of International Student and Scholar Services, abe@uoregon.edu or 541-346-1215.

Visiting scholars can contact Kate Comiskey, international scholar advisor, comiskk@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5573.

International employees can contact Jennifer Doreen, international employment specialist, jdoreen@uoregon.edu or 541-346-2638.

DACA students should contact Jane Irungu, assistant vice president of student engagement, jirungu@uoregon.edu or (541) 346-4464.


For Employees (Faculty and Staff)

Q: I am an employee who was born in one of the six targeted countries. What impact does the executive order have on me?

A: If you have already entered the US on a valid visa, the travel ban does not affect your ability to remain in the US, to travel, or to work at the UO.  Before traveling outside the US, you should consult with international human resources to get an update on the status of reentry issues: Jennifer Doreen, international employment specialist, at jdoreen@uoregon.edu or 541-346-2638.

Q: What resources will the UO provide if I am unable to travel due to the recent immigration changes?

A: The UO administration will look into what resources can be provided on a case-by case-basis. UO employees whose travel is affected by the recent executive order are encouraged to contact Jennifer Doreen, international employment specialist, at jdoreen@uoregon.edu or 541-346-2638.

Q: I am an employee who is not from one of the six targeted countries. Will the executive order affect my ability to travel?

A: If you are not from one of the six targeted countries (Iran, , Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen), the 90-day ban on entry into the US does not affect you. If you are from Iraq, the Executive Order may cause you to experience enhanced screening procedures and additional delays when you attempt to re-enter the U.S. after travel abroad. However, the executive order did ask the Department of State to review the type and duration of visas that the US issues to citizens of each country. If the US limits the type of visas that it issues, the affected countries will likely reciprocate by limiting the type of visas that it will issue to US citizens traveling to that country.

Q: What is the “suspension of H1B premium processing” and how long will it last?

A: Premium Processing for the H1B I-129 petition is a service provided by the Department of Homeland Security (USCIS) that offers a 15-day processing time, with a $1225 additional premium fee. Since USCIS is currently backlogged with a six to eight-month regular processing time, this option can be essential for many new employees or current employees who wish to travel outside the United States. 

Starting April 3, 2017, USCIS will temporarily suspend the premium processing option for all H-1B petitions. This suspension may last up to six months.

Q: How will this impact campus business processes for new international employees?

A: Currently, USCIS is taking six to eight months to process H1B petitions, which necessitates premium processing for about 50-60% of UO petitions. Almost all new hires must be premium processed in order to ensure employability by the desired begin date. Current H1B employees who wish to travel must have an original USCIS approval notice if they need to apply for a US visa abroad or to re-enter the United States. This suspension will significantly affect both international travel and the hiring of new international employees.

Q: Why is USCIS temporarily suspending premium processing?

A: USCIS has given the following justification for the suspension:

“This temporary suspension will help us to reduce overall H-1B processing times. By temporarily suspending premium processing, we will be able to:

  • Process long-pending petitions, which we have currently been unable to process due to the high volume of incoming petitions and the significant surge in premium processing requests over the past few years; and
  • Prioritize adjudication of H-1B extension of status cases that are nearing the 240 day mark.”

Q: Whom should I contact if I am concerned that the suspension will affect my H1B petition or that of one of my department’s employees?

A: For any questions regarding current or future H1B employees, contact Kate Comiskey, Office of International Affairs, at ischolar@uoregon.edu; 541-346-5573.
 

Q: Are there ways for UO faculty to signal they are supportive of students who may be struggling with these changes?

A: While UO rules prohibit use of public resources (UO email, websites, fora, etc) for advocacy of a personal political stance or support for a particular candidate, we can certainly express support for students who feel anxiety and stress as immigration rules change. This is a normal part of the advising and mentoring function of faculty.

Each student faces unique circumstances, so face to face listening is a powerful supportive strategy.

Please refer students to campus resources designed to support them, such as the ones listed below:

  • Abe Schafermeyer, director of International Student and Scholar Services, abe@uoregon.edu or 541-346-1215.
  • Visiting scholars can contact Kate Comiskey, international scholar advisor, comiskk@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5573.
  • International employees can contact Jennifer Doreen, international employment specialist, jdoreen@uoregon.edu or 541-346-2638.
  • DACA students should contact Jane Irungu, assistant vice president of student engagement, jirungu@uoregon.edu or (541) 346-4464.

Many UO faculty are interested in being part of a national statement of support for concerned students, such as can be found at We Stand With Our Students set up by UCLA colleagues.

Finally, a small but simple gesture of support might include placing this Multilingual Welcome Poster for your office door, or other public spaces. High quality printed copies available by contacting the Office of International Affairs at intl@uoregon.edu or calling 541-346-3206.

Q: Where do I go with questions about international student, faculty, visiting scholar, or employee concerns and support?

A:  General questions about international policies and programs at the UO can be directed to Vice Provost Dennis Galvan in the Office of International Affairs, dgalvan@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5851.

International students can contact Abe Schafermeyer, director of International Student and Scholar Services, abe@uoregon.edu or 541-346-1215.

Visiting scholars can contact Kate Comiskey, international scholar advisor, comiskk@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5573.

International employees can contact Jennifer Doreen, international employment specialist, jdoreen@uoregon.edu or 541-346-2638.

DACA students should contact Jane Irungu, assistant vice president of student engagement, jirungu@uoregon.edu or (541) 346-4464.

For International Visiting Scholars

Q: I am a visiting scholar expecting to come to the University of Oregon. How will the recent executive actions affect my ability to come to Oregon?

A: Any visiting scholar or guest lecturer who has secured a visa to enter the U.S. should be unaffected by this order. However, visiting scholars and guest lecturers who have received invitations but have not yet been issued a visa will likely be affected by this order. We recommend you be in touch with Kate Comiskey, International Scholar Advisor in the Office of International Affairs (comiskk@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5573), to explore ways UO can support your efforts within the parameters of current legal restrictions. 

Q: Where do I go with questions about international visiting scholars?

A:  Visiting scholars can contact Kate Comiskey, international scholar advisor, comiskk@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5573.


Responses to Immigration Enforcement

Q: As a member of a UO unit, what do I do if an immigration enforcement official requests information about a UO student, employee, or visiting scholar?

A: The UO Office of the General Counsel is the point of first contact for law enforcement officials seeking information about a UO community member. Contact the general counsel at 541-346-3082 or gcounsel@uoregon.edu.

The Immigration Legal Resource Center, an independent immigration rights nonprofit organization, has available on its website legal rights red cards, which anyone can print out and give to an immigration enforcement official to succinctly assert one’s rights in written form.

On November 16, 2016, the UO issued this statement to campus on these issues: As is currently our practice, we will treat all students equally in keeping with our values of inclusion, diversity, and equity. This also means

  • the University of Oregon will not facilitate immigration enforcement on our campus without a warrant or a clear demonstration of exigent circumstances such as the imminent risk to the health or safety of others
  • the University of Oregon Police Department will not act on behalf of federal officials in enforcing immigration laws
  • the University of Oregon will not share with the federal government any information on the immigration status of students unless required by court order

While the February 21 memo from the Department of Homeland Security seeks to expand the use of local law enforcement as immigration officials (under provision 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), the University of Oregon stands by its statement of November 16, 2016, above.

Q: As an individual, what do I do if I am stopped or questioned by an immigration enforcement official about my immigration status in the US?

A: You have the right to remain silent and to speak to an attorney before you answer any questions by an immigration official. For more information about your rights, visit immigrationimpact.com/2016/11/10/know-rights-refresher-immigrants.

If you are contacted by law enforcement, you may want to contact an immigration attorney about your specific situation and concerns. The American Immigration Lawyers Association provides information about how to select an immigration attorney and a list of immigration attorneys www.ailalawyer.org.

The Immigration Legal Resource Center, an independent immigration rights nonprofit organization, has available on its website legal rights red cards, which anyone can print out and give to an immigration enforcement official to succinctly assert one’s rights in written form.

Q: Can the UO refer me to an immigration lawyer?

If you are contacted by law enforcement, you may want to contact an immigration attorney about your specific situation and concerns. The American Immigration Lawyers Association provides information on how to select an immigration attorney and a list of immigration attorneys: www.ailalawyer.org.


Allies and Supporters of UO’s Global Community

Q: There seems to be considerable confusion about the recent executive order and other changes to US immigration policy. Where should I look for updated information?

A: The UO is closely watching all executive and congressional actions that affect our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Should the recent executive order be expanded or amplified in any way, we will notify the university community as soon as possible. We are closely reviewing the executive order—and its impact—and we will keep the campus community apprised of developments in a timely manner moving forward. Updates on the current situation can be found above.

Q: Is there an official UO statement in response to changing federal immigration rules since the January 2017 change of administration in the US?

A: Yes, in the most recent statement from President Michael Schill and Provost Scott Coltrane: “UO values global engagement and our international scholars.”

Q: How will federal immigration laws change and what is the University of Oregon’s role?

A: Although there have been some short-term executive orders from the Trump administration affecting immigration policies, it’s not yet clear how federal immigration laws and regulations will change on a long-term basis. As the president’s priorities related to immigration and globalization take shape, the UO will continue to be vigilant, active, and in close communication with the Oregon governor and our federal congressional delegation to protect the interests and rights of UO students, faculty, staff, and their families.

Q:  I am an American citizen or a Permanent Resident (Green card holder) and I have traveled to one of the seven affected nations in the last few years. Will this Executive Order affect me?

A:  The Department of Homeland Security has been and will be paying special attention to American citizens and Green Card holders who have recently travelled to any of the countries on the list. Faculty, staff and students who have traveled to any of these countries recently should carry documentation and be ready to explain the purpose of their earlier travel to one of the affected countries. DHS officers will investigate and subject persons seeking admission to detailed questioning and will likely ask for passwords to electronic devices to read email and other communications.

Q: What is the UO’s stance on immigration enforcement on campus and sharing immigration data with federal officials?

A: On November 16, 2016, the UO issued this statement to campus on these issues:

As is currently our practice, we will treat all students equally in keeping with our values of inclusion, diversity, and equity. This also means 

  • the University of Oregon will not facilitate immigration enforcement on our campus without a warrant or a clear demonstration of exigent circumstances such as the imminent risk to the health or safety of others
  • the University of Oregon Police Department will not act on behalf of federal officials in enforcing immigration laws
  • the University of Oregon will not share with the federal government any information on the immigration status of students unless required by court order

While the February 21 memo from the Department of Homeland Security seeks to expand the use of local law enforcement as immigration officials (under provision 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), the University of Oregon stands by its statement of November 16, 2016, above.

Q: Will the UO declare itself a sanctuary campus?

A: There is no common definition of a sanctuary city or campus. The university is committed to protecting student privacy, ensuring student safety, and supporting student success, and, as information develops, to creating effective solutions that benefit students. We also share the concern expressed by leaders at other universities about how such a designation may inadvertently harm undocumented students.

Q: Does the UO officially support global engagement?

A: Global engagement is a core part of the UO’s pursuit of academic excellence. This is woven, for example, into our Excellence Strategic Framework, which

  • refers to the UO as a “close-knit, human-scale academic community with global reach” (p. 3)
  • describes our purpose as educating “informed participants in the global community . . . [to] enhance the social, cultural, physical, and economic well-being of our students, Oregon, the nation, and the world” (p. 4)
  • commits us to “expose all undergraduate students to meaningful research experiences and global perspectives” (p. 7)
  • commits us to “enhance diversity and global reach by recruiting top international students” (p. 10)

The UO makes considerable investments in global engagement through the following avenues:

  • International Human Resources provides services to international employees and UO employees who are working or traveling outside of the US
  • International Student and Scholar Services welcomes students, manages visas, and works with many campus partners to ensure academic success and a culture of support for our international students and visiting colleagues
  • Global Education Oregon is a large study-abroad operation that sends 25 percent of each graduating class on a study-abroad experience and provides access to study abroad for 30 partner universities
  • GlobalWorks is a new UO-managed international internship program with placements in two dozen locations around the world
  • The Global Studies Institute supports the faculty with international research projects and centers, global publication and grant-making collaborations, and international programming on campus
  • The American English Institute provides intensive English preparation for hundreds of students a year, some of whom go on to matriculate at the UO and many of whom continue elsewhere, but who come to the UO because of the AEI’s global reputation for excellence

Q: Where do I go with questions about international student, faculty, visiting scholar, or employee concerns and support?

A:  General questions about international policies and programs at the UO can be directed to Vice Provost Dennis Galvan in the Office of International Affairs, dgalvan@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5851.