News & Events

Statement on Ukraine

March 15, 2022

Dear UO community,

As the war against Ukraine continues into a third week, I write to extend and amplify the university’s response, first articulated on the Division of Global Engagement homepage on February 24, 2022.

The University of Oregon condemns the unprovoked violence perpetrated by the Russian government against the people and sovereignty of Ukraine. This violates the principles of national autonomy, democracy, human rights and negotiated conflict resolution that we hold dear. Our hearts go out to all the victims of this aggression. They have our unwavering support.

Even as we denounce the decisions of Russian leadership, it is also important to remember that the actions of governments do not represent the intentions of individuals. We have faculty, staff and students from Ukraine, Russia and the wider region. We urge everyone to be broadly supportive and mindful to not target anyone on the basis of their nation of origin. While we look particularly to those whose friends and family have been put in harm’s way in Ukraine, we support every member of our community.

UO’s specific response is centered on personal support and care for students, faculty and staff. The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) team has been in touch with everyone from the impacted countries and will continue to offer support, counseling referrals, and help with finances and immigration. Other resources include UO counseling services for students and the Employee Assistance Program for faculty and staff. For those interested in making donations, a list of organizations vetted by the Better Business Bureau can be found here

Through our membership in national higher education associations, UO helped lobby in favor of the recent decision to grant Temporary Protected Status (extension of visa deadlines) to Ukrainians in the U.S. We advocate for this same status for Russian community members whose opposition to this war may put them at risk should they return home. And we support the effort to grant Special Student Relief to Ukrainian and other students impacted by the conflict, which would afford much-needed flexibility in the regulations governing their stay in the U.S.

As a globally engaged university, we are connected by our students, scholars, research and partnerships to every corner of the globe, including Ukraine, Russia, and Eastern Europe. We support the right to freedom and self-determination of all individuals.

Dennis Galvan
Dean and Vice Provost for Global Engagement
Professor of Political Science and Global Studies


Cross-Cultural Events on UO Campus

LT 199 - Self Study Language Program Orientation Meeting
LT 199 - Self Study Language Program Orientation Meeting Sep 29 MCK 175
"Anarchaeologies": A Lecture from Dr. Erin Graff Zivin
"Anarchaeologies": A Lecture from Dr. Erin Graff Zivin Oct 3 Erb Memorial Union (EMU)
Intro to College Career Readiness
Intro to College Career Readiness Oct 5 Agate Hall
Off-Campus Work Authorization in the U.S. Workshop
Off-Campus Work Authorization in the U.S. Workshop Oct 6
Charlotte Coté: "c̓uumaʕas. The River that Runs through Us"
Charlotte Coté: "c̓uumaʕas. The River that Runs through Us" Oct 6 Lillis Business Complex
English Language Circle
English Language Circle Oct 10 EMU
Professional Communication in U.S. Business Culture Workshop
Professional Communication in U.S. Business Culture Workshop Oct 13
Optional Practical Training (for graduating seniors only)
Optional Practical Training (for graduating seniors only) Oct 14 Agate Hall
English Language Circle
English Language Circle Oct 17 EMU
Resume Writing Workshop for International Students
Resume Writing Workshop for International Students Oct 20


Ducks Fly to England

September 21, 2022

Twenty UO sophomores spent a month in London this summer taking classes, going on adventures, and learning from the exciting experience of visiting another country through London in a Global Context, a program for first-year PathwayOregon students.

May 31, 2022

UO students will take part in simulated international climate change negotiations June 14 and 18 as participants in the APRU Student Global Climate Change Simulation. The APRU Climate Simulation is a role-playing exercise in which students worldwide participate in multi-disciplinary teams to play the role of delegates to the UN Climate Change Negotiations. In total, 170 students from 18 universities are participating in this year's simulation.

April 15, 2021

A 12-session virtual workshop series developed jointly by the APRU Global Health Program’s Global Health Education and Technology Working Group at the University of Southern California and the Global STEM Education Program at the University of Oregon has grown into an effective platform providing important support for higher education staff, cushioning the impact of COVID-19.

April 5, 2021

While deciding where to go to college, Grigorii Malakhov looked at cost, program options, and locations – he never expected he would have to take a pandemic into account.

March 19, 2021

At the Division of Global Engagement and International Student and Scholar Servies, we reiterate our stance in solidarity with our international students of Asian, Desi, and Pacific Islander backgrounds and stand against all forms of xenophobia and racism. We denounce any acts of discrimination and violence targeted against Asian and Asian American communities locally and nationally.

December 3, 2020

Credit: The Wall Street Journal, By Maya Goldman

Yulissa Garcia-Serrato and her classmates were supposed to meet the former Croatian president during their study abroad trip to the Balkan country this summer. But after the Covid-19 pandemic caused the program to switch from in-person to an online learning environment, the University of Oregon senior feared her virtual travels wouldn’t amount to much of a trip.

Until the day that former Croatian President Ivo Josipović, who is also a composer, showed up on the virtual study abroad Zoom class.

September 15, 2020

On September 18, the University of Oregon will host a daylong virtual workshop for approximately 60 study abroad advisors on best practices in supporting candidates for two prestigious U.S. Department of State programs, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program and the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program. This workshop is part of the State Department’s continuing efforts to increase and diversify the institutions and students participating in both the Gilman and CLS programs.

August 27, 2020

Dear University of Oregon International Students,

As the UO shifts to primarily remote and online instruction for fall 2020, we want to make sure you remain fully connected to all of our services and supports for you, our international community.

First and foremost, let me update you on the rules on remote/online enrollment for international students.

February 21, 2019

Published in Around the O. 

Five UO students have earned Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships to study abroad this fall term.

Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs with additional funding available for the study of a critical language overseas. 

February 1, 2019

Published in Around the O. 

A significant gift from Aisha Almana, a UO graduate, hospital executive and prominent feminist, will create new international opportunities in education and global health at the University of Oregon.