OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Exchange Programs and Study Abroad

Exchange Programs

These are typically semester-long or academic year experiences, where students are integrated into host university academic model and student community. Exchange programs offer the broadest range of available courses and are arguably the most immersive study experience for students. They are also amongst the most affordable opportunities (for the number of credits earned/duration of time abroad), as cost is based on a complementary exchange of students, with outgoing OSU students paying their home campus tuition (or, in the case of IE3 system-wide exchanges, a program fee that is roughly equivalent to tuition). These experiences are offered on an institutional (OSU) or system-wide (IE3) basis.  

Application process

Refer to this application flow chart to stay on track!
  • —Check deadlines! Plan to apply at least 6 months in advance of departure. The application deadlines for OSU GO programs are listed below:
    • Summer Programs: March 15
    • Fall, Year-Long Programs: April 15
    • Winter/Spring Semester Programs: October 15
    • Spring Term Programs: November 15
  • Apply through OSU GO


Key Partner Universities

BU's School of Environment, Natural Resources, and Geography offers undergraduate courses in the following forestry and natural resource disciplines: ForestryConservation with ForestryEnvironmental Conservation, and Environmental Management, among others. Look up courses here.

ESB is an engineering school specialized in wood science and technology on an international level. Undergraduate students at ESB can opt for a semester study program taught in either English or French. ESB also offers a 3-year Master's equivalent study program in Wood Science and Technology through their Engineering Degree. Learn more about the offered programs here.
 
One of the world's leading institutions focusing on the tropics, Australia's James Cook University is surrounded by the spectacular ecosystems of the rainforests of the wet tropics, the dry savannas, and the iconic Great Barrier Reef. Their unique location enables students from Australia and overseas to study in a diverse physical environment on courses covering ecology, conservation biology, and tropical forest ecosystems. Learn more about the offered programs, eligibility requirements, and the application process here.
 
The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. UBC offers a range of undergraduate courses and programs in disciplines like Forest Resources Management, Forest Sciences, and Forest Operations. Learn more about the offered programs here.  
 
 The University of Canterbury, located in idyllic Christchurch, New Zealand, is ranked globally in the top 100 universities for its Civil and Natural Resource Engineering Departments in the broader College of Engineering. Housed within their College of Engineering is the School of Forestry, which boasts programs in Forestry Science and Forest Engineering. For those looking continue on their path towards a College of Forestry degree from OSU while getting the opportunity to study abroad, we encourage you to look into how the University of Canterbury could fit your interests. Browse the course offerings here.
 
 
Other Universities
ANU offers related coursework curriculum in Forestry and Forest Sciences studies. Look up courses HERE
 
 LU New Zealand offers varied course options within the discipline of Environmental Management, as well as the Applied Sciences with the ability for specializations in Environmental Management, International Rural Development, Land and Society, and more. Look up courses HERE.
 
Deakin University has course offerings in the area of Environmental Management and Sustainability and related fields of study. Look up courses HERE
 
 
The above schools feature opportunities within their academic programs specific to forestry, wood science and/or natural resources; please visit OSU GO for a comprehensive list of all of the exchange program opportunities available through the University. 
 

Study Abroad Programs

Study abroad programs are variable in duration (anywhere from intensive 2-week sessions to full academic or calendar years) and can range in focus, destination, and cost. Students may be taught at a study center or other location in a group of comprised of only American (or international) students, or they may be integrated into an overseas host institution, depending upon the program.  Some programs may be interdisciplinary and include research or service components. Students must participate in an OSU approved program to be eligible to receive credit and funding. These include programs through OSU GO, CIEE, and IE3

Additionally, the College of Forestry offers forestry-specific, short-term (2-week to one term) study abroad sessions across the world. These destination programs generally have a specific thematic focus and are conceived and ultimately led by esteemed OSU faculty. Learn more about these programs on our Destinations page.