Living in a new country can be exciting and also challenging. Below is a collection of resources for international students, scholars, and interns to help you navigate your new community. You will find tips on housing, health insurance, transportation, local schools, and community activities.
International students and scholars may choose to live on or off campus. In order to be eligible for scholar housing, all scholars must have an academic program or university-related purpose for their stay and be connected with a sponsoring academic department.
There are many options for scholars wanting to live off campus. The Corvallis Living Guide offers advice on how to be an informed tenant, services to expect from landlords and apartment communities, and other resources.
Corvallis is conveniently located 14 miles from the Interstate 5 (I-5) freeway, an hour and a half drive from Portland, and only one hour drive from the scenic Oregon coast. The closest airports are Portland International Airport (PDX) and Eugene Airport (EUG). Corvallis is a pedestrian and bike-friendly city. Below you'll find information on some of the options for public transportation in and around Corvallis.
Through the visa application process, please pay special attention to required insurance coverage. The Department of State (DOS) requires all J-1 Exchange Visitors and their dependents (living in the U.S.) be covered by health insurance. The health insurance must meet federal, state, and OSU requirements.
The OSU and Corvallis community is a vibrant and diverse place. There are festivals, art shows, free movie nights, and concerts year-round. Corvallis is known to be welcoming to people of all backgrounds, faiths, and ethnicities.
Exchange Students: School and Extracurriculars
Access several key resources for academic success for exchange students needing any assistance. More information can be found on the OSU website or by contacting an academic advisor. Also explore opportunities to get involved during an exchange at OSU by exploring available clubs and sports.