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Incoming Exchange Students

Welcome to Western Oregon University.  We're glad you've decided to study at WOU.  The information on this page will help you get started.


Students from the following partner universities are eligible to apply for a direct exchange:

University of Kassel, Kassel, Germany
Saitama University, Saitama, Japan
Linnaeus University, Kalmar and Vaxjo, Sweden
Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, United Kingdom

University of Roehampton, London, United Kingdom

Application Deadlines


Term General quarter dates Application Deadline
Fall quarter September-December May 10
Winter quarter January-March September 10
Spring quarter April-June November 10
Full Year (Only if this is an option per the exchange agreement with your university.) September-June May 10


Dates for Academic Year 2013/14

Western Oregon University operates on the quarter system and has three terms during the academic year: Fall, Winter, and Spring. The dates in the chart below are the beginning and ending dates of classes for each term. Typically, you will arrive two weeks prior to the beginning of the term to participate in orientation and other activities. A complete calendar is included in the Resource Guide for Exchange Students.


Term Classes Begin Classes End Final Exams End Breaks
Fall 2013 September 30 December 6 December 13 December 14-January 5
Winter 2014 January 6 March 14 March 21 March 22-March 30
Spring 2014 March 31 June 6 June 13 Summer begins



Office of International Students and Scholars Affairs This office works in partnership with the Office of Study Abroad and International Exchanges and provides comprehensive student services for international exchange students:

  • process applications for admission
  • notify students of acceptance
  • generate immigration documents for visa application
  • provide pre-arrival information
  • provide comprehensive arrival orientation
  • coordinate activities and events
  • provide a social gathering area for international students, Tel. (503) 838-8425.

The Office of Study Abroad phone: 503-838-8905 fax: 503-838-8338 | or e-mail:
Location: Maaske 122