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Study for in Oregon, United States

State overview

Located on America’s Pacific Northwest, Oregon is the 9th most extensive state in the US and home to some of the most inspiring landscapes in the country. Rainforests, volcanoes, deserts and coastline all vie for attention in this diverse state.

Known as the ‘Beaver State’, Oregon boasts some of the most important mountain peaks in the country, including Mount Hood, the world’s second most climbed mountain and Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the country.

However, it’s not just country living that Oregon is famous. Its largest city, Portland, is a indie gem with a vibrant culture that attracts thousands of international students each year.

Education profile

Oregon is home to several public and private institutions where you can study a postgraduate course. The Oregon University System supports seven public universities in the state. You can study a graduate program in Oregon at:

Professional, or ‘terminal’, masters are designed to lead to employment rather than further study. Popular courses include: Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) and Master of Library Science (M.L.S.).

Academic masters, however, are generally designed to lead the way into doctorate/PhD study. Popular courses include: Master of Education (M.Ed.), and Master of Engineering (M.Eng.).

Both last between one and three years, depending on the subject.

Doctoral degrees are the most advanced level of higher education, and usually take between four and eight years to complete, which includes the time it takes to write and present a dissertation. 

Immigration and visas

Before travelling to the USA to study in North Carolina, you will need to apply for a non-immigrant visa.

The most common kind of student visa is the F-1 visa, which entitles the holder to study at any US accredited college or university.
To apply for a student visa for a graduate program in North Carolina, you will need to fill out an application form (found on the US Embassy website) and send appropriate documentation, such as evidence of financial standing and proof of university acceptance and academic qualifications, as well as possibly attending a visa interview at the US Embassy in your home country.

Life in Oregon

International students coming to Oregon are increasingly looking to base themselves in Portland – one of the most creative and environmentally friendly cities in the United States. Where else could you find the world’s smallest park – Mill Ends Park – which is just 62cm in diameter and allegedly home to leprechauns?

However, Oregon is much more than just one city. Other popular student cities include Eugene and Corvallis, with both located close to Portland.

Working in Oregon

Oregon has traditionally been a centre of farming, agriculture and forestry. In term of farming and production, Oregon is a leading producer of wine, hazelnuts, cranberries and wheat in the US. The state has also traditionally been a major timer and logging producer, but the industry has faced significant collapse since the turn of the century.

Oregon is also a hub of high technology and is home to the Silicon Forest – a centre of technology companies in the state. Facebook, Google and Amazon all have datacentres in Oregon, while Intel operates out of facilities in Washington County.

Oregon is also home to the world headquarters of Nike.


Postgraduate students in Oregon will normally choose to live in university accommodation, as this will allow them to meet fellow students and settle into university life easier. Most universities have a specific housing department, which will be able to advise on costs, types of housing and facilities.

If you do decide to look for private housing, your university department should be able to advise you on suitable areas to live and reputable agents. Make sure you live somewhere in easy reach of your chosen department.

Weather and climate

Oregon’s climate is influenced by the proximity of the Pacific Ocean, particularly in the western part of the state. Although generally mild, the state can occasionally experience extremes of temperature.

Its major cities such as Portland, Salem, Eugene and Albany are generally quite mild and receive lots of rain compared to the rest of the United States.

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