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 I am an international student, where/how do I apply for admission to OU? 
If you are interested in an undergraduate program you can visit the How to Apply page and select International Students for detailed application instructions. To speak with an admission advisers, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (800) OAK-UNIV. For graduate studies, you can apply online for Graduate Admissions or you can contact the Graduate Admissions Office at (248)370-3167.
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As an international student, how do I find out about Curricular Practical Training or Optional Practical Training?
To find out more information regarding Curricular Practical Training or Optional Practical Training, be sure to attend one of the many employment seminars presented by the ISSO throughout the semester. Contact the ISSO at (248) 370-3358 or stop by the ISSO at 157 NFH to inquire about upcoming dates.  Click here for a schedule of upcoming seminars.
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As an international student, why do I need health insurance?
Medical costs in the United States are very high. In order to insure that you will be covered in the event of illness or injury. At Oakland University,it is mandatory that all international students and scholars (F-1 or J-1 Visa holders) must carry health insurance. This is not an optional item. To read about the requirements visit the health insurance web page.  
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Can I be a guest student on an F-1 visa at Oakland University?
Yes. You must obtain either an undegraduate guest student application or a graduate guest student application and we will be able to process your application.
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Do I need to take the TOEFL?
Non-native English speakers are required to provide proof of English proficiency. Students with foreign academic credentials can provide proof of English proficiency with test scores from the TOEFL or the MELAB. Please read Oakland University English Language Proficiency for more details.
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Do you offer “English as a Second Language” (ESL) classes?
Oakland University offers the following these ESL courses. These courses are offered through the English as a Second Language Center in the Department of Linguistics and can be taken for credit. You may call (248) 370-2175 for more information.
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How can I change my immigration status if I have entered the U.S. on a non-student immigration status or on H-1 immigration status, to F-1?
If you have entered the US on a non-student immigration status or are on H-1 immigration status, and would like to change your status to F-1, please make an appointment with an international student adviser at the ISSO  at 157 NFH or call 248-370-3358 for further information. Please note, being a recipient of an I-20 document does not automatically alter your immigration status.
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How do I apply for a scholarship?
Oakland does not have a separate scholarship application for academic merit scholarships. Visit the scholarships website for current deadlines. 
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How do I transfer my F-1 visa at another school to Oakland?
First you must complete either an undergraduate or graduate application and meet all the requirements for the issue of a new I-20. Students wishing to obtain an I-20 from Oakland University for graduate coursework should also review our international student requirements.
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How does an international student get an I-20 or DS-2019?
After the admissions office determines that your file is in order and everything needed has been submitted, your file is sent to the International Students & Scholars Office. There, your I-20 or DS-2019 is prepared and sent to you along with other helpful information.
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How does an international student transfer to OU?
For information on transferring to Oakland University, including the admissions process, and transferring credits, please see the transfer section of the Future Students site. Once an international student has been officially admitted to Oakland University, they will receive an admission letter, an I-20 or IAP-66 document, other pertinent information, and a transfer form (for those who are transferring from other institutions). International students transferring from an institution in the U.S. to Oakland University must also follow transfer procedures according to USCIS. To complete this transfer process, students must complete Part I of the transfer document and have the international student adviser from your current institution complete Part II of the transfer document. Have your adviser send or fax the transfer form to the Admission Office. If you do not receive your I-20 prior to your arrival to Oakland University, make an appointment with an OU international student adviser at 157 North Foundation Hall to complete the transfer process.
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How much does it cost an international student to study at Oakland University?

a.       Tuition:  The cost for an international student varies depending on your level (i.e., undergraduate, graduate, doctorate) and major.  See the current tuition rates on the Registrar's site: 

b.      Resident Tuition: What are the eligibility requirements for resident tuition?

                        i.  I have a non-student visa, but have lived in Michigan for 3 years.   Can I obtain resident tuition?
Each case is handled on an individual basis. After you apply and are admitted, you will receive a form to complete, which may result in receiving resident status.

                      ii.  If I am an out-of-state or international student, how can I change my residency rates?
Students who would like to change their residency rates must apply for re-classification with the Registrar's Office.  You can also find helpful information about re-classification in the undergraduate catalog in the general information category and graduate catalog under Academic Service Offices and Regulations.

c.       Living & Other Costs:  Other costs such as living expenses, school supplies, and medical insurance are around $14,590 per year.

 
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I have a non-student visa, but have lived in Michigan for 3 years.  Can I obtain resident tuition?
Each case is handled on an individual basis.  After you apply and are admitted, you will receive a form to complete, which may result in receiving resident status.
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I have a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) and I have college credit from my home country.  Am I considered an international student?  Would I pay resident student tuition?
You are not considered an international student and are eligible to pay resident fees, if other conditions are also met. However, you will need to have your transcripts evaluated by an independent agency. And if your native language is not English, you are required to present either a TOEFL or MELAB score before admission can be granted.
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I have been a Michigan resident for the last ten years and have a Permanent Resident Card.  Am I required to take the TOEFL or MELAB?
All students whose native language is not English are required to present TOEFL or MELAB scores, unless you have graduated from an American high school or have obtained 24 credits from an American college, including at least one English course (not ESL).
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I would like to obtain an F-1 visa and I am currently not in the United States.  What steps do I need to take?
To start to obtain an F-1 visa status, you can complete an online undergraduate or graduate application. We will then send you the additional forms required.
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If I am an international student, do I need to attend an orientation program?
Yes. The Office of International Students and Scholars coordinates a special program to meet your needs. They will send you information regarding your orientation program.
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If I am an out-of-state or international student, how can I change my residency rates?
Students who would like to change their residency rates must apply for re-classification with the Registrar's Office. You can also find helpful information about re-classification in the undergraduate catalog and graduate catalog.
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If I am uncertain of my immigration status or think I am out of status, what should I do?
If you are uncertain of your immigration status, or think you are out of status, please make an appointment with an international student adviser immediately. The International Students and Scholars telephone number is (248) 370-3358.
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What is the average age of Oakland University students?
More than 63 percent of Oakland University's undergraduate students are between the ages of 17-22. For more information about OU students, see the student profile section of the Future Students site.
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