WELCOME TO OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY!
This page contains quick references to the information that you want to know about OSU. You can also check out the OSU homepage for more information.
- How do I find out more about my academic department?
- What's happening on campus?
- Can I get a scholarship?
- How do I plan for healthcare?
- Can I get a job?
- How do I get involved on campus?
- How can I meet and make American friends?
- How do I find out more about OSU-Tulsa
- How do I find my way around Campus?
Oklahoma State University is divided into academic colleges, which contain multiple departments and various degree options. There are six undergraduate academic colleges. Graduate students are all part of the Graduate College. To find out more about your academic department, you should go to the website of your college.
There are a few great sources to find out what exciting events are developing on campus and become better acquainted with Stillwater and OSU.
News@OkState provides updates on the important and exciting things that are happening on campus.
The Daily O'Collegian (known as the O'Colly) is the student-run campus newspaper. It is a daily paper that runs news about the campus, student activities, events on campus and the city of Stillwater.
The Stillwater Newspress is the local daily newspaper which has news about the city of Stillwater and more.
There are a few scholarships available for nonresident students. Among them are:
- Nonresident Achievement Scholarship
- Transfer Nonresident Achievement Scholarship
- Alumni Legacy Scholarship
- Oklahoma Ethiopian Society (OES) Scholarship
- Thai Student Scholarship
The State of Oklahoma has enacted new immunization requirements for college and university students that include Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Hepatitis. TB testing is also required and available at the Student Health Center (in lieu of the TB form). For more details and information about these requirements go to UHS website.
OSU’s University Health Services requires students fill out a health history & immunization form. This form is included in your acceptance package and can also be found online HERE. Students should note that they will not be allowed to enroll in their second semester at OSU until this form has been completed. It is recommended that you complete this form before your arrival on campus. You can either submit the form in person upon your arrival at University Health Services, or you may send the completed form to: University Health Services, 1202 W Farm Rd., Stillwater, OK 74078.
Medical insurance is MANDATORY for all international students (visa holders) at Oklahoma State University and their dependents as U.S. medical care is extremely expensive. Medical insurance will be provided upon arrival. Fees for insurance will be applied to the 1st tuition billing statement you receive.
For students with existing insurance policies: You must submit proof of insurance to University Health Services (UHS) upon your arrival (UHS is located on campus at 1202 W. Farm Road). If your insurance is deemed sufficient, you will not be enrolled in the international student health insurance plan.
Visit Academic Health Plans to get more information on those policies.
For the following information, please visit insurance webpage on UHS wesite.
- OSU Student Health Insurance Plan information
- Graduate Assistant / Associate Health Insurance Coverage eligibility information.
- Health plan coverage eligibility
- Any student wanting to decline this Health Insurance Plan
- Coverage requirements for international students
- Frequently Ask Questions
All international students must have ISS approval prior to working. Students on F-1 visas (who are not sponsored) are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week ON CAMPUS. Students who are sponsored or on J-1 visas must come to the ISS office to determine if they are eligible for employment. Off-campus employment is prohibited except in rare cases which must be authorized by a DSO in the ISS office. Unauthorized off-campus employment is considered failure to maintain status and can result in deportation. Visit Information for F-1 students and Information for J-1 students for more information on the immigration regulations regarding employment.
How to secure employment?
Find a job. There are many ways to find on-campus jobs. Your friends may know an employer, the newspapers may have ads, there may ve signs posted around campus or you can find student employment on the Career Services website. It is important to note that international students do not qualify for Work-Study position, which are subsidized by the U.S. government.
Obtain a Work Permit from the ISS office. New students will not be able to get a Work Permit until they attend Employment Orientation Session Step 1 and 2. You may, however, obtain a Work Permit during orientation even if you don't have a job yet, so if you plan on working you should get one at that time.
Obtain a Social Security Number. Everyone who works in the U.S. must have a Social Security Number (SSN). Once you obtain a job, you must have your employer provide a letter, which must also be signed by a DSO in the ISS office.
For those of you who are Graduate Assistants, this is not your Letter of Offer from the department. The hiring department may access a template of the Letter for the Social Security Administration here.
You must take the letter to the Social Security Administration along with your I-20, passport, and I-94. Going prior to that may create delays in receiving your SSN. Once you have requested your SSN, you should receive the card in approximately two weeks. However, in most cases you can go back to the Social Security Administration the next day to receive the number.
Change your student ID to your Social Security Number. Click here, read the instructions, fill out and print the form and take it to the Registrar's Office in 322 Student Union.
All students who will be employed at OSU are required to obtain a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN) PRIOR to beginning their employment. This includes all graduate students with an assistantship offer. Employees CANNOT begin work in any capacity until the SSN is obtained.
Joining a student organization is the best way to meet people, have fun and get to know the OSU campus. Involvement on campus will help you feel at home at OSU. There are over 300 student organizations on campus, so everyone can find one that interests them! There are also many organizations specifically for international students. Visit HERE for opportunities to get involved.
The Oklahoma State University-Tulsa is the newest member of the OSU System. You can find out more about OSU-Tulsa by visiting OSU-Tulsa's International Students and Scholars website.
When you come first come to Stillwater and check in with ISS, we will tell you when , where and how you can get your OSU student ID card. You may also click HERE for more informaiton.
For more information, contact:
Office of International Students and Scholars