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10 great reasons to study in Oregon

19 Jul, 2023
10 great reasons to study in Oregon

Are you an international student dreaming of studying in the United States? With its stunning natural beauty, vibrant cities, and world-class universities, Oregon offers a unique and enriching experience for students from around the globe.

In this blog post, we'll explore 10 great reasons why you should consider studying in the so-called Beaver State.

1. World-class universities and colleges

The ninth-largest state in America, Oregon is home to more than fifty colleges and universities. One of the most prestigious institutions in the state is the University of Oregon, known for its strong programs in areas such as business, journalism, and architecture. Another standout institution is Oregon State University, renowned for its cutting-edge research in fields like agriculture, engineering, and marine sciences.

Currently, students at Kings have the option to complete their studies at the top-ranked University of Oregon through the Guaranteed Outcome program. They study the first two years of their undergraduate degree program at our partner institute, Southern Oregon University, before transferring to the University of Oregon to finish their degree.

2. A wide range of academic programs and fields of study

Whether you're interested in pursuing arts and humanities or STEM disciplines, you can gain an outstanding education in Oregon.

From renowned programs in marine biology and environmental science to world-class engineering and computer science departments, Oregon universities provide students with ample opportunities to pursue their passions and acquire valuable skills for the future. In addition, many institutions offer unique interdisciplinary programs that combine multiple areas of study, allowing students to explore their interests from different perspectives.

With state-of-the-art facilities, expert faculty members, and vibrant campus communities, Oregon universities provide an enriching educational experience that prepares students for success in their chosen fields.

3. Beautiful natural landscapes and opportunities for outdoor recreation

As a student in Oregon, you'll be surrounded by some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the whole of America. From the breath-taking landscapes of Crater Lake National Park to the vibrant city life of Portland, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Take a hike along the breathtaking Columbia River Gorge, where you can witness waterfalls cascading down towering cliffs. Explore the charming coastal towns like Cannon Beach, where you can marvel at the iconic Haystack Rock and stroll along miles of pristine beaches.

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Thrill-seekers can try their hand at sandboarding on the Oregon Dunes or go white-water rafting on the Deschutes River.

4. A welcoming and inclusive community

With its diverse population and vibrant culture, the state offers a warm and friendly atmosphere that embraces individuals of different backgrounds and identities.

The state takes pride in its commitment to inclusivity, with various organizations and initiatives working tirelessly to promote equality and acceptance. In fact, In 2022, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University and Portland State University all received a national award that honors college and universities for having a university culture committed to diversity and inclusion. They were among just 103 honored nationally with the 2022 the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

5. A vibrant arts and cultural scene

Oregon is a haven for art and culture enthusiasts, with its thriving arts scene and rich cultural offerings. From world-class museums to independent galleries and theaters, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

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The Portland Art Museum showcases a diverse collection of art from different periods and cultures, while the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland offers unforgettable performances of Shakespearean plays and contemporary works.

Music lovers can catch live concerts at the iconic Crystal Ballroom or enjoy outdoor performances at the Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts series. With numerous festivals celebrating music, film, and visual arts throughout the year, Oregon embraces its creative spirit.

6. Opportunities for internships and job prospects

Oregon offers a wide range of opportunities for internships and job prospects for students. With its thriving economy and diverse industries, there are plenty of options for students to gain valuable experience and kickstart their careers. From tech companies in Portland to outdoor recreation companies in Bend, there is something for everyone.

Many companies in Oregon actively seek out interns and offer programs that provide hands-on training and mentorship. These internships can lead to full-time job opportunities after graduation, as many companies value the skills and experience that students bring to the table.

7. Affordable cost of living compared to other states

Oregon offers affordable living compared to many other states, making it an attractive option for those seeking a more budget-friendly lifestyle. The state also has no sales tax, which can save residents a significant amount of money on their purchases.

With its beautiful landscapes and vibrant communities, Oregon provides a high quality of life without the hefty price tag that can be found in some of its neighboring states. So, if you're looking for affordability without sacrificing the amenities and natural beauty that Oregon has to offer, this is definitely the place for you.

8. Access to innovative industries and technology hubs

Oregon is a hub of innovation and technology, offering access to a wide range of cutting-edge industries. From the thriving tech scene in Portland to the renewable energy sector in Eugene, there are countless opportunities for individuals and businesses looking to be at the forefront of innovation.

The state's commitment to sustainability and clean energy has attracted companies working on everything from electric vehicles to advanced manufacturing. In addition, Oregon's universities and research institutions contribute to a vibrant ecosystem of innovation, fostering collaboration and creativity.

9. A sustainable and environmentally conscious lifestyle

From recycling programs to renewable energy initiatives, Oregon has long been at the forefront of environmental conservation. The state offers numerous resources and support systems for those looking to reduce their carbon footprint and make sustainable choices in their everyday lives.

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Whether it's choosing locally sourced organic food, participating in community clean-up events, or using public transportation, there are countless ways to embrace sustainable living while in Oregon.

10. Easy access to other states and cities

Oregon’s enviable location on America’s West Coast sees it nestled between California and Washington; two states which also hold great appeal travel-wise, and also when it comes to employment. It also has borders with Idaho and Nevada.

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Oregon has extensive transport options, and the international airport in Portland is served by several domestic and international airlines, making it accessible from a range of countries too.

How Kings Can Help You Study in Oregon

At Kings, we have designed our GO (Guaranteed Outcome) programs specifically to offer streamlined paths to the very best universities in the USA.

Students begin their university life at one of our partner schools, then with on-the-ground guidance and support from experts, apply as a transfer student in their second or third year to a Top 50 or Top 100 school. It’s from one of these gold-standard institutions that they graduate.

Our GO:Oregon program enables students to graduate from the nationally ranked University of Oregon.

  • Students complete the first two years of their undergraduate degree program at Southern Oregon University. They’ll have a Conditional Letter of Acceptance from the University of Oregon before they arrive.
  • They take degree classes with American students from day one. There’s no 'Year 0'.
  • We’ll help develop their student profile to become an 'Oregon-ready' student.
  • Kings expert University Advisors on campus will support them all the way. They make the transfer process straightforward.
  • They’ll transfer after 2 years to the University of Oregon (upon meeting requirements on the CLA.), from where they will graduate.

Learn more about how Kings can help you graduate from the University of Oregon, or another top ranked US university

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