IntroDUCKtion is our orientation program that is required for all incoming students. During IntroDUCKtion, you’ll learn what it means to be a Duck and complete the steps needed for you to register for your spring term classes!

Due to the university’s response for reducing the spread of COVID-19, spring term will consist primarily of remote and online instruction. To follow the ruling of the university as well as the executive order from Governor Kate Brown, all Mid-Year IntroDUCKtion sessions will be virtual. All programming that would normally take place in person will be transitioned to being online and held virtually on a Zoom webinar. 

IntroDUCKtion Sessions

Spring 2021 virtual mid-year sessions:

  • Friday, March 12, from 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 27, from 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

If you have any questions regarding the virtual spring mid-year sessions, please contact our department by texting 541-346-1159 or emailing

Additional Requirements

Beyond your three-hour virtual IntroDUCKtion session, we also want you to get connected to various departments across campus. Our UO community has so much to offer. Before you start classes, we want you to learn more about who we are. Log on to to learn more about the required sessions and associated reflections that you must complete as part of your IntroDUCKtion experience.

Required for Freshmen

Required for Transfer Students 

Recommended Sessions for Everyone 

Academic Advising

You will be contacted by academic advisors from your major department after you register for spring IntroDUCKtion. They will email a link to schedule a one-on-one advising session via your "" email. If you have not received an email by Monday, March 20, you should contact the Office of Academic Advising at In order to prepare for your advising session, please:

  1. Claim your DuckID. Your DuckID is your computing account at the UO and provides you with UO email, access to wireless internet on campus, Canvas, and so much more. To learn more about the difference between your DuckID and UO ID, please refer to instructions from UO Information Services.
  2. Complete your mandatory Academic Advising Prep Module by logging into with your DuckID and password. 
  3. Download the Navigate app.
  4. Take your placement assessments. Take the required math placement assessment and the optional second-language placement assessment before your advising session.
  5. Review your major department’s information in the UO Catalog. If you are exploring, be sure to look at the Flight Paths to see if your interests and career goals align with a Flight Path.

Course Registration

You will be able to register for spring term courses after you complete your virtual advising session, though not before March 1 and your advisor has released your initial registration PIN.

We will apply an “Orientation Hold” on your account after spring term begins unless you meet all the requirements for IntroDUCKtion (listed above under the "Additional Requirements" section). Once this hold is applied, you will not be able to add or drop classes, or make grading option changes to your existing course schedule. Additionally, this hold will bar you from course registration for future terms, such as summer and fall, until your IntroDUCKtion requirements are met.

Additional Steps for International Students

Submit Your Insurance Compliance Form

New international students are required to have health insurance while studying at the UO. You will be automatically enrolled in the UO Student Health Benefits Plan for international students. If you already have health insurance which meets or exceeds the university’s requirements, you may qualify for a waiver of the UO Student Health Benefits Plan, but deadlines apply and waiver criteria is strictly enforced. For full details, go to Insurance Requirements on the health services website.

  1. Complete the "Insurance Compliance Form" on the myUOHealth portal as soon as you are notified of admission to the UO. This form is required even if you plan to request a waiver of the UO insurance plan. You cannot register for classes until this form is submitted.
  2. Review the insurance waiver request criteria to determine if you are eligible to waive out of the UO Student Health Benefits Plan. 

NOTE: If you are planning to take classes online/remote from outside the US, you must submit the insurance waiver request form at myUOHealth to be removed from the UO Student Health Benefits Plan.

If you have any questions, contact University Health Services at

Take the AEIS Placement Test

New international undergraduate students are required to take the online Academic English for International Students (AEIS) placement test to determine which, if any, AEIS courses you need to take in your first year of study at the UO. The AEIS program helps international students develop advanced expertise in English. Students take regular UO courses while enrolled in AEIS classes which are credit-bearing and count toward UO graduation requirements. The AEIS placement test must be taken before you can register for classes. 

NOTE: Prior to registering for classes, the UO Testing Center will send an email to your UO email account with the AEIS placement test instructions. There is nothing you need to do until you receive the AEIS testing instructions. However, if you meet one of the conditions to be exempt from the AEIS placement test, you must contact the AEIS advising office at

If you have any questions, contact AEIS at