The Association of Latin American Students - ALAS embraces citizens from all the countries in Latin America. Furthermore, all incoming students and members of the OSU community interested in Latin America are welcome to join ALAS.

Our purpose is to promote the unity of its members around the common cultural values while seeking for the identification, understanding and respect of each country’s culture. ALAS also contributes to the cultural richness of the Oregon State University, Corvallis and surrounding communities.

Currently, our association has more than 50 members enrolled in different undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as alumni and faculty. Our members come from almost every country in Latin America, which provides great diversity to our association. ALAS was founded in 1991 by a group of Latin American students who had the desire to build a community where Latin American students could share experiences and traditions, and exchange ideas.

Our objectives


  • To promote a sense of community and cohesiveness amongst the Latin American students and general public.
  • To promote leadership in the committee and the members, in order to effectively succeed in the purpose of the Association.
  • To share the Latin American cultures with the members of OSU and the local community, in order to enrich knowledge and increase understanding of the Association member’s national heritage.
  • To serve as a communication link of relevant and important information between Oregon State University (OSU), International Students of OSU (ISOSU), and members.
  • To assist the new coming Latin American students in finding resources for academic, housing, social, career or other kind of needs that might arise during their arrival and stay at OSU
  • To supply to the members and the community with an environment for social interaction


The Association of Latin American Students at Oregon State University is an student-run association recognized by OSU and an affiliate of the International Student Oregon State University Association ISOSU.