As the face of the University,  our Admissions Department is committed to recruit, admit, and assist a diverse group of students, fostering a vibrant educational atmosphere that provides a memorable and impactful learning experience. Our Admissions staff is available for in-person or phone consultations.

Enrolling is Easy!

We gladly offer our programs to both U.S. and international students. In fact, a huge percentage of our student body and alumni are from out of town. 50% of our students are from out-of-state and 10-20% are international and we are always looking for ways to spread our curriculum globally. From South America Eurasia, our international students come from all over the world and return to their home countries with a foundation of information that allows them to spread the knowledge, create change and new careers. Tuition is the same for all students, including international students.

Step 1

Learn about our offered courses on our Academics page 

Step 2

Enroll in an available course on our Course Schedule

Step 3

Pay tuition to complete enrollment & reserve your seat


You will receive our Welcome Letter via email

United States Resident Requirements
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Enroll online, on campus or call us at (510)251-1544
  • Present an acceptable form of photo identification (e.g. State drivers license, state ID card or passport).
  • Pay tuition. In order to reserve your spot in any class, you must make a tuition payment. Without a tuition payment you cannot participate in a class, so it is extremely important that you pay tuition before coming to class the first day. We accept cash, checks, money orders, and Visa/MasterCard/Discover.
International Requirements
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Enroll online on campus or call us at (510)251-1544
  • We recommend that international students attending the 14 week Semester to apply for a Travel Visa instead of a Student Visa 
  • Present an acceptable form of photo identification (e.g. State drivers license, state ID card or passport).
  • Pay tuition. In order to reserve your spot in any class, you must make a tuition payment. Without a tuition payment you cannot participate in a class, so it is extremely important that you pay tuition before coming to class the first day. We accept cash, checks, money orders, and Visa/MasterCard/Discover.


warning: Don’t identify Cannabis or Marijuana education or industry as a reason for entering the country as you may be denied entry.

Oakland & Beyond

Oaksterdam University courses are offered year round at our campus in Oakland, California with both 14-week semesters and condensed 4-day seminar formats. We also take our programs and instructors on the road to other states and nations such as Colorado, Florida, Michigan, New York, Nevada, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Uruguay and Jamaica.

To find out where OU will be next, check out our course schedule and event pages!

Diverse Student Body

Students who attend Oaksterdam University come from all walks of life, from 18 to 86 years old, with multiple nationalities and differing educational backgrounds. From recent high school graduates and doctoral students to master growers and experienced (non-cannabis) professionals, the Oaksterdam classroom reflects the diversity of the industry and of the world. This authentic learning community provides unique opportunities for networking with potential partners and consultants, pioneers and experts, enriching your student experience.

  • California Residents 30%
  • Out-of-state Students 50%
  • International Students 20%

Student & Alumni Benefits

Oaksterdam University students benefit from classes taught by experienced cannabis industry professionals as well as networking opportunities with faculty and peers. With the world’s original hands-on cannabis training facility, students will gain the experience, knowledge, and confidence needed to succeed and lead in the cannabis industry. Our labs and workshops supply students with hands-on opportunities to work directly with horticulture equipment and cannabis plants from seed to harvest.

Renowned Faculty

Faculty comprised of the most well known activists, attorneys & growers

Network & Connect

Connect with peers and professionals and establish roots in the industry

Hands-on Education

Work directly with plants in all stages in our Horticulture labs & facilities


Achieve an Oaksterdam University Cannabis Industry Certification

Employment Listings

Access to our job board to receive exclusive employment opportunities

Volunteer Program

Volunteer Fridays in our horticulture facility to further your education


Graduates may apply to our 16 week Alumni Internship Program

Veteran Aid

Oaksterdam provides two options for Veterans seeking financial assistance: 15% off Tuition Veteran Discounts, any course, any time, and full Seminar tuition Veteran Scholarships. Click the button below to learn more.

Why Oaksterdam University?

  • Over 30,000 graduates from over 30 countries
  • Over 150 faculty members
  • Indoor & outdoor horticulture training
  • Business, medical & legal courses available
  • Hands-on education, horticulture labs & grow room design
  • Network with professionals & establish roots in the industry
  • Industry pioneers & authors of Prop 215 & Senate Bill 420
  • Our faculty are the most recognized in the industry
  • Our Alumni are the most active in the world
  • We don’t just teach the law, we helped write it


Oaksterdam University does not provide dorm rooms or hostel accommodations. Students may stay at a hotel, rent a room through Craigslist, search our student postings, or stay at Ed Rosenthal’s Bud and Breakfast.

Hotels We recommend that students coming into town for our 2 or 4-day seminars rent a room from a nearby hotel. Semester students can rent hotel rooms for the month at discounted rates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you send me information about OU?

In an effort to go paperless, we no longer mail out our Academic Catalog or Brochures. You can download them here

How do I enroll in an OU semester or seminar?

Enrolling is easy! We accept both US & International students. Please follow the instructions on our Enrollment Process page

Do I need a medical marijuana card to attend?

You do no need a medical marijuana card to attend Oaksterdam University

Do you have a wait list for classes?

Yes we do. Our semesters and seminars do fill quickly. If the course you were hoping to register for is full, you can add your name to our wait list by emailing or calling our admissions department. We offer seminars every month, however we only have 3 semesters per year. We recommend signing up as soon as you can. 

Can I send a check or money order?

Yes, payable to “Wise Education Technology, Inc.” to 1734 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612. 

I missed my class(es), can I reschedule/be refunded?

There are no refunds for missed classes. If you are going to miss your class please let us know as soon as possible.

There is a $50 rescheduling fee, that increases to $100 if a reschedule is requested within 7 days of the start of class.

For more information please refer to our Refund and Rescheduling policy.



Do you accept international students?

Yes. If you live outside the United states and would like to attend our university, you’re only requirement is that you must be 18 years of age or older at the time of registration. We do not have any visa requirements. Tuition for international students, out of state students, and California residents is the same.

Do you accept student visas?

We cannot accept student visas due to cannabis still being illegal in some countries. 

Do you accept G.I. Bills?

We do not accept G.I. bills

Do you offer scholarships or financial assistance?

We do not offer financial aid outside of out Veteran Aid program

What are the benefits of certification?

If you are applying for a job at a dispensary, our hope is that our certification program will give you the advantage in the selection process over someone who has NOT received certification.

Certification shows that you have taken all of our courses and have proved that you have met our standards of knowledge in the cannabis industry.

Once receiving certification from us, you are encouraged to list Oaksterdam University under “special training”. Dispensaries can then call and verify that you are a student in good standing. 

How long does it take to receive my certificate?

It can take up to 8 weeks to receive your certificate after we receive your exam(s) and/or assignments. 

Enroll Today!