English Proficiency for Non-Native Speakers

Southern Oregon University provides non-native English speakers assistance in developing the writing and communication skills needed for a successful university experience. The coursework is developed and taught by faculty committed to international education.

Non-native English speakers who are admitted to SOU as degree-seeking students with a TOEFL score below 580 pBT or 92 iBT are required to complete English 101 and 102 during their first year at SOU. This policy applies to all non-native English speakers enrolled at Southern Oregon University, regardless of citizenship or residency status. This series of courses also fulfills the Arts & Letters Exploration Sequence of the SOU General Education Requirements.

You may be exempt from the SOU English proficiency requirements if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • You are not seeking a degree from SOU.
  • You have submitted an official TOEFL score at or above 580 pBT or 92 iBT.
  • You have completed an AA, BA, BS or other advanced degree at an accredited US university, junior college or community college.
  • You have completed Writing 121 and 122 or equivalent courses at an accredited US university, junior college or community college.

If you believe you have been mistakenly required to meet the SOU English proficiency requirements, please contact the International Student Advisor in the Office of International Programs.