In a reciprocal or direct exchange, the student remains enrolled at Southern Oregon University while studying at a partner institution abroad. He or she pays tuition and fees at SOU as well, just as if he or she were here, but all housing, meals, and other costs will be paid in the host country. Most scholarships and financial aid will apply as usual. Generally, these programs are the most cost-effective way to study abroad. All students must be interviewed and recommended by the Associate Director of Study Away in the Office of International Programs (OIP). The SOU student applicant must have the respective program application forwarded to the host institution by the SOU Office of International Programs.
Where Can I Go?
SOU currently has reciprocal exchange agreements with universities in England, France, Finland, Germany, Japan, Mexico, and South Korea.
University of Winchester. Fall Semester Only. Direct enrollment in university courses. All majors. This is one of SOU’s longest-running reciprocal exchange programs and is very competitive. In the last couple of years SOU has been able to send 5-6 students each Fall. Selection based on academic achievement, faculty recommendations, and class standing.
Okayama University. First Semester, April-September/Second Semester, October-March. Training in Japanese Language and Culture. All majors.
Shinshu University. First Semester, April-September/Second Semester, October-March. Intensive Japanese Language Program. All majors.
Tokyo International University. First September, April-Semester/Second Semester, October-March. Japan Studies Program, focusing on language and culture. Elective courses taught in English are available during both semesters. All Majors.
Nagoya University of Foreign Studies (NUFS) Japanese language and culture classes. All majors.
Hochschule für Technik und Wirschaft des Saarlands, University of Applied Sciences. Summer Semester, March-July/Winter Semester, September-January. Business majors only. Masters Program: Dual degree and traditional exchange year options. Most courses taught in English. German language course recommended.
Hochschule Harz, University of Applied Sciences. March-July/Winter Semester, September-January. Business majors only. Dual degree and traditional exchange year options. Most courses taught in English. German language course recommended.
University of Guanajuato. Fall and Spring Semesters. Direct enrollment in the university. Must have documented knowledge of the Spanish language to enroll in regular courses in the university or at the UG Centro de Idiomas for spanish language and culture classes. All majors.
South Korea (Republic of Korea)
Chonnam National University In the Spring Semester (March-June) and during the Fall Semester (September-December), SOU exchange students enroll in regular courses, many of them taught in English.
Summer Option: Choose from a variety of classes taught in english as well as participate in exciting excursions. Student participants can take up to 6 credits during the four-week period (late June until late July) and experience Korean culture during the CNU International Summer Session.
Dankook University. There are two possibilities for study at Dankook University: during the regular school year and in the summer. In the Spring Semester (March-June) and during the Fall Semester (September-December), SOU exchange students enroll in regular courses, some of which are taught in English. All majors.
Summer only:Academic Program of the International Summer School. The academic program consists of four weeks of intensive classes (8 SOU credits) taught by international and/or Korean professors in English. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of cultural activities and field trips during their stay. All majors. English Village Program. Prior to attending the Academic Program of the International Summer School, students have the opportunity to teach English for three weeks to small groups of Dankook University students. Free housing is offered for participants in the English Village Program, as well as up to $1,200 airfare reimbursement.
Yeungnam University. Business courses taught in English. In the Spring Semester (March-June) and during the Fall Semester (September-December), SOU exchange students enroll in regular courses, many of them taught in English.
Study business in Lille, France.
Study international business or hospitality management at Saimaa University of Applied Sciences.
The process of reciprocal exchange is probably one of the most involved. However, with a little bit of patience and a lot of planning, it can be done in an expeditious manner and the monetary savings makes the extra effort worth the time.
For more information regarding the application procedure, please visit the individual program page. Students must submit their applications in person to our office in Stevenson Union. You must meet with an office staff person in order to turn in your application. Thus, during busy times of the year, it is wise to schedule an appointment with a Peer Advisor when you are ready to turn in your application.
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