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How to apply...

Applications for 2018 will be accepted beginning in October and will be due on March 2, 2018.

For Master's degree candidates, follow the three-step process below. If you are interested in taking courses without pursuing the degree, see instructions for Non-Master's Students below. Applications submitted after the deadline are subject to a $30 late fee.

Master's Candidates

Step I

The first step is the online SOU graduate application. It requires an application fee and official sealed transcripts from ALL universities previously attended (even if credit from one institution was transferred to another).  Official transcripts are to be sent directly to the Admissions office; do not send them to the Summer Language Institute. Please note: although GRE scores are requested on this form, our program does not require them. Also, although you will be asked about your state residency, out of state tuition does not apply to our program.  All students pay the same rate (see Fee Information).

*If you are a U.S. citizen, please DO NOT complete the application for Graduate International Students.  This is only for foreign (non U.S.) applicants.

Step II

The second form is the online SOU Summer Language Institute application, which will be available here in October. You will also need to upload a one-page statement of your teaching philosophy, resume, two signed letters of recommendation that address your teaching and language experience, and your ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview rating (see step III).  

Step III

To demonstrate your language proficiency, all candidates must submit a copy of an ACTFL certified oral proficiency interview rating (OPI).  In order to set up this interview, go to Language Testing International and fill out the application form. Select "Web-Based Proctor." Also, select "Southern Oregon University" as the school you are affiliated with, so we will have direct access to your score. The process to set up the interview and receive the results can take several weeks, so you should begin as soon as possible.  Please make sure to select the OPI exam, as we do not accept the OPIc.


We will mail acceptance letters in March. At that time we will send information regarding housing and course registration along with travel insurance and liability forms that you must complete. An initial tuition deposit of $500 is due April 6, 2018. Full balance of tuition and fees is due May 11, 2018.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

The $500 tuition deposit is nonrefundable. If we receive written notice of your cancellation between May 11 and May 31, 2018 we will refund 50% of tuition which does not include the $500 deposit.  No refunds will be made after May 31, 2018.

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