How do we define an international student?
An international student is any student who is not a United States citizen or a permanent resident in the U.S. An F1 or J1 visa is normally required to study in the U.S. Learn more about these visas.
Am I required to study as a full time student?
Yes. U.S. immigration law requires that all international students on F1 student visas maintain full-time enrollment. To be considered full time, undergraduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 quarter credits each term. Graduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 quarter credits each term to be considered full time.
Is the TOEFL required for those students who have earned a bachelor's or higher degree from a U.S. college or university?
No. Graduating from a U.S. college or university is considered sufficient demonstration of English proficiency.
How long is a TOEFL score valid?
Two years. TOEFL scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Our school code is 4702
Do you have an intensive English program?
Yes. Students whose English does not meet exam requirements may enroll in SOU's Intensive English Program (IEP). Students who successfully complete the IEP program transition directly into their undergraduate or graduate program.
Are international students required to take the SAT or ACT?
Not normally. Contact the Office of Admissions if you have questions about U.S. college entrance exams.
What degree programs are available at SOU?
SOU offers both bacherlor's and master's degrees in a variety of fields. Explore our majors and graduate programs here.
When should I start the application process??
At least 60 days before the start of your desired term. Fall quarter begins in September, winter quarter beings in January, spring quarter begins in March, and Summer quarter begins in June.
How long does application processing take?
Undergraduate application processing takes at least two weeks from the date all documents are received. Graduate application processing takes at least four weeks from the date all documents are received.
Can international students apply for a second undergraduate degree?
Yes. Students who have an undergraduate (bachelor's) degree can apply as postbaccalaureate non-graduate students.
I have sent my application to SOU. What happens next?
Once we receive your application, we will send you a letter or email to confirm the receipt of your application. If admitted, a Letter of Acceptance and a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019 Form) will be mailed to you.
Are international students required to pay tuition in advance?
No. Tuition and fees are due during the first week of each term.
Can international students apply for financial aid and scholarships?
International students cannot apply for federal financial aid. A few scholarships are available for international students.
Can international students work on campus?
What should I do to get a student visa?
After you are admitted to SOU you will receive a Notification of Admission and a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019 Form). In order to obtain a student visa, present the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019 Form) to a United States embassy or consulate. Follow the steps listed under beginning the visa process and applying for your F-1 student visa.
If you are attending a college or university in the United States, you must obtain a new Form I-20 from Southern Oregon University. Be sure to follow the steps listed under transfering your F-1 student visa. Your SEVIS record must be released from your former school to Southern Oregon University.
Do I need health insurance?
Yes. All international students are required to have health insurance, which must be purchased through SOU once you arrive on campus.
Do I need to submit an immunization record?
Yes. Information about required immunizations will be sent to you by the Office of International Programs after you have been accepted for admission to the university.
Can I defer my offer of admission?
Yes. SOU admits students for a specific term. You must submit a new application with updated transcripts to reapply for a different term. Your $50 application fee is good for five quarters. Applications and supporting documents are kept for one calendar year. Graduate students should check with their program department for permission to defer attendance.
Do I have to attend the International Student Orientation?
All newly admitted international students are required to attend the International Student Orientation at the beginning of each academic term. After you are accepted for admission you will receive information about orientation from the Office of International Programs.
Where can I go for additional information?
The Office of International Programs works with new and continuing international students. Their website has additional information and resources to help plan your studies at SOU.