Southern Oregon University

SOU_2011Southern Oregon University is an inclusive campus community dedicated to student success, intellectual growth, and responsible global citizenship. We are committed to:

  • A challenging and practical liberal arts and sciences education centered on student learning, accessibility, and civic engagement;
  • Academic programs, partnerships, public service, outreach, sustainable practices, and economic development activities that address regional needs such as health and human services, business, and education; and
  • Outstanding programs that draw on and enrich our unique arts community and bioregion.

Choose from 100 areas of study including 33 majors. Our rich liberal arts and sciences curriculum is balanced with career-focused preparation. Enjoy small, individualized classes and close mentoring relationships with faculty. Students who need to develop English language proficiency for academic study and business or professional communication can enroll in the Intensive English Program (IEP) at SOU. For more information on this program visit SOU’s Intensive English Program (IEP).

Southern Oregon University Students


School curriculum summary

Academic programs run on a quarter-system comprised of three 10 week terms: fall, winter, and spring. Summer Session offerings are generally 8 weeks, but can be different formats. A full-time undergraduate student load is 12-18 credits, 9-16 credits for graduate students. International students must be enrolled full-time to maintain their F1 visa status.

At SOU, you will have 33 majors and more than 100 areas of study to choose from. For a full list of SOU’s academic programs, visit SOU Academics.

Students who are admitted to Southern Oregon University who lack the required English proficiency score, will be admitted into the Intensive English Program (IEP). English instruction will be given prior to beginning studies at the university level. At each level, students learn grammar, reading, writing and speaking. Upon completing the highest level of English instruction in the IEP, students will continue into their degree programs without having to take the IELTS or TOEFL exam.

SOU specializes in small classes that allow students to work closely with faculty. Almost all classes at SOU are taught by faculty members, not graduate teaching assistants. SOU has a 23:1 student-faculty ratio and an average of 21 students in each class.

SOU faculty members are highly trained specialists engaged in teaching, research, and related academic work. They come from colleges and universities throughout the United State and from foreign countries. Eighty-two percent of SOU’s faculty have the highest degrees in their respective fields.
Visit the SOU Catalog: SOU Catalog Course Descriptions
SOU’s international students can choose from a wide range of housing options. Including campus housing, Ashland Homestays, or apartments.

For more information on campus housing, go to:

Short term and customized programs for international groups are also available through SOU’s Office of International Programs. We provide a full-range of program development services, including curriculum design, cultural & recreational excursions, accommodations with local host families or in on-campus residence halls, meals, local transportation, immigration documentation support, and program completion ceremonies & certificates.

SOU Undergraduate Program Estimated Costs (academic year)

  • Tuition & Fees: $18,876
  • Room & Board: $11,600
  • Books & Supplies: $1,000
  • Medical Insurance: $1,384
  • Personal Expenses: $1,540

TOTAL: $34,400

SOU Intensive English Program Estimated Costs (academic year)

  • Tuition & Fees: $11,700
  • Room & Board: $11,600
  • Books & Supplies: $1,000
  • Medical Insurance: $1,384
  • Personal Expenses: $1,540

TOTAL: $27,224

International students may apply for several generous, merit-based scholarship programs. For more information, visit SOU International Student Scholarships.

Southern Oregon University

Office of International Programs
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, Oregon 97520
Phone: 541-552-6610
Fax: 541-552-8195
SOU International Admissions
Contact: Ms. Noel Porter, International Programs and Admissions Coordinator

International students who are interested in studying at SOU can find admission requirements, application details and deadlines at SOU International Admissions.

We hope to see you at SOU!