Office of International Programs
Stevenson Union 322
In an SOU program, the student remains enrolled at Southern Oregon University while studying at a host institution abroad. He or she pays tuition and fees at SOU 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 recommended by the Study Away Coordinator and the individual student applications are forwarded to the host institution by the SOU Office of International Programs.
List of SOU Programs
University of Winchester (Winchester, Hampshire, England)
Similar in size to SOU, this liberal arts college is located in historic Winchester, an hour by train from London. Students enjoy private rooms in U of W’s residence halls and select coursework in the social sciences and humanities. The college is on a semester system. Students have the option to study away fall semester for the cost of SOU tuition/fees and January through May (winter and spring terms) for a supernumerary rate.
IAE School of Management (Lille, France)
IAE is located in Lille, two hours north of Paris, and is for business majors only. Students can enroll for up to one year in the Business Administration program. Courses are taught in English. Incoming exchange students have the option to take French language courses during their stay at the university.
SOU offers two programs in Germany for business students. Students can attend for one or two semesters or a full academic year studying business administration or hospitality and tourism management. Both programs also offer the option of a dual degree. Students follow a specific curriculum of classes at SOU and then attend either Hochschule Harz or HTW taking two semesters of specific courses to qualify for the dual degree. Upon successful completion of both programs, students are awarded diplomas from both institutions. No German language is required before participating in the program but it is highly recommended.
Hochschule Harz (Wernigerode, Germany)
Hochschule Harz is located in historic Wernigerode in the Harz mountain region of former East Germany. Participants take coursework in English on a variety of business topics in either business administration or hospitality and tourism management. German language courses are taught at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.
Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (HTW) (Saarbrücken, Germany)
SOU business students take coursework in English on a variety of business topics as well as German language. Students have the option to study away for fall and spring semesters as well as take part in a special three week summer program. This program is offered at both the undergraduate and master’s levels.
Okayama University (Okayama, Japan)
Students can study for one semester or an academic year in Okayama University’s EPOK exchange program, designed for U.S. students wishing to know more about Japan and Japanese society. One year of college-level Japanese is recommended. Coursework is available in a variety of areas, including social sciences, arts and letters, business, and science, in addition to courses in Japanese language. Classes other than Japanese language are taught in English.
Shinshu University (Nagano, Japan)
Students can study for one semester or an academic year in Nagano. Exchange students are registered as Shinshu University Exchange Students (SUIC) and are able to take Japanese related courses offered by SUIC or regular courses offered by other faculties. (Students may be restricted from enrolling in some courses due to language proficiency requirements or depending on the study area.) All majors are eligible to apply.
Tokyo International University (Kawagoe, Japan)
Students live with Japanese host families and take courses in English in the Japan Studies Program. Japanese Language is a required course. Students have the option to study away fall or spring semesters or for a full academic year.
Ochanomizu University (Tokyo, Japan)
Ochanomizu is a small private women’s university located in Tokyo, Japan, Students need to be proficient in Japanese to attend regular semester sessions. Ochanomizu offers an international summer school in which both male and female students can participate in a Japanese language and culture program. For more information visit the International Programs office.
Ryutsu Kezai Universiity (RKU) (Tokyo, Japan)
RKU is a small private university with two campus locations in Tokyo, Japan, Students need to be proficient in Japanese to attend this university. RKU is well-iknown in Japan for its athletic programs.
Universidad de Guanajuato (Guanajuato, Mexico)
The University of Guanajuato is one of SOU’s oldest exchange partners. Rated as one of the finest universities in Mexico, students can study in a range of academic fields while also working intensively on their Spanish. This program requires at least two years of college-level Spanish and for students to have the ability to take regular academic courses taught in Spanish. Spanish language courses are also offered at varying levels. Students may attend for one semester or an academic year and it is open to all majors.
Escuela Bancaria y Comercio - Mexico’s Business School (Mexico City, Mexico)
EBC offers a wide range of courses instructed by outstanding faculty. Programs and courses are taught in English at undergraduate level and in Spanish at graduate level. Students can combine courses of both languages but not the levels. Primarily for business majors and minors. Students have the option to study away during fall, spring, and summer semesters.
Chonnam National University (Gwangju, South Korea)
SOU students will receive a scholarship to study at Chonnam in exchange for teaching after-school English classes at a rural elementary school for nine hours a week. The scholarship term is either six months or one year and requires a four-week training program. Benefits include a monthly stipend of approximately $800.00, dormitory housing, health insurance, vacation leave, and cultural experience programs. SOU students enroll in regular courses, many of them taught in English. There are options to study away during fall and spring semester or for a full academic year. In addition, students have the option to take up to 6 credits during a four-week period of the summer.
Dankook University (Yongin, South Korea)
There are two possibilities for study at Dankook University: during fall and spring semesters and in the summer. In the summer the academic program consists of four weeks of intensive classes (6 SOU credits). SOU students enroll in regular courses, some of which are taught in English. Prior to attending the summer program, students have the opportunity to teach English for three weeks to small groups of Dankook University students. Free housing is offered for participants in this program as well as up to $1,200 airfare reimbursement. All majors are eligible to apply.
Yeungnam University (Gyeongsan, South Korea)
Student Program participants can apply to receive a Korean government scholarship and teach after-school English classes 9 hours a week at elementary schools while continuing their studies in their home university’s host institution in Korea. Business courses taught in English. There are options to study away during fall and spring semester as well as during the summer.
For more information regarding the application procedure, please visit the individual program page. Students must submit their applications in person to the International Programs Office in the Stevenson Union, and be recommended to the partner university. You must meet with an office staff person in order to turn in your application. It is recommended to schedule an appointment when you are ready to turn in your application. The deadline for applying to all SOU programs is February 15.
SOU Affiliated Programs
Programs falling under the title Affiliated include many different models, including direct enrollment at a university abroad and education abroad facilitated by an organization or another U.S. university. Affiliated programs include academic year, semester, and summer programs. In any type of Affiliated program, students are enrolled at SOU and therefore the course credit is recorded on your SOU transcript. If you have institutional scholarships, make sure to complete and submit a deferral form (Scholarships and Financial Aid Office) before you leave. It is possible to use federal financial aid on most Affiliated programs. Institution-specific scholarships would not apply.
Study Away Organizations
SOU has affiliation agreements with six study away organizations, which allows our students to use federal financial aid without much difficulty:
AHA Study Abroad www.ahastudyabroad.org/
AHA has programs in the following countries: Argentina, Austria, China, Easter Islands, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Spain, and The United Kingdom.
API Study Abroad www.apistudyabroad.com/
API has programs in the following countries: Argentina, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Qatar, Scotland, Spain, and United Arab Emirates.
Oregon Abroad www.oregonabroad.ous.edu/
Oregon Abroad has programs in the following countries: Australia, China, Denmark, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Spain, and Thailand.
SIT Field Studies www.sit.edu/studyabroad/
SIT has programs in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Bosnia, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Ghana, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Mongolia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Nepal, Netherlands, Panama, Peru, Samoa, Serbia, South Africa, Switzerland, Tanzania-Zanzibar, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, and Vietnam.
USAC Study Abroad www.usac.unr.edu/
USAC has programs in the following countries: Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland Spain, Sweden,Thailand, and Turkey.
National Student Exchange www.nse.org/
The National Student Exchange, or NSE, is a network for inter-university exchange within the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. SOU students have the option to study away for up to one academic year at any of NSE’s approved partner universities.
NSE has program offerings in the following locations: Alabama, Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine,Manitoba, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota,Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Newfoundland and Labrador, North Carolina,North Dakota, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Quebec, Rhode Island, Saskatchewan, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
Southern Oregon University offers two programs that facilitate international internships, IE3 Global Internships and API Cultural Embrace. Students who wish to participate in these programs should visit the International Programs office for guidance and information on starting an application. Students will also need to meet with their academic advisor to establish the parameters of their internship such as additional course work, credits to be awarded, grading, and course title.
IE3 global Internships (IE3)
IE3 Global Internships is a self-funded, non-profit program, administratively supported by Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. IE3 provides academically accredited opportunities that develop students’ understanding of global issues and equips them with professional experience and international competence. Since the beginning of the program, over 2000 interns have participated. A team of directors manage and maintain the standards of the program and provide all support for placement, orientation, visa recommendations, and support while abroad. The program is open to all majors and upon successful completion of the program final academic credits are awarded by SOU. This program serves upper-division undergraduate and graduate level students.
API Cultural Embrace
API Cultural Embrace offers students the opportunity to teach, work, volunteer, or intern abroad in a variety of countries. Students gain academic credit and work experience in an international environment.