Office of International Programs
Airfare - Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare after accepted to an SOU study abroad program. We recommend that you purchase a refundable ticket. Many students find cheaper flights with student rates at studentuniverse.com or statravel.com, websites that list mutliple airline prices or by checking rates of an airline in the host country.
Costs - Program costs are typically posted on the corresponding website; they vary greatly based on program length, cost of living in the region, airfare, currency exchange rate, etc. For the majority of SOU study abroad programs, students pay a program fee to one of our study abroad partners. AHA International, IE3 Global Internships, OUS International Programs and Educators Abroad Student Teaching each charge a program fee. Additionally, overall program costs exclude items such as airfare, room and board, all or some meals, study abroad health insurance, personal expenses, visa expenses, SOU International Programs' administrative fee, etc. SOU International Programs' requires you to pay a $100 fee at the time of your interview that will be applied toward the $275 SOU administrative fee charged per term of registration for your program to your SOU student account. AHA International program fee, please note the remaining AHA student budget in your AHA packet. There are a small number of SOU study abroad programs which charge SOU tuition and fees to your SOU student account. SOU study abroad program budgets are estimates. It's important that you understand the cost of your program and how scholarships, financial aid and/or loans may work with your program.
Please schedule an advising appointment by contacting Academic Support Programs at 541-552-6213 or in person in Stevenson Union 134 (basement). Bring your course syllabi or course description with you to your appointment. Pre-approval is recommended, using International Programs' Academic Advisor Course Equivalency Form (yellow form).
Upper Division - University Studies
Did you know that you may petition to have a course (or 2) that you took abroad to fulfill an SOU University Studies' Integration Strand Upper Division course? Keep your course syllabi and course work to facilitate this process. Please direct any strand substitution questions to Mada Morgan, Central 05, firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-552-8405.Your transfer grades and credits from your study abroad program must be showing on MySOU before you may submit your I and/or J course substitution form(s) below:
I Strand- Citizenship and Social Responsibility
J Strand- Diversity and Global Awareness
*** "Students Abroad" website by U.S. Department of State *** - this website is offers a comprehensive one-stop reference to university-aged living internationally. The site provides country specific information, tips for safe travel, important information about traveling and living overseas. Students may download flyers called go! guides as well as a Tips to Go Wallet Card. The site also includes information about emergency-preparedness, health emergencies, natural disasters, lost wallets or passports, and how to register with the U.S. Embassy in one's host country. Info for parents too.
Form that you may request on-line to be sent to SOU International Programs or to pick up yourself from Enrollment Services (Britt Hall).
SOU requires that all participants in any SOU education abroad/internship program be be covered by Gallagher Koster (GK) Study Abroad Insurance. SOU bilateral programs and SOU's study abroad partners (AHA International, IE3 Global Internships and OUS International Programs) automatically enroll students for GK coverage. For SOU bilateral programs, SOU students receive an email from Gallagher Koster Insurance with dates of coverage, and a medical ID card. Please visit www.gallagherkoster.com/SouthernStudyAbroad for information about policy coverage; how to file a claim; extending your insurance coverage post-program through the Leisure Travel Extension Plan; online chatting with a GK representative and/or printing a new medical ID card. On the website, select either AHA, IE3 Global Internships, Oregon University System - Study Abroad, or Southern Oregon Univsity - Study Abroad, depending on your program agent. If you're not sure, contact the SOU Education Abroad Advisor. The insurance cost for Summer 2011 - Spring 2012 is $11.28/week; coverage starts about 1 week prior to the program start date and ends about 1 week after the program end date.
Health Resources - Center for Disease Control travel health advisories
World Health Organization health information
Orientation Dates at SOU
Spring 2011 start: Wednesday, February 23rd, 4-7 p.m. in Stevenson Union 306
Summer or Fall 2011 start: Tuesday, May 24th, 4-7 p.m. in Library 305 (Meese Room)
Winter 2012 start: TBA
Orientations are only for students who have been fully accepted into a study abroad program or internship.
Note: OUS and IE3 participants are required to attend a separate orientation all day on a Saturday in Eugene or Corvallis. Check corresponding web site for details.
Closest location- Medford Post Office, hours, pictures on-site.
The Department of State has created a secure website where American citizens planning to travel overseas can register on line with the U.S. Government. This system replaces the requirement for Americans to register directly with the Embassy in the country where they plan to travel to or reside in. All
Embassies and Consulates have access to the website and can monitor who is in their consular district. For one-semester students, you would register as a short-term traveler. Students studying abroad for the year would register as long-term travelers. Please register with the U.S. Government on-line at: https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/.
This website will walk you through the registration process.
Click on the above link to learn about many study abroad scholarships available to students. You will need to research and plan ahead!! Most SOU Financial Aid (e.g. SOSA, OSAC among others) applies to most SOU study abroad programs. SOU scholarships - click here. General information about Financial Aid- click here. For information about your particular financial aid/loan package and availability, please visit Debbie Beck, 541.552.6162. Enrollment Services Center in Britt Hall.
SOU One Card - To facilitate accesing your funds abroad, you may wish to set your SOU One Card to deposit into your local bank. Go to http://sou.edu/souone/ and select option 2, “ACH deposit to the bank of your choice.”
The above link will enable you to order an official SOU transcript, which is required for almost all SOU education abroad programs. Some programs require an official transcript all of your previous university-level work. Contact their Registrar's Office directly. Following your SOU study abroad program, your official transcipt will be sent to SOU's Office of International Programs to be processed. All classes, grades and credits for your course work abroad will appear on your official SOU transcript within about 3 months from the end of your program.