About the SOU Summer Language Institute
Study abroad while you earn your Master of Arts Degree in Spanish in the beautiful city of Guanajuato, Mexico.
How long does it take to finish the MA degree?
By attending both of the three week summer sessions you can complete the program in 2.5 summers. You can also choose one session per summer, and complete the program over five years, or any combination that adds up to a total of five sessions.
Is your university accredited?
Southern Oregon University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
Regional accreditation of post-secondary institutions is a voluntary, non-governmental, self-regulatory process of quality assurance and institutional improvement. It recognizes higher education institutions for performance, integrity, and quality to merit the confidence of the educational community and the public. Accreditation by a post-secondary regional accrediting agency also qualifies institutions and enrolled students for access to federal funds to support teaching, research, and student financial aid.
The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), based in Redmond, Wash., is an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions in the seven-state Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. It fulfills its mission by establishing accreditation criteria and evaluation procedures by which institutions are reviewed.
Why are some courses taught in English?
Core courses are taught in English since the great majority of the resources (texts and research) are carried out and published in English. Due to the exacting nature of the vocabulary and theory involved in these subjects (Second Language Acquisition for example) students appreciate that they are taught in the same language as the readings.
Do you accept previous graduate coursework to meet degree requirements?
We accept up to six credit hours of previous graduate work. The work must be completed within the past three years prior to starting the program, and approval of courses is not automatic.
Do I have to live with a host family?
No, however many of our students find that living with a host family is one of the most fulfilling parts of the program. Our students frequently form lasting bonds with the family, return to the same family each year, and have unique cultural and linguistic experiences. Beyond the obvious cultural advantages, living with a family is advantageous when you are studying in such an intensive program, as you don’t need to provide your own meals, do grocery shopping, or take care of daily living responsibilities associated with your own apartment. We especially recommend living with a host family during your first year in the program, as it will help you get acclimated to the culture and adjust to the rigors of the program. If you do not wish to live with a host family, you will need to find living accommodations on your own.
Can I bring my family?
Yes. However, the program is very intensive, with as much as 6 hours of class per day, and several hours of homework each night. You will need to bring someone else with you to take care of your children while you are in class and studying. In addition, although some home stay families might accept your family members at an additional charge, most students who bring their family choose to seek their own housing. Finding an apartment is your own responsibility.
Are the courses based on quarter or semester credits?
All the SLI course credits are based on the quarter system. Each quarter credit is equal to 2/3 semester credit, e.g., 48 quarter credits equal 32 semester credits. Please check with your home institution to confirm its policy about accepting or transferring credits.
How intensive is the program?
The Summer Language Institute is a rigorous, very intensive program. Expect to attend as much as six hours of class per day, and spend several hours each night on homework.
SOU Summer Language Institute Program
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520
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