Ashland’s Southern Oregon University will launch a new intensive English language program Jan. 4 intended to draw more international students and revenue to the campus of about 5,500 students.

The program is one part of the university’s strategic plan, which seeks to ramp up enrollment, revenue and student diversity, said SOU Provost James Klein.

The birth of the SOU program means the closure of a private English language school already on campus that had been leasing space in the university’s Britt building at 1170 Siskiyou Blvd. for the last five years.

Jodi Weber, director of the Ashland ELS Language Center, declined to comment on the closure of the private language school.

International students will pay $10,000 per year to attend SOU’s English language program, Klein said. Students will receive provisional admission to SOU when they are accepted to the language school, but they must be deemed proficient in English before they can begin academic classes at the university.

The university’s School of Education is developing a curriculum for the program, Klein said.
The program expects to debut with about five students, he said.

The location of the program is to be determined.

The tuition is expected to make the language program self-sufficient, Klein said. As the program grows, it could generate some revenue for the university, which recently grappled with reductions in state funding.

Adding more international students to the student body will generate more revenue for SOU because students from abroad pay twice as much in tuition.

— Paris Achen