Applying to SIL-UND is a four-step process, but it all starts with filling out our pre-application form (“Step 1”) so we can get familiar with your situation. (This includes all students, every year, even those who are pursuing a degree at UND.) Start with SIL first, not UND, and we’ll tell you the details of the later steps (they’re different for different people). Here they are in brief:
- Step 1: SIL-UND’s pre-application form
- Step 2: Apply or re-apply to UND (or otherwise get set up in UND’s system)
- Step 3: Practical stuff: your plans for housing, travel, childcare, etc.
- Step 4: Send us tuition and housing deposits
what are the requirements?
This is what we normally expect of SIL-UND students:
- A statement of purpose that matches what we can provide. (We want to make sure we can meet your expectations.)
- Two years of college, university, or other post-secondary study before the summer begins. (For graduate credit, you need a regionally-accredited 4-year undergraduate degree.)
- At least 2.75 GPA; 3.0 is better. (Plus, if you’ve taken SIL-UND classes before, a 3.0 GPA in them.)
- Sufficient command of English (for Deaf people: ASL and written English).
Exceptions can be made; so if you aren’t sure you qualify or want an exception, contact the SIL-UND director.
You can start applying as soon as the previous October 1; that’s when we have everything ready for you.
Deadlines vary depending on your circumstances, but in general, we recommend starting (submitting the Step 1 pre-application form) by these dates:
- If you’re an international student (except Canadians), you’ll need an F-1 student visa. Start early.
- If you want to apply for the M.A. or a certificate program, start by January 15.
- Otherwise, start by February 15.
- If visa processing is slow in your country, start even earlier.
- If you want financial aid from SIL-UND, start by March 15, and finish Steps 3 and 4 by April 1.
- If you’re a U.S. or Canadian student (or already have an F-1 student visa):
- If you want to apply to the M.A. program, start by March 15, and get your application in to UND (Step 2) by April 15.
- If you want to apply to a certificate program, start by April 15, and get your application in to UND (Step 2) by May 1.
- After May 1, you can still apply as a non-degree student, but things get harder: we start charging late fees, we might not have housing for you, etc.
ready to start Step 1?
If so, we’re going to switch you over to UND’s website.