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.

Some students may have additional requirements; we’ll tell you about them after we get to know you in Step 1.

application dates

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.

Start by clicking here.