Important notice: Summer 2019 will be our last summer on the UND campus. For more details, see this press release or this FAQ. This is your last chance to experience a SIL summer in Grand Forks. So, come join us and help make it great!

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. Start with this form first, not anything on UND’s site, and we’ll point you to the right forms there.

This includes all students, every year, even those who are returning for a second summer or pursuing a degree at UND. So, yes, please fill it in—if you don’t, we won’t be ready for you.

Here are the steps in brief:

  • Step 1: SIL-UND’s pre-application form
  • Step 2: Apply or re-apply to UND, if necessary
  • Step 3: Practical stuff: tell us 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 give you what you want.
  • 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 or equivalent.)
  • At least 2.75 GPA; 3.0 is better. (Plus, if you’ve taken SIL-UND classes before, you need a 3.0 GPA in them.)
  • Sufficient command of English (or, for Deaf people: ASL and written English).

Exceptions can be made; so if you aren’t sure you qualify or want an exception, write to 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 and deadlines

You can start applying as early as October 1; that’s when we have everything ready for you.

Deadlines vary depending on your circumstances. Read carefully to see which ones apply to you (more than one may apply).

  • If you’re an international student (with a couple of exceptions), start early.
  • If you’re a U.S. or Canadian student, or already have an F-1 visa:

ready to start Step 1?

Start by clicking here.