For admissions purposes, we consider an international applicant to be anyone who does not hold U.S. citizenship status, regardless of his or her legal status or location of residence. Students who are not U.S. citizens should apply as “international student”.
Middle and high school students from any country can enroll in any credit bearing and/or summer non-credit program(s)* if they meet the following basic requirements:
- Be in the age group required for each program
- Have an English proficiency equivalent to 79 TOEFL iBT (See “Language Proficiency” section for other accepted scores)
Please note that credit bearing programs such as Summer College, UM High School and Jumpstart have additional admission requirements that International students must meet.
* Some programs are for Mississippi residents only.
Language Proficiency Requirements
To be able to participate in any of our programs, the student must present any of the following accepted examinations:
- TOEFL Internet Based Test (IBT): 79 or higher — No section sub-score lower than 17
- TOEFL Revised Paper Delivery Test (rPDT): No section sub-score lower than 17
- TOEFL Paper Based Test (ITP): 550 or higher (valid only within the institution in which it is given)
- IELTS: 6.00 overall band score or higher
- PTE-A: 53 or higher
- Cambridge First Certificate B
International applicants who have been studying in the US for more than 2 years, or who attend school where English is the language of instruction can submit a language proficiency form provided in the application package.
Students who are currently studying in the following countries are exempted from the language proficiency requirement: American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada (Except Quebec), Dominica, Grenada, Grand Cayman, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, Malta, Monserrat, New Zealand, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Sierra Leone, Trinidad/Tobago, Turks and Caicos Island, United Kingdom, U.K. Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Please note that students applying to THE INTENSIVE ENGLISH PROGRAM through our Summer College ARE NOT required to meet the English proficiency requirements.
To apply to any of our one-week camps, please visit the camp’s website you are interested in attending, click on “Register” and follow the on- line instructions.
Additionally, international students must submit the additional documents to email@example.com
- A copy of the student’s passport (only biographical page)
- A copy of current student visa
- A copy of any accepted language proficiency examination score or language proficiency form
- A copy of an international health insurance card if one at the moment of application*
*Because of the high cost of medical attention in the United States, we strongly recommend that all students purchase a health insurance for the week(s) the student will be on campus. All students must carry their insurance card in case of a medical emergency.
To apply to any credit-bearing program such as UM High School, Summer College for High School Students or Jumpstart, please visit each program’s website for specific documents, application forms, etc.
Students applying to one-week camps can attend under a B1 tourist visa, or any other visa the student holds at the moment.
Students applying to Summer College for High School Students must obtain an F1 student visa*. The Office of International Programs issues the proper legal documents to international students AFTER the student has been admitted to the program and financial documents have been approved. This legal document is referred to as Form I-20 in support of the F-1 visa application. Form I-20 is needed to apply for the F-1 visa at the applicant’s local U.S. Consulate.
Students applying to JumpStart must be admitted as a freshman to the University of Mississippi. The student has the responsibility to notify the Office of International Office about participating in this program so I-20 is issued with the correct start date.
While we provide helpful tips to help international students prepare for a successful visa interview at the U.S. Consulate, whether or not a visa is ultimately issued is solely between the U.S. Consular Officer and the student.
*An applicant is exempt of getting an F1 visa if he/she holds a different visa type or a green card. If you have a question regarding the type of visa needed to attend one of the credit-bearing programs, please contact the international high school advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is meant by official or officially certified transcripts and degree certificates?
- Official transcripts and/or degree certificates are those issued directly by the institution at which the coursework was completed or the degree earned, holding original seals and/or stamps and/or signatures.
- Officially certified transcripts and/or degree certificates are hard-copy photocopies of the original, or official transcripts or degree certificates which are certified by the issuing institution (this is common in cases where one and only one official transcript and/or degree certificate is ever issued); by the U.S. Consulate’s Education/Culture Departments or its official representatives; or by select U.S. sponsoring agencies such as Fulbright, IREX, etc.
- Notarized copies of academic credentials are not acceptable in lieu of official or officially certified ones as notarized copies do not attest that the notarized copy is a copy of an original, or an official or officially certified document
Why should I submit a copy of my passport identification pages along with my application?
- International applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of the identification pages of their passports along with other application items.
- As naming conventions are not the same in all countries, a copy of the passport identification pages will help ensure that the Office of International Programs establishes accurate application records in the University’s application data systems.
Does the University provide immigration/visa assistance for international students?
- The Office of International Programs issues the proper legal documents to international students who are admitted, after financial documents have been approved. This legal document is referred to as Form I-20 or Form DS-2019, resp. in support of the F-1 or J-1 visa application.
- While we provide helpful tips to help international students prepare for a successful visa interview at the U.S. Consulate, whether or not a visa is ultimately issued is solely between the U.S. Consular Officer and the student.
- Have a cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average) equivalent to 3.0 in either middle or high school, depending on the program applying. (See “Transcripts” Section for some equivalences)