International Students

For admission purposes, we consider an international applicant to be anyone who does not hold a U.S citizenship status regardless of his or her legal status or location of residence.

Eligibility

Students from any country who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply to Summer College for programs:

  • Be between 14* and 17 years old by first day of the program
  • Be in the 10th or 11th grade at school (includes public, private, parochial, or home-educated)
  • Be in good academic and conduct standing
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA* or above (based on US Grading System)
  • Have a high English proficiency supported by an English teacher or department supervisor OR language test score equivalent to 79 on the TOEFL iBT*

* Students applying to take ONLY Intensive English classes can be 14 years old and they are not required to meet a minimum GPA standard or to provide proof of English proficiency. Please visit the International Student page for other accepted Language Proficiency scores.

Application Process

Step 1: On-line application

Step 2: Supplemental Application Documents

  • Fill out all the application forms and send them back to our office, either digitally or physically:
    • Digital: Scan and send they forms in a PDF format to precollegeintl@olemiss.edu
    • Physical: Send us your application package to
      Division of Outreach - Pre-College Programs
      Jackson Avenue Center/ Suite J
      1111 West Jackson Avenue
      University, MS
      38677, USA
    • Include a copy of the following additional documents:
      • Copy of passport biological page (Passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the end of the session attending)
      • Copy of official high school transcript translated into English (not needed if applying to the Intensive English Program)
      • Copy of valid English proficiency score (not needed if applying to the Intensive English Program)
      • Copy of a bank statement or any other proof of financial support
      • Copy of vaccination card showing 2 MMR shots (Mumps, Measles and Rubella)

Step 3: Admission

  • Supplemental application and supporting documents are submitted to the University’s Office of International Programs for admission
  • Once admission is granted, an I-20 form is issued. This form allows students to apply for an F1 Student Visa.
  • The I-20 form, admission letter, and other immigration documentation is mailed to the applicant’s home country.

Step 4: Registration and Enrollment

  • Once the student visa is granted, and the program has been paid in full, enrollment to the courses chosen is granted.

F-1 Student Visa

Immigration laws require all international students enrolled in credit courses that meet or exceed 18 hours of in-class work to enter the United States under an F-1 student visa. Applicants to Summer College will be full-time students taking 2 classes per session; therefore, they must attend the program under an F-1 visa. Students in Summer College are not allowed to attend the program on a tourist visa.

If you are an international student already in the country and you hold a different type of visa, please contact us at precollegeintl@olemiss.edu for specific information for application.

To learn how to obtain an F1 Student visa please visit: http://www.outreach.olemiss.edu/pre_college/international.html

Canadian Citizens are not required to obtain an F-1 student visa to enter the United States; however, you will need to pay your SEVIS fee and, present the receipt and I-20 at the U.S – Canada land border or airport of entry to the country and make sure you are admitted as an F-1 student.

Important note: Obtaining a visa can take a long time. We strongly suggest starting the process as soon as the UM documents are received.

If you have questions regarding visas and/or visa application, please contact the SCHS International Admissions Counselor at precollegeintl@olemiss.edu or call 1+662-915-7621

Medical Information

Insurance
The University requires all international students to be enrolled in a health insurance plan as a condition of enrollment and maintenance of visa status. All international students attending Summer College will be enrolled in the health insurance program made available through Summer College and participation is mandatory.

Most insurance companies in the US only cover a certain percentage of primary care attention and most injury and illness treatment. It also covers a certain percentage of some diagnostic tests. It is the student’s responsibility to pay the remaining balance after insurance coverage before leaving the program. Because of the high cost of medical care in the United States, we strongly recommend that all international students get an international insurance coverage for major medical emergencies.

Exemptions may be considered on a one-on-one basis.

Required Immunizations for International Students

Before enrollment, some immunizations and tests are required in order to meet Mississippi State Department of Health and Institutions of Higher Learning guidelines.

Any international student entering the University of Mississippi, whose birthday is after January 1, 1975, is required by law to show proof of the following immunizations:

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella

These immunizations are typically administered in the form of a single vaccine (MMR) given in two doses. The first dose must have been given AFTER the first birthday. Immunizations taken prior to the first 12 months of birth will not count towards the required doses.
The student must show proof of vaccinations OR provide official lab results showing serologic confirmation of immunity, OR provide medical records of having had these diseases. Students who fail to provide the required documentation to prove immunity from Measles, Mumps and/or Rubella will be required to take one or more doses of the MMR vaccine upon arrival.

The cost of one dose of the MMR vaccine is US$30 for students under the age of 18, and US$120 for students over the age of 18.

Medical Exemptions: Exemptions for the required MMR doses will be accepted only on medical grounds with a written statement from the family doctor explaining the conditions that do not allow the student to take this vaccination. If there is a temporary restriction, the doctor should also establish when the student can receive the shot.

TB Skin Testing: It is also a requirement for students to get a blood (Interferon gamma release assay) and a chest X-ray upon arrival. These two tests are given at the Student Health Center on campus during a single visit. The cost of these tests is already included in the cost of the program.

Please note: The student will be unable to enroll in any class if the MMR immunizations and the TB tests are not completed. If any MMR immunization is missing, we strongly encourage students to get the needed doses before coming to the program.