A Parent's Guide to Study Abroad Programs
» Note to Parents
Now is the time to make this critical investment in your son or daughter's future. More and more students are realizing the short- and long-term benefits of studying abroad during their college career.
Deciding to send your child on an overseas program is a big decision. However, for those parents and students who are willing to take up the challenge of a study abroad program, the rewards are immense.
In this interdependent world, the value of spending some portion of an academic career in another country is widely recognized. The competence, sensitivity, and personal growth students acquire through study abroad are crucial in their preparation for a career. Most of the students who have had an experience overseas say that this living and learning time has been the most enriching and beneficial part of their lives.
Ole Miss Study Abroad offers the ideal vehicle for parents to support their children in the growing up process. It offers the student a unique opportunity to learn in another culture, within the security of a host institution carefully chosen to allow the transfer of credit to a University of Mississippi degree. Students studying a foreign language will perfect the accent and greatly expand their vocabulary--a skill retained for life. Making new friends, and travel and decision making, are also key parts of the study abroad experience.
If your son or daughter has expressed an interest in study abroad, we are here to help in dealing with any of the administrative issues that may arise while your son or daughter is off campus. Parents play an important role in helping their children decide about study abroad; however, you will need accurate information. You may want to purchase a guide to help you through this process. Study Abroad: A Parent's Guide is a resource published by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. You can order it through their web page: www.nafsa.org.
» Quick Facts about Ole Miss Study Abroad
- The University of Mississippi encourages its students to study abroad as part of their educational experience.
- Ole Miss ranks 3rd in the SEC in number of students studying abroad although it is one of the smallest SEC institutions.
- The University of Mississippi is formally affiliated with, or directly sponsors, many study abroad programs and exchanges.
- All University-approved programs through the Study Abroad Office may allow transfer of credit.
- Ole Miss will accept financial aid for all programs from students who are eligible for financial aid. Tuition waivers do not apply, but other aid, such as grants and loans, may.
- The University of Mississippi ranks 2nd in the SEC and among the top ten nationally in the number of students receiving the prestigious Benjamin J. Gillman Scholarship for study abroad.
» Costs and Financial Aid
You may think that study abroad may be too expensive for your son or daughter and that he or she cannot afford this opportunity. Contrary to what most believe, almost all students can afford to study abroad if they plan well. Early planning is the key to a successful study abroad experience.
Costs vary according to the program. Specific information about each program's costs is available from the Study Abroad Office.
The University of Mississippi has EXCHANGE AGREEMENTS with over 60 international universities all over the world. Through our exchange agreements a student can spend a semester or year abroad. Students who study abroad on an exchange pay University of Mississippi tuition and fees for the semester that they’re abroad and remain enrolled as UM students. Some exchanges include housing and meals; some do not.
OLE MISS FACULTY-LED study abroad program costs generally include tuition, room and board, required student medical insurance, land transportation and personal expenses and can range from $2,500-$7,000. The majority of UM faculty-led programs take place during an intersession or summer session.
Program costs, however, are not the only expenses associated with studying abroad. Airfare, personal and travel expenses, passport and visa fees, and books and supplies are generally not included in program costs, so these must be taken into account as well.
Financial aid may make study abroad affordable. Many scholarships, federal student loans, and state grants that are normally applicable to campus programs can be applied to study abroad program costs. Ole Miss tuition waivers do not apply. We encourage all UM students to meet with the Financial Aid Office to discuss financial aid possibilities. Please see information regarding scholarships off the Current Students tab on this Web site.
» Types of Programs Available through Ole Miss
The University of Mississippi is formally affiliated with, or directly sponsors, many study abroad programs. Those programs that are approved through the Study Abroad Office may allow transfer of credit to an Ole Miss degree. Regardless of the type of program, all students apply through the Ole Miss Study Abroad Office and remain registered at UM during their study abroad experience.
Students can choose among several ways to study abroad. Staff in the Study Abroad Office can help students select from the following options.
OLE MISS FACULTY-LED PROGRAMS: Summer/Intersessions
UM faculty members and academic departments organize study abroad programs for undergraduates and graduates. Students can earn UM credit (usually 3 to 6 hours) in UM courses, and remain registered at UM while abroad.
While some programs are residency programs, others are travel seminars that introduce students to various countries and their cultures. Most faculty-led programs are offered during the intersessions and summer session.
UM administered programs offer a lower-cost alternative to the usual semester or academic year study abroad experience. All UM-administered programs are led by Ole Miss faculty members. Students and faculty have the advantage of a significant international experience that enriches their relationship and experience at UM.
EXCHANGE PROGRAMS: Semester/Year
The University of Mississippi has exchange agreements with over 60 international universities all over the world. Through our exchange agreements a student can spend a semester or year abroad and pay University of Mississippi tuition and fees for the semester that he or she is abroad. Students studying on an exchange remain enrolled as UM students.
In the host country, UM students are housed on or near campus with host nationals or other international students. They work with advisors at their host institutions to enroll in courses on-site and to get involved on their new campuses.
Some exchanges include housing and meals; some do not. Some exchange universities also offer excursions and campus events for incoming exchange students. Independent students will find this type of program offers them the greatest connection with the culture and people of the country in which they are studying. The advantages of exchange programs are that students enjoy a high level of independence at a low cost.
Academic internships allow students to progress toward their academic degrees while earning practical experience in the field. Internships provide work experience in a realistic environment. They are available during the summer or the semester. See the Expanded Classroom tab on this Web site.
» General Guidelines
GRADE POINT AVERAGE
Generally, if students are in good academic standing, they may be eligible to study abroad and earn credit toward their UM degrees. Students must also meet the grade point, foreign language (if any), and other requirements of the program in which they would like to participate.
Before departure students must find out with certainty if Ole Miss will approve for credit the courses that they will take at an international university. It is very important that they have thorough academic advising before their departure. Study abroad should be considered as an opportunity to expand intellectual and cultural horizons by living and studying in another culture
CHOOSING A STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM
Early planning is the key to a successful study abroad experience. The earlier students begin planning, the more effectively they can work it into their curricu-lums. The Study Abroad staff encourages students to begin thinking about study abroad during their freshman year.
STUDY ABROAD POLICIES
see this page for a complete detail of Study Abroad's policies.
YOUR CONTACT AT OLE MISS
Ms. Susan Scott
Ole Miss Study Abroad
359 Martindale Student Services Building
P.O. Box 187
The University of Mississippi
University, MS 38677
The Ole Miss Study Abroad staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have, address your concerns, and guide you through this experience.