General Information for International Students

For admission 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 an “international student”.

Middle and High School One-Week and Non-Credit Programs

Requirements for Admission

Students from any country can enroll in one or more summer non-credit program(s) if they meet the following basic requirements:

  • Are in the age group defined for the desired program
  • Have an English proficiency equivalent to 79 TOEFL iBT
  • Have a tourist visa or any other legal status valid through the duration of the program.

Language Proficiency Requirements

To be able to participate in any of our programs, a student must present ONE of the following:

Tests scores Language Verification Form Language Exemption
  • 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
  • If the applicant has been studying in an English-speaking country for more than 2 years,
  • or attends a school where English is the language of instruction

A language instructor, college counselor or the institution director can complete and submit the language verification form.

Applicants who are citizens of, or who have earned a diploma (elementary, junior high, middle school) from, or are currently studying in the following countries are exempt:

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.

Visa & Passport Information

  • Students applying to one-week camps and workshops can attend under a B1 tourist visa, or any other visa the student holds at the moment.
  • Students’ passports must have an expiration date that is a minimum of 6 months after the end date of the program

Application

A list of one-week and non-credit opportunities can be found at the high school or middle school web sites. Program applications can be accessed by clicking “Register” on the selected program web page.

In addition to the program application, international students must submit the following documents to precollegeintl@olemiss.edu:

  • A copy of the student’s passport (biographical page only)
  • A copy of the student’s current visa
  • A copy of language scores or the language verification form
  • A copy of an international health insurance card if they have one at the moment of application

Medical Insurance

All international students attending any University of Mississippi summer programs, camps or workshops are required to be enrolled in a health insurance plan as a condition of enrollment. All one-week international students are required to purchase their own health insurance plan for the number of week(s) the student will be on campus. The student must be insured by the time they arrive on campus and carry the card at all times.

Summer College for High School Students / Lott Leadership Program / Rebel Research for College Credit

Application Process

Visit our program web pages to learn about the eligibility requirements and admissions process for the following programs:

Visa and Passport Information

Immigration laws require all international students enrolled in credit-bearing courses that meet or exceed 18 hours of in-class work to enter the United States under an F-1 student visa. All University of Mississippi credit-bearing programs open to international students exceed that threshold. Therefore, students must attend the program under an F-1 student visa*. Students in credit-bearing programs are not allowed to attend on a tourist visa.

The Office of International Programs issues the proper legal document 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. The Form I-20 is needed to apply for the F-1 visa at the applicant’s local U.S. Consulate.

*An applicant is exempt from 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 Admissions Counselor at precollegeintl@olemiss.edu.

Steps to obtain an F-1 student visa

After admission to the program, the candidate will receive the following documents via regular mail:

  • Form I-20
  • Acceptance letter from the University
  • Welcome pack

After receiving the packet, students need to immediately begin the following steps:

  1. Review the form I-20 to make sure all the information is correct.
    Check to make sure your name, birthdate, program, and program dates are accurate. If there is a mistake, contact the International Admissions Counselor immediately at precollegeintl@olemiss.edu.
  2. Pay the required SEVIS fee to the U.S. government and obtain a receipt.
    This payment should be made at the SEVIS website. https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee/index.html# A receipt of payment will be required to schedule an embassy appointment. For more information about SEVIS visit the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website.
  3. Complete online visa application forms and set up an F-1 visa appointment with a U.S. Embassy or Consulate
    To find an Embassy or Consulate in your home country visit  the US Embassy website.
  4. Present the following documents at your visa appointment:
    1. I-20 SEVIS fee receipt
    2. Acceptance letter
    3. Proof of funding
    4. Valid passport (with an expiration date that is a minimum of 6 months after the end date of the program)
    5. Copy of your latest English proficiency score, if available (not needed if applying to the Intensive English Program)

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. Present the SEVIS 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 from one to three months. We strongly suggest starting the process as soon as the documentation is received.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts are those issued directly by the institution at which the coursework is being completed, holding original seals and/or stamps and/or signatures. The school must provide an English translation of the official transcript for it to be accepted. Translations can also be accepted if the original document is accompanied by a certified official transcript with a seal on it. An official transcript is required to be admitted in a credit-bearing program.

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, Lott Leadership Institute, or Rebel Research will be enrolled in the health insurance program made available through the Office of Pre-College Programs and participation is mandatory.

Most insurance companies in the US cover a percentage of primary care costs as well as most costs related to injury and treatment of illness. A percentage of the cost of diagnostic tests is also typically covered. It is the student’s responsibility to pay the remaining balance pf any medical care beyond insurance coverage has been applied but before leaving the program. Because of the high cost of medical care in the United States, we strongly recommend that all international students secure additional international insurance coverage for major medical emergencies.

Exemptions may be considered on an individual basis.

Required Immunizations for International Students
The State of Mississippi requires all students, regardless of place of origin, to show proof of the following vaccinations in order to be enrolled in classes:

  • 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 after birth will not count towards the required doses.
Accepted proof of vaccination could be one of the following:

  • Proof of vaccinations on immunization card
  • Official lab results showing serologic confirmation of immunity
  • Medical records of having had these diseases.

Students unable to provide proof of immunity will be required to take one or more doses of the MMR vaccine upon arrival at the student’s own expense.

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 test (Interferon gamma release assay) and a chest X-ray upon arrival to check for the presence of tuberculosis. 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: A 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.

University of Mississippi Online High School

Students of any country can enroll in our online UM High School. Students can choose to take individual courses to supplement their current high school curriculum, or can choose to enroll in the complete program to attain a high school diploma through the University of Mississippi.

Courses are completely online; therefore, students are not required to get a visa or to be present in the United States for classes or to take exams. UMHS allows students to begin a course at any time, work at their own pace, and complete it at any time as long as it does not exceed 12 months. UMHS is not a semester-based system, so students who choose the diploma route can graduate at any time.

Requirements for Admission
Have high reading and written proficiency in English to understand academic texts, write essays, and complete homework

  • Have access to a reliable internet connection
  • Have a valid credit card that allows payments online
  • Have a professional (teacher, administrator, director) who can proctor exams

Application

  • Send an email including your official transcript in English* to umhs@olemiss.edu.
  • Submit online application (Hyperlink to https://web6.olemiss.edu/outreach/umhs/apply2.php)

After Admission

  • Students will receive an email containing their UM ID number, login details to access Blackboard,*** and other initial instructions
  • Students must complete online orientation before enrolling in classes

*Official transcripts are those issued directly by the institution at which the coursework is being completed, holding original seals and/or stamps and/or signatures. The school must provide an English translation of the official transcript for it to be accepted. Translations can also be accepted if the original document is accompanied by a certified official transcript with a seal on it. An official transcript is required to be admitted in a credit-bearing program.

** Blackboard is a Web-based course-management system designed to allow students and faculty to participate in classes delivered online or use online materials and activities. Blackboard enables instructors to provide students with course materials, discussion boards, virtual chat, online quizzes, an academic resource center, and more.

Graduation Ceremony
UM High School offers a graduation ceremony on campus every year in May. International students are welcome to participate and invite family members to the ceremony. If the student and/or family members are not in the United States, it is the student and/or family members’ responsibility to obtain necessary visas or immigration documentation to attend this ceremony.

JumpStart for Incoming Freshmen

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 Programs (OIP) about participating in JumpStart so an I-20 form is issued with the correct start date.

For more information about participating in JumpStart, contact us at precollegeintl@olemiss.edu.