Virtual Experience

Summer College offers students from some countries* the opportunity to experience college courses through our virtual program. This summer we will offer the following courses:

  • Introduction to Engineering. This English for Specific Purposes (ESP) course focuses on providing an overview of different engineering fields such as chemical, civil, geological, electrical, computer, etc. The experience is complemented by virtual visits to different research labs and centers on campus and guest speaker presentations from different departments. The program is intended to give an inside view to one of the strongest departments at The University of Mississippi.
  • Southern Studies and Current Events. This English for Specific Purposes (ESP) course focuses on historical and cultural aspects of the southern part of the United States. It analyzes the relationship between historical events and some of the latest social issues the U.S. has experienced. The program is created to provide the learner a better understanding of the complexity of the U.S. South and how its culture has transcended borders. The program is complemented by virtual visits to the Blues Archive on campus and other unique campus sites that have contributed to Southern culture.

* Due to legal and technology concerns, not all international students are eligible to participate in virtual Summer College. Please send an email to to find out if your country allows online coursework from an institution in the United States.


Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply to virtual Summer College:

  • Minimum 14* years old by first day of the program
  • In good academic and conduct standing in high school (includes public, private, parochial, or home-educated)
  • Have a high English proficiency supported by a proficiency verification letter provided by an English teacher or department supervisor


To apply, please visit the Summer College admissions page and follow the instructions (link it to this page or send us an email at

Virtual Communities

Navigating college classes, managing an online schedule, and creating a social life are challenging for high school students adjusting to college life. To assist in this, our virtual program students are assigned to communities that include other participants. The purpose of community time is to explore common interests and learn more about college in the company of like-minded peers. Communities are led by two seasoned undergraduate counselors. These students are selected from among the student leadership on campus, and in their roles as counselors, they offer guidance on everything from college success strategies to opportunities for extracurricular involvement in college.

Active and consistent participation in community sessions is mandatory and a condition for retaining scholarships.

FinsUp Challenge

Virtual Summer College students will have exclusive access to virtual live events and activities tailored just for them. Participate in virtual quiz bowls, meet program directors and department chairs, enjoy virtual watch parties, and play games virtually with other Summer College students – and collect points to win the FinsUp Challenge! Winners earn bonus swag and bragging rights.


As with any community, good citizenship requires agreement. Please see our Expectations and Guidelines for further details.

What Students are Saying

Former participants have shared their feedback with us. Take a look!

“My counselor was so supportive and understanding. He listened when I was frustrated or stressed, and he even helped me organize my classes for freshman year.”

Student ParticipantSummer 2017

“Summer College gave me a new point of view on the USA in general, and it was completely different from what I expected. I definitely felt at home here.”

Student ParticipantSummer 2018

“The impact that Summer College has on me is one that I am forever thankful for. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Student ParticipantSummer 2018