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University of Mississippi

Program Overview 

Location: Oxford, Mississippi
Culture: Student and sports-centric, all-American
Neighborhood: College town, suburban/rural
Housing: On-campus dormitory
English level: Intermediate - advanced 

The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) provides students with the experience of a large U.S. public institution as well as local southern hospitality. SAF Scholars can grow academically and achieve their educational goals through the assistance of the friendly and supportive staff and community of Oxford, MS.

Residing in the Deep South of the United States, the campus is never as busy as it is on game day. Sports are integral part of the culture of the university, and none is as famous as Ole Miss football.

The area is also known beyond athletics. Oxford is a literary town, and has seen many authors throughout time, including William Faulkner and John Grisham. It has writer’s workshops and festivals throughout the year. In March, the Oxford Conference for the Book takes place at Ole Miss and brings together authors, educators, and book lovers.

Student Profile

SAF Scholars seeking a larger university experience would enjoy Ole Miss. The right-fit students would appreciate the athletic environment of the university, which has over 15 collegiate teams.

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University of Mississippi - Language

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Program Details

Program Dates by Term Availability

Fall (August - December)
Spring (January - May)

Progression or Concurrent Notes

Concurrent scholars take regular academic courses and one IEP course. Students will be able to progress to all academic courses the next semester by passing their IEP (English) course with a B or higher
Progression scholars must be placed in the highest level English course, referred to as Academic Plus, and must receive a B average in the course in order to progress to an academic

Program Strengths

The strengths of the program at Ole Miss lie in its attentive and welcoming staff. Scholars are able to be part of small and  supportive academic network while enjoying the benefits of a large U.S. public university.

# of Credits (per term)

In order to be a full-time student at the University of Mississippi, SAF Scholars will need to take between 12 – 18 credit hours per semester. Students may register for up to 21 credit hours pending university approval and academic qualifications.

Course Registration Policies & Procedures

Pre-registration for courses is required at the University of Mississippi before a student arrives. Due to state regulations, SAF Scholars will need to complete tuberculosis testing after arriving on-campus in order to finish the registration process.

Course/Departmental Restrictions

Some courses and departments have limited access. Therefore, SAF Scholars cannot enroll in the following courses prior to their arrival. However, if they choose, they can attend the course on their first day and check if there are any open seats and then obtain permission from the professor.
  • Anatomy/Physiology
  • Botany/Plant Science
  • Ecology
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Pharmacology/Pharmacy
  • Zoology

Graduate Courses

SAF Scholars are allowed to take graduate courses at the 500 level, but cannot take any that are numbered 600 or above,


Housing Type

On-campus dormitory


SAF Scholars live in self-catered facilities and have access to their own kitchens. If a scholar would like to purchase a meal plan to eat at on-campus dining halls, it is possible to do at the scholar’s own expense.

Type of Room

Double room
Student Life

Co-/Extra-Curricular Opportunities or Programs

SAF Scholars attending Ole Miss can participate in any of the 250+ organizations that exist on campus. Attendance is encouraged by Ole Miss staff, as they know that multicultural learning exists in and out of the classroom. In addition, volunteering and sporting events are also available to students. For those interested in being physically active, the campus recreation is also available.

Life on Campus

Football is an important element of life at Ole Miss. The university has many sports teams and events throughout the year, but the football season is famous. Per custom, students and other attendees wear formal attire to games. Cocktail dresses and suits are commonplace. While many US universities take their football games seriously, football in the south is a unique experience and not one to be missed!

Students can take public transportation in Oxford (Oxford University Transit), which has routes around campus and the surrounding area.
Last Updated: 1/9/19