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University of Mississippi

Program Overview 

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

The Intensive English Program works to advance multicultural understanding and global learning through their courses and activities. All courses incorporate modern technologies that assist in language learning, and SAF Scholars have opportunities to work in a dedicated computer lab.

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 - Academic

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Program Details

Program Dates by Term Availability

Fall (August – December)
Academic Year (August – May)
Spring + Summer (March – August)
Spring + Summer + Fall (March – December)

Program Strengths

Housed within the Office of Global Engagement, the Intensive English Program (IEP) is accredited by UCIEP and English USA. The courses are taught in the same building, so students can communicate with faculty and staff easily.

Number of Classroom Hours Per Week

SAF Scholars take 20 hours of classroom instruction in the Spring/Fall and 30 hours in the summer continuation.

Number of Levels

Five levels: Beginning, Intermediate, High Intermediate, Advanced, and Advanced Plus. It takes one semester to complete a level. Progression to the next level occurs when the student earns a minimum of a letter grace C.

Elective Courses Offered

The ability to take course electives vary by level and are subject to change.
Students in Beginning to Advanced take integrated skills courses: 
  • Speaking
  • Listening & Pronunciation
  • Reading & World Cultures
  • Writing & Grammar
  • Extended Reading & Vocabulary
Advanced Plus take six courses designed to introduce them to academic work in American Universities. Examples are:
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • English in the Sciences
  • Business English
  • Literature written in English
  • American Culture
  • Southern Culture
  • Intercultural Communication
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.


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

Beyond the classroom, there are plenty of fun activities for students to do while attending Ole Miss. The unique location of Oxford, MS gives students the ability to visit other southern cities and states. In the past, SAF Scholars have participated in trips to attend the National Civil Rights Museum, a Memphis Grizzlies Basketball game, Graceland, and other fun opportunities.

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