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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

As students search for their “best fit” institution and plan for their trip abroad, questions frequently arise. Below are some questions that our students ask when they travel abroad. 
If you have questions that are not answered here, please feel free to send them in an e-mail to exchange@olemiss.edu, and we’ll respond as quickly as possible.

WHEN AND HOW CAN I ENROLL IN THE COURSES I REQUESTED?
You will not be able to register for courses at The University of Mississippi until you are physically on campus. It is a state law that our exchange students must first participate in tuberculosis testing on campus before registering for classes. We have you arrive on campus early several days prior to the start of the semester to begin the tuberculosis testing as early as possible. Though we cannot guarantee that the courses you requested will have remaining seats, we will try our best to get you into courses suitable for your major and academic progress. After you have completed tuberculosis testing, we have you meet with an academic advisor who will help you navigate the course registration process. 
 
WHY IS ARRIVAL DAY SEVERAL DAYS BEFORE COURSES START?
Our official arrival day for the fall semester is August 9th. This means that if you arrive at the Memphis, Tennessee airport on August 9th, we will pick you up and transport you to Oxford, Mississippi free of charge. A free shuttle from Memphis International Airport is provided on the Official Arrival Day each semester from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM. If you plan on arriving before the Official Arrival Day you will need to secure a hotel room at the airport until the Official Arrival Day or secure a shuttle to Oxford and stay in a hotel until housing opens on the Official Arrival Day. We will arrange our transportation shuttle times based on your flight times that you report in the “post decision” part of your study abroad application portal. Please enter your arrival information no later than July 15th. We have orientation sessions, tuberculosis testing, academic advising sessions, activities, and events planned for you prior to classes starting. We have you arrive on August 9th to give you extra time to adjust to Oxford and the Ole Miss campus and give you the best possible outcome for registering for courses.
 
WHEN CAN I REGISTER FOR HOUSING?
You can apply for on-campus housing through your MyOleMiss portal (www.my.olemiss.edu) using your webID and password. If you choose the on-campus residence hall option, you are likely to be assigned a roommate who is also an international exchange student. The residence hall coordinator has a lot of fun activities planned for you throughout the semester! If you choose to live off campus, you must make those arrangements on your own. I am not able to sign a lease on your behalf. If you have questions about apartments or have difficulty getting in touch with the leasing office, please let me know. On your post-decision section of your application, please indicate where you plan to live no later than July 15th.

There are two main housing options for visiting international students spending a semester or year at the University of Mississippi: on-campus residence hall or off-campus apartments. 

Below are apartment complexes in Oxford that have a short term lease option available for one semester students:
Campus Creek does a 5 month lease and is located on a bus route.
Highland Square does a 6 month lease but it will be $100 extra per month and is located on bus line.
The Links has a 6 month lease and are located on the orange line.
The Connection does a 6 month lease and is located on the green line.
Lafayette Place does a 6 month lease and is on the yellow line.
Lexington Pointe does a 6 month lease and is located near a bus route but students have to walk down to it. 
Faulkner Flats occasionally has 6 month leases but it's $100 extra a month and is on bus line.
Cambridge Station occasionally has 6 month leases but its $100 extra each month and is on bus line.
University Trails will do a 6 month lease and are on a bus line.
 
Campus Creek is within walking distance of the university also, but we’ve included the list above of apartments that offer shorter leases and are located close to a bus line which is free for students.
 
CAN I HAVE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HEALTH INSURANCE?
All incoming exchange students (except for ISEP) are required to purchase health insurance. In order to register for courses, students must present a proof of MMR vaccinations before arrival. All international students are required to complete mandatory tuberculosis testing upon arrival. The international student advisor will schedule your health center visit. When you arrive, you will receive a folder with important information including your health center appointment time. Our exchange students must first participate in tuberculosis testing before registering for classes. We complete tuberculosis testing during welcome week in an effort you have you registered for courses as early as possible. After you have completed tuberculosis testing, we have you meet with an academic advisor who will help you navigate the course registration process. The university health insurance is provided by a company called Aetna. We automatically enroll our international exchange students in the Aetna insurance program unless their university has filled out an insurance exemption request. Click here for a link to the Aetna insurance website and will give you more information about coverage: 
There is also this video about insurance coverage for International Students. It gives you some information about what health insurance is for and how it works in the United States.
 
DO I NEED TO REGISTER FOR ORIENTATION?
As an international exchange student, you do not need to register for orientation. Myself and other staff members plan an orientation program for you. When you arrive at Ole Miss, we will have welcome folders with information about Oxford and Ole Miss as well as an orientation folder. The orientation folder will have the dates, times, and locations of all orientation activities. That folder will also have your health center appointment for the tuberculosis testing and your academic advising session appointment. Please be aware that someone has arranged these appointments for you and you are expected to be present for these appointments. As early as August 10th, we will begin orientation and welcome week activities. You are automatically included in the orientation session and we very much look forward to introducing you to all things Ole Miss!
 
I HAVE QUESTIONS. WHO SHOULD I EMAIL?
I am happy to answer all questions related to your exchange semester or year here at the University of Mississippi. I will be here when you arrive and am always open to chat and answer questions. If I do not know the answer to something, I would be happy to find out the answer or put you in contact with the appropriate person. Please email exchange@olemiss.edu for all of your questions. 
 
HOW CAN I GET FOOTBALL TICKETS?
You will not be able to purchase season football tickets until you have registered for classes. Course registration will happen during welcome week/orientation. Season tickets will probably be sold out before the beginning of June. However, for each football game, there are always students who wish to sell their individual ticket because they cannot make it to the game. It is quite easy for a ticket to be transferred to you. There are a couple of ways for you to buy tickets from students. There is a Facebook group for students who are buying or selling tickets (“OLE MISS FOOTBALL TICKETS 4-SALE OR TRADE”). There are Ole Miss students who have a special interest in learning about your culture and introducing you to life in Oxford. These students are members of the “global ambassador program.” When you arrive, you will meet your global ambassador during welcome/orientation week. Your global ambassador may be able to help you with your quest for football tickets as they are well connected on campus. The Ole Miss football experience is incredible. Even without a football ticket, students are permitted to enjoy tailgating in The Grove. We will even have a tailgating event just for you to experience a Saturday in The Grove.
 
WHEN WILL I HAVE TO PAY MY BURSAR ACCOUNT?
You will not need to pay your bursar account until you arrive on campus, but should plan to make your payment before September 15th. During orientation, we will go over the scholarships and billing information. Please do not make payments on your account until we have covered that orientation session. One of our German students who was an exchange student last semester would like me to tell you about a service called “TransferWise.” He says that it is unbelievably easy and fast to use. If you need to transfer money to make payment on your bursar account, you can go to www.transferwise.com/u/81a13a and receive a better rate because he has invited you with that link. You can also pay your account online through my.olemiss.edu using an American Visa or Mastercard (Convenience Fee of 2.75%), at the Bursar’s Office (2nd Floor Martindale Student Services Center) using cash, check, or money order, or by using something called PeerTransfer – Bank/wire transfer or international credit cards for charges of $50 or more. But, again, please do not make a payment until we have had the orientation session about scholarships and billing.
 
HOW CAN I ACCESS MY OLE MISS EMAIL?
Your Ole Miss email address is listed on your expected cost sheet that is sent with your acceptance packet. It is called your WebID and when used as your email, it looks something like hjuliff@go.olemiss.edu. Your password will be the same for your email, MyOleMiss, and Blackboard (used during classes…we will talk about this during orientation). Every couple of months, you will need to reset your password for security purposes. Your Ole Miss email can be accessed at www.gmail.com and you enter your full email address and password. You can access your MyOleMiss account (where final grades are posted, scholarships and billing are posted, classes are registered for, and more!) by going to www.my.olemiss.edu and using your WebID and password. You wouldn’t enter the “@go.olemiss.edu” for this username.
 
DO I NEED TO UPLOAD MY MEDICAL DOCUMENTS?
If you have not already, please upload your medical documents to the study abroad application portal before July 15th. 

WHAT WILL WE DO DURING WELCOME WEEK?

During welcome week, we will provide you with a plethora of fun activities. When you arrive, you will receive a folder with important information including your health center appointment time, the semester activities, campus map, academic advising appointment, and so much more! In addition, we will have orientation sessions, tuberculosis testing, academic advising sessions, and events planned for you prior to classes starting.

CAN I TAKE INTENSIVE ENGLISH CLASSES WHILE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI?

Intensive English language courses are offered to exchange students. Students who do not have a sufficiently high level of English proficiency may enroll full time in the Intensive Language Program. Courses are offered to exchange students at the Advanced and Advanced Plus level, and the schedule corresponds with the University’s academic calendar. Students may enroll concurrently in Intensive English and academic courses. Intensive English courses are credit bearing and will count towards your total credits of enrollement. For more information on language courses, check out the Intensive English Program. Registration of these course will occur during Welcome Week.
 
IF CAMPUS IS CLOSED, WHAT WILL I DO?

Most residence halls and dining facilities are closed during summer and winter break. Residence halls, on-campus dining, and administrative offices are also closed during holidays. Many of our visiting students take this time to travel to nearby cities, catch up on homework, and relax. 
 
HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD I BUDGET FOR MY TIME AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI?

Depending on the agreement between your university and the University of Mississippi, you may be responsible for all of your personal expenses including: housing, meals, books, local transportation, special class fees, and personal entertainment and spending money. A Declaration of Fees and Scholarships is included in your Admissions Packet and Orientation Folder for your reference and explains exactly what fees you should be prepared to pay while at UM. Depending on personal spending habits, your monetary needs will vary. 
 
HOW MANY CREDIT HOURS DO I NEED TO TAKE AND HOW ARE THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI CLASSES SET UP?

While your home institution sets the policy regarding the award of credit for coursework completed on an exchange you will need to enroll in a minimum of 12 U.S. credits each semester (6 each summer term). You are responsible for knowing your home institution’s policies and procedures regarding course requirements. At the University of Mississippi, students are issued a syllabus at the beginning of each course. The final grade for the course is based on class participation and attendance, daily assignments, tests, papers, class presentations, and examinations. The weight of each task and how it is incorporated into the final overall grade is at the discretion of the professor. All classes are required to hold a final exam, whether it be an in-class test or a paper due during exam week. More information on course offerings and requirements can be found on the Academic Information page.

HOW DO I GET MY FINAL TRANSCRIPT SENT TO MY UNIVERSITY?

Students studying in the fall semester should expect their UM transcript to arrive at their home university in February. Spring semester and full-year students should expect their UM transcripts in late June. Official transcripts will be sent to your home institution only if all holds on the student account have been removed and your UM Bursar Account shows a zero balance. Students who would like an additional transcript may purchase one through their MyOleMiss account.