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Information About Academics

Academic Departments 

Click here to be directed to The University of Mississippi's website for a listing of the university's colleges, departments, schools, and available academic programs.

Some specialized programs are not available to our visiting international exchange students, such as the School of Pharmacy, School of Law (graduate-level, not the Legal Studies Department), School of Medicine, some education courses, the Intelligence and Security Studies program, and the M.B.A. program.

Most departments and classes are open to exchange students if the student's prior academic experience meets the prerequisites. If you are interested in a specific course or subject, please email to be sure that this course is available for you. 

Subjects that are popular among our visiting international students are: business, management, finance, economics, marketing, engineering, english, philosophy, religion, accounting, psychology, theatre arts, modern languages, journalism, criminal justice, health, and nutrition.

Course Offerings

  • Courses labeled with a number ranging from 100 to 400 and some 500 level (nothing at 600 or higher) are for undergraduate credit.
  • Examples: Business 101, 205, 303, 450, 500. 
  • Courses must be at the 500 level or higher. These courses must be pre-approved by the academic department.
  • Please notify the Study Abroad Office as early as possible if you intend to study as a graduate student.
Normally, classes meet 1 to 3 days per week, and students earn 3 hours of credit for each successfully completed class.

The best way to search for courses is to search at the following website:
  • In the "Academics" box, click "Course Schedule" 
  • Select the term of your intended study - course schedules come out in October and March for the following spring and fall semesters. Prospective students and applicants should look at prior semester course offerings to get an idea of which courses are offered.
  • Search for courses by typing in key words (example: Jour or Journalism) or search using the departmental drop-down list. 
Important Notes:
  • During the online application process, you will be asked to enter your requested courses. Incoming exchange students will register for courses after they have arrived on campus. An academic advising session will be scheduled for students based on the requested courses.
  • You may also want to check out the websites of our departments on campus. They will often list courses available through their departments. Please visit the main UM website and search for departments using the A-Z Index on the main page.
  • Intensive English Program 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 English 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 number of credits. For more information on language courses, check out the Intensive English Program. **Registration of these course will occur during Welcome Week in person, not online. 

Grading Scale

  • The University of Mississippi has a consistent grading system across all courses on campus. Students earn semester hours for courses completed, and class attendance is required as part of the student's overall grade.

  • Classes fall into two types of grading scale: ABCDF and Pass/Fail. The grading scale, as well as the rubric for how grades will be assessed in each individual class, is detailed for students in the course syllabus. Students should receive a syllabus on the first day of class for each course in which they are enrolled.
  • Click here for more details on the University's credit and grading system.