Welcome on behalf of International Student and Scholar Services
Congratulations incoming students! Your admission to the University of Mississippi is a testament to your hard work and we look forward to your arrival.
International Student and Scholar Services is here to assist you before, during, and after your time at the university. You’ve likely already interacted with our admissions team and now it’s time for advice on topics such as applying for a student visa, arranging for housing, registering for orientation, traveling to the campus, and other matters related to your start at the university. Please use the resources in this guide as well as those on our website for information on these important practical matters.
Supporting your success is what we are here to do. You can reach us by email at email@example.com to address any remaining questions you may have.
See you soon,
International Student and Scholar Services
Table of Contents:
- Airport Shuttle Information
- University of Mississippi Orientation
- International Student Orientation
- Health Insurance
- Financial Matters
- Living in Oxford, MS
- How to Register for Classes
Here are some important dates to keep in mind as you plan for your arrival to study at the University of Mississippi. Please check the following link for additional information about Newly Admitted International Students.
- Spring 2023 Arrival Date: Monday, January 16, 2023 (Free Airport Shuttle from Memphis Airport on this day ONLY)
- January 17-22, 2023: Required Health Center Visit, adjusting to life in Oxford
- International Student Orientation (Required Attendance): Online via Blackboard
- Classes Begin: Monday, January 23, 2023
AIRPORT SHUTTLE INFORMATION
Monday, January 16, 2023
Spring 2023 Arrival Date: Free Airport Shuttle from Memphis Airport on this day ONLY
Option 1: For flights arriving on January 16 ONLY*
We will be providing a free shuttle service transportation from the Memphis Airport to Oxford on the day of January 16 only. Please sign up for the January 16th airport shuttle here.
Option 2: If your flight does not arrive on January 16th
You are responsible to schedule your own transportation to Oxford. If your flight arrives on any day other than January 16th you will have to arrange and pay for your own transportation to Oxford from the Memphis International Airport. Please look at transportation options listed on our Transportation website.
Option 3: Applicable for graduate students only
If your flight arrives on a day other than January 16th, you can try to contact your graduate program coordinator to ask if they can make arrangements for you to arrive in Oxford from the airport.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI ORIENTATION
Please note that there are different orientations that you will need to attend, based on your status as a student. Some academic departments have a separate orientation.
Attendance is required to register for courses. All graduate students are encouraged to visit the Graduate School Website for further information on orientation.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION INFORMATION
(Required Attendance for all new international students.)
OGE Orientation is designed to help you adjust to your life as an international student at the University of Mississippi.
There is no fee or registration required for the International Student Orientation- you simply attend! Required Orientation will be held online through your Blackboard account.
Optional Orientation Q&A will be held in-person. This will be a chance for students to ask questions about topics covered in the Online Orientation, such as immigration regulations, healthcare, academic expectations, life in Oxford, MS, among others. More information will be provided as arrival day draws nearer.
You MUST have a housing confirmation secured before you arrive. Whether you live on-campus or off-campus, you will need to contact your desired housing complex, fill out their application and receive a confirmation from your housing complex of your accommodation booking before you arrive in the U.S.A.
You may not show up the day of your arrival and expect to receive a housing reservation that day. Your housing arrangements must be confirmed prior to arrival.
We will send a survey through email about how you may purchase bedding in advance by ordering a bedroom and bathroom pack. These will be available in either a twin XL size (for on-campus residence halls) or a full size (for off-campus housing).
Please keep the following in mind:
As on-campus housing is typically occupied by undergraduates, the options for graduate students are limited to apartment-style housing at Campus Walk or Northgate Apartments. Please note that these are not available as family housing. If you are interested in applying for an on-campus residence hall, the application can be found at Student Housing Applications.
Options for you to find housing off-campus are listed on our website at Housing and Accommodations.
It is important to note:
Many apartments in Oxford require a lease of one year so be sure to read through the terms of your lease carefully before signing. By signing a lease, you are promising to pay the landlord for the entire time listed on the lease. Ending a lease early or violating the lease agreement can cost you the rental deposit or continued monthly payments for the apartment or house. It is common for landlords to require that you pay a deposit equal to one month’s rent when you sign the lease. Additionally, many apartments and rental houses are unfurnished. It is best to check with the landlord about whether furnished housing is available.
Some apartments also do not allow check in after their offices close (normally around 5-6pm), so if you arrive in Oxford after that time, please reach out to your apartment about this possibility, and make sure that you will have a place to stay that night until you can check in to your housing.
The University of Mississippi requires all international students to maintain health insurance coverage as a condition of enrollment and maintenance of status. In addition, all dependent family members of J-1 Visa holders are required by federal regulation to have health insurance at all times while in the United States.
All international students with the exception of those classified in the university system as U.S. permanent residents or H-1 status holders will be enrolled in the health insurance program made available through the university (UnitedHealthcare). It is important to read the brochure (retrievable at the University Health Services website) describing what is and is not covered. Participation is mandatory for all international students except Permanent Residents and H1B visa holders. Exemptions may be considered if you meet the exemption requirement and ONLY if you complete a waiver. Not everyone is able to complete a waiver.
For international students with dependents coming with them to the U.S., if you want your dependent to be covered by the UHCSR insurance plan, then you will have to enroll them each semester. We highly recommend you consider this option. Please keep in mind that the cost of enrolling in insurance must be paid upfront at the start of each semester.
Please DO NOT buy outside insurance without checking the ISSS Healthcare and Insurance website
You should also familiarize yourself with the differences between healthcare in your home country and the U.S. Check out this Insurance 101 page from UHCSR for more information.
The Financial Matters website provides valuable information about many topics related to finances. Please familiarize yourself with the following financial matters as they will be very important for your arrival.
OFFICE OF THE BURSAR
The office at the university that manages tuition assessment is called the Office of the Bursar. All students have a bursar account which can be checked in myOleMiss. You will not have any charges for tuition until after registration for courses.
If you are living on campus or buy a meal plan for on-campus dining, these charges will also get placed on your bursar account. You can give your parent or sponsor access to see your bursar charges by setting the appropriate permissions in your myOleMiss account. Your parent/sponsor would also need to sign up for a parent webID. See more about this at the Parent WebID website.
There are several methods that can be used to pay your bursar charges. These can be found in the Payment of Tuition and Fees website.
COST OF STUDY
You can find an estimated cost of tuition and other amounts in the Cost of Study website.
If you have been offered a scholarship, you will need to accept this award in the Financial Aid award notification section of your myOleMiss account. If you do not see an award that was expected, contact the office that made the offer.
Any student who has been offered on-campus employment, including those who will have graduate assistantships will have some forms to process with the university’s Student Employment office. This information can be found in the website for Human Resources. Please note that your first paycheck will be delayed so plan accordingly by bringing enough funds with you to meet your needs until the necessary paperwork for payment is processed. The biggest factor in the delayed release of employment funds is the need for a Social Security number. If you have lived in the U.S. previously and already have one, bring your social security card with you. We will assist you in applying for a Social Security number upon your arrival but the process will take several weeks. Please note that it may take at least a month for you to receive your Social Security card.
Rules and regulations regarding on-campus employment will be given at the International Student Orientation. Meanwhile, you can read information regarding on-campus employment at our website for Student Employment
OBTAINING A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
A Social Security number (also known as “SSN”) is issued by the Social Security Administration to all U.S. citizens and non-citizens who are work eligible. It is used to report your income to the U.S. government and required in order to receive a paycheck.
You may begin employment before being issued an SSN, however you will not receive your first paycheck until you have obtained an SSN. You may only apply for an SSN in person, after you have arrived in the U.S.
In order to apply for a Social Security number, you must submit your application in person and include the following three documents:
- Social Security Application (available at ISSS or found online here: SSN Application)
- Job Offer Letter
- Verification Letter from ISSS
Please check the following link for additional information about Social Security Numbers and ITN.
LIVING IN OXFORD, MS
OBTAINING A MISSISSIPPI DRIVER’S LICENSE
If you are at least 18 years of age, you may be eligible to apply for a Mississippi driver’s license. To read more about what is required, please visit our website about Driver’s Licenses.
CELLULAR PHONE PLANS
Cellphones are one of the first items international students typically want to purchase upon arrival. There are various cellphone companies in Oxford. Each company has its own set of policies and requirements for cellphone purchase. A summary of cellphone companies is included in the welcome packet that will be given to you during airport pickup or at orientation.
WHAT TO PACK
Oxford generally has a warm, humid climate, but it does get colder in winter! We would suggest that you pack what is needed upon arrival. This may include things like clothes suitable for the weather, a rain jacket, some toiletries, chargers and adapters. Other items can be purchased once you have settled in Oxford. You may find useful items in the Walmart in town or browse online retailers like Walmart, Target, and Amazon.
CAMPUS NEWS PUBLICATIONS
The campus newspaper is called The Daily Mississippian and prints a paper newspaper as well as maintains an online presence. To keep updated with news at The University of Mississippi before and after your arrival, please visit their website at The Daily Mississippian.
Another way to keep updated with the latest news and events going on in International Student and Scholar Services is to follow our social media. Our Facebook page posts important events and helpful information while our Instagram profile posts photos of our campus, students and events.
If you want to learn about getting involved around campus with student organizations, you can visit The Forum to learn more about what is offered. We suggest that you reach out to international organizations to get connected before you arrive.
HOW TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES
It is not possible for new students to register until they have arrived to campus and checked in with International Student and Scholar Services to complete the required tasks to clear all holds. You will have holds that need to be cleared by visiting the appropriate office or department on campus and submitting forms to them in-person before you can register for classes.
The first hold you should clear is your international hold. In order to clear your international hold, you must follow instructions listed in the “How To: Remove International Hold” instructions. Make sure to have your passport, visa and I-20 documents ready with scanned copies to be submitted digitally. There will be additional forms the office staff will ask you to complete upon your arrival to the U.S., such as form I-94. Finally, you must attend the International Student Orientation held online in order to complete all requirements to clear your international hold. By doing all of this, you are able to remotely “check-in” with us, even without seeing us!
Another hold that is required to clear for all new students is your health hold. You will need to visit the Student Health Center located at the V.B. Harrison Building (400 Rebel Drive, University, MS 38677) to conduct a blood test and chest x-ray. More information will be shared later regarding scheduling an appointment to lift this hold. Please submit all health and immunization documents directly to the Student Health Center here (International Student and Scholar Services will not and does not accept any health immunization records).
Please find Student Health Center Information Here: Student Health Center website.
Lastly, you should speak with your academic advisor within your academic department to clear your advisor hold. Your advisor is listed on your notice of admission, so you will be able to find it there. Your academic advisor can help you register for classes only AFTER your international and health holds have been cleared. If you are unsure who your academic advisor is, you should contact your department to inquire.