University of Mississippi Study Tour on History, Literature, & Music of the American South

Study Tour
Globally Recognized
Delivery Method:
Single Term

About the Program

Adventure into the culture of the American South on this study tour into the history, literature, and music and arts of Oxford, Mississippi, as you improve your communicative competence in English. You and your classmates hear guest speakers from the Center for the Study of Southern Culture share targeted content on history, literature, and music of the American South. Everything you learn in the lectures comes to life when you leave the classroom to visit museums, historical sites, landmarks, and famous homes referenced during coursework and lectures. The University of Mississippi’s Intensive English Program uses carefully crafted activities to enhance your English communication and vocabulary skills as you work through an introduction to US Southern culture.

Visit the famous homes and historic sites of the Southern US

Guest speakers talk on history, literature, and music of the South

Study at iconic Ole Miss, Mississippi’s beautiful flagship university

Explore Oxford, the Cultural Mecca of the South and literary haven

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Your Student Counselor is your study abroad ambassador and supporter. They join your application journey when you’ve confirmed you’re interested in studying abroad. At this point, they guide you through each stage of the application, notify you of the documents you need, let you know when your admission results are in, and walk you through the next steps, including class enrollment and organizing pre-arrival tests.
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About the University

University of Mississippi

In addition to stellar academics, University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) sports are integral to life here, having one of America’s most active and exciting football cultures—campus is never as busy as it is on game day. There is little as thrilling as attending a game and tailgating. It is a uniquely American experience.

The small town of Oxford is the Cultural Mecca of the South and has been home to many authors, including literary legend William Faulkner and bestseller John Grisham. At the annual Oxford Conference for the Book, Ole Miss brings together authors, educators, and book lovers, and throughout the year, it hosts writers workshops and multiple cultural festivals.

Ole Miss is also famous for its magnificent 2,000-acre campus of expansive lawns, impressive Southern architecture, and beautiful wooded trails to retreat to after lectures.

Learn more at University of Mississippi's official website


Every day, you join your classmates in thoughtfully designed lessons that guide you through the vocabulary and culture associated with the American South, its history, music, food, and literature. As your language improves, so does your confidence as you get to practice communication and build your speaking and listening skills. With ever-growing sureness in your language proficiency, you work in the Center for the Study of Southern Culture to improve your understanding of the region and explore specific historical, literary, and musical topics in the unique US Southern culture. You visit the sites, museums, and famous homes introduced in your culture and language lessons, giving you a strong experiential perspective on everything you’re learning.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Application Requirements

When applying to study abroad, you must meet the entry requirements set by the host university—and SAF is here to set you up for success.

The requirements outlined in this section include the language proficiency scores you may need to demonstrate your language skills, a guide to the GPA range and other academic prerequisites required by your host university, and a list of documentation and other application materials you will need to finalize your application. You may need to supply additional information throughout the process, and you will be alerted through your emails and SAF Student Portal if this is the case for you.
  • Language Proficiency
  • Academics & GPA
  • Application Documents & Materials

Language Test Score Requirements

To prove your language proficiency, you will need to provide one of the following:

  • Cambridge Eiken: 150 
  • Duolingo English Proficiency Test: 65 
  • GTEC: 960 
  • GTEC Academic: L/R 240, L/R/W/S 550 
  • IELTS: 4.5 
  • iTEP Academic: 3.0 
  • STEP EIKEN: Level 2 
  • TEAP: 280 
  • TOEFL iTP: 450 
  • TOEFL iBT: 45 
  • TOEIC: 450 

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Program Dates

When studying abroad, you will want to consider the time of year and how long you are away. Most programs follow the host university's academic calendar.

The dates shown below are general estimates, and as you get closer to the start of the term, you will get more detailed information from SAF. If you have any questions, your Student Counsellor and Program Specialist are always here to support you and point you to the correct information.

Housing Information

Staying in a hotel a short walk from the Ole Miss campus, you get a sense of life at this great American university. Your on-campus dining hall daily meal plan gives you the opportunity to interact with local students over food, the greatest way to share stories and hear of life in the South. When you arrive, you receive a detailed orientation program with a campus and city tour, so you can feel quickly at home.

About Oxford

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Why Oxford

In the state of Mississippi, Oxford started life as a trading post, growing in stature as Ole Miss, its iconic university, took shape. This is a city with a strong community focus, where leafy streets take you through friendly neighborhoods, to quaint museums, and the home of William Faulkner, renowned American author, who took inspiration from the local surroundings. 

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Student Health & Safety

We champion health, safety, and security. As part of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad organization in the United States, we have set the standard for health and safety in study abroad for decades. We plan for the ‘what if’, so you can get on with the experience of a lifetime.
International Health Insurance

International health insurance included in the cost of your program

24/7 Emergency Phone Support

Total coverage to support you while traveling and in your new city

Location-Specific Information

Health and safety information prepared based on your destination

Health In Your Language

Highly trained multilingual staff to connect you to healthcare providers

Secure Housing

Quality, safe, secure housing within close proximity to your classes

Dedicated Expertise

Protection by a Dean of Students Office advocating for your interests


Before You Leave

Your study abroad experience starts well before you travel. We talk through your program choices, guide you through application, and support your preparations for leaving

On Arrival

We’re by your side from the moment you arrive, for campus orientation, getting you to your accommodation, and helping settle

Get Acclimated

The SAF Staff on the ground will introduce you to the details of your itinerary and explain where and when you eat, how to see a doctor or a dentist, which bus or train to catch. They have all the answers, just ask!

Learn by Doing

Academic experts guide you through a learning by doing experience, blending culture with best pedagogic practice to support your coursework and development and to help you retain knowledge.

Keeping You Safe

We enroll you in the SAF emergency alert system, so you hear safety concerns relevant to you.

Get Social

Your tour group will share in the arranged social and cultural events as well as hands-on learning, so you have many opportunities to collaborate with other international SAF Scholars, experience the destination you’re in, and build friendships for life.

Advising and Support

The process of studying abroad could quickly feel overwhelming, but we have been doing this for decades and do everything we can to support you through it. 

Many SAF staff are alumni and have walked this path. They have real-life experience to draw on as they advise and support you through every step of our comprehensive services. They’re in your corner, taking care of all the details and explaining what you need to do next.

Take the first step in your study abroad journey by scheduling a consultation with your closest Student Counselor. You can discuss your for-credit academic courses and language programs and explore internships, research programs, and study tours. When you know what you want to do, we guide you through the pre-program steps, help you arrange your visa and transport, and finalize your accommodation or digital experience.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

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Why Travel With SAF?

Studying abroad is an unforgettable experience, one that stays with you in your career, your contacts, your future. It can define you. At any of our prestigious university partners, you can build personalized for-credit programs that can last up to a whole year.

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