To qualify for consideration as an exchange student, you should:

  • Be enrolled at The University of Southern Mississippi
  • Be in clear academic standing
  • Possess a minimum of 2.0 GPA overall on a 4.0 scale
  • Have completed at least 28 hours of college/university credit

Although USM requires only a 2.0 GPA to be eligible for exchange programs, Keele University, Exeter University, and Bonn University require students to have a 3.0 GPA and Swansea University requires students to have a 2.8 GPA to be eligible for consideration.  Students must also satisfy any curricular requirements for enrollment in a particular course of study or at a particular host institution. 

Applicants for programs in France, Germany, Spain, or Belgium, for example, must show completions of a minimum of four college-level semesters of that language – and may in some cases need more.

Southern Miss exchange participants are required to inform their advisors or major department chairs about their credit-abroad program prior to departure from the U.S.  These faculty members may have special instructions regarding coursework undertaken abroad and should be consulted at the earliest opportunity.