Program Eligibility

Eligibility for Southern Miss credit-abroad programs varies by program, but typically includes the following (be sure to check eligibility listing for the specific courses/programs you are interested in, as they may entail additional coursework or grade requirements):

To participate in a faculty-led study abroad program, students should have completed at least 30 credit hours. To apply, students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA and may not be on academic probation. Students must also satisfy any additional prerequisites described under the individual course listings.  Students on disciplinary probation at any time between the time of application through the start of the study abroad program may not participate in study abroad. 

To participate in an Exchange Program, Although USM requires only a 2.0 GPA to be eligible for exchange programs, partner institutions may require students to have a higher GPA to be eligible for consideration – refer to the Exchange Program Eligibility section for further detail.

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.

The above descriptions are minimum eligibility requirements. Should anything differ from the above, you will find additional requirements on the specific program’s page.

Before departing the United States, all program participants must possess a valid passport.

Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for obtaining any additional documents (including any visas if necessary) required for entry into the foreign country. Contact that country’s consulate nearest you for information.