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Fall / Academic Year,
|Disciplines Available (engineering or related field):||Aerospace, Biological, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computational, Computer, Computer Science, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical, Petroleum, Software, Systems||Graduate Students Accepted?:||Yes|
Mississippi State University
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
Mississippi State University (MSU) enrolls more than 18,000 students, has about 1,000 faculty members, and approximately 4,000 full time employees. It is located in the eastern part of north-central Mississippi. Away from urban complexities, the community of Starkville and MSU provide a variety of intellectual, cultural, and recreational activities. For example: MSU is home to both the highly-acclaimed Lyceum Series and the Mississippi Piano Showcase, attracting the best cultural talent from around the world; MSU participates in the exciting Southeastern Conference (SEC) that offers a wide variety intercollegiate sports action including MSU’s championship football, basketball, and baseball teams; and, MSU offers a variety of recreational opportunities in its large modern sports facility, playing fields, and neighboring forests, fields, and lakes.
MSU, established in 1878, is a comprehensive, doctoral-degree-granting, land-grant institution that has emerged as one of the region's and the nation's premier universities. It offers a diverse range of opportunities for learning and growth through eight colleges; they include: the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Architecture, Art, and Design, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, Bagley College of Engineering, College of Forest Resources, and College of Veterinary Medicine.
The Bagley College of Engineering (BCoE) at MSU has been at the forefront of education and research for more than 100 years. As one of approximately 40 named engineering colleges in the nation, the BCoE offers eleven undergraduate degree programs, twenty four graduate level programs, and seven certificate programs. There are over 3,500 undergraduate students and over 600 graduate students in the BCoE. The BCoE operates a wide variety of research centers and facilities.
TERMS OF EXCHANGE
- Undergraduate Students : Accepted
- Graduate Students : Accepted
- Computer Science Majors : Accepted
Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
TOEFL or IEFTS scores are required for incoming international Global E³ students.
Minimum TOEFL scores:
- Paper-based - 550 (BCoE)
- Computer-based - 213 (BCoE)
- Internet-based - 79 (BCoE)
Minimum Score IELTS: overall band score of at least 6.5
- Aerospace Engineering
- Biological Engineering
- Biomedical Engineering (graduate only)
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Computational Engineering (graduate only)
- Computer Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
- Industrial and Systems Engineering (graduate only)
- Mechanical Engineering
- Petroleum Engineering
- Software Engineering
Additional application materials?
- MSU Application (online)
- $40 application fee
- Official transcripts
- Sponsor Declaration Form (online)
- Sponsor’s bank statement
- English language proficiency test score
When will students receive their acceptance package?
Usually within a few weeks after all materials have been submitted.
COURSE REGISTRATION & ACADEMIC INFORMATION
- Fall: mid-August to mid-December
- Spring: early January to early May
Workload per semester
For undergraduate students, the minimum number of credit hours per semester is 12 and the maximum is 19. A typical enrollment is about 15 credit hours per semester; however, it may be advisable for international students to take less credit hours. If the student’s schedule includes some graduate-level courses, then the total workload should be near 12 credit hours per semester.
Grade Meaning Quality Points A Excellent 4 B Good 3 C Satisfactory 2 D Poor 1 F Failure 0
Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?
Yes – please contact MSU’s Global E3 campus representative for specifics.
When can exchange students move in to the Hall of Residence?
About 1 week before classes start.
Contact your local U.S. Consulate or Embassy to ask about how to get an F-1 international student visa. After you receive an I-20 form from the school that you want to attend, follow the U.S. Embassy/Consulate's instructions to schedule an interview for your F-1 student visa. It is important to apply for your student visa as far in advance as possible. Many consulates recommend that appointments be made no more than 90 days from the intended date of travel, but some can make earlier arrangements for interviews.
Health Insurance & Immunizations
It is the policy of Mississippi State University that all international students enrolled at Mississippi State University, but excluding all distance students, be required to purchase stipulated levels of health insurance and maintain repatriation and medical evacuation coverage ensuring repatriation of remains and/or medical evacuation. This policy does not supersede Department of State health insurance requirements for J students and scholars.
Chest X-Ray Requirements
All international students are required to report to the Student Health Center at Mississippi State University for a chest x-ray. This x-ray is a screen for tuberculosis. X-rays from other facilities are not accepted.
In cooperation with the Mississippi State Department of Health and for the protection of our students, Mississippi State University requires new students, including transfers, born after 1956, to provide proof of immunity to measles and rubella.
Requirements | Forms
Health Insurance Requirements
All international students enrolled at Mississippi State University are required to purchase the MSU Student Association Sponsored Student Insurance Plan unless proof of comparable coverage is presented. The premium for this plan will be automatically assessed with tuition and other student fees.
Your first few days in Starkville will be a busy and exciting time. In addition to meeting with your academic advisors and registering for courses, you will be settling into a new home and tending to your basic needs, including housing, food, health insurance, medical screening, and finances (banking, employment, social security numbers).
The International Services staff will do everything we can to assist you. We strongly recommend that you secure housing prior to arrival. Information on housing options is available at the Housing & Residence Life website.
Immigration Orientation & Check-In
All incoming F-1 and J-1 students and scholars are required to attend one mandatory immigration session prior to the beginning of the program. At the immigration orientation students receive information regarding the rules and regulations of their F-1 status in the United States, and the type of services offered by International Services at MSU.
Students should bring the following documents to orientation so a copy can be made for your immigration file.
- Valid Passport
- F-1 or J-1 visa stamp
- I-94 card
- MSU I-20
* Immigration Orientation will be held in 100 Montgomery Hall on every Wednesday at 3:30-5:00.
Schedule of additional sessions
When should I arrive?
Within 1 week of the first day of classes.
Is airport reception available?
The International Institute typically offers ground transportation to campus for newly arriving international students. The airport pick-ups will be available ONLY from Golden Triangle Regional (GTR) airport at Columbus, MS. For logistical purposes, we require that you request assistance no later than 7 business days prior to arrival. If you need this assistance, please submit a request.
Is there any bank on campus?
No; however, there are automated teller machines (ATMs) for cash dispersal.
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING
Cost of attendance
Food/meals - information on dining options and meal plans
On-campus housing - information on MSU housing options and rates
Off-campus housing - information on off-campus housing options
Academic expenses (e.g., books, stationery) - see Cost of attendance
Personal expenses (including transportation) - see Cost of attendance
Other administrative fees:
Medical insurance – approximately $665/semester
International Programs fee – approximately $100/semester
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
Global E3 Campus Representative:
Research Associate, International Programs Coordinator
Bagley College of Engineering
Phone: (662) 325-5878
The Starkville community offers a unique blend of old Southern charm and 21st century technology. Our growing economy is supported by a strong base of manufacturing and small businesses, as well as state-of-the-art research and technology companies. Starkville's assorted citizenry boasts not only native southerners, but "new southerners" from across the nation, university students, and a diverse international population. Starkville, Columbus, and West Point, form the Golden Triangle region of northeast Mississippi, encouraging greater economic ties between the three cities and counties.