MaconCatalog : Academic Information : The Office of International Programs
The Office of International Programs
The Office of International Programs (OIP) is the central administrative unit of international education at the University. The OIP is responsible for the study abroad program, student and faculty exchange programs, international student and scholar services (F-1 and J-1 visa advising) and the English Language Institute (ELI). The OIP manages University relationships with foreign universities, government agencies, external partners supporting study abroad, and works closely with academic programs in developing and supporting study abroad. The OIP’s mission is to advance global educational opportunities that inspire purposeful learning and engage Mercerians in communities worldwide.
The Study Abroad Program
The Office of International Programs facilitates foreign educational experiences for students in their major areas of study. A study abroad experience is a fundamental part of a liberal education and is instrumental in the individual pursuit of vocation. Mercer students who study abroad demonstrate stronger skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, and cross-cultural communication. Study abroad students better understand globalization and the major cultural, political, and economic differences in modern societies. They also deepen their own cultural and personal values through reflection. Mercer’s study abroad programs prepare students for life in the complex and interdependent world of the twenty-first century. There are six different ways to study abroad at Mercer University. For more information on which study abroad option is right for you, please visit the Office of International Programs in Ryals Hall, or check out programs at
Every student who studies abroad must get approval from his or her academic advisor and the Office of International Programs, even when the student’s academic program requires a study abroad experience.
International Student and Scholar Services
The Office of International Programs is responsible for advising the Mercer community on federal immigration regulations that govern foreign nationals attending or working with Mercer on either F-1 or J-1 visas. In addition, the OIP works closely with academic and student support units across campus in relation to the recruitment, matriculation, and retention of international students in degree programs and visiting faculty and research scholars.
For more international student and scholar information, please consult the department’s web site at, or call (678) 547-6151 (Atlanta) or (478) 301-2573 (Macon).
English Language Institute
Offered on the Atlanta campus, the Mercer University English Language Institute (ELI) is designed to assist international students with developing English language skills at levels sufficient to succeed in an American academic setting. Students who successfully complete the ELI program will fulfill the English language requirement for acceptance into most undergraduate and some graduate programs.
International students interested in a degree program in Macon may take ELI courses in Atlanta prior to matriculation at a Mercer college or school. Upon successful completion of the Atlanta ELI, international students may transfer to the Macon campus. Please refer to the International Admissions criteria in the catalog for more information.
For more information about enrolling at the English Language Institute, visit the department’s website at, send an e-mail inquiry to, or telephone (678) 547-6151.