What is British Studies
The British Studies Program (BSP) is a unique opportunity for accounting students, along with students from other majors, to experience the international business environment first-hand, and to better appreciate the cultures of other countries. Based out of King’s College in the center of London, recent BSP classes have also toured Brussels and Amsterdam. This program offers a rich learning experience that will impact students both personally and professionally. It may well offer a competitive edge in an increasingly tough job market.
Where will I visit
The BSP is “centered on” office and plant visits throughout London, the southern UK, and selected sites on the continent. Students freely engage international business professionals and tour facilities such as the Jaguar manufacturing plant and the largest Heineken brewery in the Netherlands. These excursions are supplemented with guest/staff lectures. Students quickly master navigating the international city of London via “the tube.” Accounting students recently visited the London offices of the International Accounting Standards Board and an international brokerage trading carbon dioxide (CO2) emission allowances. But the greatest benefit of the BSP is to gain a greater appreciation of foreign cultures while developing close friendships with fellow students enrolled in the program.
When do classes meet
Most of BSP class sessions are scheduled for Monday-Thursday, thus leaving free time for travel and visiting the various cultural attractions in the UK and continental Europe. Recently, specially arranged weekend trips to Dover-Canterbury and Stonehenge-Winchester were offered through BSP offices. These are really economical day trips that most students enjoyed. The BSP also schedules a mini-break period in which students can visit countries of their choice; Ireland, France, Italy, and Spain have been popular destinations in the past.
Other General Information
Students are required to dress appropriately for scheduled academic events. Professional business attire is required for most field trips, otherwise, traditional (conservative) college student clothing should be acceptable. No cutoffs or shorts.
For the research portion of the BSP, teams of students are assigned to work on case studies of industries, and firms in those industries, that address a research question relevant to accounting/finance. Teams will identify key issues, formulate an analysis, and make associated recommendations: this requirement is similar to that of a capstone course.
Questions concerning accounting student enrollment in the BSP should be addressed to:
Dr. Gwen Pate
Director and Professor of Accounting
University of Southern Mississippi
School of Accountancy
College of Business
118 College Drive, #5178
Hattiesburg, MS 39406