marketing and public relations
click here for the news highlights
click here for all news releases
click here for contacts
click here to read our functions
click here for the experts guide
click here for our home page
click here to subscribe to news by email
click here for the southern miss home page
click here for licensing
style guide
graphics standards
Released June 16, 2003


HATTIESBURG - The University of Southern Mississippi's Office of International Programs has recently selected 23 of the university's top students for its study-abroad program on semester or year exchanges for the 2003-2004 academic year.

These students, who major in a variety of fields at Southern Miss, were selected after an application and interview process.

"I'm excited to have such a wonderful group representing Southern Miss," said Holly Buckner, coordinator of international programs at Southern Miss. "They'll be great ambassadors for us."

The students will be placed in 11 different partner universities around the world, including Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia; University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada; Keele University in Stoke-on-Trent, England; University of Exeter in Exeter, England; Ecole Superieure du Commerce Exterieur in Paris, France; Univerite d'Orleans in Orleans, France; Universite de Perpignan in Perpignan, France; University of Bonn in Bonn, Germany; Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan in Merida, Mexico; Universidad de Alcala de Henares in Madrid, Spain; and the University of Swansea in Wales, United Kingdom.

While studying abroad, participants take courses for Southern Miss credit that applies to their degree program at Southern Miss. Students who study in countries where English is not the native language attend most of their classes in the foreign language. Students pay Southern Miss tuition and their financial aid applies toward the cost of the program.

After the exchange program placements are determined, students begin a series of orientation sessions to prepare for their programs abroad. Typically, these sessions involve discussions about educational and cultural differences, and logistical matters such as financial aid, travel arrangements and housing abroad.

"I knew I wanted to spend a year abroad," said Laura Bru of Mobile, who will spend the next academic year in Swansea, Wales. "(The international exchange program here) is what attracted me to Southern Miss."

Amanda Perkins of Columbia looks at her selection for study abroad as the chance of a lifetime. "I may never have this opportunity again," said Perkins, who will spend the spring 2004 semester in Exeter, England. "I hope to learn more about the world and about different cultures."

Students taking part in the program, including their hometown and university where they will attend, include Seth Bassett of Ridgeland, Macquarie, Australia; Philip Bernard, Thibodaux, La., Keele, England; Laura Bru, Mobile, Ala., Swansea, Wales; James Courville, Poplarville, Orleans, France; Michelle Dean, Hattiesburg, Yucatan, Mexico; Carolyn Englebretsen, Gulfport, Macquarie; Christina Falgout, Petal, Orleans; Juan Gamboa, Madrid, Spain, Victoria, Canada; Shannon Hanks, Brandon, Yucatan; Justin Heskew, Biloxi, Bonn, Germany; Meloney Hooks, Hattiesburg, Yucatan; Sarah Hosman, Hattiesburg, Keele; Hannah Hudson, Hattiesburg, Macquarie; Michael Ide, Carriere, Swansea; Terri Key, Greenville, Yucatan; Patrick McCarthy, Hattiesburg, Yucatan; Daniel Myers, Natchez, Perpignan, France; Elizabeth Parker, Gulfport, Exeter; Amanda Perkins, Columbia, Exeter; Kristen Preau, New Orleans, Alcala, Spain; Margarita Rivera, Gautier, Alcala; Barrett Taylor, Gulfport, Orleans and Erin Williams, Clinton, Alcala.

The Office of International Programs offers a variety of study-abroad options in addition to semester and year exchanges. Those options include short-term study abroad programs such as the popular British Studies Program in London, England, and the Caribbean Studies Program in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, among others. Other study-abroad options enable students to spend a semester in France at The Abbey, which allows second-year students to study in rural France while taking core Southern Miss classes in English, or to earn credit for foreign-language studies at various institutions around the world.

Southern Miss sends 700 to 750 students abroad annually to 30 countries worldwide, providing opportunities for cultural and academic enrichment and personal growth. For information contact, Southern Miss's International Programs Office at (601) 266-4344.


to the top


This page is maintained by the Department of Marketing and Public Relations at
The University of Southern Mississippi at
Comments and suggestions are welcome; direct them to
URL for this page is
April 20, 2004 4:09 PM