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