Forensic Science Field Studies



The Program

International Relationships and Cultural Diversity of Occupations

The world we live in is seemingly becoming smaller each day.  We are experiencing improved global awareness and communications with worldwide human dilemmas coming not only into our classroom but into our homes via international news.  More feasible economic travel possibilities permit us to erase borders.  What was once different worlds became different states; then, different communities.  We have come to understand that what happens to our neighbors has a direct or indirect bearing on our daily lives.  As such, it is increasingly important that students learn about international relationships and the cultural diversity of people and governments other than their own.

This course, by design, exposes students to a variety of cultures, government, and peoples different from their own.

International Criminal Justice-Forensic Science Field Study is an opportunity for students to study international criminal justice systems.  Students will be exposed to various agencies such as forensic scientists, police, courts, and the correctional systems as well as the juvenile justice of other countries and/or territories.  The learning environments will be at Notre-Dame-de-Foy College, Laval University, and Department of Police Techniques, located in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.  Studying Canadian Justice System will include the police scientists, national, provincial, and other courts, corrections, juvenile programs, as well as the academic program at the site program.


Quebec, Canada

Academic Credit and Course Registration

USM students need to register themselves as soon as summer registration is available. Your personalized course registration code will be sent to you via email. Non-USM students will be registered by your program coordinator as soon as summer registration becomes available. Click here for more information on course registration.


Students will earn three (3) credit hours for participation in CJ 480CA/580CA or FSC 497CA and FSC 597.



Cost includes round-trip airfare, mandatory insurance, lodging, and ground transportation in Canada.


Completed online application, with $250 deposit, will be accepted until TBA space permitting. Southern Miss will acknowledge receipt of applications and students will be informed of their registration status. The balance of fees will be due on TBA. Applications are processed in the order of receipt. Students may apply at any time prior to the deadline and are urged to apply early.


Minimum program eligibility requirements include the completion of at least 28 semester hours with an overall 2.0 GPA  for undergraduates (or consent of the program director) and graduate standing for graduate students. All students must be in clear academic standing. Students must also satisfy any additional prerequisites described under the individual course listings. Final authority over enrollment rests with the Director of International Programs and the program Director.


Students requiring financial aid should contact the International Programs Office. *Please note: in order to receive financial aid in the summer, you must be registered for 4 semester hours.

Application and Payment Deadliness

Completed online application, with $250 deposit, are due by TBA. Program deposits should be paid to the Office of International Programs. Balance of fees, less deposit, or appropriate proof of financial aid is due by TBA. The balance of fees should be paid directly to the USM Business Office. Click here for more details on the payment process.

Program Cancellation

Except in cases of academic ineligibility or course cancellation, program deposits are non-refundable. Once you have applied to a particular program, paid your deposit, and been accepted to participate, the Office of International Programs will begin paying fees on your behalf. If you cancel your participation on a program after fees have been paid out on your behalf, those fees will be billed to your student account.  If you must cancel, log in to your program application and withdraw. In addition, send written notice to The Office of International Programs.

Contact Information

For payment, registration and application information contact:

The Office of International Programs
118 College Drive #5069
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

For program/course information contact:

Dr. Dean Bertram
Arthell Kelly Hall 103


Field Study Highlights

Representative Program Elements

  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police/Crime Lab
  • Palais de Justice de Quebec
  • Quebec City Police/Crime Scene Unit
  • Military Academy La Citadelle
  • Notre Dame de Foy College
  • Providential Police Academy at Nicolet
  • Assemblée Nationale
  • Tour of Parliament
  • US Consul General
  • Youth Correction Facility
  • Adult Correction Facility
  • Tour of Supreme Court


  • Tour of Quebec City
  • Tour of Chateau Frontenac
  • Waterfall hike
  • Ferry ride
  • Visit maple sugar shacks
  • Day trip to the City of Ottowa (includes changing of the guards)

Program Coordinator

Celine Ingram

Office of International Program
Make an appointment with Celine