Types of Programs
Short Term Summer Programs
Short term programs last anywhere from one week to five weeks and offer four to six hours of credit. The majority of our short term programs occur during the summer months, but some are offered during the winter intersession and during spring break! Short term programs are led by Southern Miss faculty members who either teach the course abroad or accompany the group overseas and serve as the students' point of contact while abroad.
Short Term Semester Programs
Southern Miss currently offers one semester program, The Château Program in Strasbourg, France. Students earn 13-16 hours in a condensed semester, lasting three months. This semester program should not be confused with Exchange Programs, which also offer students the opportunity to study abroad for a semester.
On an exchange program, students spend a semester or academic year at a designated partner university abroad and earn USM credit. Students enroll for the equivalent of 12-18 semester hours while abroad and pay regular USM tuition plus a $250 non-refundable program fee. Students do not pay tuition at the host university. Pre-departure and post-program assistance is provided by our office and by program directors at each partner university campus.
Student Teaching Abroad
Education majors have the opportunity to spend a portion of their semester of student teaching abroad! For details visit the Student Teaching Abroad page.
High School Programs:
In conjunction with 360° Student Travel/Westcoast Connection, the Office of International Programs and the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi offer qualifying high school students the possibility of earning three (3) semester-hour credits in Spanish language or Service Learning by attending a 360° Student Travel/Westcoast Connection-organized summer program. Southern Miss professors from the College of Arts and Letters serve as instructors of record, supervise course work, and assign grades. For further information visit the 360° Student Travel/Westcoast Connection page.
In conjunction with EduCulture International (ECI), the Office of International Programs and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at The University of Southern Mississippi offer qualifying high school students the possibility of earning three (3) semester-hour credits in Spanish by attending an ECI-organized summer program in Spain. Southern Miss professors from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures serve as instructors of record, supervise course work, and assign grades.
Language Academic Credit Abroad Program:
The LACA Program is designed to allow students, who would prefer to study independently of a group, to do exactly that. Study languages in Austria, Costa Rica, France, and Spain. For further information visit the LACA page.
Affiliate programs are study or intern abroad programs offered by other institutions or program providers. Southern Miss currently has an affiliation with CISabroad and Academic Programs International (API). If a student is interested in a particular country where we currently do not host a short term, semester, or exchange program in, or if a student can not find (through the aforementioned options) a program suitable to their major, they might consider the alternative option of an affiliate program. Students begin by identifying their affiliate program and then visit the Southern Miss study abroad website to apply online. A Southern Miss program fee of $250 will be due before the student may apply to the affiliate program, along with mandatory insurance which is based on the length of stay abroad. Questions should be addressed to Hannah Jones at Hannah.L.Jones@usm.edu.