Optional Trips

The British Studies Program offers supplemental group trips during some weekends and mini break. Please see below 2018 options. Space is limited on all trips. To reserve a seat, pay the fee directly to the Office of Study Abroad (601.266.4344). Please note that these trips are non-refundable, but you can have another student take your place.

Registration opens on March 1, 2018 for all optional trips.


••••Weekend Explore Options••••


••Day trip to Dover Castle and Canterbury••

Saturday, June 9 (departing 7:00 AM and returning Saturday evening)

Dover Castle

Everything a castle should be, with defenses dating from the beginning of the medieval period to World War II. Better than the films; cross the moat and drawbridge; walk around the castle walls, visit the Great Tower and see what the various rooms were used for. Walk through Medieval Tunnels and the WWII Tunnels and Underground Hospital.  See across the Channel to France if the day is clear. Entry into the castle is included in trip cost.  Learn more here: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/dover-castle/



Famous for its Cathedral (entry fee £9.50) and its medieval city walls that you can walk on. Canterbury is a bustling Roman and Medieval city with plenty to see and do including shopping or visiting museums. Ancient and modern buildings, riverside walk. Learn more here: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/?AskRedirect=true

Cost: $50  

Seats available: 47


••Day trip to Stonehenge and Winchester••

Sunday, June 10 (departing 7:00 AM and returning late Sunday evening)


Visit one of the most important ancient monuments in the world -- 4 to 5,000 years old. Mysterious prehistoric stone circle, set in a landscape full of ancient earthworks. Figure out how it was built and what it was used for. Entry into the historical site is included in trip cost. Learn more here: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/



Interesting, busy city, blending the Medieval and modern. Beautiful cathedral (entry fee £4) set in open grounds and surrounded by old buildings. Winchester is the home of King Arthur’s Round Table. Interesting old world shopping area; usually with street entertainment and a peaceful riverside walk. Learn more here: http://www.visitwinchester.co.uk

Cost: $50  

Seats available: 47


 ••Day trip to Brighton••

Sunday, June 17 (departing morning and returning evening)

Brighton is a coastal town about an hour south of London. Enjoy the pebbled beach and stop by local art shops, play arcade games at Bright Pier or go to the iconic Royal Pavilion. There is something fun for everyone. Learn more here: https://www.visitbrighton.com.

Cost: $50  

Spots available: 25



••••Mini Break Options••••


••Edinburgh, Scotland••

Join faculty and students on an organized group trip to Edinburgh, Scotland. Students will depart London the morning of Thursday, June 21 and will return Monday, June 25. Reservations for this option will open up in March. In order to reserve your spot, you will need to pay the trip fee to the USM Office of Study Abroad. Spots are limited and are first-come, first-served.

  • 4 nights at Pollock Halls with breakfast daily

  • Roundtrip travel from London to Edinburgh

  • One group meal

  • Day bus passes (3)

  • Entry to Edinburgh Castle

Cost is $460.

Spots available: 25


Day trip to Windsor option is canceled.



Independent Option

Students have the option to plan their own travel to easy-to-visit European cities like Amsterdam, Dublin and Barcelona. Please note all accommodations and travel expenses are on the behalf of the student.


Stay in London Option

Want to continue exploring London and the surrounding area? Do it. There is so much to see and do you are sure to have a great time! Your accommodations in London are already taken care of, so this is also a good option for students who are on a budget.