Caribbean Studies Program

The Program

For over 26 years students from Southern Miss and institutions around the nation have been studying abroad on this Southern Miss original program. From 10 May - 24 May 2014 students on The Caribbean Studies Program will spend two weeks in Jamaica, earn 4 credit hours. The Program is based in Montego Bay, Jamaica, at El Greco Resort with a relaxing ocean front view just ten minutes walking distance outside of the city. Students will call El Greco home for the majority of the program, but will also experience day and overnight excursions to the cities of Ocho Rios and Kingston, Jamaica.  


10 May - 24 May 2014

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Minimum program eligibility requirements include the completion of at least 28 semester hours with an overall 2.0 GPA  for undergraduates (or consent of 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 Caribbean Studies Director.

Cost (fees subject to change)

The price for undergraduates is $3,899 and $4,099 for graduates.

Cost includes round-trip airfare from New Orleans; tuition; fees; lodging; international student identity card, ground transportation; field trips and some social activities. Students are responsible for food and personal expenses.


All students and faculty in the Caribbean Studies Program reside at the El Greco resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. El Greco is an oceanfront condominium complex. Students typically are housed with one room mate. Each air-conditioned room contains a bathroom, and an efficiency living/dining area. A private pool and restaurant are located on the grounds along with internet service. Continental breakfast and daily cleaning service is provided.


Students who are accepted for participation in the Caribbean Studies Program may apply for financial aid if they meet federal requirements for a Guaranteed Student Loan. Students requiring financial aid should contact Frances Sudduth at the Southern Miss International Programs Office before requesting a study-abroad financial aid application from their university's Financial Aid Office.

Pell Grants, faculty/staff dependent scholarships, faculty/staff tuition waivers, and graduate assistantships are also accepted. Students are advised to begin the financial aid process well in advance of those deadlines. Students should apply for financial aid through the school in which they are currently enrolled and seeking a degree.

Financial aid agreements between Southern Miss and other universities are available, if requested. If more information is needed, contact the Southern Miss International Programs Office. 

Application and Payment Deadlines (subject to change)

Completed online application, with $250 deposit, will be accepted until 7 March 2014, 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 14 March 2014. Applications are processed in the order of receipt. Students may apply at any time prior to the deadline and are urged to apply early.

Cancellations and Refunds

Except in cases of academic ineligibility or course cancellation, deposits are non-refundable. Fees, exclusive of deposit, are refundable if written notification is received prior to the payment deadline, 14 March 2014. Thereafter, no refunds will be available. The Office of International Programs must be notified, in writing, of all cancellations. 

Assistance and Information

Director: | Dr. Tim Rehner | School of Social Work
601.266.4163 | 

Office of International Programs | International Center 401
601.266.4344 | 


Courses being offered 2014

(All classes subject to change.)

Marine Biology: Field Biology in the Caribbean

Literature of the Caribbean

Recreation and Sport for a Diverse Society: A Jamaican Experience

Nutrition: Hunger and Justice in the 21st Century

Nursing: Health Care Delivery Systems

Social Work: Human Rights and Social Development

Psychology: Culture and Psychology

Mass Communication: Caribbean Mass Media Systems

Public Health in Jamaica

Religions of the Caribbean

Comparative Education in the Caribbean