Semester in France: The Château Program


February 16 - May 15, 2015

The Program

Are you interested in spending a semester in the heart of Europe of one of France's most vibrant cities? The Southern Miss Semester-in-France program is returning for spring 2015, now based in Strasbourg, France, offering freshmen and sophomores an immersive liberal arts curriculum led by Southern Miss professors. For 2015, the program will be housed in a château 10 minutes outside of Strasbourg, a beautiful and exciting city of 300,000 and home of the European Parliament and the European Court of Human Rights.

Courses will be offered in history, English, and French (at the undergraduate level). The program is designed for freshmen and sophomores, but juniors, seniors and students of all majors are welcome.

Southern Miss has a long tradition of offering a semester of study in France. The 2015 program marks a significant new direction for the program, offering students an enticing urban location in the heart of Europe with top-flight accommodations and expanded opportunities for field trips and cultural enrichment.

If you plan to arrive early or stay beyond the program dates, you may need a French visa. It is your responsibility to look into regulations regarding this, If you are staying within the program dates you do not need a visa. Only those who will be in-country 90 days or more will need to complete the "Long-Stay Visa Application Form" and follow the instructions listed on the website. Should you need documentation from the program, please contact us sooner rather than later. All students must notify us, in writing, with their dates abroad if they are different from those listed above.

The program will be limited to 25 students.


  • Guided tour of Strasbourg
  • Visit the Council of Europe
  • Visit of European Parliament
  • Activities with local students
  • Service learning activity in Strasbourg
  • Visit to Frankfurt
  • Visit to Heidelberg
  • Guided tour of Route du Vin: Haut Königsbourg
  • Visit to Struthof
  • Performance in Strasbourg

*Excursions are subject to change.


The Château Program will offer the following credit. All students are required to be registered for a minimum of 13 hours and a maximum of 16 hours. All classes are 3 hours unless otherwise stated.

One or both:ENG 203CAENG 345CA
One or both:HIS 102CAHIS 448CA
One:FRE 182CAFRE 282CA
Mandatory:IS 491 (1 hr) 

*All classes are subject to change.


Minimum program eligibility requirements include the completion of at least 12 semester hours with an overall 2.0 GPA (or consent of program director). All students must be in clear academic standing. The director of The Château Program, and the director of the Office of International Programs, are responsible for final enrollment decisions.


The Château Program costs $8900. The cost includes tuition, insurance, accommodations, mandatory excursions, round-trip in-country airport transfers*, transfer from Paris to Strausbourg, breakfast daily at The Château, six-day transportation pass for Paris, public transportation pass for the entire stay in Strasbourg, and a four-day museum pass in Paris.

The cost does not include flight to France, travel, food and lodging expenses during break period, nor personal expenses.

There is a grocery store within walking distance, so you will be able to cook meals should you choose. A restaurant is also located at the gate of the château which serves lunch and dinner.

*Note: Airport transfer is included from Paris, but on the return, it is only included if you fly out of Frankfurt or Strasbourg. Therefore, you may want to think about a multi-city ticket.

Financial Aid

The Château Program qualifies for financial aid in the form of guaranteed student loans, and Pell Grants.  Southern Miss students requiring financial aid should contact Frances Sudduth at the Office of International Programs before requesting a 2014 - 2015 Study Abroad Financial Aid Application from the university’s Financial Aid Office.


24 October 2014completed on-line application
24 October 2014$250 non-refundable program deposit submitted
7 November 2014$1250 non-refundable housing deposit submitted
14 November 2014$7400 final payment submitted

*Deadline dates subject to change.

Cancellations and Refunds

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

Assistance and Information

The University of Southern Mississippi
Office of International Programs
118 College Drive #5069
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Phone: 601.266.4344
Fax: 601.266.5699