Types of Programs

Short Term Programs

Short term programs last from two and a half to five weeks and offer three 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. Short term programs are led by Southern Miss faculty members, who either teach the course abroad or accompany the group overseas and serve as students' point of contact while abroad. 

Semester Programs

Southern Miss currently offers two semester programs, The Château Program in Strasbourg, France and the Semester in Spain in Cadiz, Spain. 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. 

Exchange Programs

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 $300 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.