Types of Programs

Short Term Programs

Short term programs last anywhere from one week 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 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. 

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 $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. 

Affiliate Programs

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 visiting 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.