The Scoop

Southern Miss International Programs Newsletter

The Southern Miss Office of International Programs brings you, The Scoop. This biweekly newsletter will give you details on Southern Miss' study abroad and exchange programs. In addition, we will report on fun international news and trends to keep you up-to-date on all things international.

The Scoop: September 30, 2015

New & Noteworthy
  • Program Deadlines
  • Live Applications
  • Scholarships!
  • You're Invited: Waterloo Wanderings
  • Save the Dates!
Lets Go International
  • Fashion Week: Milan
  • Wild for the Circus
Meet a Peer Advisor
  • Claire Coxwell
  • Willie Tubbs
  • Cooper Robinson
Stay Connected
  • Ask Emie
  • Featured Photo

•New & Noteworthy•

Program Deadlines

October 30:

  • The Château Program, Semester in France
  • Semester in Spain
February 12:
  • Christianity and Law in Rome
March 4:
  • Dolphin Studies in Honduras
March 11:
  • Music or German in Vienna
March 18:
  • French in France

Live Applications

  • The Château Program, Semester in France
  • Semester in Spain
  • Christianity and Law in Rome
  • Dolphin Studies in Honduras
  • Music or German in Vienna
  • French in France

Some study abroad programs are still being updated. Please stay tuned; the information is coming soon!


The Gilman Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.

Application Deadline: October 6, 2015

For more details go to:

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GO find the right scholarship for you. Southern Miss students will need to have campus ID and SOAR password to sign in.

Application Deadline: October 16, 2015

Begin your scholarship search at


Starting October 1, International Programs wants to start the conversation and share the various benefits to studying abroad.

Get Involved:

1. Study Abroad Alumni: Share your reasons by posting it on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook by hash-tagging #StudyAbroadTTT and mentioning @StudyAbroadUSM.

2. Students with Questions: Ask us! This is the perfect opportunity to get the Scoop and figure out which study abroad program is best for you!

3. Win PRIZES! Every time you interact with us on social media or on campus during the 30 Days of Reasons Campaign, you will be entered to win prizes! Winners will be drawn every Friday from October 9 to October 30.

  • Be sure to #StudyAbroadTTT and mention @StudyAbroadUSM
  • Stop by the Study Abroad tables located around campus.

You're Invited

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•Lets Go International•

Pope Francis Visits America

For the first time, Pope Francis visits the United States, stopping in three cities over a period of six days.

Wild for the Circus

On Tuesday, September 15, 2015, a ban on wild animals in circuses officially went into effect in the Netherlands. Wilde Dieren de Tent Uit, the association of Dutch animal welfare organizations, has been working towards this ban for nine years. The association is currently helping to place the animals, such as lions, bears, elephants, giraffes, and hippos, into more suitable environments. (source:
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Fashion Week: Milan

Coming up next: Paris Fashion Week! September 30-October 7, 2015

(all Fashion week photo credits go to Google Images)

•Meet a Peer Advisor•

Peer Advisors are a group of students who serve as a resource to inspire interest in study abroad by sharing their personal insight and providing first-hand knowledge about the study abroad opportunities offered by Southern Miss.

Claire Coxwell

PROGRAM: The Château Program

MAJOR: Nursing

ABOUT ME: I am a huge music nerd! I was in the band throughout high school and college and I love playing the clarinet and the piano. I was also on the Pride of Mississippi Colorguard for 2 years!


  • My favorite group activity on the Château Program was our climb to the top of Notre Dame. The view was breathtaking and the cathedral's Gothic architecture was so intricate. That was the first thing we did together as a group and when it first hit me that I was actually in France!
  • My favorite place I visited was Amsterdam. I was there in tulip season so I got to see all of the beautiful gardens in bloom. The atmosphere is so neat, truly one-of-a-kind and it's not often I find a place that values the importance of good french fries as much as I do! My favorite thing by far that I did in Amsterdam was visiting the Anne Frank House. I took a Holocaust class while abroad and the house suddenly made all of the material that I had been studying truly come alive.
  • Students considering the Château Program should know that even though the program's price tag appears a little expensive, you truly cannot put a price on the memories and relationships you will build over your time in Europe. Looking back now, I know that those were the best times of my life and that they were worth every penny.

Willie Tubbs

PROGRAM: British Studies Program

MAJOR: PhD Mass Communication (Emphasis- Media History)

ABOUT ME: I'm a native of Erwinville, Louisiana. I hold a BA in journalism from Louisiana College and an MS in interactive media from Quinnipiac University. I'm an avid sports fan and music lover, and my favorite thing to do is attend live events (sporting events, concerts, plays).


  • If you are going to go to the British Studies program, I recommend taking in all you can of England proper. The trap is to try and go to every European country in every spare moment. But doing that will cheat you of the wonderful museums, cathedrals and historic sites in the United Kingdom. Don't be bashful about going to the "stereotypical" touristy places. Also, and here I will be specific, do yourself a favor and get your hair cut at Roger's on Fleet Street. No, Sweeny Todd fans, they won't do you any great personal harm, but they will give you a great cut at a fair price. Biggest bonus of all, they have an in-house parrot named Alfie who will speak to you in a British accent and wave goodbye when you leave.
  • I wish I would have know that, at least in Europe, even countries we don't associate with the English language speak English and are willing to communicate with you in English to some degree. I also wish I'd have known that air-conditioning is not as popular abroad as it is in the Gulf South. That took some getting used to.
  • I think the thing that most people will want to know is how much it cost and how I afforded it. First, it isn't cheap, but neither is it so pricey that you won't be able to do it. There are many avenues of funding at your disposal. I'd also be remiss if I didn't mention the fact that you will see places in person that you've encountered countless times in photos, movies, TV shows, and other media. You won't just feel like you are there. You will be there. And you will quickly go from feeling like a stranger in a foreign land to feeling like a part of the culture. I sum it up like this: In the first week, you'll ask for directions. In the last four weeks, you'll be the one giving directions.

Cooper Robinson

PROGRAM: Cuban Studies

MAJOR: Social Work

ABOUT ME: I really enjoyed outdoor activities, but I also love to watch Netflix. One of my favorite things to do is to eat. I also love to hangout with my friends and go to movies.


  • One of my favorite parts of the program was exploring Old Havana. It was so beautiful and full of interesting people and buildings. So my recommendations definitely include Old Havana and possibly the beach if you get the chance. Drink all the coffee you can. Go for a walk around the Malecon.
  • I got to meet some amazing people on this trip. My closest friend on the trip was someone from Ireland. My favorite memory was when they surprised us with salsa dancing lessons! It was so fun learning to dance with everyone in the group.
  • My number one tip for you is to go in with an open mind. This will make your experience so much more meaningful.

•Stay Connected•

ASK Emie

Do you have burning questions about the REAL DEAL concerning studying abroad? Emie here, at your service, to supply you with answers on everything from finances to food to foreign friends. As a student who has formerly studied abroad, I'm ready to share my own experiences and give you details from a student's point of view. Send in your questions by clicking the button below, and I will answer them right here in The Scoop! Don't be shy, feel free to ask me anything about studying abroad!


Featured Photo

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Phoning Home

From a student on an exchange program in Exeter, United Kingdom.

"More from my London adventure!" -@imemeraldalexis


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