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's 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: May 4, 2016

New & Noteworthy
  • Have a great summer!

Let's Go International

  • Staff Picks
  • What to See in Paris
Leave a Tip

  • Know Your Destination

Stay Connected

  • Follow Us Around the World
  • #SeymourAbroad
  • Featured Photo

•New & Noteworthy•

Have a Great Summer!

Believe it or not, another semester is coming to an end. Where has the time gone? Since graduation is just around the corner and summer programs are about to kick off, this will be the final issue of The Scoop. However, no worries! The newsletter will return in the Fall semester. It has been a great year, and we hope you have enjoyed reading The Scoop. Until next time. Cheers!

•Lets Go International•

Staff picks!

Ever wondered the best way to prepare for a trip? The perfect things to take with you? Enter Staff Picks, The Scoop's feature that spotlights well traveled staff members who will provide advice and suggestions based on their own travel preferences and experiences. Hannah Jones, International Programs Coordinator, shares her favorite things and travel tips! Photo credit: Google images.

To me, the people I meet and travel with are the most important parts of the experience. So, I focus my traveling on meeting people:

Hostels are great as they have common spaces to meet people as well as events like free walking tours where you can not only see the city in a new light, but also meet other travelers. A lot of the time these walking tours are led by locals, and it will give you a chance to find the good hidden local spots.

Airbnb is a good option to find cheap places to stay while (again) meeting locals who can tell you more about the city.

Couchsurfing is a site where you can create an account and then go to events in the cities you travel to with other travelers. It's a fun way to check out a new part of the city while also meeting people.

Additionally, on the walking tour note, I love to just spend a day walking around with no plan....just finding new neighborhoods, cafes, restaurants, parks, etc. It's a great way to spend an afternoon in a new city.

Last note on exploring: you should go off the beaten track, go to smaller cities and less traveled areas as there will be a lot of hidden gems to find (like in Procida, Italy).

What to see in Paris

  • Eiffel Tower: It might seem an obvious choice, but for a truly Parisian experience, pack a picnic and find a grassy spot with the perfect view of the iconic monument.
  • Speaking of views, for other great ones, try the Montparnasse Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the top of the Pompidou Centre, the top of Notre-Dame, and the rooftop café of the French department store Printemps.
  • As far as museums go, you should visit the Louvre at least once (spoiler: Mona Lisa is TINY), and then you should check out the beautiful Musée d'Orsay and the picturesque sculpture garden at the Musée Rodin. If you have extra time, Paris has some odd and wonderful museums like the Musée des Arts Forains (museum of fairground arts) and the Musée de la Magie (museum of magic).
  • Parks! Parisians love their parks, and they absolutely should. The Jardin du Luxembourg is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon, and you should also visit the Parc Monceau and the Place Vosges.
  • Visit the stunning Sacre-Coeur and spend some time in the neighbouring Montmartre neighbourhood, famed for its artists and iconic architecture.
  • Stroll down the Champs-Elysées and take in the designer stores and Michelin-starred restaurants, but duck down a side street to find food that is much cheaper and still has that authentic local flavor. (To get to my personal favorite, Comptoir Boetie, take a left after the Tiffany's store and walk one block)
  • For cheap food, the Pantheon, and the possibility of making friends with French students, head to the Latin Quarter in the 5th arrondissement.
  • Another popular hangout for students is the Canal St. Martin--sit on the banks and munch on a pastry you pick up from Du Pain et des Idées or the famous falafel from L'as du Falafel.

Did you know if you are going on the British Studies Program, you have the option to go to Paris on a supplemental packaged trip during mini-break? See here for full details. *Space is limited and a seat may be reserved by paying the fee ($600) directly to the Office of International Programs by check, credit card, or cash. To pay, stop by OIP or give us a call at 601.266.4344.

•Leave a Tip•

Tip on Knowing Your Destination

Be familiar with your destination. Do some research before you head out of the country that way you have a better idea of where you are going. It is always a good idea to study a map ahead of time. This way you have some familiarity of your surroundings. Think of this on a small and large scale. Not only do you want to know the best neighborhoods to visit and stay in, but you also want to be aware of the country you are in and which countries surround you. Also look at public transportation and get familiar with those routes. Don't forget to research the country's currency and the current exchange rate. This will help when planning your budget! It is also helpful to get an idea of what the weather is going to be like. Knowing the weather will help you pack better. A rule of thumb is to pack layers (sweater, shirt, tank top), but be sure not to pack too much. You will not be happy when you have to tote 50 pounds of luggage!

(Photo credit: Google Images)

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•Stay Connected•

Follow us around the world!

Want to follow our Study Abroad Programs this summer? Be sure to follow us on social media! We will be posting fun pictures of our students' study aboard adventures. You can also search #StudyAbroadTTT!


Where will Seymour go? Follow along with the hashtag #SeymourAbroad to keep up with him as he travels around the world on our Study Abroad Programs! Seymour had such a great time last year that he can't wait for this summer's adventures!

Featured Photo

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Monkeying around in Switzerland

Photo from Swansea exchange student, Addy Falgoust.


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