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: January 20, 2015

New & Noteworthy
  • Mark your Calendar
  • Study Abroad Sessions
  • You're invited: Havana Nights, A Cuban Studies Event
  • Study Abroad Fair
  • You're invited: British Studies Student Gathering
Program Highlights
  • Business and Culture in Japan
  • Religion, Politics and Human Rights Law in Europe
  • Environmental Geography in Costa Rica
  • Dolphin Studies in Honduras
Lets Go International
  • Countdown to Take Off!
  • Meet the Incoming Exchange Students
Stay Connected
  • Hash-Tag it Out!
  • A Student's Perspective
  • Featured Photo
  • Follow Us

•New & Noteworthy•

Mark your Calendar

  • January 20 - 22: Study Abroad Sessions
  • January 22: Havana Nights: A Cuban Studies Event
  • January 29: British Studies Student Gathering
  • February 24: Study Abroad Fair
  • February 2: Religion, Politics and Human Rights Law in Europe
  • February 2: Environmental Geography in Costa Rica
  • February 2: Business and Culture in Japan
  • February 2: Interior Design in Italy
  • February 2: Tropical Ecology of Belize
  • February 13: Dolphin Studies in Honduras
  • February 20: Ireland Biology Field Experience
  • February 27: British Studies Program
  • February 27: Cuban Studies
  • March 6: Spanish in Spain
  • March 20: Austrian Studies: Music or German in Vienna
  • March 20: French in France
  • March 21: Study Abroad in Panama
  • March 27: Spanish in Costa Rica

Study Abroad Sessions: Jan 20 - 22

As program application and deposit deadlines approach, we wanted to make sure you had another opportunity to meet with faculty and learn about the study abroad program you are interested enrolling in this summer. Please find the scheduled sessions below. If you are unable to make it to the session, you are welcome to come by the study abroad table in the TCC atrium to ask questions and gather information. You can also stop by the Office of International Programs in the International Center, room 409. We are here Monday - Friday from 8 am - 5 pm to help you!

Tuesday, January 20:

11 am – 1 pm

  • Tabling in TCC Atrium
12:15pm – 1pm
  • TCC 210: Religion, Politics, and Human Rights Law in Europe
  • TCC 214: Business and Culture in Japan

Wednesday, January 21:

11 am – 1 pm

  • Tabling in TCC Atrium

12:15pm – 1pm

  • TCC 210: Environmental Geography in Costa Rica
  • TCC 214: Ireland Biology Field Experience
  • IC 410: Topical Ecology in Belize
  • KHH (Interior Design Studio) 107: Interior Design in Italy

Thursday, January 22:

11 am – 1 pm

  • Tabling in TCC Atrium

12:15 pm – 1pm

  • TCC 214: Dolphin Studies in Honduras
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Java Werks: Havana Nights, A Cuban Studies Information Session

Havana Nights: A Cuban Studies Event

Thursday, Jan. 22nd, 3:30-5pm

2902 Hardy Street

Hattiesburg, MS

Join us for Latin inspired food, drinks and music. Meet and mingle with faculty and friends, and learn about the unique opportunity to study abroad in Cuba this summer. You may come and go as you please between 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm.

Follow us on Instagram @CubanStudiesUSM

Like us on Facebook /CubanStudiesUSM

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Study Abroad Fair: February 24

10 am – 2 pm

  • Tabling in TCC Atrium

Room IC 204:

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

  • Austria

Room IC 410:

12:20 pm – 1:00 pm

  • French in France

Room IC 318:

12:20 pm – 1:00 pm

  • Spanish in Spain

Room IC 101:

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

  • Spanish in Costa Rica

British Studies Student Gathering

Thursday, Jan. 29th, 3:45pm

Union B, University of Southern Mississippi

Join us on Thursday, January 29 at 3:45 pm in Union B. Hear from the program director, program faculty, and learn what BSP has to offer you this summer. Also partake in a fun photo booth and enjoy refreshments. Remember that the program deadline for the application & deposit is February 27.

Follow us on Instagram & Twitter @British_Studies

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Program Highlights

Business and Culture in Japan

Come explore Japan and see how the culture of the Japanese people affects their modern business climate. You will see real world examples of how old Japanese markets still have an influence on even the largest Japanese corporations. Also, observe how western culture is beginning to influence the Japanese people. On this program you can earn 4 hours of either undergraduate or graduate credit.

Program dates: May 14 – June 1, 2015

Application and deposit deadline: February 2.

Learn more about the program at the Business and Culture in Japan information session on Tuesday, January 20 in TCC 214 at 12:15 pm.

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Religion, Politics and Human Rights Law in Europe

The modern human rights movement was born in Western Europe with Strasbourg, France being it's modern-day epicenter. This course will present students with the opportunity to study first-hand the foundations of the human rights movement and it's current functions. The program will visit sites that led to and function currently as part of the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights. The program will also visit sites of other historical and modern significance both around Strasbourg and Paris. Students can earn four semester hours in either paralegal studies or political science.

Program dates: May 9 – May 24, 2015

Application and deposit deadline: February 2, 2015

For more information, join us at the info session on Tuesday, January 20 at 12:15 PM in TCC 210.

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Environmental Geography in Costa Rica

This program will travel to various locations from San José to the Pacific Coast while basing out of the Instituto Monteverde with homestays and “survival Spanish” courses while in the cloud forest, among the rarest of the biomes on the planet. We will have access to tours and immense biodiversity. Learn to see the country through the eyes of a scientist and be able to appreciate Costa Rica’s cultural heritage and physical wealth of environments.

Program dates: May 9 – May 25, 2015

Application and deposit deadline: February 2

Learn more about this program at the Environmental Geography in Costa Rica information session on Wednesday, January 21 at 12:15pm in TCC 210.

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Dolphin Studies in Honduras

Join Dr. Stan Kuczaj, Director of the Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory at The University of Southern Mississippi, and participate in studies of dolphin communication and social interaction at the Roatan Institute of Marine Studies. Earn 4 credit hours in your choice of Biology or Psychology.

Program dates: May 9 – 24, 2015

Application & deposit due on February 13, 2015

Learn more at the information session on Thursday, January 22 at 12:15 in TCC 214.

•Lets Go International•

Countdown to take off!

Each week that passes by brings us closer to a study abroad program. We are so excited we decided to host an official countdown for each program as the dates draw near. Are you ready to climb aboard and see what lies beyond the horizon? The countdown to your journey starts now!
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26 Days until The Chateau Program

We are very excited about the students spending their semester in France. Be a part of their experience as they share photos and stories while abroad by following the Chateau Program on social media.

Follow us on Instagram @ChateauProgram

Like us on Facebook /ChateauProgram

114 Days until Business and Culture in Japan

Below is a question and answer session with the director of the program, Dr J.T. Tisdale.

What are you most excited about for this study abroad program?

The look on the students' faces when they get their first glimpse of Tokyo. It's not often you get to be in the presence of 18 million people.

What is your favorite thing in the places the program will be visiting?

  • Japan is my favorite cultural visit.
  • Nissan's Mother Plant Tour in Oppama.
  • The ancient city of Nara.
  • The Todaiji Temple and Buddha are awe-inspiring.

Share a fun story about this program:

Japanese follow protocol and process! We learned this first hand when we were trying to check into our accommodations and no one would help us. We were the ONLY people waiting. After a few awkward moments our host finally asked us to take a number from the number machine. Still no one would help us. Then he said, ohhhh lets sit down. The instant we sat down they called our number. The sign we couldn't read said, "Take a number and be seated to be helped." WOW!

Why do you think students should attend this program?

It is truly a cultural event. It is a case study for stepping outside of your comfort zone and learning what it is like to be a stranger in a strange land. The English / Japanese language barrier is so great, but when you spend a few days there, you realize that they are just like you, worried about having to talk to you, and want you to have a great experience in their country. Its not like many other programs at USM, because of the language and cultural differences.

Meet the incoming Exchange students

Alice Rouget from ESCE Business School in Paris, France

What are you most excited about being in America?

Partaking in American style college life, fast food, enhancing English skills, and making friends.

Where would you like to go before you leave?

I would like to visit New Orleans, Jackson, a city in Florida, and different parts of the west coast.

What encouraged you to exchange?

It has always been my dream to travel to America and experience the American way of life.

Why did you choose to study at The University of Southern Mississippi?

I wanted to go to a city that was not as internationally diverse. My goal is to really understand the way of life of a traditional American.

Augustin Herreman from ESCE Business School in Paris, France

What are your thoughts on exchanging in America at Southern Miss?

I'm very excited about being in Mississippi, because it's a state I probably would not have visited in another context. I think I will experience an interesting way of life in Hattiesburg, and will be able to have a great idea of what the south is like in the United States! Being an exchange student has many other advantages such as, meeting new people, having fun, studying in a completely different environment, exchanging points of views and cultural differences, learning from others, and experiencing things you can't experience in any other place.

Where would you like to go before you leave?

I plan to visit New Orleans, Panama city, and maybe Pensacola too. But mostly New Orleans. I'll make a little road trip in Louisiana with my parents and we'll finish in New York.

•Stay Connected•

Hash-tag it out!

This semester we want to get connected. We have developed some hashtags for you to follow, so we can stay connected from around the world.


  • Have you studied abroad or traveled the world? You know when you are watching a movie, a television show or see a photo, and you see somewhere you have visited and think "Oh, I've been there." Well we want to see the things that remind you of all the places you have been. So for example, maybe you are watching Harry Potter and The Half-Blooded Prince. The scene where the Death Eaters attack London come on, and you spot St. Paul's Cathedral (a place you have visited). Pause the movie, take a quick picture, and post it on Instagram with #OhIveBeeThere.


  • Are you an aspiring traveler? Do you see things that make you think "Oh, I want to go there." Well we want to see where you want to go. Whenever that thought crosses your mind about a place abroad, take a moment and snap a picture then post it on Instagram with #OhIWantToGoThere.


  • Have you studied abroad on one of the Southern Miss programs or plan to this year? Post photos from your time studying abroad on one of our programs, and show your pride by #SouthernMissStudyAbroad. Also to show some extra spirited fun, take photos while you're abroad with your Southern Miss gear.
  • Thinking about studying abroad? Want to follow students' journey while they are on a program? All you have to do is search #SouthernMissStudyAbroad.


  • We all know and love the Southern Miss mascot, Seymour. Well this year, Seymour will be studying abroad on all of our programs. Follow Seymour as he travels the world with students by searching #StudyingAbroadWithSeymour. Seymour will first be taking flight to France, for the spring semester on The Chateau Program.

A Student's Perspective

Want to talk to a student who has been on one of our study abroad programs?

Chat with a Study Abroad Peer Advisor. They are a team of students who have gone on one or more of the programs you are considering, and they are more than happy to help you with all your study abroad questions.

There are two ways to connect with them:

1. Post your questions on the USM Study Abroad Peer Advisors' Open Facebook group.

2. Send them an email.

Featured Photo

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Painted Walls

In 1990, Cuban artist Salvador Gonzalez Escalona painted giant murals to fill an entire neighborhood in downtown Havana. Every weekend, Rumba bands play to the crowds of Cubans and tourists who bask in the ever-growing public art space.

Thanks Dr. Casey for sharing your amazing photo.

Photo Credit: Dr. Matthew Casey

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