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: December 2, 2014

New & Noteworthy
  • Mark your Calendar
  • You're invited: British High Tea
  • IEW Photo Contest Winners
  • Program Highlight: Tropical Ecology in Belize
  • Hola Cuba! Introducing Cuban Studies
  • Program Shoutout: Interior Design in Italy
Lets Go International
  • A Farewell

Brain Teaser

  • Heading into 2015
Stay Connected
  • Featured Photo
  • Follow Us

Happy Holidays!

This is our final issue of The Scoop this semester, but don't worry we will return on Tuesday, January 19. May your travels during the break be safe, fun and full of new adventures. Be sure to mention us on Instagram and Twitter, so we can see where in the world you are! #TheScoopUSM

•New & Noteworthy•

Mark your Calendar

  • December 4: British High Tea
  • December 4: Cuban Studies Information Session
  • 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 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

Join us for British High Tea

British High Tea, A BSP Information Session

Thursday, Dec. 4th, 12:15-1pm

TCC 216, The University of Southern Mississippi

Please join us for British High Tea, a BSP information session. Enjoy tea and pastries while you learn all about the British Studies Program. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to ask questions, get financial aid advice, and prepare for an amazing summer in the United Kingdom. Remember application and deposit deadline is February 27, so this is the perfect time to start planning your summer in London.

Please be sure to RSVP to the event.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Thank you for a successful International Education Week!

The Winners of the Cultural Perspective Student Photo Contest are...

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all of our participants for sharing their beautiful photos. Also, a big thank you to everyone who voted for their favorite photos in the Cultural Perspective Student Photo Contest.


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This photo was taken in London during the British Studies Program.

1st Place in Most Facebook Likes. Photo credit: Kelsey Smith

Scottish Lilacs

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This photo was taken in Scotland while studying on the British Studies Program.

2nd Place in Most Facebook Likes & 1st Place in Popular Campus Vote.

Photo credit: Kelsey Smith


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This photo was taken in India during the Religions of India program.

2nd Place in Popular Campus Vote. Photo credit: Sara Banks

Door to a New World

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This photo was taken in Granada, Spain during the Granada Program.

1st Place in Faculty Vote. Photo credit: Erin Howell


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This photo was taken in India on the Religions of India program.

2nd Place in Faculty Vote. Photo credit: Sara Banks

Program Highlight: Tropical Ecology in Belize

The program will consist of two weeks in the field during the summer, principally in Belize, but also briefly in Guatemala, where we will study tropical flora and fauna in several different ecosystems: coral reefs, pine savannahs, rainforests, and mangrove swamps. We will interact with groups working on the conservation of plants and animals in Central America and with locals who practice subsistence farming. On this program, students will earn 3 credit hours in BSC 404LCA. The application for the program is now open and you may apply using the button below.

Program Dates: May 11 - 25, 2015.

Hola Cuba! Introducing Cuban Studies

Cuba offers a rich context for exploring the accomplishments and pitfalls of alternate social, political, and economic systems that emerged over fifty years ago, and we are excited to have a study abroad program in this fascinating country. Students will enroll in one of our 3 hour courses in education, history or social work where they will attend discipline-specific lectures, collective group presentations, and daily visits to selected national museums, historic sites, public artworks, landmarks and human service agencies such as schools, literacy programs, health prevention programs, child welfare, and mental health programs. Additionally, students will have opportunity to take advantage of Cuba’s beautiful sun, coastal views, and rich urban and rural communities.

Program Dates: May 9 - May 23, 2015

Want to learn more?

Go online to or come to the Cuban Studies information session this Thursday, December 4 at 4:30 pm in International Center, room 101.

Program Shoutout: Interior Design in Italy

Earn 4 credit hours while discovering Italian traditions and movements in architecture, interior design, decorative arts and art from antiquity to modern day. Students will visit Rome, Florence, and Milan touring both historic and modern sites. There are scholarships exclusively available for this program. More details to come soon! Information session coming the week of December 8. Check our website for updates!

Program Dates: May 9 - May 25, 2015

Photo credit: Google images

•Lets Go International•

A Farewell to our International Exchange Students

As the end of the semester draws near, we have to bid farewell to some of our international exchange students. So before they go we had a Q&A session with a couple of them, to find out how studying at Southern Miss in the United States has changed their perspectives.

Amaury Guilbert - France

What was your best experience here?

"Definitely traveling across the Southern USA. The city and the atmosphere of New Orleans, and the Bayous of Louisiana are my best memories."

What are you going to miss the most?

"Don’t need to hesitate, the weather! It’s gonna be less than 32°F in my home city!"

How has your perspective changed of the USA/south while you have been here?

"When I arrived, I was surprised that people were so pleasant and polite all the time, everywhere I went. I was also surprised that American students are really serious about their studies. They work a lot during the week."

What are you looking forward to when you get back home?

"Cheese and wine, of course!"

Prisca Piccirilli - Belgium

What was your best experience here?

My best experience in the United States has been discovering a new country, a new culture, college in the United States (which is very different from my school in Belgium), and all the people I met here.

What are you going to miss the most?

I'm going to miss everything, without lying.

How has your perspective changed of the USA/south while you have been here?

I decided to study abroad in the United States because I had never been to this country before, and the South would not have been my first choice of destination if I had come on holidays. So, I was really excited about discovering a totally new culture and way of life, and obviously being a part of the "college life" that we don't have in Europe. Everything has met my expectations, and maybe more than what I expected.

What are you looking forward to when you get back home?

To be honest, I'm just looking forward to seeing my family again, but... I don't want to go back home!!!!

•Brain Teaser•

Heading into 2015!

The island Kiritimati also called Christmas Island located in the Pacific Ocean, is one of the first territories to enter into the new year. As you can see in the picture below, the time line will continue to travel west crossing over Australia, Asia, Europe, and finally into North and South America. Some of the last places to enter the new year are the Hawaiian islands. Will you be one of the first or last to enter into 2015?
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•Stay Connected•

Featured Photo

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The Sacred Heart of Paris

"Perfect way to end my last night in Paris, with a nighttime visit to Sacre Coeur" -@casschiasson

Thanks Cassidy for sharing your amazing photo.

Photo credit: @casschiasson

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Congratulations to Graduates & Happy Holidays!

Photo credit: International Programs unless otherwise noted.