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    University of Southern Mississippi
  Oct 24, 2017
2012-2013 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Center for International Education

Dr. Susan Steen, Director
118 College Drive, Box 5069
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

The Center for International Education coordinates programs and services that extend the university to our local and global communities. The office provides intensive English language instruction, administers the university’s extensive study-abroad programs, and coordinates international admissions and student services for international students and scholars.

The center is operationally divided into the English Language Institute, International Programs and International Student and Scholar Services.

English Language Institute

Ann Morris, Manager
118 College Dr., Box 5065
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Fax: 601.266.5723

The English Language Institute (ELI) delivers intensive academic English instruction for international students as well as for local residents for whom English is a second language. Full-time study is 25 hours a week. Part-time enrollment is also possible. Terms are eight weeks in duration. The program, which accommodates students from beginning to advanced language proficiency, is attended by students from every major continent.

The ELI fosters cross-cultural awareness within the university and the community by offering ELI students opportunities for interaction with native English speakers, both on and off campus.

Founded in 1947, the ELI is among the oldest language institutes in the United States. The program is a member of the University and College Intensive English Programs Consortium (UCIEP).

International Programs

Dr. Susan Steen, Director
118 College Drive, Box 5069
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Fax: 601.266.5699

International Programs administers a variety of programs providing students with long-term and short-term opportunities to study abroad for academic credit. Short-term programs include the following:

The British Studies Program, a summer term in London in which Southern Miss functions as the academic and logistical linchpin for a consortium comprising the University of Memphis, Hinds Community College, Texas A&M University – Commerce, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Southeastern Louisiana University, Henderson State University, Cameron University, the College of Charleston, Mercer University, Lamar University, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, the University of Texas, Tyler, Southwestern Adventist University, and Jacksonville State University.

Belize: Field Studies in Biology
Music in Vienna, Austria
Canadian Service Learning
The Caribbean Studies Program in Jamaica
The Honduran Dolphin Studies Program
Ireland: Field Studies in Biology
Opera in Italy
International Development in Peru
Religion in India
The French Language Program in Paris, France
The Spanish Language Program in Costa Rica
The Spanish Language Program in Spain
The Vietnam Studies Program
The Panama Studies Program

Long-term academic study-abroad programs coordinated by this office include:

The Abbey of Pontlevoy: A semester-abroad program in France designed especially for freshmen and sophomores. Southern Miss leads a consortium of 14 U.S. universities for The Abbey program.

The Granada Semester in Spain: A semester-abroad program in southern Spain designed especially for sophomores and juniors, offering credit in Spanish and other fields.

Semester and year-abroad exchanges:

Ecole Supérieure du Commerce Extérieur, France
Exeter University, England
Universite de Perpignan, France
Keele University, Stoke-on-Trent, England
Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru
University of Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain
University of Jaen, Spain
University of Bonn, Germany
University of Victoria, Canada
University of Wales, Swansea
University of the Yucatán, Merida, Mexico
University of Orleans, France
The Hague University, The Hague, The Netherlands
Institut Supérieur de Traducteurs et Interprètes (IEP) in Belgium

In addition, a student teaching practicum in England is offered in the fall and spring semesters for education majors.

International Student and Scholar Services

Barbara Jackson, Administrator
118 College Drive, Box 5151
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Fax: 601.266.4898

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) coordinates all facets of international admissions and student/scholar services. ISSS provides counsel on immigration regulations, personal matters, and culture shock and adjustment, as well as some academic counseling in conjunction with various departments. The office processes all international applications, evaluates foreign academic credentials, and issues the appropriate immigration documents for the non-immigrant foreign student. Intercultural programming for international students and the community is also coordinated by ISSS.

The ISSS office disseminates Southern Miss information to foreign schools, U.S. embassies and consulates abroad, and nonprofit international organizations such as the Institute for International Education.

ISSS also provides information to, and immigration documents for, research scholars invited by various Southern Miss departments to participate in limited research opportunities.