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2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Center for International Education

Dr. Daniel Norton, Associate Vice President, Center for International Education
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, International Admissions and International Student and Scholar Services.

English Language Institute

Ann Morris, Director
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. 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 English language institutes in the United States. The program is a member of the University and College Intensive English Programs Consortium (UCIEP).

International Programs

Amy Linden, 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:

Organized by Southern Miss, The British Studies Program is a month-long, six-credit program based in London for students from USM and our partner universities.

Austria: Music or German in Vienna
Belize: Tropical Ecology in Belize
Canada: Forensic Science Field Studies
Canada: Project Serve
China: Language and Culture in China
Costa Rica: Environmental Geography in Costa Rica
Costa Rica: Spanish in Costa Rica
Cuba: Cuban Studies
England: The British Studies Program
France: French in France
Germany: International Performing Arts Institute in Germany (IPAI)
Honduras: Dolphin Studies in Honduras
India: Religions of India
Italy: Christianity and Law in Rome
Italy: Opera Festival di Roma
Japan: Business and Culture
Multi-country: International Business in Europe
Spain: Spanish in Spain
Spain: Summer Teacher Institute

Semester and year-abroad exchanges:

Belgium: Institut Supérieur de Traducteurs et Interprètes
England: Exeter University
England: Keele University
France: Université d’Orléans
France: Ecole Supérieure du Commerce Extérieur
Germany: Universität Bonn
The Netherlands: The Hague University
Peru: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Spain: Universidad de Cadiz
Spain: Universidad de Jaén
Spain: Universidad de Alcalá de Henares
Wales: Swansea University

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

International Student and Scholar Services

Suzanne Omran, Director
118 College Drive, Box 5151
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Fax: 601.266.4898

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) coordinates all facets of international student and scholar services for the University. ISSS provides counseling on immigration regulations, personal matters, and cultural adjustment, as well as some academic counseling in conjunction with various departments. The office of International Student and Scholar Services also serves as a coordinator for intercultural programming for the campus and community.

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

International Admissions

Petra Marlin, Director
118 College Drive, Box 5135
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

The Office of International Admissions coordinates all aspects of international graduate and undergraduate admissions. The office processes all international applications, evaluates foreign academic credentials and issues the appropriate immigration documents. This office disseminates Southern Miss information to foreign schools, U.S. embassies and international organizations and oversees all international recruiting.