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2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Center for International Education

Center for International Education

Dr. Daniel Norton, Associate Vice President
118 College Drive #5069
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Phone: (601) 266.4344
Fax: (601) 266.5699

The Center for International Education (CIE) at the University of Southern Mississippi coordinates programs and services that extend the university to our local and global communities. The Center’s purpose is to promote internationalization of the university and to prepare our students, faculty and staff for leadership and success in today’s interconnected world. Through its three administrative areas described below, the center provides intensive English language instruction; administers the university’s extensive study-abroad and international exchange programs; and coordinates international admissions and services for international students, scholars, and faculty.

Study Abroad

Amy Linden, Director
118 College Drive #5069
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Phone: 601.266.4344
Fax: 601.266.5699

The Office of Study Abroad administers a variety of programs providing students with long-term and short-term opportunities to study abroad for academic credit. Short-term programs that offer graduate credit include the following:

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

Austria: Music in Vienna
Belize: Tropical Ecology in Belize
Ecuador: Tropical Biology in the Galapagos
England: The British Studies Program
France: French in France
Italy: Business and Culture
Italy: Church and State
Italy: Justice and Human Rights
Japan: Business and Culture
Spain: Spanish in Spain

Semester abroad programs offering Southern Miss academic credit for graduate studentsd include the following: 

Spain: Semester in Spain

International Recruitment and Admissions

Petra Marlin, Director
118 College Drive #5135
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
(601) 266.5672
fax (601) 266.4898

International Recruitment and Admissions informs and advises prospective international students and families regarding USM’s admissions standards and academic opportunities. The office conducts recruitment travel and disseminates Southern Miss information to foreign schools, U.S. embassies and consulates, and nonprofit international organizations such as the Institute for International Education. International Recruitment and Admissions processes all international applications, evaluates foreign academic credentials, and issues the appropriate immigration documents for Undergraduate, Graduate and Non-Degree visiting nonimmigrant foreign students.

International Student and Scholar Services

Suzanne Omran, Director
118 College Drive #5151
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
(601) 266.4841
fax (601) 266.4898

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) coordinates all facets of international student and scholar services. 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.

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



English Language Institute

Kacey Cole, Assistant Director
118 College Dr. #5065
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Phone: (601) 266.4337
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 24 hours a week. Part-time enrollment is also possible. Terms are semester length in duration. The program, which accommodates students from beginning to advanced language proficiency, is attended by students from around the world.

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).