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Millsaps “Around the Globe” Experience Recognized as Among Top Study Abroad Programs

by Web on November 16, 2016

The study abroad program at Millsaps College ranks among the top 25 in America, according to the College Rank website.

The website, which highlights many aspects of the higher education experience, ranked the Millsaps study abroad program as No. 13.

The website noted the program at Millsaps is unique thanks to the courses offered at the College’s 4,500-acre biocultural reserve on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula Archaeology to ecology, geology to history, business and education, literature to social-cultural anthropology are among the courses offered at the reserve. The reserve also includes an off-the-grid research and learning center, which is a laboratory and research facility in the nearby town of Oxkutzcab, and a dormitory-classroom facility.

While collegerank.net chose to highlight the Yucatan experience, there are many more study abroad opportunities offered at Millsaps, said Dr. George J. Bey III, professor of anthropology and associate dean of international education at Millsaps College. Half of the faculty members at Millsaps teach or have taught abroad in countries ranging from Italy to Vietnam, he said.

“Having 50 percent of our faculty teach abroad is what makes Millsaps an internationalized campus,” Bey said. “I find it exciting to recognize that our efforts in international education have led to the idea that constitutes one of the central components of our vision of ‘across the street and around the globe.’"

Bey credits the continued hard work of faculty and staff as well as that of the college's alumni and trustees for supporting the belief that Millsaps could distinguish itself through a commitment to International education. “I think recognition such as that from collegerank.net legitimizes our efforts,” he said.