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Millsaps Study Abroad Program Among Top 20 Nationwide

by Web on May 31, 2017

The study abroad program at Millsaps College is ranked among the Top 20 programs selected from 100 colleges and universities, according to the website, www.greatvaluecolleges.net.

The program at Millsaps was ranked no. 17 for 2017–2018. The program has ranked in the Top 20 programs for the last three years.

“We believe this is noteworthy and indicates a distinctive strength of Millsaps College,” said Dr. George Bey, associate dean of international education, professor of sociology/anthropology, and the Chisholm Foundation Chair of Arts and Sciences.

He also noted “study abroad is part of an integrated vision of international education at Millsaps that includes recruiting outstanding international students and developing programs to internationalize the on-campus experience. We are striving to be one of the premier colleges in America for international education.”

The Else School of Management at Millsaps offers a unique opportunity for our students to travel and study business internationally, said Dr. Jesse Beeler, professor of accounting and current director of International Business Programs at Millsaps.

The College’s European Business program offers students a chance to travel, study, and live with professors from Millsaps in at least three European cities—currently Florence, Dublin, and London—each with distinctive culture and business practices. Millsaps College Arts and Science faculty members regularly offer theater and political science courses in London and psychology courses in Florence and Dublin. The Else School also offers a complementary study abroad program in Yucatán where students study the economy of developing countries.

The Great Value Colleges website notes that “Millsaps considers study abroad an integral component of a liberal arts education, so the Office of International Education (OIE) offers semester, year, summer, and winter intersession programs.”

The website also includes this information:

“Millsaps, with its non-profit organization Kaxil Kiuic, operates a 4,500-acre tropical forest biocultural reserve in the heart of Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula where program participants can complete a number of courses in history, biology, literature, environmental sciences, and more. Various research opportunities and internships are also available at this destination in disciplines like archaeology and biochemistry. Millsaps’ other academic credit programs abroad reach from Italy to Vietnam and Africa. Some include travel to multiple countries within one trip, and more than half of the college’s faculty consistently teach abroad. Aside from the faculty-led trips, students can participate in direct exchange programs with Japan’s Akita International University and the University of Liechtenstein in the Principality of Liechtenstein, the smallest German-speaking country in the world. The college’s membership in ISEP opens up a variety of other abroad opportunities to its students.”

The study abroad programs featured on the Great Value Colleges website were selected based on tuition affordability, percentage of students studying abroad, program types available, program management, program depth/extent, program length, the availability of study abroad scholarships, and awards and recognition.

The 30 colleges featured on the Great Value Colleges website for their study abroad programs were narrowed down from 100 colleges using information from the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator Database, U.S. News & World Report, Wikipedia, the individual schools’ websites, and other college resource websites.