Study Abroad Programs

Study Abroad - Millsaps College

Welcome to Your Study Abroad Adventure

Millsaps College is ranked as one of the best study abroad programs in the country!

We live in a complex world, and we know that Millsaps students are passionate about making an impact and being truly global citizens. The Office of International Initiatives is here to help you explore the opportunities you have to make the world your classroom. Whether you choose to participate in one of our nationally award winning faculty led programs or a semester abroad with one of our direct exchange or study abroad partners, we are sure that you will find your international experience to be a powerful tool for understanding and appreciating today’s world.

Contact Us

Office of International Initiatives (OII)
601.974.1063 | Buie House, 1702 N State St | Email

Molly West
Assistant Vice President for International Initiatives
601.974.1063 | Buie House, 1702 N State St | Email

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Student Resources

Student Timeline for Study Abroad

Student timeline coming soon!

If you are wanting to study abroad, it is important to get started as soon as you can. The Office of International Initiatives is happy to help as you consider your options.

Forms

Study Abroad Interest Form
This form is a great first step! Just answer a few questions and let us know that you want some more information.

Student Health Form
For students who have already been accepted for a Millsaps faculty-led study abroad program

Student Release of Liability
For students who have already been accepted for a Millsaps faculty-led study abroad program

Robinson Scholarship Information

The Judy and E. B. Robinson, Jr., International Fellows Program is designed to provide grants to students who wish to participate in a Millsaps faculty-led study abroad program. The program is open to current undergraduate students after completing one full semester of studies. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 and show evidence of financial need (as confirmed by the Office of Financial Aid, using the student’s FAFSA).

Deadlines for Robinson applications coming soon! In the meantime, please feel free to email studyabroad@millsaps.edu with any questions!

Title IX Information

Please review our Study Abroad Title IX Compliance information and contact Demi Brown (browndl@millsaps.edu) with any questions or concerns.

Office of International Initiatives Travel Policies

Please visit www.eiia.org/internationaltravel to review information about our international travel insurance.

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Explore Faculty-Led Study Abroad Opportunities

See a course you are interested in? Be sure to drop the professor an email for more details.

Winter 2019

Mexico City, Mexico

Frida Kahlo’s Mexico: Women, Art, and Revolution
Erin McCutcheon | Email (mccutel@millsaps.edu)

This course offers an immersive exploration into the life and works of one of the most prominent figures in art history, Frida Kahlo. In addition to gaining in-depth knowledge of the artist, her popular celebrity, and her position within art history, emphasis will be placed on understanding Kahlo within her historical context. The artist will thus become a platform from which to examine the various social, cultural, and political revolutions that shaped Mexico during the twentieth century, as well as provide the opportunity to explore works by creators who formed a key part of Kahlo’s Mexico. Special attention will also be paid to other women artists who worked in Mexico in the first half of the 20th Century.

Yucatan, Mexico

International Business in Latin America
Jesse Beeler | Email (beelejd@millsaps.edu)

This course gives students the opportunity to assess and understand geographic, environmental, economic, social-cultural, political, and legal factors that impact the business environment of Latin America. In addition to the classroom instruction, the course provides experiential learning opportunities by requiring students to participate in field trips that expose them to the history and culture of the region, as well as to various leaders of business, industry, and government.

International Business Law
Harvey Fiser | Email (fiserhl@millsaps.edu)

This course introduces the legal structures designed to regulate international trade and commerce. Students will examine the legal aspects of business with a particular emphasis on the effect of international law, treaties and governmental policies on immigration, labor, contracts, imports and exports, intellectual property, and international investments. The course will offer a comparative approach to the study of international law to demonstrate how various societal and cultural environments affect the approaches to legal systems and the enforcement of those systems.

Summer 2019

Yucatan, Mexico

Cross Cultural Perspectives of Psychology
Yucatan, Mexico
Sabrina Grondhuis | Email (grondsn@millsaps.edu)

This course will focus on ways psychology is both stable and dynamically changing across cultures. It is well-established that environment plays a large role in psychological functioning, and we will contrast cultural difference in stigmatization of mental illness, approaches to treatments for mental health and disabilities, parenting practices, and cultural personality norms. Students will directly interact with locals through visits to schools, day care facilities, and a mental health facility, and through conversations with families, government officials, and local residents.

Florence, Italy and Munich, Germany

Field Study in International Management
Jesse Beeler | Email (beelejd@millsaps.edu)

Issues in International Marketing
Penelope Prenshaw | Email (prenspj@millsaps.edu)

Psychology of Fear and Terrorism
Kurt Thaw | Email (thawak@millsaps.edu)

This course is an interdisciplinary approach to understanding contemporary terrorism and the fear associated with such acts. While individual terrorists vary widely, the motivation for various terrorist organizations is more uniform and therefore more easily understood, at least with respect to their objectives. A primary emphasis of the course is on identifying common features both within and across terrorist organizations. While in Florence and Munich we will visit sites where terrorist acts or acts of war occurred to fully appreciate the settings and purpose of the selected sites. Students will especially focus on the question of why we fear terrorists in modern society.

International Lessons in Leadership
Jesse Beeler | Email (beelejd@millsaps.edu)

Capitalism/Socialism/Communism – Choices
Harvey Fiser | Email (fiserhl@millsaps.edu)

London, England

America, Britain, and the World
Nathan Shrader | Email (shradnr@millsaps.edu)

This course will examine British political, philosophical, and institutional influences on American politics from the time prior to the American Revolution through the present. Students will have the opportunity to observe political actors and events, study influential texts and documents, and visit sites of historic and political significance. Topics will include the development of political institutions and governing structures, the political party system, religious and cultural influences, comparative analysis of governmental and party systems, and the relationship between the nations today.  

Yucatan, Mexico

Writing (in) Place
Liz Egan | Email (eganee@millsaps.edu)

This course challenges students to examine place and setting, both in the creative essays, stories, and/or poems they craft, and in the writing strategies and habits they cultivate. The course will include discussion and study of what it means to write in a place as an outsider, as well as from a place to an outsider; text translations and language-meshing; and how to adopt place-based writing strategies for a successful writing practice back home. Appropriate for all creative genres, including fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

Scotland

Scotland, Science, Whiskey, and the Highlands
Tim Ward | Email (wardtj@millsaps.edu)

This course will introduce students to the culture of science, its development and history through selected readings from Isaac Asimov. Students will participate in walking tours of Edinburgh and tours of the laboratories at the University of Edinburgh as well as visits to science museums. Distilleries provide great examples of scientific processes as well as science’s impact on culture and communities. Students will also visit Glasgow and participate in day trips from Edinburgh to a distillery, castle, and Loch Ness, and boat trips to Isles to see archeological sites and distilleries.

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Alexander Hamilton, Race, Medicine, and Resistance
Amy Forbes | Email (forbeaw@millsaps.edu)

The course will introduce students to some of the fundamental issues affecting the history of the Americas by tracing the formative years of one of the United States’ most famous founding fathers, and subject of the Broadway hit musical. Hamilton’s experiences growing up in the free African quarter of Christianstead, the loss of his mother to yellow fever, and his own illnesses and subsequent study of medicine in this crossroads of European, American, and African cultures, will serve as an illustration of the intertwined histories of race, class, and medicine which have so profoundly shaped the history of the US and the region as a whole. Students will situate the subject of the current, highly successful piece of American political culture -- the musical based on Hamilton’s life -- in context of his historical roots, advancing the broader goal to retell history from an inclusive perspective. Students will be housed on the campus of the University of the Virgin Islands, Saint Croix, a public, historically black university

Taiwan

The Arts, Culture, and History of Taiwan
Lynn Raley | Email (raleyhl@millsaps.edu)

This course offers students the chance to get a multi-faceted view of a country that is a major player on the world stage. Students will study the Taiwan New Cinema movement, traditional Chinese music, and the largest collection of Chinese art in the world. Students will also visit temples and study the major religious groups that contribute to the diversity of society and culture on the island. All of this will be placed into historical contexts as students consider the long history of Taiwan and its unique place in today’s world.

Bali, Indonesia

Balinese Gamelan and Culture
Jason Rosenberg | Email (rosenjc@millsaps.edu)

This course is an intensive 3-week study immersion program in Bali, Indonesia designed to teach Balinese gamelan and culture. Students will participate in daily ensemble rehearsals near Ubud, the cultural capital of Bali, at the home of a local master musician. Students will be expected to attend daily rehearsals, practice (instruments provided), read and reflect upon course readings, and visit cultural events. Our efforts will culminate in a public performance. Class trips to major concert venues and cultural sites are integrated in the course, allowing us to not only explore the local area, but also to explore the complex relationship between notions of artistic and cultural practices. No prior musical knowledge is necessary to participate fully in this course.

Peru

Archaeology in the Land of the Inkas
Veronique Belisle | Email (belisv@millsaps.edu)

This course will introduce students to the methodology of archaeological excavations, focusing on a pre-Inka settlement (Kaninkunka) in the Inka heartland of Cusco, southern highlands of Peru. Students will participate in the different tasks involved in excavation and visit archaeological sites (e.g., Machu Picchu) and museums in the region.

Italy

The Mathematics of Renaissance Italy
Emlee Nicholson | Email (nichoe@millsaps.edu)

This course will introduce students to the early history of mathematics and the famous Italian mathematicians of the Renaissance period. We will study their achievements and see artifacts from their work, how they thought about complex mathematics without many of the tools we have today and how their work influenced modern mathematics.

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Faculty Resources

Timeline for Faculty Led Programs

April 1
Submit a note of interest to the Office of International Initiatives. This form will be reviewed, and OII will communicate any feedback that will help your course be approved by the International Education Faculty Committee.

April 30 
Submit a course proposal to the International Education Faculty Committee (IEFC).

Early May              
IEFC will meet to consider all program proposals, and decisions will be communicated to you by May 31.

September 15 
Submit the budget for each approved course. New template coming soon.

December 15       
Deadline for submission of syllabi for Winter courses. Syllabi should be uploaded before departure. Class and Participant Lists, Flight Lists, and Itinerary must be submitted to the Office of International Initiatives. Students will be required to submit release of liability, health emergency info to OII.

April 15                                  
Submit syllabi for Summer courses before departure. Syllabi should be uploaded to Course Connect. Class and Participant Lists, Flight Lists, and Itinerary must be submitted to the Office of International Initiatives. Students will be required to submit release of liability, health emergency info to OII.

Forms

Faculty-Led Program Note of Interest
Use this form to express interest in leading an international program. Please submit one form for each class you want to lead.

Faculty-Led Course Proposal   
After receiving feedback from OII, submit this form to have your course considered for approval by the International Education Faculty Committee and the Office of International Intiatives.

Advising and Recruitment

We encourage all Millsaps students to consider study abroad options, and we want to help professors recruit students and spread the word about their faculty-led programs. Once your course has been approved, please talk to your students about the opportunity. There may be students in your class that are not majors in your department but would like the chance to dive deeper into a particular subject. You can also encourage students to visit the OII.

The Office of International Initiatives will host events on campus throughout the year to promote study abroad, and we hope that you are actively promoting your specific courses as well. Below are dates for some of the events that we have planned so that you can encourage your students to come and learn more about study abroad. Please contact Molly West (Molly.West@millsaps.edu) if you have any questions about promoting your programs.

Dates are coming soon!

Title IX Information

Please review our Study Abroad Title IX Compliance information and contact Julie Daniels (Julie.Daniels@millsaps.edu) with any questions or concerns.

Robinson Scholarship Information

The Judy and E. B. Robinson, Jr., International Fellows Program is designed to provide grants to students who wish to participate in a Millsaps faculty-led study abroad program. The program is open to current undergraduate students after completing one full semester of studies. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 and show evidence of financial need (as confirmed by the Office of Financial Aid, using the student’s FAFSA).

Deadlines for Robinson applications coming soon!

Office of International Initiatives Travel Policies

Please visit www.eiia.org/internationaltravel to review information about our international travel insurance.

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Living in Yucatán

Research and Learning at Millsaps Yucatán Reserve

About | Kaxil Kiuic: Education Through Preservation | Our Vision | Links

About

Dr. George Bey - Living in YucatanMillsaps College (and its non-profit organization Kaxil Kiuic) supports and operates a 4,500 acre tropical forest biocultural reserve in the heart of the Yucatán peninsula. The Millsaps College Biocultural Reserve with its incredible biological and archaeological resources serves as a center for our Living In Yucatán Program, which offers courses in the study of archaeology, business, ecology, education, geology, history, literature, and socio-cultural anthropology. Courses alternate by year so check the College Catalog for current year offerings. Students may return to Yucatán to take additional courses and may decide to participate in the ongoing archaeological and natural science research going on at the Reserve.

The Reserve consists of an off-the-grid Research and Learning Center, a laboratory and research facility in the nearby Maya town of Oxkutzcab and the new Center for Business and Culture, a dormitory-classroom facility in Merida developed by the Else School of Management. While at Millsaps College take advantage of our Study Abroad opportunities by taking a course in the Living in Yucatán Program and/or doing research or an internship in a wide variety of fields at one of our facilities. Contact George Bey if you have any questions.

Take a tour of the opportunities for Millsaps students in Yucatán.

 

 

Our Vision: A Reserve Without Boundaries

 

Yucatan RuinsIn developing countries scholars as well as economic, civic, and government leaders face two critical challenges. The first concerns how to explore the archaeological treasures of great civilizations without doing damage to current and future material culture and living communities. The second concerns how to promote archaeological research and educational tourism in a way that protects fragile ecosystems from unplanned urban and rural development. While internationally there is a growing consensus about these threats to both living communities and ecological treasures, to date few models have been developed or tested to meet this challenge. A new model is needed before these cultural assets are destroyed beyond the ability of countries to study, preserve, and restore them.

At Millsaps, we believe that in order to cultivate the intellectual and psychological stamina that today's leadership demands, two conditions must be met: (1) students must become deeply engaged in a particular challenge that is relevant and meaningful to them (2) students must be placed in complex, demanding situations which they have not encountered before. In this environment, students can discover what they are made of, dig deeply into themselves, and reflect on their life experiences and studies in a larger context. Here too, while there is significant consensus that these competencies are needed, there is a remarkable shortage of experiences specifically designed to cultivate these skills in undergraduate students.

Yucatan RuinsThe Kaxil Kiuic Biocultural Reserve and the major archaeological site on the reserve will help address both challenges by providing an opportunity to preserve, manage, and conduct cutting-edge interdisciplinary research at an archaeological site of an endangered ecosystem. The reserve will provide unusual opportunities for interdisciplinary study in archaeological, environmental, and cultural inquiry as well as varied educational and community partnerships.

The reserve will address the challenge of pursuing archaeological research while protecting current ecosystems and living communities by removing the traditional boundaries of biological, geological, historical archaeological, and social science research and creating innovative community partnerships. While faculty and students will be deeply involved in this initiative, ultimately this program is designed to model a community of learners made up of local civic, cultural, and educational leadership who are committed to addressing complex cultural and ecological issues.

By integrating archaeology, cultural preservation, and ecology, the reserve will create a new concept of conservation, tourism, and economic development from which students, scholars and local communities will benefit.

Links

Yucatan RuinsKaxil Kiuic Biocultural Reserve
A Mexican conservation organization

The Maya Vase Database
Justin Kerr's online database features thousands of examples of Maya ceramics as well as provenience and interpretive information.

The MesoAmerican Ballgame
Learn about this sport of life and death

Millsaps College Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Find out about courses, faculty, and current research at Millsaps.

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
A myriad of programs and resources exist at UNAM (Spanish language).

Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc.
FAMSI provides grants, resources, and research forums for studies of Mesoamerican culture.

Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia
Mexico's federal agency devoted to anthropology and history administers museums and archaeological sites.

Society for American Archaeology
A forum for archaeologists with resources for both students and professionals

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