Study Abroad Programs

Welcome to Your Study Abroad Adventure!

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

We know that Millsaps students are passionate about making an impact and being truly global citizens. The Office of International Education 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. Once you return, we can also support you as you learn to use your international experiences to set you apart in job searches and graduate school applications.

 

Contact Us

Office of International Education (OIE)
601.974.1052 | Campbell College Center Office 318 | Email

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Student Information and Resources

What types of study abroad programs does Millsaps offer?

Millsaps Study Abroad Programs (Faculty-Led)

Millsaps study abroad programs are developed and led by Millsaps faculty and staff and are offered in countries around the globe! One or more program leaders travel with a cohort of Millsaps students to learn and explore abroad during the winter or summer terms. The courses are open to any Millsaps student and are not specific to a particular major; the classes are tailor-made to fit into the Millsaps curriculum so that you will be able to apply 4-8 credits to your major, minor and/or Compass Curriculum requirements including the Major Experience. There are several Millsaps scholarships available to support students in gaining experience around the globe.

ISEP Exchange & Millsaps Direct Exchange

Millsaps is part of the ISEP Exchange network which provides Millsaps students access to over 50 universities around the world.  Millsaps also has direct exchange opportunities with Akita International University (Akita City, Japan) and Liechtenstein University (Vaduz, Liechtenstein) These opportunities are preferred Millsaps partner program partners and offer comprehensive advising, support, as well as tuition benefits. Placements for ISEP and direct exchange programs are competitive and based on strict deadlines, so early planning is advised. Set up an advising appointment.

Study Abroad Program Providers (Affiliate)

Affiliate study abroad program providers can be utilized if you have already taken part in a faculty-led program, or if you do not qualify for an ISEP/Exchange program. There are a number of high-quality programs arranged through these affiliate program providers. These programs are vetted to meet the standards for study abroad, and you can meet major and minor requirements, continuing progress towards your Millsaps degree. Approval for participation is required. You can explore opportunities available through the affiliate program providers by visiting the individual webpages. Application deadlines vary, so early planning is advised. Set up an advising appointment.

Explore Faculty-Led Study Abroad Opportunities

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

Summer 2022

Ecological Ethics in the Yucatán
Yucatán, Mexico
PHIL 2750 (4 credits)
May 16 – May 30, 2022
Dr. Kristen Brown Golden | kristen.golden@millsaps.edu

In this course we travel to some of Yucatán’s most beautiful colonial cities, eat delicious local foods and explore a rarely visited natural habitat. At Kaxil Kiuic located in the PUUC region, students learn about the Kaxil ruins and forest. How did the Maya live here? How is the forest so well? A course about human relationships to ecosystems in Yucatán would not be complete without visits to the second longest barrier reef on Earth and the nearby beaches of Isla Mujeres.

Spanish in Yucatán
Yucatán, Mexico
SPAN 1000-3000 (4 credits)
May 31 – July 4, 2022
Dr. Judith Caballero | cabalj@millsaps.edu

This program immerses students in the language, culture and history of the Yucatán peninsula. In collaboration with Marista University and the newly created Millsaps Yucatán Institute for Language and Culture, students may enroll in courses ranging from introductory Spanish to advanced literature courses. Students attend morning classes at Casa Millsaps and practice their conversation skills with Marista University students in the afternoons. Students may attend culture classes on Fridays, instead of or in addition to regular classes and conversations. We will also have a few weekend excursions to local archaeological sites, historical places, and other sites of cultural and historical interest! This is a great opportunity for students to be immersed in the Spanish language while learning about Yucatecan culture.

Archaeology in the Land of the Inkas
Cusco, Peru
SOAN 3410 (4 credits)
June 5 – July 11, 2022
Dr. Veronique Belisle | belisv@millsaps.edu

This course is a hands-on introduction to archaeological excavations, focusing on a pre-Inka settlement in Cusco, Peru. Students will participate in the different tasks involved in archaeological fieldwork, including digging, recovering artifacts, and mapping features. In addition to excavations, students will visit impressive archaeological sites in the region, experience Peruvian culture, and interact with Peruvians on a daily basis. By the end of this class, students will be familiar with archaeological excavations and will have gained a unique immersive experience living in Peru.

Heritage, Identity, and the Politics of Travel in Tanzania
Tanzania
GOVT 2750 (4 credits)
June 12 – July 5, 2022
Dr. Victoria Gorham | gorhamv@millsaps.edu

This course is an immersive introduction to the conduct of fieldwork in the social sciences, focusing on the politics of identity and the ethics of travel in Tanzania. Students will engage in Kiswahili language learning, experience multiple exciting locations (including Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, and Kilimanjaro region), and visit museums and heritage sites as places where we can study identity-making and interrogate the power of the tourist gaze. In addition to the activities that we do as a class, students will learn about everyday life in Dar es Salaam, interact and learn daily with Tanzanians, and do activities in the area like going on safari, going to markets and beaches, and hiking to visit ruins of Ottoman colonial strongholds.

New Music, Old: The Kaleidoscope of Influences on Taiwan’s New Music
Taipei, Taiwan
MUSC 2140 or MUSC 2180 (4 credits)
May 21 – June 30, 2022
Dr. Lynn Raley | raleyhl@millsaps.edu

As part of a five-week mini-semester offered in Taiwan at Tunghai University’s International College (see details here), Dr. Raley will teach a course on music in Taiwan. This class will investigate music as a cultural marker, looking at two faces of Taiwanese music—popular (Mando-Pop, Taiyu, Hakka, and aboriginal artists), and modern classical composition—placing the music in both the cultural and political contexts of the island.

The Musical World of Prague and Vienna: A Reflection of Life at the Crossroads of Central Europe
Prague, Czech Republic and Vienna, Austria
(4 credits)
May 16 – May 30, 2022
Dr. Rachel Heard | heardr@millsaps.edu

All serious musicians and historians recognize Vienna as the historical hub for classical music, along with its important neighboring city, Prague. This course will introduce students to the rich cultural life of central Europe, through the historical and musical riches of these two cities.  During our time in Europe, we will learn how and why music reached its status as the highest and most noble of all the arts during the time of the Enlightenment and French revolution.  Just as Bob Dylan and the Beatles reflect the counterculture of the ‘60s, Mozart and Beethoven were the voices for the early enlightened bourgeoisie of Central Europe.

Beyond the Studio: Painting the Spanish Landscape
Madrid, Spain
ARTS 1100-01 or ARTS 2100-01 (4 credits)
May 16 – May 28, 2022
Dr. Sue Carrie Drummond | drummsc@millsaps.edu

This course will focus on painting from observation in Madrid, Spain. Students will learn how to develop successful color relationships, utilize light and shadow, draw in 1 and 2 point-perspective, layer paints through glazing, and other plein air techniques. We will visit museums to consider how both historical and contemporary painters have used these painting strategies. We will also visit historical locations and take day trips outside the main city to vary the scenery we paint.

Field Study in International Management
Florence, Italy and Dublin, Ireland
MGMT 4750 or EMGT 600 (4 credits or 3 credits)
July 2 – July 20, 2022
Dr. Jesse Beeler | beelejd@millsaps.edu

In this course, students will travel throughout Europe exploring new cultures and gaining valuable career training. They will experience an in-depth study of International Business through travel, classroom training, and hands-on site visits to businesses. This course includes 6 hours of formal classroom instruction at Millsaps and 38 hours of classroom instruction once in the region. Field trips throughout their time abroad will expose students to the incredible history and culture of Europe.

The Psychology of Fear and Terrorism
Florence, Italy and Dublin, Ireland
PSYC 4750 (4 credits)
July 2 – July 20, 2022
Dr. Kurt Thaw | thawak@millsaps.edu

The focus of this course is on the psychology of fear and terrorism… not necessarily terrorists, although we will be discussing a number of key players along the way. Drawing from insights and analytical tools offered by psychology, sociology, political science, history, and philosophy, students will explore such topics as Serial Killings, Nazi Germany, Cyber-Terrorism, Radicalization, the neural correlates of Fear, and the causes and consequences of recent terrorist acts (such as the London Bus Bombing, the World Trade Center attacks of 9/11, Vehicle attacks, etc.).

History of Accounting Thought
Florence, Italy and Dublin, Ireland
ACCT 4750 (4 credits)
July 2 – July 20, 2022
Dr. Guy McClain | mcclagm@millsaps.edu

International Lessons in Leadership
London, England
MGMT 4750 or EMGT 600 (4 credits or 3 credits)
July 20 – August 4, 2022
Dr. Jesse Beeler | beelejd@millsaps.edu

In this course, students will be exploring new cultures and gaining valuable career training in London.  They will meet and learn from well-respected industry leaders and build valuable cross-cultural skills acquired by living in an international setting.  This course includes 6 hours of formal classroom instruction at Millsaps and 38 hours of classroom instruction once in the region. Field trips throughout their time abroad will expose students to the incredible history and culture of London and the surrounding areas.

The Special Relationship: America, Britain, and the World
London, England
GOVT 4750 (4 credits)
July 20 – August 4, 2022
Dr. Nathan Shrader | shradnr@millsaps.edu

This course will examine British political, philosophical, and institutional influences on American politics. 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, and the relationship between the nations today.

Capitalism/Socialism/Communism – Choices
London, England
ADMN 4750 or GOVT 4750 (4 credits)
July 20 – August 4, 2022
Professor Harvey Fiser | fiserhl@millsaps.edu

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Summer 2022 in Taiwan

Students have a unique opportunity to study in Taiwan at Tunghai University’s International College for a five-week mini-semester in May and June. Taught by faculty from universities and colleges in the US and Taiwan, the program offers thirty different course choices, from Mandarin Chinese language to business, STEM courses, arts & culture, psychology, and religious studies. Each student will select either one or two courses (3 credits per course, 3 credits = 54 hours), held Monday to Thursday. Fridays will be devoted to cultural activities and day trips. After successful completion, students will be awarded a Fulbright CSAT (Consortium for Study Abroad in Taiwan) certificate and an official transcript from Tunghai University. Courses taken at Tunghai can earn 3 to 6 credit hours, transferable to Millsaps. For more information, please contact Dr. Lynn Raley.

Dr. Raley will lead Millsaps students in Taiwan and will also teach a course in the Tunghai/CSAT mini-semester entitled “New Music, Old: The Kaleidoscope of Influences on Taiwan’s New Music.” This course will investigate music as a cultural marker, looking at two faces of Taiwanese music—popular (Mando-Pop, Taiyu, Hakka, and aboriginal artists), and modern classical composition—placing the music in both the cultural and political contexts of the island.

Living in Yucatán

Research and Learning at Millsaps Yucatán Reserve

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

 

About

Dr. George Bey and students pose for a picture after a hike in the Yucatan. Summer 2021.Millsaps 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.

 

 

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.

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Study Abroad Scholarships and Financial Aid

Millsaps is pleased to offer scholarships for students applying for Millsaps faculty-led study abroad programs thanks to generous donors.

Apply here for Winter 2021-2022!

Apply here for Summer 2022!

Robinson Scholarship

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).

Ogden Scholarship

The Julia and Paul Ogden International Fellows Endowment provides funding for travel stipends to enable Millsaps students to pursue educational experiences outside the continental United States.  Preference is given to students who have completed their sophomore year of studies.  Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and show evidence of financial need (as confirmed by the Office of Financial Aid, using the student’s FAFSA).

Application deadline for Winter Break 2021-2022 is October 15.

Office of International Education Travel Policies

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

How do I know what study abroad opportunity is best for me?

Here are a few questions that will help you define your goals and choose which of the programs above might be the best fit.

What are my academic goals and course of study plans?

  • Do I want/need to take classes in my major(s)? For my minor(s)? For Compass Curriculum requirements?
  • What recommendations do my academic / pre-professional program / student leadership advisors have regarding study abroad (e.g. when is the best time for me to study abroad)?
  • Do I want to begin or continue to study a language?
  • Do I want to complete an internship while abroad?

What do I need to know about financial planning?

  • What types of financial support do the programs offer?
  • Do I qualify for scholarships and/or what advanced planning can help me prepare for costs?

Great news, there are a range of opportunities to help finance your investment in studying abroad. See the Scholarship & Financial Aid section for more info.

What are some of my cultural interests?

  • Do I want to study in a specific country or region?
  • Do I want to study with local students? Millsaps students?

Are there other features I would like on a study abroad program?

  • Do I want to have the support of Millsaps faculty mentors while abroad?
  • Do I want to participate in service learning or volunteer work while abroad?
  • Do I want to be on a program with support services or a more independent program?

Are there any special needs to consider when selecting a program and planning to study abroad?

  • Do I have a medical, psychological or medical condition for which I will need treatment or medication while abroad?
  • Do I have special dietary needs?
  • Will I be able to get adequate accommodations for my disability abroad?

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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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