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 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. 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 Initiatives (OII)
601.974.1063 | Campbell College Center Office 326 | Email


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.

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.

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).

International Fellowships 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 term scholarships is October 31. Apply here.

Title IX Information

Please review our Study Abroad Title IX Compliance information and contact Megan James ( with any questions or concerns.

Office of International Initiatives Travel Policies

Please visit 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 for you. Once you have gathered this information:

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?


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

Writing (in) Place
Yucatán, Mexico
CRWT 3750 (4 credits)
December 29, 2019–January 11, 2020
Professor Liz Egan |

“Write what you know”— or so the saying goes. Traveling abroad enhances a creative writer’s craft not only by expanding the boundaries of what is known, but also by creating unique opportunities to discover and practice writing techniques. In this class, we will travel to Mexico to investigate and question the “rules” of storytelling, meet local Yucatecan writers, and unearth the stories that archaeological sites, museum galleries, and crowded marketplaces can tell us.

International Business—Latin America
Yucatán, Mexico
MGMT 2000 or EMGT 600 (4 hours or 3 hours)
December 27, 2019–January 11, 2020
Dr. Jesse Beeler |

International Business Law
Yucatán, Mexico
ADMN 4050 or EPOL 600 (4 hours or 3 hours)
December 27, 2019–January 11, 2020
Professor Harvey Fiser |

Summer 2020

Spanish in Yucatán
Yucatán, Mexico
SPA 1000-3000 (4 credit hours)
May 31–July 3
Dr. Judith Caballero |

This language program is in collaboration with Habla Institute and Marista University. Classes at Habla Institue include all levels of Spanish from beginning language to advanced literature. Students will attend morning classes at Habla Institute and practice conversation with Marista University students in the afternoons. Students will also attend culture classes. This is a great opportunity for students to be immersed in Spanish language while learning about Yucatecan culture.

Archaeology in the Land of the Inkas
Cusco, Peru
SOAN 3410 (4 credit hours)
May 31–July 6
Dr. Veronique Belisle |

This hands-on archaeology course takes place in the beautiful capital of the Inka Empire: the city of Cusco in the southern highlands of Peru. Students will be involved in all steps of archaeological research and will visit impressive archaeological sites in the region, including Machu Picchu. This course will allow you to immerse yourself in Peruvian culture, taste new foods, experience important local rituals, learn a few Spanish phrases, and interact with locals.

Alexander Hamilton: Race, Medicine, Resistance, and Resilience
St. Croix, USVI
HIST 3750 (4 credit hours)
May 15 – May 29
Dr. Amy Forbes |

This course introduces Caribbean island life created by politics and history in the crossroads of European, African, and American cultures. Using Hamilton’s experiences growing up, students will see how race, class, medicine, and environment have profoundly shaped the U.S. and the world. Students will hike the rainforest, learn traditional Afro-Caribbean drumming, and kayak at night through bioluminescent waters to investigate how places, cultural practices, and physical objects connect to the resiliency of the enslaved and free black communities.
*The cost of this program is covered by the Hess Scholarship. Contact Dr. Forbes for more information.

Taiwan: Cultural Crossroads of Asia
Taipei, Taiwan
MUSC 2140 (4 credit hours)
May 12–June 2
Dr. Lynn Raley |

Psychology of Fear and Terrorism
Florence, Italy, and Dublin, Ireland
PSYC 4750 (4 credit hours)
July 4–July 22
Dr. Kurt Thaw |

America, Britain, and the World
London, England
PLSC 4750 9 (4 credit hours)
July 22 –August 6
Dr. Nathan Shrader |

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.

Field Study in International Management
Florence, Italy, and Dublin, Ireland
MGMT 4750 or EMGT 600 (4 credit hours or 3 credit hours)
July 4– July 22
Dr. Jesse Beeler |

The History of Modern Business
Florence, Italy, and Dublin, Ireland
MGMT 4750 or EMGT 600 (4 credit hours or 3 credit hours)
July 4– July 22
Dr. Guy McClain |

International Lessons in Leadership
London, England
MGMT 4750 or EMGT 600 (4 credit hours or 3 credit hours)
July 22– August 6
Dr. Jesse Beeler |

London, England
ADMN 4750 or PSCL 4750 (4 credit hours)
July 22– August 6
Professor Harvey Fiser |

From Minds to Markets
Yucatán, Mexico
ADMN 4750-01 or PHIL 3750 or EPOL 600 (4 credit hours or 3 credit hours)
May 11– May 24
Professor Harvey Fiser and Dr. Patrick Hopkins | and


Living in Yucatán

Research and Learning at Millsaps Yucatán Reserve

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



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.



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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