Study Abroad Programs

Millsaps Study Abroad Program Vision Statement

Study Abroad - Millsaps College

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

Study Abroad at Millsaps College provides students with a powerful tool for understanding and appreciating our complex world. Because Study Abroad is crucial to undergraduate and graduate education, we encourage all students to consider participating fully in the Millsaps experience by taking advantage of the many Study Abroad opportunities available.

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Office of International Education

Millsaps College views study abroad as an important educational endeavor, enriching both academically and personally, and critical in preparing students for the realities of the global world. By combining intellectual pursuits with firsthand exposure to different peoples and cultural traditions, this unique learning experience provides Millsaps students with an opportunity to gain an international perspective on their chosen academic field or career path. It allows students to learn and practice important life skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, flexibility, resilience, and the ability to interact and communicate across differences. As such, study abroad is an integral component of a liberal arts education and is now considered vital to successful leadership in most academic and professional fields. The Office of International Education (OIE) is dedicated to the promotion and development of international co-curricular opportunities for members of the Millsaps community. Students are encouraged to participate fully in the Millsaps experience by taking advantage of the many opportunities to study abroad. International study typically takes place between the completion of a student’s first and third year at Millsaps. Students may arrange to study abroad for a semester, year, summer, or the winter intersession. The timing of study is determined, in part, by a student’s academic program and progress toward completion of degree requirements.

Millsaps has partnered with Abroad101, the leading study abroad evaluation tool and review website. Visit www.studyabroad101.com to see study abroad program reviews from students all across the country (including our very own Millsaps students!). You can search by country, city, provider, Millsaps pre-approved programs, etc.

Important: You must meet with an OIE staff member before proceeding with program selection and beginning the application process for any semester- or year-long non-Millsaps program!

We recommend that students contact the OIE as much as a year in advance of the intended time of departure, for assistance in planning and program selection. 

Office of International Education (OIE)
Millsaps College
Buie House
1702 North State Street
 
Molly West 

Assistant Vice President for International Initiatives
molly.west@millsaps.edu
601.974.1063
 
Ms. Tanya Newkirk
Associate Director of Education Abroad
newkita@millsaps.edu 
601.974.1469
 

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Summer Programs

Europe: Arts & Sciences

“The Special Relationship:” America, Britain, & the World - PLSC 4750

For more information contact Dr. Nathan Shrader

Designated Dates: Millsaps: April 30 & May 1-3 London: July 24-Aug. 9.

Cost: $5,250 (1 undergrad course); $8,200 (2 undergrad courses).

 

The Psychology of Fear and Terrorism - PSYC 4750

For more information contact Dr. Kurt Thaw

Designated Dates: Millsaps: April 30 & May 1-3 Florence & Dublin: July 7-24.

Cost: $5,250 (1 undergrad course); $8,200 (2 undergrad courses).

 

Europe: Else School

Field Study in International Management - MGMT 4750.01/ EMGT 600.01

For more information contact Dr. Jesse Beeler

Designated Dates: Millsaps: April 30 & May 1-3 Florence & Dublin: July 7-24.

Cost: $5,250 (1 undergrad course); $8,200 (2 undergrad courses); $5,500 (1 graduate course); $8,700 (2 grad).

 

International Lessons in Leadership - MGMT 4750.03/ EMGT 600.02

For more information contact Dr. Jesse Beeler

Designated Dates: Millsaps: April 30 & May 1-3 London: July 24-Aug. 9

Cost: $5,250 (1 undergrad course); $8,200 (2 undergrad courses); $5,500 (1 graduate course); $8,700 (2 grad)

 

Economics of Art and Culture - ECON 4750

For more information contact Dr. Blakely Fender

Dates: Millsaps: April 30 & May 1-3 London: July 24-Aug. 9.

$5,250 (1 undergrad course); $8,200 (2 undergrad courses).

 

Capitalism, Socialism, Communism: Have We Made the Right Choice? - MGMT 4750/ PLSC 4750

For more information contact Prof. Harvey Fiser

Designated Dates: Millsaps: April 30 & May 1-3 Florence & Dublin: July 7-24.

Cost: $5,250 (1 undergrad course); $8,200 (2 undergrad courses).

 

Mexico: Else School Experience in Yucatán

From Minds to Markets: Practical Creativity, Innovation, and Critical Thinking in Product Design and Development - ADMN 4750.01/ PHIL 3750.01/ EPOL 600.01

For more information contact Dr. Patrick Hopkins & Prof. Harvey Fiser

Designated Dates: Millsaps: April 24-25 Mexico: May 6-19.

Cost: $3,600 (1 undergrad course); $3,850 (1 graduate course) Airfare, some meals, and personal expenses not included.

 

Mexico: Arts & Sciences in Yucatán

Spanish in Yucatán - SPAN 1000/ 1010/ 2000/ 2110

Conversation and Culture in Yucatán - SPAN 2750

For more information contact Dr. Eric Griffin

Dates: May 13-June 9.

Cost: $4,650 (4-credit option) / $5,920 (6-credit option) Airfare, some meals, and personal expenses not included.

 

Prague & Vienna

The Musical World of Prague and Vienna: A Reflection of Life at the Crossroads of Central Europe - MUSC 2750

For more information contact Dr. Rachel Heard

Millsaps: May 1-4 Prague & Vienna: May 14-30.

Cost: $3,760 (airfare, some meals, and personal expenses not included).

 

Scotland

Field Study in Geology/Field Geology II--Ancient Mountains and Deep Time: Exploring the Scottish Roots of Geology - GEOL 3500/4500

For more information contact Dr. Jamie Harris

Designated Dates: Inchnadamph/Edinburgh: July 16-30.

$3,570 (airfare, some meals, and personal expenses not included).

 

Scotland: Science, Whiskey, and the Highlands - CHEM 2000 (fulfills Understanding the Natural World & STEM Core requirements)

For more information contact Dr. Tim Ward

Designated Dates: Edinburgh: May 14-25.

Cost: $3,900 (airfare, some meals, and personal expenses not included).

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Winter Intersession Programs

Mexico: Arts & Sciences in Yucatán

Millsaps College offers a unique study abroad program in Yucatán, Mexico. The 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 Kaxil Kiuic Biocultural Reserve, with its rich biological and archaeological resources, serves as a center for the arts & sciences program. Each winter, a number of courses are offered in fields as varied as biology, communication studies, environmental studies, history, and religious studies. Recent Winter Intersession course offerings include The Maya Gods, You, and Chocolate; Field Biology: Tropical Ornithology; and Sun, Sand, and the Cult of the Dead: Apocalyptic Tourism. In addition to field-based courses, research opportunities and internships in a variety of disciplines are available. For more information, contact Dr. George Bey.

Mexico: The Yucatán Experience with the Else School

The Else School of Management offers study abroad classes each winter based from its facility in Merida, Yucatán: the Center for Business and Culture, known affectionately as “Casa Millsaps.” Through a variety of course offerings, students assess and understand geographic, environmental, economic, social-cultural, political, and legal factors that impact the business and legal environment of Latin America. In addition to classroom instruction, students learn directly from business, governmental, and cultural leaders in this vibrant region of Mexico while visiting industries including tourism, farming, manufacturing, and distribution. These classes provide students the opportunity to use their classroom knowledge in an applied field study in an emerging economy. These classes vary by year and have included Global Business—Latin America; Global Innovation: Solving the Mystery of Mexico; International Business Law; and International Business: Managing across Cultures. In addition to field-based courses, internship opportunities are available in a variety of business settings. For more information, contact Prof. Harvey Fiser.

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Direct Exchange Programs

Japan: Akita International University

Akita International University (AIU) is a small (approximately 700 students) liberal arts college located in the northern section of Japan’s main island. Though the campus itself is located in a rural area, it is about 30 minutes from downtown Akita (a major city) and 10 minutes from the airport. AIU is unique among colleges in Japan in that it has a true liberal arts curriculum and an international student body. Because the language of instruction for all students is English, international students are not segregated from their Japanese counterparts, as is the case in most international exchange programs. Millsaps students are therefore fully integrated into the life of the university. Although the curriculum at AIU emphasizes international business and politics, it also has strong offerings in the philosophies, cultures, and religions of Asia. There is also an excellent Japanese language program for foreign students. Many of the faculty are practitioners— journalists, businessmen, and retired government officials—rather than pure academics. The unique international component of the institution has made AIU very popular with Japanese students and for them, entry is extremely competitive. Fellow students will thus be among the best in Japan.

Qualified students may apply to study at AIU for one semester (fall or spring), the full academic year, or the summer. Applicants must have successfully completed at least two semesters of college-level study before applying, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale) or higher. Applicants must be nominated and approved by the Associate Dean of International Education. The College is currently entitled to send up to three Millsaps students per year (including the summer language intensive courses) to enroll full-time at AIU.

The College has a tuition-waiver agreement with AIU, meaning that students pay their regular tuition to Millsaps but pay room, board, and fees directly to AIU. All students at AIU reside in the on-campus dorms. Because the university is supported by the Prefectural government, living costs are low. The only extra funds needed are to cover the cost of airfare, books, personal expenses, and any supplemental travel while abroad. For more information, contact Tanya Newkirk in the Office of International Education.

Liechtenstein: University of Liechtenstein

The University of Liechtenstein (UL) is one of the four centers of higher learning in the Principality of Liechtenstein. The smallest German-speaking country in the world (about 62 square miles), Liechtenstein is located between Switzerland and Austria, and has an estimated population of 35,000. It is the only alpine country to lie entirely within the Alps and, with its mostly mountainous terrain, is a winter sports destination. Liechtenstein boasts the highest GDP per person in the world and has a strong financial sector located in the capital city of Vaduz.

The University, founded in 1961 as the Liechtenstein School of Engineering and accredited by the country’s Ministry of Education, now specializes mainly in business, offering Bachelor’s and Master of Science degrees in Architecture, Business Management, Banking and Financial Management, and Business Process Engineering, as well as a Ph.D. in Business Economics. Millsaps students will appreciate the university’s small size (about 1,000 students total) and can take classes in English through the excellent Bachelor of Business Sciences program. Housing is available in shared apartments and other private rentals. Millsaps has a tuition-waiver agreement with UL, so that students who participate in the exchange program pay their regular tuition to Millsaps but pay room (if living in university housing), board, and fees directly to UL. Extra funds are needed to cover airfare, personal expenses (including books), and any supplemental travel while abroad.

Applicants for the Liechtenstein direct exchange program must be nominated by the Director of International Business Programs at Millsaps’ Else School, and approved by the Associate Dean of International Education. Participation in this program is currently limited to two upper-division undergraduate students per year.

Qualified students may also participate in a paid or non-paid internship program in Liechtenstein, in some of the most interesting and vibrant financial institutions in the world. In order to qualify for an internship, applicants must have advanced finance or advanced accounting training, must be nominated by the Director of International Business Programs at Millsaps, and must be approved by the Else School faculty. Participation in the internship program is currently limited to one student (graduate or upper-division undergraduate) per year. For more information, contact Tanya Newkirk in the Office of International Education.

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International Student Exchange Program

ISEP (the International Student Exchange Program) is a unique organization to which Millsaps belongs. Through membership in ISEP, Millsaps students have access to ISEP-Exchange, a network of 340 universities in 54 different countries, with classes taught in English as well as the host country’s language(s). One of the most exciting aspects of ISEP-Exchange is the financial benefits. It is a tuition-exchange program, meaning that when studying for a semester or year through ISEPExchange, students pay all regular costs (tuition, room, board, fees) to Millsaps and can use their institutional aid, but are studying abroad instead of on campus. Basically, a Millsaps student doing ISEP-Exchange trades places with an international student from any other ISEP school. Each student pays what he or she would normally pay to his/her home institution for tuition, fees, housing, meals, etc. Additional costs include the ISEP placement/application fee, required ISEP health insurance, airfare, personal expenses (including books), and any supplemental travel while abroad. The application process for ISEP is competitive and very lengthy. Before a student can apply for ISEP-Exchange, s/he must be nominated by the Office of International Education (OIE). Procedures are more complicated and eligibility requirements are higher than for most traditional study abroad programs through providers. And because the student essentially direct-enrolls as an international student at a foreign university, s/he must be extremely responsible and independent in order to even be nominated for ISEP. Any student interested in ISEP should contact the OIE at least one year in advance, in order to begin the process with the Millsaps ISEP Coordinator. For more information, contact Dr. George Bey.

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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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