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.
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)
1702 North State Street
Dr. George J. Bey
Associate Dean of International Education
Ms. Tanya Newkirk
Associate Director of International Education
Millsaps College will offer an exciting active learning experience in Ghana in the summer of 2017. The program will afford students the opportunity to explore the history, government, politics, life, culture, traditions and arts of Africa.
Course Offerings: IDST, History or Political Science - 4 hours:
Black Star Rising: Ghana and the Making of Modern Africa - HIST 2310/IDST2500
This course will introduce students to the complex and powerful historical events and personalities that have shaped the modern African nation of Ghana. Field-trips will include visits to the Asante capital of Kumasi with the palace of the Asantehene, as well as the town of Nalerigu, political center of the Mamprusi, in northern Ghana
Special Topics in Political Science - Africa in Transition - PLSC 2750
The course will afford students the opportunity to explore the historical legacy, politics, life, culture, traditions, and arts of Africa. Central topics include the struggle for democracy and political reform; Civil society and political participation; Challenges of economic growth, restructuring, and adjustment; Ethnic identity and national unity; Ghana's stability and security in a difficult region.
$4445.00 – Includes tuition for one course, accommodation, breakfast and transportation in Ghana. It does not include airfare from the US to Ghana, cost of meals other than breakfast, and other personal expenses.
A refundable deposit of $1000.00 is due on or before January 31.
This program provides an exploration of the fundamental principles of ecology, evolution, and conservation biology, using the Galápagos Islands as a case study. Nowhere can you see these principles playing out so readily before you as in the Galápagos, where wild giant tortoises, blue- footed boobies, waved albatrosses, and marine iguanas display their natural behaviors right at your feet, unafraid of humans due to their long isolation on this remote archipelago. Students will consider the islands’ special place in the history of science as they study the work of Charles Darwin and others, whose research on the islands and surrounding reserve have enhanced our understanding of the evolution of biodiversity. They will also consider the history of the Galápagos, its cultural heritage, and the interaction between people and the natural environment of the archipelago. After weekly class meetings during the spring semester, students travel in May to Ecuador, where they spend a week aboard a 16-passenger vessel. While on board, they travel to eight major islands of the Galápagos archipelago, hiking among the unique plants and animals and snorkeling with sea lions, sea turtles, colorful fish, and marine invertebrates. On the mainland of Ecuador, the class visits historic sites in the capital city of Quito, nestled between peaks of the Andes and the port city of Guayaquil on the Pacific coast. Two courses are taught concurrently within the program: Galápagos Field Biology, which counts as an upper-level biology course toward the biology major or minor; and Galápagos Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation for non-science majors. For more information, contact Dr. Debora Mann.
Millsaps College offers a summer program in Europe based in London, Florence, and Munich, with opportunities for other European travel and cultural experiences built into the program. Students may choose courses offered by the Else School of Management, the Division of Arts and Letters, and the Division of Sciences. Millsaps faculty design and teach the courses, integrating experiences, field trips, and guest speakers that highlight the worldwide classroom. The Else School program is open to both graduate and undergraduate students. Course listings vary each year. Recent listings by the Else School of Management include: Field Study in International Management; International Lessons in Leadership; Capitalism, Socialism, Communism: Have We Made the Right Choice?; and History of Economic Thought. Recent listings by the Division of Arts and Letters and the Division of Sciences include: The Psychology of Fear and Terrorism; The Idea of the City and the Culture of Travel; and Theatre in London. For more information, contact Dr. Jesse Beeler.
Millsaps College offers a unique study abroad program in Yucatán, Mexico. The College (and its non-profit organization Kaxil Kiuic) supports and operates a 4500-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 summer a number of courses are offered in fields as varied as archaeology, art, biology, communication studies, environmental studies, geology, history, literature, socio-cultural anthropology, and Spanish language. Courses change annually, so check with the Office of International Education (OIE) for upcoming classes. In addition to the field-based courses, research opportunities and internships in a variety of disciplines are available, including archaeology, biology, biochemistry, and environmental studies. Students may return to Yucatán to take additional courses and may also choose to participate in ongoing excavations at the ancient city of Kiuic, located within the biocultural reserve. A semester-long program is also offered.
The Millsaps properties in Yucatán include an off-the-grid Center for Research and Learning (CRL) located within the reserve at Kiuic, the Millsaps Puuc Archaeological Research Center (MPARC) in the nearby Maya town of Oxkutzcab, and the Center for Business and Culture (known affectionately as “Casa Millsaps”), a dormitory-classroom facility in Merida developed and operated by the Else School of Management. For more information, contact Dr. George Bey.
The Else School of Management offers study abroad classes each summer 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 courses provide students the opportunity to use their classroom knowledge in an applied field study in an emerging economy. Classes vary by year. Recent summer listings by the Else School include International Business Law; Innovation: From Minds to Markets; and Global Business – Latin America. In addition to these field-based courses, internship opportunities are available in a variety of business settings. For more information, contact Prof. Harvey Fiser.
This course introduces students to the methodology of archaeological excavations, focusing on a pre-Inka settlement (Ak’awillay) located in the Inka heartland of Cusco, in the southern highlands of Peru. Students actively participate in the various tasks involved in excavation and visit impressive archaeological sites in the region, including Machu Picchu. Students live in the city of Cusco, a beautiful Inka and colonial city that is rich in culture and history, and which has numerous restaurants, shops, museums, and amenities. The course is also an opportunity for students to discover contemporary Peruvian culture, including new traditions, customs, food, and rituals. This course fulfills the SOAN archaeology minor requirement for archaeological field study or approved study abroad. It also fulfills anthropology electives and the anthropology major requirement for departmental field school/study abroad program. For more information, contact Dr. Véronique Bélisle.
This course will introduce students to the rich cultural life of central Europe, through the historical and musical riches of the great cities of Prague and Vienna. As we explore these two musical crossroads of 18th and 19th century Europe, we will learn how and why music reached its status as the highest and most noble of all the arts during this time.
$4300.00 (Robinson Scholarship Eligible)
For more information, contact Dr. Rachel Heard.
Many of the most influential names (Hutton, Lyell, Smith) and ideas (unconformities, thrust faults, geologic mapping) in the history of the earth sciences can be traced to original work done in Great Britain. This course is designed to provide students with a field-based introduction to geological processes and the history of modern geological thought through visits to classic sites in Scotland. Sites visited include the Scottish Highlands, Siccar Point, Holyrood Park, and Edinburgh. For more information, contact Dr. Jamie Harris.
Students will be immersed in French culture. You will stay with a host family and attend French language courses each morning at an international language institute. In the afternoons, we will travel to important cultural sites around Paris to learn and practice observational drawing skills. Participating students will complete their Fine Arts Requirement, one semester of a Non-Native Language requirement, and their Major Experience.
Course Offerings: Beginning or Intermediate Drawing taught by Kristen Tordella-Williams and any level of French:
Beginning Drawing - ARTS 1000
Students will learn how to combine basic observational drawing techniques such as gesture, perspective, line drawing, figurative drawing, and value drawing into one successful composition. We will travel throughout Paris and practice these techniques in places like the Louvre, the Rodin Museum, Musee D'Orsay, Versailles, Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower and more.
Intermediate Drawing - ARTS 2000 (required for Studio Arts minor)
Building off of skills learnt in Beginning Drawing, Intermediate students will hone their observational skills and create conceptually strong work inspired by Parisian life and French culture. We will travel throughout Paris to find inspiration and will continue working on improving our methods of expression using drawing as our medium.
French 1000, 1010, 2000, and above
You will take a placement test at our partner language institute and will be placed in an appropriate level French language intensive class. Living and learning in France will be an invaluable benefit to your French language abilities.
$4700.00 (Robinson Scholarship Eligible) – Includes tuition for two courses, accommodation,
breakfast, museum admission fees, transportation in Paris, and a trip to the Loire
Valley. It does not include airfare from the US to France, cost of meals other than
breakfast, and other personal expenses.
A refundable deposit of $500.00 is due on or before January 31.
For more information, contact Kristen Tordella-Williams.
Millsaps’ newest language immersion program and first study abroad program in Spain is located in Alcalá de Henares, a city with impressive historical architecture and a cosmopolitan and international atmosphere just 35 minutes outside Madrid. The program is intended for two levels of Spanish language students: beginning/intermediate and high-intermediate/advanced. Both components of the program are associated with the University of Alcalá de Henares, a UNESCO world heritage site. Beginning- and intermediate-level language students enroll in one course per term (4 credit hours), studying at Alcalingua, a highly recognized school that specializes in teaching Spanish language and culture to foreigners. High-intermediate and advanced language students take two classes (8 credit hours) offered through the Instituto Franklin, which offers a comprehensive educational experience emphasizing global understanding. Classes are held Monday through Thursday, with Fridays reserved for excursions (at least two field trips per class included in tuition). All students live in homestays with carefully selected Spanish families, with three meals per day included as well as weekly laundry service. Millsaps students enjoy living the language as well as learning it through programmed and optional field trips including visits to neighboring cities, a two-day trip to southern Spain, and cultural events such as flamenco shows, museum visits, and a guided tour of Alcalá de Henares. Courses range from Beginning Spanish and Intermediate Conversation to Spanish for Health Care Professionals, Masterpieces of Spanish Literature through Film, Contemporary Spain: The 20th and 21st Centuries, Globalization and the Spanish Economy, and The Spanish Education System: A Practical Immersion. For more information, contact Dr. Judith Caballero.
This course connects Millsaps to the language and culture of China, but through a lens of paradox and contradiction. Regarded as a renegade province of China by some and an independent country by others, Taiwan has produced prosperity and creativity disproportionate to its size. Its human history dates back tens of thousands of years, from early Austronesian aborigine tribes to political control by the Dutch, Spanish, English, Japanese, and Han Chinese. Mandarin Chinese is its official language, but Taiwanese (Hokkien), Hakka, and 14 unique aborigine languages can be heard on the island. Twenty-three million people make Taiwan one of the most densely populated places in the world, but the island also has 286 mountain peaks over 3,000 meters high, where few people live. On this program, we travel the length of the island, visiting sites important to its history, politics, religion, arts, and culture. We also take advantage of its unique natural resources, from a four-day trek in the high mountains to a boat ride over to Green Island, the site of a former political prison. Concerts, galleries, and museums are an important component of the course. The National Palace Museum houses arguably the greatest collection of Chinese art in the world. In the arts, Taiwan has an outsize presence on the world stage. It is a major stop on the international concert circuit, and traditional Chinese music and Beijing Opera thrive alongside Western classical music. In short, we will immerse ourselves in Taiwanese and Chinese culture, both ancient and contemporary. For more information, contact Dr. Lynn Raley.
This course introduces students to the French and American Wars in Indochina in the 20th century, and to the people and cultures of Vietnam and Cambodia from their earlier history to today. It begins with five intensive, all-day sessions on the Millsaps campus during which students read, view films, have discussions, and hear lectures about the history and ethnography of Vietnam and adjacent areas of Southeast Asia. These classes are followed by 17 days in Vietnam and Cambodia during which students speak to a variety of people offering different perspectives on the region, its people, and the wars. Among the historic and archeological sites visited in Vietnam are: the mausoleum containing the preserved body of Ho Chi Minh in a glass coffin and the “Hanoi Hilton” prison in Hanoi; Dien Bien Phu in the mountains of northwestern Vietnam, where the French were defeated in 1954; Hue, the imperial capital of Vietnam; Khe Sanh, where one of the worst battles in the American-Vietnamese War was fought; Hoi An, an ancient trading center that is a World Heritage site; My Son with its ruins of Cham holy buildings; My Lai, where Americans massacred some 500 Vietnamese in 1968; Saigon; and Cu Chi, where the Viet Cong lived in tunnels to be protected from American bombs. In Cambodia, the class visits the following sites: Angkor Wat and other ancient Khmer temples; Phnom Kulen, Cambodia’s holiest place; and one of the killing fields used during the Khmer Rouge regime. For more information, contact Dr. Robert McElvaine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take a tour of the opportunities for Millsaps students in Yucatán.
In 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.
The 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.
Kaxil 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