Saturday, February 6, 2010

British Studies

From Dr. Douglas Mackaman
(International Programs

I'm writing to share information with you about the British Studies Program offered by The University of Southern Mississippi and consortium partners, and to ask for your help in providing information about this program to students who may be interested. If appropriate, would you please pass along the following information to members of the organization you advise?

In July 2010 students will once again have the opportunity to study library science in London through a four-week course offered by the British Studies Program. For details on the program visit

The program is offered July 1 – August 1, 2010. Each of the 20 courses offered carries six hours of undergraduate or graduate credit from The University of Southern Mississippi, a fully-accredited institution of higher learning. Southern Miss offers the program through a consortium of 14 U.S. colleges and universities, and each year 150-200 students from across the U.S. take part in British Studies. Credit is transferable; we recommend you check with your home institution regarding its policies for credit transfer.

Students participating in the library science course will learn about famous authors and collections. Distinguished British scholars and lecturers will provide instruction as well as guided tours of a variety of British libraries, museums, and archives. Students will accompany instructors to sites such as Oxford and Stratford, and explore sites of interest on their own. A historic recreation of the Globe Theater is within walking distance on the south bank of the Thames and you may purchase tickets to a Shakespeare production.

The British Studies Program stays in central London at King's College in one of their dormitories. The rooms are small, but everyone gets a private room with fridge and private bath. Everyone has access to a shared kitchen and the dorm has a large courtyard which serves as a social center of the program. Participants quickly make friends with the students in their class as well as students from across the country.

The dorm is on Stamford Street, approximately a hundred yards from Waterloo Station. The central location puts you just a few minutes' walk from Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, and the theater district. Most people walk when they're headed to central London because it's so close.

The cost for the program is $5,799 for undergraduates and $5,999 for graduates. This price includes tuition, air travel, housing, and academic travel, including a four-day trip outside London to places such as Edinburgh, Paris, Normandy, and Brussels. Qualified students can usually get financial aid just as if this were a course you were taking in the U.S. You apply through your local financial aid office. The International Programs office at Southern Miss is more than happy to provide you with information and assistance regarding financial aid and credit transfer.

Feel free to contact us with any further questions regarding this course of the program in general. For more information about the program visit our website:

Hope to see you in London!

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