How would you like to spend a month in beautiful London, England, while earning graduate course credits?
If yes, then come along with us next June on British Studies 2018, a month-long study abroad program hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), for on-site lectures and guided tours of some of the U.K.’s most important and historic libraries, archives, and special collections.
The program is offered June 1 to July 2nd, 2018, and carries six hours of credit from The University of Southern Mississippi, a fully-accredited institution of higher learning. Students participating in the LIS course will learn about historic and modern British repositories and collections on-site from distinguished British librarians, archivists, and information specialists.
Registration is now open, but space is limited. Completed online application, with $300 application fee, are due by February 15th, 2018. Program deposits should be paid to the Office of Study Abroad. Balance of fees, less deposit, should be paid according to the regular summer schedule as outlined by the USM Business Services Office. The withdrawal deadline is March 1st, by 11:59 p.m. (Students from U.S. or Canadian LIS schools are more than welcome to participate; there are no out-of-state or out-of-country fees.)
The Tower Bridge, Summer 2017. Photo by Dr. C. Cunningham.
Information about course requirements, including the tentative 2018 schedule and syllabus, is available at: www.usm.edu/library-information-science/british-studies
Early Bird Special
Students who apply online and submit the $300 application fee to the Office of Study Abroad by December 8, 2017, at 5 pm will have a $50 discount applied to their account once fees are charged for the summer semester.
A valid passport is required so applicants without a passport are encouraged to apply for one now. For more program details and to apply online, visit: www.usm.edu/british-studies.
The British Studies Program is headquartered in central London at the University of Westminster’s Marylebone Hall, across the street from Madame Tussaud’s and very near the West End and Regent Park. The dorm rooms are small but modern; everyone gets a private room with a small, private bath and access to a shared kitchen. Participants quickly make friends with the students in their class as well as students from across the country. Note: This program includes extensive walking and taking stairs. There are also crowds in public transportation (buses and tube) and public attractions. The climate difference tends to affect allergies.
The National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum, Summer 2017. Photo by Dr. C. Cunningham.
The cost for the program ($6200 USD) includes graduate tuition for 6 credit hours in an ALA-accredited program, housing, and academic excursions, including day trips to Greenwich, Bletchley Park, and Oxford. There are no out-of-state fees.
Airfare is not included in the cost of the program. However, students may opt in for a group flight departing either New Orleans, Jackson, Dallas or Charleston on June 1 and returning home on July 2 at the cost of $1,500. Students who book their own flight should discuss details with Study Abroad Coordinator, Jessica Bunales, at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to booking airfare.
This program qualifies for financial aid in the form of guaranteed student loans, Pell Grants, and other applicable scholarships. Southern Miss students requiring financial aid should contact the Office of Study Abroad. Call 601-266-4344 or visit the Web site: www.usm.edu/british-studies.
The British Studies Program offers two scholarships specifically for students accepted to this program. Southern Miss students can apply for the Frances and Phil Sudduth Scholarship. Students from consortium partner institutions can apply for the Kenneth "Rock" Clinton Scholarship. Applications for these scholarships open in March.
If you have any questions about finances, please contact Study Abroad Coordinator, Jessica Bunales, at email@example.com.
A tentative budget sheet is available online at https://studyabroad.usm.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.BudgetSheet&Term=Summer%20Term&Program_ID=10350.
Students will complete a reflective online journal about their experiences and sites visited. Additional requirements include relevant readings, two book reviews, and a research paper on an approved topic related to British libraries, archives, special collections or services. View the 2017 class blog with links to student blogs at: http://usmbritishstudies17.blogspot.com/.
The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Library and Information Science is fully accredited by the American Library Association and students from LIS and IS programs from across the U.S. and Canada have participated. (Already have an MLIS? You may use your British Studies credits toward a Graduate Certificate in Archives and Special Collections: https://www.usm.edu/library-information-science/graduate-certificate-archives-special-collections.)
Do not hesitate to contact the authors of this article for further information,
Dr. Christopher A. Cunningham, Assistant Professor (firstname.lastname@example.org), and
Dr. Teresa Welsh, Professor and Director (email@example.com)
School of Library and Information Science
University of Southern Mississippi
The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park, Summer 2017. Photo by Dr. C. Cunningham.