What is Study USA?

Study USA classes are short-term courses that combine domestic travel with the leadership of University of Mississippi faculty. Most programs are offered during Summer and Winter intersession terms, but hybrid Fall and Spring semester programs are possible.

Study USA programs are unique because of the travel component. Virtual Study USA was added as an additional experiential learning opportunity in Summer 2020. See the past course list to review the diverse locations of in-person and virtual courses offered by Study USA in previous terms.

Our courses connect your subject area expertise to geographically distinct locations across the country to elevate student learning. This could mean field work in the Arizona desert or meeting with technology companies in Silicon Valley.

Whatever your area of interest, we can help you plan a program that will excite and inspire your students while providing you the opportunity to build your network and expand your research.

Study USA Course Development

The Course Proposal and Planning Process

  1. Identify a course topic and travel location. The past course list could provide inspiration and a cross-reference to view recent program offerings. Study USA staff can help research program locations that complement your academic interests and proposed course content.
  2. Work with your department chair to determine the feasibility of your Study USA course. Department Chair and Dean approval are required for new Study USA courses.
  3. Begin a course proposal form. The form requires a course description and syllabus submission. Study USA staff will forward your form for chair and/or dean approval.

After your proposal is accepted you will…

  • Meet with the Study USA Coordinator to refine course details for course fees, logistics planning, marketing, and promotion
  • Begin recruiting students – you are the best promoter of your program
  • Communicate with prospective and enrolled students about program logistics and requirements

Course Proposal Form

Study USA Administrative Services

Steps led by our staff after your course proposal is accepted:

Before travel, we will...

  • Arrange travel logistics such as submitting pre-payments for student meals or activities and reserve lodging accommodations
  • Coordinate student communications for orientation, safety, and logistics
  • Complete Travel Authorization forms
  • Process E-forms for faculty pay
  • Create and distribute promotional materials with Outreach’s Office of Marketing and Communications
  • Recruit students through informational sessions and class visits
  • Manage student applications and enroll students into Study USA courses
  • Maintain student health and emergency forms in accordance with University and HIPPA standards
  • Develop budgets for the program, including Study USA scholarships for students with financial need
  • Plan for an on-site orientation with students and/or professional guests

While you're traveling, we will...

  • Communicate with students by tracking their arrivals and departures and helping to navigate any travel issues if they arise
  • Uphold the academic integrity of your program by addressing student behavior and conduct, if needed
  • Remain vigilant about student health and safety and serve as emergency contacts

While you're traveling…

  • Submit Travel Reimbursement forms
  • Assess and promote the success of your course
  • Plan for future course offerings