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Southern Miss to Celebrate International Education Week Nov. 12-16

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University of Southern Mississippi students can expand their global IQ, sample delicious international cuisine and learn about the many benefits of participating in the university’s award-winning studying abroad programs during International Education Week, set for Nov. 12 – 16 on the Hattiesburg campus.

A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

“Our International Education Week schedule continues to develop into one of our most involved celebrations in memory,” said Jessica Lamb, coordinator of international programs at the university. “We invite all Southern Miss students to take advantage of the informative and fun programs we will offer.”

The schedule for the week is as follows:

Monday, Nov. 12

"An Afternoon of Art and Coffee" Starbucks, Cook Library, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

As part of National French week, head to Starbucks to enjoy coffee while learning about paintings by French heritage artists, located next door in the library’s art gallery.

Tuesday, Nov. 13

Jouons Pétanque! Behind the Liberal Arts Building, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.  

Join in to learn and play this famous French sport.

11 a.m. and 12 p.m. - TCC 216 – “Expand Your Opportunities”

Join the Southern Miss Office of International Programs for an informational session about the opportunities to expand your horizons through our award-winning study abroad programs.

From questions to consider to planning for courses abroad to talking to your family to applying for a study abroad program, listen as we share some helpful tips to ensure your journey is as smooth as possible.

Wednesday, Nov. 14

11 a.m. - 1p.m. - Shoemaker Square - "Day of Celebration"

Meet the International Club and help them celebrate international education, culture and cuisine. 

5 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Union C – Explore Spanish culture and cuisine

Join the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the Spanish Club for tapas and Spanish dancing!

7 p.m. - Residence Hall Association, Hickman Hall - "Go Abroad!"

Join residence hall assistants from Jones Hall for a program explaining the benefits, procedures and places you can study abroad at Southern Miss. Hear from former students about how and why they decided to invest in their future by studying abroad. Light refreshments and door prizes will be available.

Thursday, Nov. 15

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. – Thad Cochran Center atrium – The International Fair

Join us at the International Fair. Events are listed below, but there is still time for your organization to become a part of this event. E-mail jessica.lamb@usm.edufor more information.

  • Learn how to say, "Hello, nice to meet you" and other phrases in more than nine different languages.
  • Test your global IQ in three categories.
  • Learn what study abroad opportunities are available to you this summer and next year 
  • Vote on who should win the Cultural Perspectives Student Photo contest
  • Need a passport? Meet representatives from the New Orleans Passport Agency.
  • Wear your Go Gold! Study Abroad t-shirt, or take an item from the fair to Caliente Grill today and receive a meal discount

Lunchtime in the Fresh Food Company

Cruise around the world via the U.S.S. Fresh Food and get stamped at each port. Get six out of nine stamps and be entered to win a prize. After your meal, turn your passport in to a Peer Advisor at the International Fair just outside the Fresh Food Company doors. If your name is drawn to win a door prize, you will receive an email by Friday, Nov. 16.

The menu is as follows:

  • Bake- France
  • Home- America
  • Sautee- Mongolia
  • Smart- Korea
  • Sizzle- Spain
  • Slice- Italy
  • Melt- Caribbean
  • Chill- Ireland
  • Fresh- Greece

3:30 p.m. – Thad Cochran Center room 210. "Life is calling! Learn more from Rick Enkoji"

Meet and hear from Rick Enkoji about his time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland, teaching math from 1977-1980. Light refreshments will follow a question and answer session. Space is limited.

Friday, 16 Nov.

3 p.m. and 4 p.m. – International Center 101 – “London Calling!”

London is calling you to join the British Studies Program this summer. Learn what courses are offered, hear from former students about why you shouldn't miss this opportunity and get a head start on your application. Two consecutive sessions will be offered, but if you can't make either, stop by the Office of International Programs, located in room 401 of the International Center, Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and speak with a study abroad advisor or one of our many Peer Advisors.

For a complete schedule and further information, visit