University of Southern Mississippi

University of Southern Mississippi Overview

The University of Southern Mississippi, known informally as Southern Miss, is a public research university located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. It is situated 70 miles north of Gulfport, Mississippi and 105 miles northeast of New Orleans, Louisiana. Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi opened its doors as a small teachers’ college.

Today, the University has grown into a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven institution with a proud history and an eye on the future. With a diverse student body of approximately 15,000 students from 63 foreign countries, all regions of the United States and every corner of Mississippi.

Characterised by history and tradition, the Hattiesburg campus sits on 300 acres in the middle of the city. More than 180 buildings dot a landscape that has been transformed into a pedestrian-friendly environment for students, employees and visitors. From the rustic, industrial feel of the Power House Restaurant to the ultra-modern Trent Lott Center, the campus has a character and charm all its own in the heart of an urban setting.

Swansea University currently has a University-wide agreement in place with the University of Southern Mississippi.

Key Information


Students will be expected to pay for the following while at Southern Mississippi. These costs are per semester and are liable to change.

Medical Insurance  $929.00
International Programming Fee $75
Student USM ID card $11

Average living cost for a semester is $7,370 the costs in the table above have been included in this total.


International Exchange Students reside in double rooms in McCarty Residence Hall (Male)/Scholarship Hall (Female) on the Southern Miss campus. Students are automatically registered to live in residence hall accommodation unless otherwise requested. Should students wish to live off campus, they are required to locate adequate accommodation independently (with suggestions from our office).

The average housing cost per semester is $2,794.


Semester 1 Semester 2
 18th August 2016 - 16th December 2016  17th January 2017- 5th May 2017

Global Opportunities Bursary - £1000

The Global Opportunities Bursary is available for students spending a semester or a year studying abroad outside of Europe as part of their degree (except Texas).

The International Development Office provides students with a £1000 bursary, once students have submitted all the necessary paperwork.

Please note

The prospect of studying at a university abroad is exciting, but there is also a lot of information you need to consider when choosing the right place for you. Below you will find summarised information which should help you with your decision. Please note that this information was accurate at the time of publishing and is subject to change. Be sure to confirm all information on the host university's website.