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.

Subject Suitability

This destination is an option for students studying American Studies and Maths.

Please note that places and availability can change annually so specific destinations can’t be guaranteed.

Key Information


Semester 1 Semester 2
 15th August 2018 - 6th December 2018  14th January 2019 - 10th May 2019

Please note: this is a tentative calendar. 

Application Deadline: 15/04/2018


Students will be expected to pay for the following while at Southern Mississippi. These costs, in US dollars, are liable to change.

Mandatory Medical insurance $1020/semester
International Programming Fee $75/semester
Student USM ID card $11
USM Student Fees $55/semester

All international students at USM are required to take the student health insurance provided by United Healthcare. It is $1020 per semester. This price is subject to change.


Student housing: International exchange students reside in double rooms on the Southern Miss campus. Single rooms are available upon request and are subject to availability.

Residence Halls

Housing rates

How to apply: Once international exchange students are accepted into USM, they will have the option to apply for on-campus housing. To find out how to apply, visit this link. Please note that on-campus is not guaranteed.

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. Above 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.