British Studies 2020

Would you like to spend a month in beautiful London, England, while earning graduate credits from an ALA-accredited program?

If yes, then join us for British Studies 2020, a month-long study-abroad program hosted by Southern Miss School of Library and Information Science (SLIS). Students learn from distinguished British librarians and archivists with on-site lectures in historic libraries, archives, and special collections.

The program is offered May 29 to June 28 and carries six hours of credit from The University of Southern Mississippi, a fully-accredited institution of higher learning. Registration is now open and the deadline for application is March 2, 2020 but applicants are encouraged to apply now to be assured a place in the program. (Students from U.S. or Canadian LIS schools are welcome to participate; there are no out-of-state or out-of-country fees.) Information about course requirements, including the tentative 2020 schedule and syllabus, is available at:

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:


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 Baker Street Station. The dorm rooms are small but modern; everyone gets a private room with a very small, private bath and access to a shared kitchen. Students are also provided an Oyster travel card for travel via the tube or buses for one month. Note: This program includes extensive walking and taking stairs. There are also crowds in public transportation (buses and tube) and public attractions.


The cost for the program includes graduate tuition for 6 credit hours in an ALA-accredited program, housing, and academic excursions, including an overnight stay in Oxford. Qualified students can normally get financial aid as if they were taking it at their university and may apply through their local financial aid office. Students may also make their own flight arrangements for a deduction in program cost and many students choose to stay in the U.K. for a week or so after the program ends. For more information about costs, see:

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. 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 2019 class blog with links to student blogs at:  

For information about registration, contact the British Studies Office at 601-266-4344 or email

For information about the course content, assignments, or schedule, feel free to contact: or call me at 601.266.4235

I look forward to seeing you in London!

Teresa S. Welsh, Ph.D., Professor and Director

School of Library and Information Science

131 Fritzsche Gibbs Hall

The University of Southern Mississippi

118 College Drive #5146

Hattiesburg, MS 39406