Samford University

ELLI Cultural Activities

Our program offers bi-weekly cultural activities and trips around the South to give students an introduction to American culture and to help them transition to the US.  

An overview of our ELLI Activities:

  • Holiday Celebrations

    • Valentine's Day lunch 
    • Halloween Pumpkin Patch trip 
    • Thanksgiving lunch
    • Christmas party 
  • Local Historic Sites / Local Attractions

    • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
    • Birmingham Zoo 
    • Farmer's Market 
    • Railroad Park
    • The Vulcan Monument 
    • Oak Mountain State Park
    • Highpoint Towers obstacle course
    • Barber Motorsports Park
    • AirWalk Trampoline Park 
    • American Farm Experience trip
    • Lake trip
  • Community Service

    • Christian Service Mission 
    • LoveLady Center 
  • Regional Attractions

    • Atlanta tour
    • Huntsville Space & Rocket Center
    • Nashville tour

  • Friendship Partner Program
    • The Friendship Partner Program gives international students an opportunity to interact with Americans by pairing them with an American friend.  
    • Having an American Friendship Partner is a great way to be involved in the daily lives of Americans.
    • If you would like to become a friendship partner with a Samford University international student, contact Anna Ralston at
     Click to view Friendship Partner Flyer