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International Studies

Thomas Jefferson once said, “Traveling makes a man wiser, but less happy.” Too often, Americans think of traveling as a highway to happiness. Sandy beaches. Forested mountains. Great restaurants. A study abroad course at Samford is not a trip; it’s a class. When you finish one of these classes, you should be wiser, more knowledgeable, and less happy. Many students are so transformed by the experience, their new perspective dictates a change in themselves, in their environment, and in the world. Perhaps you’ll want to learn a new language, return to work somewhere you studied, become an advocate for a marginalized culture or people, fight to save one of the five languages that go extinct each year. You might even want to make changes in your own hometown because you found out that someone in another part of the world has figured out a better way of doing things. That’s the state of “less happy” the ISO advocates for all study abroad students.

It is, after all, the 21st century, and the Global Village is here. In addition to the 40 courses and 25 faculty-led programs at Samford, there are literally thousands of study abroad opportunities Samford students can take advantage of in the world. If you think study abroad is for you, see a study abroad advisor in the ISO to initiate an education abroad experience for credit.

Withdrawal and refund policies for international study-abroad programs are different from policies for on-campus programs, as are policies regarding financial aid. Before registration in any study-abroad program, please see the appropriate office(s) for policies.