The partnership between Samford University and Japan’s Seinan Gakuin University
continues to expand international exchange options for both institutions.
Seinan Gakuin is located in the commercial center of Fukuoka City– the “Gateway to Asia”– on Kyushu, the southernmost island of Japan. Samford president Andrew Westmoreland was already familiar with the university due to its partnership with Ouachita Baptist University, Westmoreland’s previous presidential post. He wanted Samford students to have a similar opportunity, and was able to provide that starting with his 2014 agreement with Seinan Gakuin president and Samford alumnus Gary Barkley ‘77.
Under the agreement, students of both universities can choose to study abroad for either one or two semesters, with full transfer of those earned credits. The courses at Seinan Gakuin focus on Japanese language, culture, history, tradition, business and politics. A minimum of 14 credits over each semester is required. For Samford students unable to spend the entire year abroad, Seinan Gakuin also offers a four-week intensive Japanese language and culture program in the summer.
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.