The Daniel House
As part of its commitment to internationalization of the curriculum, Samford University provides a special opportunity for students and faculty to live and study in one of the most cosmopolitan and culturally rich cities in the world—London. Daniel House, Samford’s London Study Center, serves as home and classroom to students and faculty throughout the year in a variety of academic programs. The Daniel House was purchased by Samford University in 1983 thanks to a generous grant provided by the Daniel Foundation of Alabama. The purpose of the grant was to provide Samford students increased international opportunities, dramatically enhance the students’ educational experience and add distinction to a Samford education.
Currently, we embarking on a major renovation for the Daniel House. To learn more about this effort, please go to Daniel House Campaign.
The Academic Semester in London
The centerpiece of study abroad at Samford University is a semester spent in London at Samford’s Daniel House. Housed in a 150-year-old victorian home, the Daniel House was purchased by Samford University in 1983 thanks to a generous grant provided by the Daniel Foundation of Alabama. The purpose of the grant was to provide Samford students increased international opportunities, dramatically enhance the students’ educational experience and add distinction to a Samford education.
The Daniel House serves as a residence for faculty and students during four academic terms a year. Students can study in the Daniel House during any long semester, Jan Term, and one summer term in most academic years.
The Semester Abroad program in London offers students an opportunity to study for the fall or spring semester, taking 12–18 credits.
Students must be currently enrolled as full-time students at Samford University (minimum of 12 credits during the semester preceding participation), have a minimum 2.5 GPA, must not be on academic or disciplinary probation, must have sophomore standing or above at the time of participation, and pass a program interview. Students must have met all prerequisites or requirements for London classes in which they enroll. Students must maintain these standards prior to departure and throughout the term in London, and they must abide by participation and housing rules.
Current costs are available under Study Abroad Programs.
Because of the nature of the program and the small number of participants in a semester, class offerings are limited; therefore, it is important that students interested in the program plan their curriculum in advance to take the best advantage of London course offerings. Interested students should consult with their advisors and with the Global Engagement Office early in their Samford careers.
Students are required to register for an interdisciplinary course taught by Samford faculty in residence and in the British Heritage and Culture course. Students may choose from other offerings to enroll in a minimum of 12 or a maximum of 18 credits. If students choose to participate in an internship, we advise that they carefully consider how many other courses they take because of the time required for the internship. In addition to the list of courses below, which are available each long semester in London, students may also enroll in a maximum of one independent-study course at Samford University. This is at the discretion of the academic advisor and the faculty with whom the student would be working.
The following courses are available each long semester:
- UCBP 101 Biblical Perspectives. Course taught by Hannah Robinson. Examination of the historical context and religious teachings of Hebrew and Christian scriptures. Cultivation of critical competencies necessary for the academic study of traditional texts. 4 credits.
- INTL 200 The British Theatre. Course taught by a Jason Barnes. Includes attendance at London theatre productions. Satisfies fine arts requirement in general education. 2 credits.
- INTL 201 Music and Art in London. Interdisciplinary course combining the visual and musical resources of London’s National Gallery, Tate Gallery, British Museum, Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall. May be taught with either an art or music concentration. 2 credits.
- INTL 330 International Internship. Must have a 3.0 GPA. Must not take more than 12 semester credits while interning. See the Global Engagement Office for details. Students taking this course must apply for a UK General Student visa ($500). 2-4 credits.
- INTL 360 British Heritage and Culture. Interdisciplinary study of British history, culture and life taught by Christopher Graffius. Required course for all participants. Course will satisfy social science requirement in general education. 4 credits.
- Course offerings taught by Samford professors in residence. (See below.) Required course for all participants. 3 or 4 credits.
The Semester Abroad program is 15 weeks long, consisting of one week of orientation, 12 weeks of classes and two one-week travel breaks. Students may elect to extend travel time beyond the group departure date for the change in ticket charge. Students may not stay in the Daniel House beyond the group return date.
Cost and Activities Included
Round-trip airfare from Atlanta, accommodations at Daniel House for 14 weeks, daily continental breakfast, a meal allowance, planned day excursions in the U.K. and a weekend trip to Edinburgh. The current program fee is available from the Global Engagement Office or on this site. The following expenses are not covered: Greater London transportation; spending money; individual travel, including the travel break; and some admissions.
Fall 2017 Professors in Residence
Dr. David Chapman, English Department, Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Kathy Flowers, University Core, Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Staying in the Daniel House
The Daniel House in London is an academic facility of Samford University. Only faculty and students who are active participants in a current London academic program may stay in the house.
Full-time faculty and staff members who are visiting London on Samford business may also stay in Daniel House if space permits.
If the Daniel House is not needed for academic purposes, a designated time is set aside each summer so that Samford faculty, staff and alumni may stay in the Daniel House for a fee while on holiday, typically during early August.
To request short-term housing at the Daniel House, please contact the Global Engagement Office (firstname.lastname@example.org; 205-726-2741).
The Daniel House was an amazing experience for me, and has benefitted me greatly in my life and career, and I’d love to encourage other SU students! Sara Ellison, KPMG in London