Studying abroad is a unique educational experience that provides global learning opportunities that are critical to a student’s success in the 21st century. Students who have studied abroad have greater intercultural understanding, better grasp the complexity of global issues and are better equipped to work with people from other countries. Studies have even shown a positive correlation between students who study abroad and higher grade point averages and degree completion rates.
Why Study Abroad
Study abroad affords students the opportunity to:
- Experience a new culture first hand
- Grow personally; gain independence, flexibility and cross-cultural communication skills
- Gain a new perspective on world affairs, your country and even your own school
- Learn a language
- Improve your professional and financial potential
- Dispel stereotypes
- Take advantage of the opportunity to travel
- Prepare for graduate school
The Journey to Study Abroad
Speak with a Global Engagement Office peer mentor for an overview of types of programs, upcoming programs, application deadlines, costs, dates, etc.
Apply for a passport if you have not already. Remember, you should have a passport with six months of validity remaining to travel internationally.
Speak with your academic adviser to determine which term works best for your schedule, which courses satisfy which credits, and if credit equivalents can be applied.
Meet with the Global Engagement Office to finalize your options.
Submit application online at abroad.samford.edu, along with a $500 deposit paid to the Bursar’s office.
Wait to be accepted into program. Students may not be accepted if they do not meet qualifications or if class enrollment is maxed.
Attend predeparture orientations and complete necessary paperwork.
Study Abroad Opportunities
The flagship of the Samford Abroad portfolio is the Daniel House, a five-story home in central London, roughly a mile from Kensington Palace. The Daniel House is used by students and faculty as both a home and a classroom and provides the setting for Samford faculty to develop students in an inspiring cultural context as affordably as possible. In 2018, the Daniel House underwent a more than $2 million renovation to update both the living facilities and academic potential of the property as well as some needed structural updates. Operated as a part of Samford’s facilities, students study theatre, art, history, literature and politics as well as offer business studies and internship opportunities.
Faculty-led programs are courses developed and led by Samford faculty and staff that typically focus on a specific subject area; however, there are often opportunities to take courses that are part of the core curriculum. One or more program leaders travel with a cohort of Samford students to learn and explore together. By design, these programs integrate group activities into the curriculum and provide a structured, enriching global engagement. Destinations are subject to change year to year, but have previously included Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Ireland, Israel and the United Kingdom.
Samford also offers opportunities for semester- and year-long programs, as well as international internships, through affiliate and exchange programs.