Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-12-19

Many Samford University students will begin 2009 by pursuing international travel and study during the school's Jan Term. Some will ring in the New Year at Samford's London Study Centre in England.

Jan Term study sites include Peru, for study of the Amazon Rainforest and the nation's politics and economy, Jan. 5-15; the Caribbean, for special topics in geography and scientific methods, Jan. 1-15; and Italy, for an in-depth study of Eternal Rome, Jan. 3-20.

Thirteen Spanish majors will engage in a three-week language and culture immersion at Costa Rica's Centro Linguistico Conversa Jan. 2-24. In addition to daily Spanish classes, they will live with host families, explore the country's natural wonders and engage in service learning projects at a local school, a retirement center and a nature conservancy agency.

The Daniel House, Samford's residential London Study Centre will be home base for two groups of students in January.

Students in Session I, Dec. 27-Jan. 11, will study international business, literary observation, British culture, and love and marriage in Britain. On New Year's Eve, they plan to observe the fireworks display on the Thames River, the equivalent of welcoming the New Year in New York City's Times Square.

Those in Session II, Jan. 11-Jan. 23, will study British culture, Winston Churchill and World War II, nursing in the British Isles, and a multi-disciplinary study of London history, politics and media.

Students enrolled in Jan Term courses on the Samford campus begin classes on Monday, Jan. 5. Samford's Cumberland School of Law students will begin their spring semester classes on Jan. 5.

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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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.