Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-01-24

Samford University students who intend to apply to study abroad during 2008 should begin the passport application process immediately, say Samford International Studies program administrators.

Here's why: Samford policy requires that a student must submit either a photocopy of a valid passport ID page or a receipt showing that they have applied for a passport before they can apply to study abroad.

Because the passport application process can be long, students are encouraged to take the initial steps before returning to campus for the spring semester. A little planning, advisors say, can prevent a last-minute call home for a needed birth certificate or other document, and a possible missed chance for a study opportunity of a lifetime.

An information meeting for summer and fall study abroad programs will be held Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 3:30 p.m. in Brock Forum.


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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.