Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2009-12-18


Scores of Samford University students will fan out to destinations around the globe during the school’s January Term.



Locales include Costa Rica, Greece, the Caribbean island of Saba, South Africa, Ecuador, and England, where  91 students will rotate through Samford’s Daniel House in London.



The London-based curriculum includes courses in nursing and pharmacy in the British health-care system, finance and international business, art and theatre appreciation, history and political science, film and literature, a communication-based study of  local culture in varied social settings, and a multi-disciplinary study of the city’s geography and environment.



For the 19th year, Samford students will experience home stays with local families and intensive language immersion in the Central American country of Costa Rica. While 27 Spanish students will attend classes at Centro Linguistico Conversa language school, nine nutrition students will focus on the country’s language, culture and cuisine.



Thirty-two students will spend three weeks in Greece studying the Greco-Roman world’s geography, physical remains and museum artifacts.



During two weeks in the tropical volcanic island of Saba, six students will study the physical processes at work in coral reefs, beaches, rainforests and other environments. The course includes SCUBA diving certification and reef diving.



In South Africa, seven students will explore critical issues related to the nation’s economic development, health care, education and politics in the post-apartheid era.



Nine Samford nursing students will participate in a week-long medical mission course in Quito, Ecuador, where they will plan and participate in activities related to foreign missions.

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.