Published on March 2, 2018 by William Nunnelley  
Jason Wallace
Professor Jason Wallace teaches Core Texts at the British Museum.

Samford University students will study at an array of international sites during the summer and fall of 2018. Twelve Samford Abroad courses this summer will take students to England, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Israel, Tanzania, Ecuador and Nicaragua. During the fall, Samford students will study internationally in England, China and Japan.

"Summer is a great time for our students to study abroad and we’re pleased to offer such a variety of opportunities through our faculty-led courses," said Lauren Doss, Samford’s director of global engagement.

Here’s a rundown of the summer courses.

Arts in Society—An  interdisciplinary course on music, theatre and fine art based in Dublin, Ireland, taught by School of the Arts associate professor Mark Castle. "We will learn about the role of the arts in Irish culture," said Castle.

Samford in Spain (Madrid)—Offers five-week classes in conversation, culture, theatre and grammar led by language professor Charles Workman. Weekend travel to other cities. "This will be the 33rd continuous year of participation in this program," noted Workman.

Samford in Spain (Salamanca)—A four-week extension of the Madrid course with students continuing study in the city 110 miles northwest of the capital.

Samford in France—A French language study course led by professor Mary McCullough at the Universite Grenonoble Alpes in Grenoble. "Students will be taking intensive French courses four hours per day," said McCullough.

Arts Perspective: Spain and Portugal—Featuring visits to museums, galleries, architectural treasures and musical performances in Madrid, Cuenca, Barcelona, Bilbao, Lisbon and other cities. Arts professors Larry Thompson (Art and Design) and Kathryn Fouse (Music) will lead.

Pharmacy Practice and Healthcare in Spain—A two-week course in Granada led by pharmacy professor Michael Thomas. The class will visit hospitals, community pharmacies, research labs and a professional association/regulatory agency.

London Core Texts Course—Enlarges the intellectual narrative begun in Samford’s two-semester freshman Core Texts program of reading and discussion. Students compete for 20 class places. Led by professors Jennifer Speights-Binet (Geography) and Jason Wallace (History). 

Pharmacy and Healthcare in Great Britain—The class will visit various venues including Fleming Museum (where penicillin was discovered), Gordon Anatomical Museum, University of London School of Pharmacy and others. Pharmacy professors John Arnold and Kim Benner lead.

Samford in Israel—Religion professor James Strange will offer Field Methods in Archaeology and Archaeology of Early Judaism and Christianity. Based in Nazareth, the classes will excavate a site previously worked by Samford at the village of Shikhin.

Service-learning in Tanzania—A class aimed at exposing social work students to international work, human development issues in a remote part of Tanzania. Led by social work professor Rachel Hagues. Includes a mini-safari through the Serengeti.

Nursing Missions in Ecuador—An opportunity for nursing students to examine and experience missions nursing first-hand in Portoviejo, Ecuador. The medical/evangelism trip will also include an eye clinic, pharmacy and community education. Led by nursing professor Lora Shelton.

Interdisciplinary Connections in Latin America—Students tour western Nicaragua for courses  in Latin American studies and conservation biology. Hiking rainforests, studying volcanos included. Professors Carlos Aleman (History) and Drew Hataway (Biology) will lead

Samford will offer a semester-length program at the CAPA London Center in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea this fall while Daniel House, the University’s London study centre, undergoes renovations.

Other semester-length programs will be offered be offered at Hong Kong Baptist University in Hong Kong and at Seinan Gakuin University in Fukuoka, Japan.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.