Not all roads lead to Rome, but they do if you are a University Fellow. In addition to traveling to Rome, University Fellows are provided other opportunities to explore their education in a global context. Fellows can read Shakespeare at the Daniel House in London, travel to the Amazon in Jan Term for biology credit, or sign up for our exchange program in Hong Kong. Wherever you want your journey to take you, University Fellows is committed to making it happen.


All University Fellows travel to Italy after a student's sophomore year. One of the most substantial benefits to being a Fellow is that the program covers the cost of airfare, hotel, and ground transportation. Students only pay for a program fee, meals, and a few museum entrances. While in Italy, Fellows spend nearly three weeks visiting historic sites in Rome and Florence. In addition, they have a three-day travel break to explore other Italian cities. For students with substantial need, financial assistance is available.

Western Intellectual Tradition in Britain

University Fellows have an exclusive opportunity to study abroad at Samford’s Daniel House in London. UFEN 300 England and the Western Intellectual Tradition is an interdisciplinary seminar that examines the Western Intellectual Tradition as it develops in England from the ancient Romans to the present. Through the works of Caesar, Tacitus, Augustine of Canterbury, Shakespeare, Locke, Burke, Newman, Woolf and others, students explore how Western conceptions of virtue, justice and citizenship have developed in England. Offered on Samford’s campus during the spring semester, students finish the term with two weeks in London.

The American Founding in Washington, D.C.

UFAF 300 The American Founding is a course on foundational American thinking, culminating in a week of study in Washington, D.C. Fellows read seminal great texts in America’s founding, works like The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia, The Declaration of Independence, The Federalist Papers, and the letters of John Adams. At the end of the semester on Samford’s campus, students travel to Washington where they have exclusive visits with Washington political and intellectual figures.

Hong Kong Study Abroad Scholarship

University Fellows are eligible for a study abroad scholarship to spend a semester studying at Hong Kong Baptist University. University Fellows assists with establishing the study abroad program at HKBU, and the study abroad scholarship pays for travel funding. Students may study abroad in any term, including summer.

Daniel Foundation Scholarships

Thanks to a $450,000 endowed gift from the Daniel Foundation, Fellows benefit from international study abroad scholarships in their junior and senior years. These scholarships can be used for any semester and any approved country.  As a small example of the locations that our students have studied, the Daniel Foundation Scholarships have helped fund semesters in London, Argentina, France, Peru, Costa Rica, Jordan, and archeological digs in Israel.  

Global Service and Internships

At Samford, learning extends beyond the classroom walls. As a University Fellow, you’ll have access to special funding for global service projects and internships. We call these Excellence Funds, and they can be used for a variety of academic enrichment experiences on campus and away. In previous years, three students received funding for work in Haiti, Peru India and Uganda.