Daniel House: Samford in London
The Semester Abroad program in London offers students an opportunity to study for the fall or spring semester, taking 12-18 credits.
Eligibility: Students must be currently enrolled as full-time students at Samford University (minimum of 12 credits during the semester preceding participation), have a minimum 2.5 GPA, must not be on academic or disciplinary probation, must have sophomore standing or above at the time of participation, and pass a program interview. Students must have met all prerequisites or requirements for London classes in which they enroll. Students must maintain these standards prior to departure and throughout the term in London, and they must abide by participation and housing rules. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program and a return home at the expense of the student.
Spring 2017 Cost: $3,000 plus tuition, room and board (room and board rates are the same as Beeson Woods double occupancy on campus.) For spring 2016, the London experience costs $3,000 more than a semester on campus.
Fall 2017 Cost: $3,300 plus tuition, room and board (room and board rates are the same as Beeson Woods double occupancy on campus.) For Fall 2017, the London experience costs $3,300 more than a semester on campus.
Theatre Fee: $300 (only applies to students registered for The British Theatre course)
Planning Ahead: Because of the nature of the program and the small number of participants in a semester, class offerings are limited; therefore, it is important that students interested in the program plan their curriculum in advance to take the best advantage of London course offerings. Interested students should consult with their advisors and with the Global Engagement Office early in their Samford careers.
Available Courses: Students are encouraged to register for INTL 360 or participate in an internship. Students must also register for an interdisciplinary course taught by Samford faculty. Students may choose from other offerings to enroll in a minimum of 12 or a maximum of 18 credits. If students participate in an internship, it is recommended that they not register for more than 14 credits. In keeping with U.K. immigration requirements, students must take a minimum of 12 hours of courses taught in London. In addition to these 12 hours, students may choose to do a maximum of one independent study course with a Samford faculty member while in London. All independent studies must be approved before registration by the Director of International Education and the supervising faculty member.
• UCBP 101 Biblical Perspectives. Examination of the historical context and religious teachings of Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. Cultivation of critical competencies necessary for the academic study of traditional texts. 4 credits.
• INTL 200 The British Theatre. Course taught by a British professor. Includes attendance at London theatre productions. Satisfies Fine Arts requirement in General Education. 2 credits.
• INTL 201 Music and Art in London. Interdisciplinary course combining the visual and musical resources of London's National Gallery, Tate Gallery, British Museum, Royal Albert Hall, and Royal Festival Hall. May be taught with either an art or music concentration. 2 credits.
• INTL 330 International Internship. Must have a 3.0 GPA. Must not take more than 12 semester credits while interning. See Global Engagement Office for details. Students taking this course must apply for a UK General Student visa ($500). 2-4 credits.
• INTL 360 British Heritage and Culture. Interdisciplinary study of British history, culture, and life. Recommended course for all participants. Course will satisfy social science requirement in General Education. 4 credits.
• PIR Course offerings taught by Samford Professors-in-Residence. (See below). Required course for all participants. 4 Credits.
Watch a short video produced by the London Telegraph on our internship provider, CAPA International Education.
Semester Schedule: The Semester Abroad program is 17 weeks in length, consisting of one week of orientation, 14 weeks of classes, a one-week travel break, and an optional travel period at the end of the program. Students may elect to extend travel time beyond the optional travel period for the change in ticket charge. Students may not stay in the Daniel House beyond the date the program ends.
Cost and Activities Included: A comprehensive fee includes round-trip airfare from Atlanta, accommodations at Daniel House for 16 weeks, daily breakfast, planned day excursions in the U.K., and a weekend in Edinburgh. The current program fee is available from the Global Education Office or on this site. The following expenses are not covered: Greater London transportation; spending money; individual travel, including the travel break; and some admissions.
Professors in Residence
Dr. David Chapman
ENGL 309 - Orwell's England: From War to War (cross-listings include HIST 399, and POLS 462)
George Orwell's life as a writer spanned one of the most momentous times in English history: the decline of the British Empire after WWI and the fight against fascism in WWII (and the beginning of the Cold War). As a young man, Orwell (Eric Blair) served as a colonial officer in Burma and predicted the coming decline. His early books exposed the horrible working conditions in coal mines and other places where ordinary people labored. In the 1930s he went to Barcelona to report on the Spanish Civil Ward and wound up joining the army. In the 1940s he warned of the rise of fascism and participated in the war effort in England. And after the war he turned his satirist pen against communism and its false promises. Orwell's life and writing continue to have a profound influence on our culture today.
Kathy Flowers - Core Curriculum
ENGL 302 - British Literature from 1798 (cross-listings include ENGL 305)
Professors in Residence
Dr. Chuck Stokes - Sociology
SOCI 409: Sociological Imagination in Dickens, Lewis, and Tolkien
Sociology is a discipline forged in the factories of the Industrial Revolution as European intellectuals grappled with epochal changes in society. As the “masses” moved from tilling the earth to stoking the fires of industry, new divisions and ways of being emerged. The sociological imagination represented a scientific, humanistic approach to understanding social problems and changes, bracketing the theological explanations that had dominated social thinking in Europe for a thousand years. While many of the transformations predicted by sociology’s founders have unfolded, contrary to their expectations, religious and spiritual ways of understanding have continued to be important in the modern world. This course uses both scientific and religious ways of knowing to inform the sociological imagination.
Specifically, much like Introduction to Sociology, this course uses the sociological imagination to explore a myriad of social issues. But instead of using a standard Intro to Sociology textbook, we will use both social scientific articles and selected readings from three great British writers who contemplated societal transformations: Charles Dickens, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien. Some of our exploration will take place at sites around London that inspired these writers to see both trouble and hope in humanity’s future.
Possible course credit: SOCI 409
Mr. Brian Pitts - Office of Spiritual Life
FOUN 201: Vocation, Calling, and Christian Life
“Vocation, Calling and the Christian Life” will offer students the opportunity to experience common spiritual practices, seek to understand their lives in a global context, explore the ethical implications of vocation, and craft specific life purpose statements in response. The goal of the class will be the creation of a holistic life plan with actionable steps, rooted in an understanding of God’s work in their lives and our world.
Possible course credit: FOUN 201; PHIL 200; INTL 399