Samford in London

Application Deadlines

Samford Spring Application Deadline October 6, 2017
CAPA Spring Application Deadline October 12, 2017

Program Dates

Spring 2018

Arrive in London January 10, 2018
Depart from London April 21, 2018

Fall 2018

Arrive in London September 5, 2018
Arrive in London December 15, 2018

Payment Process

Samford will collect a $500 deposit due at the time of application.

Please refer back to Samford for more details on your payment process.

Cancellation Penalties

Withdrawal Date Cancellation Fees
Cancellation prior to 60 days $300
46 to 60 days prior to departure 25% of the program fee plus $300
22 to 45 days prior to departure 50% of the program fees plus $300
21 days or fewer prior to departure 100% of the program fee

This cancellation penalty policy is necessary because the booking of overseas facilities requires substantial non-refundable payments and commitments from CAPA in advance of the program start date. All notifications of withdrawal must be made in writing and sent to CAPA The Global Education Network. Students requiring CAS numbers for Tier 4 visa applications on the London program to participate in internships or service learning will include a $500 cancellation penalty for withdrawal from the program, or just the internship component between issuing of the CAS and 61 days prior to departure. Standard penalties will go into effect after that point.


Students may either:

A) Select two CAPA content courses in addition to the Samford course, for a total of three courses. An Internship or Service-Learning experience may be selected in place of one of the CAPA content courses.

B)* Select three CAPA content courses in addition to, or in lieu of, the Samford course. An Internship or Service-Learning experience may be selected in place of one of the CAPA content courses.

C)* Select four to five CAPA content courses in addition to, or in lieu of, the Samford course. An Internship or Service-Learning experience may be selected in place of one of the CAPA content courses.

* Additional cost


Optional experiential learning opportunities are included in the program fee should students opt for this component. CAPA's Global Internship Program consists of completing an internship 15-20 hours per week along with a seminar for credit. The seminar meets 1.5 hours per week. The internship is for credit. The number of credits granted for the internship varies per university.

Service Learning

During the semesters, students have the option to participate in a service-learning course, which includes 15-20 hours per week of field experience, alongside a weekly "Social Dynamics of London" course. The service learning placement is for credit. The number of credits granted for the placement varies per university.


Students live within commuting distance (45 – 75 minutes) of the CAPA London Center in shared apartments.

Local Transportation

A Zone 1-2 London Underground pass is included for use on the Underground (subway), buses, and trains for all students staying in apartments.


Half-day panoramic coach tour of London
Full-day excursion to Stonehenge and Bath
One of the following full-day excursions: Stratford-upon-Avon and Kenilworth Castle, Salisbury and Glastonbury, Oxford by Rail, or Brighton by Rail

Student Union Memberships

Access to the Imperial College Student Union (not included in summer) and International Students House. All students will be provided with an ISIC card.

International Student Identity Card

The ISIC card allows students to prove their official student status and make the most of targeted student benefits and discounts in close to 125,000 locations across over 130 countries. All students will be provided with an ISIC card.

Student Events

Social events including an arrival reception, mid-term dinner (semesters only), and a farewell ceremony.

MyGlobalEducation London

My Education is CAPA’s unique learning immersion program, which blends local culture and top-notch academics into the experience of a lifetime for our students. A proven education program that combines theme based learning with unique cultural experiences turning London into your classroom.


Medical, travel and accident insurance.

CAPA Services and Support

The CAPA London team is available throughout your program to assist and support you. Students can also contact the 24 hour emergency cell phone for any urgent situations outside of office hours.


Housing may not be the most important aspect of your program abroad, but it is a significant element of your sense of support and well-being! Learn how CAPA uniquely positions students to create a fuller program experience through their live/intern/study model, giving you distinct London perspectives every step of the way.

Location: CAPA London Housing is located in neighborhoods throughout Central London. Apartments will be in zones 1 and 2 and Homestays in zones 1-4 . You can anticipate around a 15-minute commute to the CAPA Center for classes in the apartments*. You will come to find that London’s neighborhoods and boroughs are quite unique. Each represents a facet of the city in a distinct way. To experience a variety of neighborhoods during your time abroad is to experience London. You will have the unique opportunity of living, interning, and studying throughout the city and will be able to share these perspectives when you talk about your experience for years to come.

Space: Students live in a homestay with shared bathroom or in shared apartments in dedicated student housing complexes for the duration of the program. Homestays will include half-board and no meals are included in the apartments. Your apartment will likely consist of multiple bedrooms, a common area/living room, kitchen, and bathroom. As London is a major city, and apartments in Europe tend to be smaller, you may find your living space more compact and efficient than that of your home in the United States. This is quite common of the “London Experience”. Students share bedrooms with one or two other students, in flats accommodating 3-8 people. Bedrooms are furnished with linens and bedding, and kitchens are equipped with plates, bowls, utensils and basic cookware.

Environment: You will be in the same apartment building with your Samford London cohort. You may also be living in the same building or even the same apartment as students from other universities participating in CAPA programs. This is a unique opportunity to build your network while in London, as well as to learn more about the United States. Sharing this experience with students who may come from the same country as you but have different perspectives will enrich your own viewpoint.

Commute: Students are advised to expect a commute of about 45 minutes to their internship and/or to the CAPA center. This may sound overwhelming as 45 minutes in the car could take you 45 miles in the US! Consider, however, that the average commute for a Londoner is over an hour. The 45 minutes on the Tube takes into account walking to and from the Tube station, waiting for your train, getting on board, and traveling to your designated station. Going only a few miles in a city the size of London can easily take 45 minutes to an hour pending connections, traffic and delays. This is all a part of the life of the city, however, and is integral to the London experience.

Students who have not lived in urban environments before with major transport systems often comment that this opportunity to “master the Tube” is a true life skill development, and highly transferable to travel and living in cities post-graduation. It may also be the source of your most interesting stories and experiences abroad!


You have quite a few options!

A local Samford faculty will be offering a course, and you have the option to supplement that with CAPA courses as well as an experiential learning placement.

In addition to the Samford-taught course,  students will have the opportunity to select from a large menu of CAPA courses. The options are listed below:

a) Select two CAPA content courses in addition to the Samford course, for a total of three courses. An Internship or Service-Learning experience may be selected in place of one of the CAPA content courses.
b)* Select three CAPA content courses in addition to, or in lieu of, the Samford course. An Internship or Service-Learning experience may be selected in place of one of the CAPA content courses.

* Additional fee

Internships and more…


Students studying in London can take advantage of CAPA’s extensive network of internship sites, offering internship placements for any major.

Internships available include businesses of every kind, as well as nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations. Our local staff visit each CAPA internship site, many of which are frequent recipients of CAPA interns. Students are placed in sites that best meet their individual interests, abilities and academic background. The internships are within commuting distance of the center.

CAPA will help you to gain professional experience in your field of study in a global environment. Below are just a few of the benefits you can expect to earn through your participation in an international internship experience.

– Demonstrate flexibility and courage in unfamiliar surroundings.
– Gain cross-cultural communications skills.
– Learn about your field from a different perspective.
– Stand out from the crowd in the competitive job market.
– Build relationships with international references.
– Find further immersion in local culture.
– Get academic credit for your work.

The internship placement is paired with a Global Internship Program seminar that meets once a week. When applying to the CAPA Program you will need to turn in a resume and cover letter for your future potential intern sights!

Service Learning in London

Students studying at the CAPA London Study Center during the fall and spring semester have the opportunity to enroll in a six-credit course, Contemporary Issues through Service-Learning: The Social Dynamics of London that includes 15 – 20 hours of service-learning each week. The course, with a sociological focus, will look at urban issues facing Londoners including multiculturalism, inequalities in social services ranging from education to healthcare, and welfare concerns. The course is coupled with group projects at community service organizations throughout London.

Service-learning allows students studying abroad the opportunity to work on a project during the semester that benefits the community while developing an understanding of community issues. Unlike an internship, which builds on professional skills for future career growth, the main focus of a community-based experience is to fulfill the needs of the community. CAPA has developed its community-based program to give students the opportunity to engage with the community while having time in the classroom each week to reflect on their experience. Each week students will have a three-hour seminar that looks at a variety of urban and community issues. They will also work in groups of 2-4 students at their assigned community center on a semester-long project.

NOTE: All interns and students participating in the service-learning program must apply for a UK Tier 4 Prior Entry Clearance Student Visa prior to arrival in the UK, costing approximately $550. Students who are not US citizens (including permanent residents) may have extra steps required to complete the visa process. Students with criminal records and outstanding convictions could face difficulty obtaining a visa. Contact CAPA at 1-800-793-0334 for more information.


While you are in London, you will have the exciting opportunity to participate in volunteer opportunities that will undoubtedly enrich your experience abroad.  There are many ways to get involved that will make an impact on the local community as well as your perception of your host city. This is an excellent opportunity to engage with locals, expand your worldview, and try something new. By volunteering in London, you’ll engage in an authentic cultural exchange that will enable you to experience your study abroad program to the fullest.

Types of Opportunities (Please note these vary each semester):

  • Soup Kitchen support
  • Community Clean Up events
  • Assisting with the London Marathon day
  • Steward for charity gala
  • Volunteer at CAPA Conferences (topics have included Human Rights and
  • And numerous other options!

Programming and Activities

CAPA’s unique My Global Education Program was developed to offer you, the student, a unique opportunity to make decisions about how you will learn about culture according to how you enjoy learning. Compiled by local CAPA education abroad advisers, the calendar offers a menu of different activities, events, volunteer opportunities, lectures, visits, and self-directed tours to help teach you the most about London.

With My Global Education in London, you and your new CAPA friends will be able to:

– Go on the street art walking tour and attend curry night in Brick Lane
– Tour the BBC Broadcasting House
– Attending the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London
– Witness a Victorian Amputation and the Old Amputating Theater
– Attend a Mendhi (Henna) Workshop
– Visit the Victorian Jurassic Park

– And many more!

You will have the opportunity to choose from a range of activities with varying styles of presentation. This allows you to pick a session that speaks to you and your way of learning.

Click on the photo above to learn about one student blogger’s favorite My Global Education events!

What will I be able to do with My Global Education?

CAPA presents a My Global Education Calendar to all students and faculty. The events, reflective sessions, and activities listed are designed around significant academic themes such as Diversity, Social Dynamics, Globalization and Urban Environments. Participation in these activities will give you an intelligent, well rounded, and in depth view of London and the UK.

Some CAPA professors integrate My Global Education activities into their courses and assessment, so that you may have an opportunity to reflect upon, write about and present your experiences. My Global Education is also an excellent way to develop areas of interest that may be extended into an application for the CAPA Record of Achievement.


Have Questions?

Briana Sicard

CAPA Program Manager or 800-793-0334

Samford Global Education Office


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