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Vanderbilt University

Program Overview 

Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Culture: Intellectual, civic
Neighborhood: Historic, neighborly
Housing: On-campus dormitory
English level: Intermediate - advanced 

According to U.S. News & World Report, Vanderbilt University ranks as No. 14 in national universities. Built with the vision of providing a "gateway to greatness", Vanderbilt has created an atmosphere to inspire and invigorate the students that attend the university. The faculty and staff encourage students to strive to meet their educational goals and address the big questions that affect our culture and society. 

The campus is situated near downtown Nashville. Located in the southeastern region of the U.S. and with proximity to mountains and forests, the campus often sees students engaged in outdoor activities. The concept is balance is prevalent at Vanderbilt, as its students focus on rigorous academics along with student activities, and community service involvement. A prime example is the dedication to volunteerism, 30 years ago, a few students wanted to merge their desire to do community service while visiting a new location for spring break. Their organization, Alternative Spring Break, is now national.

Know as "Music City," Nashville is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Many prominent artists have lived in the city and even more have recorded songs there, from Elvis Presley to Taylor Swift to Bob Dylan. Thanks to its charm and friendliness, the city of 1.6 million is a prime example of southern hospitality and often considered one of the friendliest cities in the country. 

Student Profile

SAF Scholars seeking rigorous academics would enjoy pursuing their studies at Vanderbilt. Students who prefer a mild climate throughout the year would also enjoy the location, as the area does not often experience harsh weather conditions.

Other Programs at University

No other programs are offered at Vanderbilt University at this time.

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Program Details

Program Dates by Term Availability

Fall Semester (August - December)
Spring Semester (January - May)

Progression or Concurrent Notes

These options are currently unavailable. 

Program Strengths

One of the strengths of Vanderbilt is its rigorous course load. The faculty supports and encourages students and allows them the freedom for discovery and exploration while they attend the university. 

# of Credits (per term)

Full-time students at Vanderbilt University take anywhere from 12-18 credit hours per semester. On average, students take 15 credit hours per semester. SAF Scholars that wish to take more than 18 credit hours will need to gain permission from the specific College's dean and will be incur additional tuition costs at their own expense. 

Course Registration Policies & Procedures

To register for classes, SAF Scholars will need to complete this process prior to their arrival on campus. 

Course/Departmental Restrictions

SAF Scholars are only able to take courses through the College of Arts and Sciences, which includes Economics. Furthermore, managergial studies is not an accepted major at Vanderbilt University. 

Animation courses have limited access. Therefore, SAF Scholars cannot enroll in them prior to their arrival. However, if they choose, they can attend the course on their first day and check if there are any open seats and then obtain permission from the professor. 

Graduate Courses



Housing Type

On-campus dormitory


SAF Scholars receive a meal plan entitled "The 8 Basic". This provides scholars with 8 on-campus meals per week, $250 dining dollars to be spent anytime throughout the semester and 5 additional meals to be used at the scholar's discretion. 

Type of Room

Double room

Student Life

Co-/Extra-Curricular Opportunities or Programs

SAF Scholars are able to join in any of the 500+ organizations that are on campus. Due to the proximity of forests and mountains, the Outdoor Rec Center (ORC) is a popular choice for students, with adventure trips that take place throughout the year.

Life on Campus

“Balance” is a common factor that exists on campus at Vanderbilt. Students work hard in their courses and are just as invested in other parts of the university life. Celebrations are also commonplace on campus throughout the year. The Rites of Spring is the pre-finals music festival. Given Nashville’s music reputation, it is not surprising that this event draws big name artists every year and from across genres of music.
Last Updated: 1/9/19