The deadline has come and gone and students are now playing the game everyone dreads the most: the waiting game. September 10th was the application deadline for students interested in going abroad in spring 2014.
St. Lawrence offers 27 programs in 19 countries, however, partnership programs through the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) allow students access to more than 50 countries. Interested in staying closer to home? There are five domestic programs that are offered: Fisk University, Washington D.C., New York City, Sustainability and the Adirondack Semesters are all off campus study options that have high participation.
When I was a first-year at St. Lawrence, I knew that studying abroad twice was my ultimate goal so my advisor helped me plan out a course load that ensured my interests would fit into my SLU trajectory. During the spring 2013 semester, I studied abroad in Kenya through one of St. Lawrence’s most well-established programs. My experience was not only incredible, but also inspirational and eye opening.
St. Lawrence owns 5+ acres in Karen, Nairobi where there is a cozy compound where the SLU students primarily reside. Throughout the semester, we went on various excursions that all provided a deeper more personal look into Kenya and East Africa. We had three homestays: rural (1 week), urban (4 weeks) and Maasai (24 hours). My homestay families were beyond hospitable and instantly welcomed me into their home as one of their own. To this day I still keep in contact with my families and hope to visit them again. The program culminates with a four week independent study where students have the liberty to explore East Africa by examining a topic of their choice through deeper research.
Here are a few photos from my semester in Kenya!