This program puts the city of London at the heart of student learning. Arguably, London is the world's most "globalized" city, with a third of its residents born outside the UK, a city in which over 260 languages are spoken, a post-colonial city shaped by the history of the British empire, and also a city whose multicultural origins begin with, perhaps even antedate, the arrival of the Romans in 55 B.C. Students study the phenomena of a global city through a number of different lenses. The London program offers electives in 7 departments and each course uses the city as a classroom.
- Based in London
- Fall or Spring semester
- Pre-requisites: one European Studies course or a course with significant European content (preferably with a focus on Western Europe); 2.8 GPA recommended to apply
- One-month internship
- Live with homestay families
London is a city rich in culture. From the Roman wall which forms part of the contemporary Barbican Center to the National Theaters on the South Bank to the architectural dominance of St. Paul's seen from the Thames, London is a city with a long and fascinating history. It is the banking and trading center for all the world, even as it wrestles with contemporary urban problems. Housed in the center of London, the St. Lawrence Program allows students to explore the intellectual, cultural, and social life of this large, cosmopolitan center.
The courses offered on the London Programme are designed to immerse students in the city and its resources: attending live theatre productions, meeting actors and directors, visiting historical sites, meeting for the art class in many of London's most renowned galleries, exploring culturally diverse neighborhoods, and so much more. The courses are taught by professors from British universities and are offered exclusively for St. Lawrence University Program participants.
Throughout the semester, all students take Encountering London. During the first ten weeks of the semester, students also take three elective courses. For the final month of the program, students participate in a work placement; this is an experiential component of the "Encountering London" course.
Encountering London (SOC 3009, GS 3009)
Elective Courses (Students select 3):
Art & Architecture in London (FA 261)
Issues in Britain in the 20th Century: 1906-1990 (HIST 245)
British Government and Politics (GOVT 214)
Economic Integration of the European Union (GOVT 262 (366 Advanced Option), ECON 262)
Theater in London: Introduction (ENG 212/PCA 237)
Theater in London: Classic and Contemporary (ENG 312/PCA 337)
Writing in London (ENG 246) *The 300-level English course will not count toward the English major but general credit will be granted toward graduation.
Immigration, nationalism and changing identities in Britain (GS 260)
Students who are majoring or minoring in fine arts, history, government, sociology or economics may apply to take the 200-level course offering as an upper-level course (one more likely to count toward the major/minor). Using the "advanced study option," students take the 200-level course but also have an independent tutorial with the professor, culminating in a research paper which substitutes for some of the 200-level assignments. Research topics typically provide students with the opportunity to make use of unique resources in London.
Please note: the 300-level English course will not count toward the English major, but credit will be granted toward graduation.
To apply, students must begin, before leaving campus, by getting the Advanced Study Option form from CIIS. The student then consults with the appropriate department chair. After that conversation, the chair will complete and sign the form, which should be returned to CIIS. Upon arrival in London, the student applies to the course professor; the nature of the research project is determined once the student has been accepted. Students are advised to take only one advanced option course.
The Program includes field trips to places in London and opportunities to travel elsewhere in the UK.
The art courses feature weekly gallery visits to such places as the National Gallery, the Tate, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Banqueting House, the Soane Museum and the Royal Academy.
Students are housed with private families in London within commuting distance of the program office and classrooms and within easy walking distance of a bus or tube stop. Families are typically located about forty minutes commuting distance from the office and classrooms.
Most students will share small double rooms. Linens are provided, but students are expected to change them and to be responsible for their own laundry. Students may be able to receive essential calls at their homestay but in the interest of safety, all students are required to have a cell phone. In an emergency a message may be left at the program office.
Cooking facilities will not normally be available for students. Breakfasts and two evening meals per week are provided by the host families. Students will receive a weekly stipend in order to purchase other meals.
Weekend long homestays in London's Afro-Carribean and Asian communities are offered on an optional basis.
Saturday 17 Arrive in London and transport to homestay
Sunday 18 Orientation begins
Tuesday 20 Orientation ends
Wednesday 21 Classes begin
Wed 18 - Sun 21 Study trip to Dublin & Belfast
Saturday 7 Vacation begins
Sunday 15 Vacation ends
Monday 16 Classes resume
Friday 3 Last day of classes
Tues. 7 - Fri. 10 Final exams
Monday 13 Work experience placements begin
Friday 8 Placements finish at end of regular workday
Saturday 9 Leave homestays
Monday 11 Final grades due from instructors
Fall 2015 Calendar
Saturday 29 Arrive in London* and transport to homestay
Sunday 30 to Orientation
Tues Sept 1
Wednesday 2 Classes begin
Wednesday 30 to Study trip to Dublin & Belfast
Saturday Oct 3
Saturday 10 to Fall Break
Monday 19 Classes resume
Monday 16 Last day of classes
Tuesday 17 to Final exams
Monday 23 Work experience placements begin
Friday 18 Placements finish at end of regular workday
Saturday 19 Leave homestays
Monday 20 Final grades due from instructors
*All students must be at the meeting point (arrivals area) of Terminal 3 at Heathrow Airport on August 29 at 9:00 a.m. to travel with the group coach to meet your homestay family. If you arrive in London before the 29 August, you are responsible for your own accommodation. Families do not expect students at their homes before 29 August.
Pre-departure: The CIIS office organizes in depth orientation sessions on-campus prior to the students participation in the program. This includes a program specific session(s) in which the students will learn more about the program, local culture, academic expectations, and any other important information. There is also an orientation session lead by the CIIS office on culture shock, and what to expect, as well as safety and security while abroad.
On-site: There is a three day orientation in London at the beginning of the semester, featuring lectures, tours, introductions to the course offerings, and a theater performance. Students are required to attend all orientation meetings and activities.
If you are interested in learning more about the London program please contact one of the following people.
CIIS Office: Kelley Lawson-Khalidi, Director of Off-Campus Programs - Questions about eligibility, program logistics, and other off-campus opportunities.
Peer Advisor: Molli Richards, London FYP Fall 2013 - Questions about the student experience.
Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Michael Greenwald - Questions about program academics.