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: 2.8 GPA recommended to apply, one European Studies course or a course with significant European content (preferably with a focus on Western Europe);
- 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 Global London (SOC 3009, GS 3009)
Elective Courses (Students select 3):
Art & Architecture in London (FA 261)
Britain in the 20th Century (HIST 245)
Issues in British Government and Politics (GOVT 214)
Economic Integration of the European Union (GOVT 262/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.
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 16 Arrive in London and transport to homestay*
Sunday 17 Orientation begins
Tuesday 19 Orientation ends
Wednesday 20 Classes begin
Saturday 5 Spring break
Sunday 13 Spring break ends (return to London by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday)
Monday 14 Classes resume
Wed. 23 – Sat. 26 Study trip to Dublin & Belfast
Monday 4 Last day of classes
Tues. 5 – Fri. 8 Final exams
Monday 11 Work experience placements begin
Friday 6 Placements finish at end of regular workday (6:00 p.m.)
Saturday 7 Leave homestays**
Monday 9 Final grades due from instructors
* All students must meet at the seating area in Arrivals at Heathrow Terminal 3 by 9:00 a.m. on the arrival day. If you arrive in London before Saturday, 16 January 2016, you are responsible for your own accommodation. Families do not expect students at their homes before 16 January.
**You must depart your homestay by the end of the day. Please do not ask your homestay if you can stay any additional nights.
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.
Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Darby Morrisroe - Questions about program academics.