Cyber Orientation 5 - Off-Campus and Language Study

Hello Class of 2017 -

Special note: Look for an email dated 8/7/13 from Christine Zimmerman, Director of Institutional Research, with a reminder asking you to complete an on-line survey on behalf of our admissions office.  If you have not yet completed it, please take 10-15 minutes to do so now.   It  provides very important information for us about your college application process—in particular, your experiences with St. Lawrence.  In case you have just forgotten about the survey, here is the link again:  

If you misplaced your password, you should contact Christine Zimmerman at  And if you did not receive the email, it means you have already completed the survey earlier this summer.

The rest of this information has been prepared for you by the Modern Languages and Literatures Department and the Center for International and Intercultural Studies.

Hello!  Hola!  Hujambo!  Bonjour!  And Guten Tag! Class of 2017:

One of St. Lawrence’s strengths is the emphasis on international and intercultural education and the many opportunities for off-campus study.  Perhaps this was one of your reasons for choosing St. Lawrence.   More than half of our student body participates in an off-campus program before graduation; we also offer several summer courses abroad and, from time to time, a semester course may include a travel component.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to study a number of different languages while you are at SLU.  

This Cyber-Orientation email focuses on these opportunities available to you through off-campus study and language study.  The information is provided by the staff at the Center for International and Intercultural Studies (CIIS) and by the Modern Languages & Literatures Department.


St. Lawrence students may study on programs in 18 countries, as well as 3 programs within the United States.  St. Lawrence is also an I.S.E.P. member institution (ISEP allows students to directly enroll in Universities in more than 50 countries).  

You received a flyer in the May mailing about the spring Global Francophone Cultures program, which is open to first year students.  This program has a language pre-requisite of 1 semester of college French or up to 2 years of high-school French.  

Applications for the Global Francophone Cultures program are available on the CIIS website.  Applications will be due on September 10th.   If you have questions; please contact Kelley Lawson-Khalidi, Director of Off-Campus Programs.

It’s not too early to discuss your interests in off-campus study with your advisor, as it’s important to plan ahead. Consider major and minor requirements, distribution requirements, and program pre-requisites (different for each program).  In addition, you may be interested in learning about grants, fellowships, and financial aid.

Applicants should have a solid academic record and a good academic rationale for the specific program.  Many students who study off-campus consider a major or minor in Area Studies or a language.  See the Academic Departments/Programs section of the New Student Guide & Forms website for information on the various Area Studies programs and language study available. 

The Center for International and Intercultural Studies, located in Carnegie Hall Room 108, is a resource office for students. They run information sessions, provide individual advising, and organize the selection and orientation for all our off-campus programs.  They will hold general off-campus study information sessions on Monday, August 26 at 10:15 and 11:00 in Gulick Theatre.  In addition, you should not hesitate to stop by and speak with them any time about your plans for off-campus study.


Modern Languages and Literatures is one of the largest departments offering courses in 8 languages—Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Arabic and Swahili—and 3  majors—Estudios Hispánicos, Francophone Studies, and Multi-Languages, which combines study in three languages. You can also find information about the Modern Languages and Literatures Department on the NSG&F.

In addition to the majors, you can minor in Arabic Studies, Chinese Studies, Estudios Hispánicos, Francophone Studies and German Studies, as well asCaribbean and Latin American Studies, Asian Studies, African Studies, European Studies, Canadian Studies and Global Studies

This fall, the Modern Languages and Literatures Department is offering courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Swahili. You probably had the chance to study some of these languages in high school, so now you have a decision to make. You can build on what you’ve started or try something completely new!

You will find information and guidelines on determining the appropriate level of language study in our Letter to First-Year Students found on the Modern Languages and Literatures website. You should complete your Course Selection form indicating the level you believe is appropriate given those guidelines; you will be able to make changes as necessary after you arrive in August.

As you choose your classes, keep in mind that elementary (101-102), intermediate (103-104) and advanced (200 or 201-202) language courses are offered in a year-long sequence, although you can take a language for one semester to satisfy part of the Human Diversity graduation requirement [LANG]. In other words, you should get your foot in the language door in the fall because it’s more difficult to start in the spring. If you plan to take a 101 or 103 course this fall, you will also sign up for the required lab when you register for your final courses during Orientation.

Please note the following:

1.     Some of our elementary language courses may not have seats available for this fall semester. You can choose to explore one of the other languages offered or begin your study in your second year.

Language classes are taught in state-of-the-art language-learning facilities, supported by their very own Language Resource Center.  Students practice their listening and speaking skills with the new digital interactive lab system known as WebSwami and can take advantage of peer tutoring at all levels in Writing Centers for Spanish, German and French. 

Students who take language courses are well prepared for study abroad, and Modern Languages and Literatures has a close relationship with the Center for International and Intercultural Studies Almost all language majors spend a semester or more perfecting language skills in another country.  SLU students have lived and studied in cities such as Madrid, Rouen, Vienna, Florence, San José and Nairobi. 

Additionally, generous SLU alums have created endowments that support independent student research around the globe.  Click here to read about some of the projects St. Lawrence students have done in countries like Kenya, Spain, France and China.

So, we hope you are getting excited about beginning your studies at SLU because many exciting opportunities – like off-campus and language study – await you!