London FYP | St. Lawrence University Patti McGill Peterson Center for International and Intercultural Studies

London FYP

Spend your first semester of college in London, one the world's most dynamic global cities. Join a select group of St. Lawrence first-year students for a semester-long liberal arts program at the site of the University's long-standing London Semester Program. Participants will complete their London First-Year Program (FYP) and three additional courses in one of the world's most diverse and exciting locations.

  • Based in London
  • Fall semester
  • Take courses with other SLU students in London
  • Live in student housing

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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.

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The courses on the FYP London College program are taught by the accompanying St. Lawrence University faculty member, Professor James Norminton, and faculty from British universities.  The courses are designed and offered exclusively for St. Lawrence University Program participants.

Required Courses:

I was a Teenage Teenager: A Study of Teen Culture  (FRPG1001)
Alternately feared and revered by adult society, teens have consistently been the topic of considerable research and debate.  If they are neither children nor adults, then what, exactly, are they?  In this course, we will investigate what factors of the 20th century conspired to create something altogether new in that tenuous space between childhood and adulthood: the teen.  A central focus for the course will be on the concept of teenagers as perceived in both Britain and the United States, and we will regularly examine the similarities and differences between the two subcultures. Using a variety of British and American media, texts, music, films, fads, and fashion, from the 1940s through the early 21st century, we will also explore the evolution of “the teenager,” in an attempt to understand this unique social invention and its impact on Western popular culture and society. From sock hops to punk protests; zoot suits to parachute pants; Walkmans to cellphones – teens have developed a distinct and memorable voice. In what ways will their experiences speak to yours?  This course fulfills the FYP general education requirement.

London's Urban Geographies (GS/SOC 205)

This course provides an introduction to the disciplines of urban studies and urban geography. It outlines how cities can be interpreted as economic, social, cultural and political entities. Using London as both an example and a laboratory, it interrogates a range of continuities and changes, problems and potentials across the urban fabric. It also explores a variety of theories and concepts for making sense o these realities. Foremost, it invites students spending a semester abroad to think about and through their temporary home. Following Henry James (1881) the course is based on the premise: ‘If you get to know your London you learn a great many things’.

Electives (select 2):

  • GOVT 3042: Terrorism in London: from the IRA to ISIS. This course examines London's experiences with terrorism, the impact that terrorism has had on British society, culture and politics, and the ways in which police and civil society have responded to the threat of terrorism. We begin the course by trying to define what terrorism is, its causes, and effective ways of countering it. Our journey examining terrorism in London begins by learning about the Irish Republican Army (IRA), goes through cases of nationalist and single issue terrorism, and concludes with the targeting of London by Al Qaeda and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). We will use academic texts, popular media such as film, and site visits in order to get a well-rounded understanding of the issues we are exploring.
  • FA 261L: Art & Architecture in London (Fulfills ARTS/EXPRESSION distribution requirement)
  • HIST 245L: Britain in the 20th Century (Fulfills HUMANITIES distribution requirement)
  • GOVT 214L: Issues in British Government and Politics (Fulfills SOCIAL SCIENCES distribution requirement)
  • GOVT 262/ECON 262L: Economic Integration of the European Union (Fulfills SOCIAL SCIENCES distribution requirement)
  • ENG 212L/PCA 237L: Theater in London: Introduction (Fulfills ARTS/EXPRESSION distribution requirement)


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 gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, the Banqueting House, the Soane Museum and the Royal Academy. Theatre courses feature live theatre performance and associated activities.

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Students are housed in residential facilities in central London within commuting distance of the program office and classrooms and within easy walking distance of a bus or tube stop. Most students will live in shared rooms. A Community Assistant will reside in the residence where students are housed to help foster a living-learning community.

Supplies for breakfast are provided in the common area of the residence facility.  Students will receive a stipend to cover the costs of lunches and dinners.  Information about inexpensive eateries will be discussed during orientation.

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Tuesday 20                                         Depart campus as a group for the flight to London

Wednesday 21                                    Arrive in London, on-site orientation

Thursday 22 - Tuesday 27                 Orientation continues

Wednesday 28                                    Classes begin


Wednesday 18 - Saturday 22              First year Student group trip(s)     


Saturday 5 - Sunday 13                       Fall Break

Monday 14                                          Classes resume


Monday 11                                          Last day of elective classes

Tuesday 12 - Friday 15                       Final exams in elective classes


Friday 13                                            End of program

Saturday 14                                         Flight home

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On-site: Upon arrival in London, students will participate in an on-site orientation to the program and the city, featuring lectures, tours, introductions to the course offerings, and a theater performance. Students are required to attend all orientation meetings and activities.

(*Please Note: The program ends in London to permit students the flexibility to travel in Europe or to the destination of their choice.  Students will not return to the St. Lawrence campus.)

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Program Contacts

If you are interested in learning more about the London FYP please contact one of the following people.

CIIS Office: Karen Smith, Associate Director of Off-Campus Programs- Questions about eligibility, program logistics, and other off-campus opportunities.

Faculty: Professor James Norminton - Questions about program academics.

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Students admitted to St. Lawrence are able to apply to the London FYP on-line. Applications are due by Wednesday, May 22, 2019 and students will be notified of acceptance by May 25, 2019. A link to the application can be found here

Due to visa restrictions and program requirements, international students and HEOP students must spend their first semester on campus in Canton. 

To be eligible to enter the UK as a student visitor, all program participants must be 18 years old by the program start date.  Admission to the program is based on the quality of the application and the applicant’s previous academic record. Candidates for the FYP London College must also present evidence of maturity, responsibility and cultural sensitivity. If you have questions about the application process or about the program, please contact the Center for International and Intercultural Studies at St. Lawrence University at 315-229-5991 or