London FYP - The London FYP has been cancelled for Fall 2020 | St. Lawrence University Patti McGill Peterson Center for International and Intercultural Studies

London FYP - The London FYP has been cancelled for Fall 2020

The London FYP has been cancelled for Fall 2020

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

London FYP Learning Goals

Communication Skills Learning Goals for the First-Year Program

The FYP in London provides an overall experience in a learning community in which students will:

  • Consider their semester in the city of London in an integrated way, both short and long term
  • Build connections across all courses in the program through field trips
  • Grow their ability to manage interpersonal conflicts in order to develop resilience in an independent living environment
  • Develop intercultural skills
  • Plan for integrating holistically into campus life upon return

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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 Rosa Williams, and faculty from British universities.  The courses are designed and offered exclusively for St. Lawrence University Program participants.

Required Courses:

London: from Imperial Hub to Postcolonial Metropolis (FRPG1001)
This FYP course invites first year students to examine the ways that London and Londoners have been profoundly shaped by Britain’s imperial past and its postcolonial present. Field trips to London’s historical sites, museums and memorials will give students an opportunity to uncover the traces left on the city by imperial commerce and the transatlantic slave trade, by voyages of ‘discovery’ and colonial plunder and by the labor and the lives of colonized people. We will engage with debates about how that past ought to be remembered and recognized today. Through encountering life stories of prominent inhabitants of the city, we will examine the routes - and family roots - that have connected Londoners with Britain’s empire and its disintegration. These investigations will also provide a context for students to reflect on how their own routes and roots are shaping their experiences living in the city and how these experiences will, in turn, shape their transition to the St Lawrence campus in the Spring. 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):

  • HIST : Health and the City: London since the Victorian era. This course invites students to look critically at the history of interventions to protect and promote the health of London’s populations since the Victorian era. From sanitarian campaigns against ‘filth’ in the wake of the Cholera epidemics of the early 19th century, to recent Extinction Rebellion protests demanding action on the city’s ’toxic air,’ debates and action on public health in London have been  driven not only by the municipality and the state but also by the activism of Londoners themselves. London’s historical sites, museums and archival will provide important material for investigating the history of competing ideas about how to make London and Londoners healthier. This course counts as an elective for the Public Health minor. (Fulfills HUMANITIES distribution requirement)
  • 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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 August Tuesday 25 

 Depart Canton campus as a group for the flight to London

 Wednesday 26

 Arrive in London, on-site orientation

 Thursday 27 - Tuesday 1  

 Orientation continues

 September Wed. 2

 Classes begin

 Wed. 23 – Sat. 26


 First Year Program Study trip


 October Sat. 10 - Sun.  18  

 Fall vacation

 Mon. 19

 Classes resume

 November  Mon. 16

 Last day of both elective classes

 Tues. 17 to Fri. 20

 Final exams in both elective classes

 Monday 23

 Required courses continue

 December Fri. 18

 End of program

 Sat. 19

 Move out and 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, Director of Off-Campus Programs- Questions about eligibility, program logistics, and other off-campus opportunities.

Faculty: Dr. Marina Llorente - Questions about program academics.

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The London FYP has been cancelled for Fall 2020

Students admitted to St. Lawrence are able to apply to the London FYP on-line. Applications are due by Friday, April 24, 2020 and students will be notified of acceptance by Monday, April 27, 2020. 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