Off-Campus Study Policies & Procedures | St. Lawrence University Patti McGill Peterson Center for International and Intercultural Studies

Off-Campus Study Policies & Procedures

Approved off-campus study programs:

The Center for International and Intercultural Studies maintains a list of off-campus programs approved or operated by St. Lawrence ("SLU programs"). For all of these SLU programs, St. Lawrence students pay regular comprehensive fees to participate and receive their usual financial aid package. Tuition, room, and board charges are the same for any St. Lawrence student participating in any St. Lawrence approved or operated program as they would be for the same student on-campus. Courses outside of the regular fall and spring semesters (e.g. summer courses) entail additional tuition costs not covered by students' regular financial aid. Transportation and other travel and living expenses are additional costs not covered by St. Lawrence.

Programs not already approved for off-campus study:

Students wishing to study and receive credit on a program not approved or operated by St. Lawrence University must discuss their interest with the Director of Off-campus programs. Students who apply to a non-St. Lawrence University program must follow St. Lawrence application procedures AND the sponsoring institution’s application procedures. The Committee on International and Intercultural Studies or its delegates will review all applications to non-St. Lawrence programs. Successful applicants for non-St. Lawrence programs must demonstrate strong academic preparation and academic reasons for studying in a particular location.  In addition, students must have a record of academic performance that demonstrates ability to meet the challenges of off-campus study without the academic and other support that SLU offers on campus and on its programs; a GPA of at least 3.0 is required. The application should also show evidence of independence, responsibility, maturity and cultural sensitivity. Students wishing to study in countries where St. Lawrence maintains a program, or in countries with a comparable language and culture base, must have extraordinarily compelling reasons why his or her academic interests are significantly better served by an alternate program.

Students approved for study on a non-St. Lawrence program do not receive St. Lawrence University financial aid; while credit may be earned and included on the transcript, grades for such studies are not recorded on the transcript. After the application is approved and prior to departure from campus, students are responsible for obtaining approval from the appropriate department chairs for the specific courses to be taken off-campus. Students who attend a program off-campus without the approval of the Committee on International and Intercultural Studies will be assumed to have taken a leave of absence from the University. On appeal they may be able to transfer a maximum of one course to St. Lawrence. Students wishing to study at a foreign institution or on a non-SLU study abroad program during the summer should consult with the registrar to arrange for transfer credit for summer school.

Admissions policy:

Admission to off-campus programs is competitive, based on the quality of application and the availability of spaces. Candidates must present a coherent academic rationale for participation in a particular program and a record of academic performance that demonstrates ability to meet the challenges of off-campus study. Certain programs require a minimum grade point average. Candidates for off-campus programs must also present evidence of maturity, responsibility and cultural sensitivity (See Acceptance Process & Policies)

Only full-time matriculated students may apply to study off-campus. Students who have graduated or students with anticipated graduation dates before off-campus study program start dates are not eligible to apply.