London First-Year Program

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

  • Consider their semester in the city of London in an integrated way, in both the 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

Students admitted to St. Lawrence will be able to apply to the London FYP online. Applications are due each year on April 25th for the following Fall semester.

Applications will open in Spring 2022


Location     Academics     Co-Curricular     Housing     Calendar     Orientation      Program Contacts        

Location

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 London FYP allows students to explore the intellectual, cultural, and social life of this large, cosmopolitan center.

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Academics

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

Required Courses:

Greene to Screen: Adapting the Novels of Graham Greene (FRPG1001)

Because best-selling English novelist Graham Greene’s life  (1904-1991) spanned not only the twentieth century but also the globe (he was an Oxford graduate, a fire warden during the London Blitz, and a foreign correspondent/British spy in first in Africa and Asia, and later Haiti and Latin America), he is an interesting locus for a consideration of the British Empire in its wane and English life in the last hundred years. Greene wrote 26 novels in all, but this class will focus on 3 of the better-known novels-- Brighton Rock, The End of the Affair, and The Quiet American—and on cinematic adaptions of them (each has been  twice adapted for the silver screen). Students will consider and discuss formal elements of the novels but also differences between textual and cinematic manifestations, or between different cinematic interpretations, and also cultural dimensions (that is to say, the ways each text is a product of its age). We will take field trips to his birthplace at Berkhamsted, to Oxford to see where he studied, and to Brighton which figures in two of the novels. This course fulfills the FYP general education requirement.

London's Urban Geographies (GS/SOC 205) (Fulfills SOCIAL SCIENCES distribution requirement)

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 of 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):

  • 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)

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Co-curricular

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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Housing

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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Calendar

The Fall semester typically begins in mid-August and ends in mid-December.

For a more detailed calendar for specific semesters, please contact CIIS directly.

FALL 2021 CALENDAR

August

Tuesday 17: Depart Canton campus as a group for the flight to London

Wednesday 18: Arrive in London, on-site orientation

Wednesday 18 - Tuesday 24: Orientation continues 

Wednesday 25: Classes begin

September

Wednesday 15 – Saturday 18: FYP Study trip*

(*DO NOT MAKE ANY TRAVEL PLANS FOR THE WEEKEND BEFORE) 

October 

Saturday 2 - Sunday 10: Fall vacation

Monday 11: Classes resume

November  

Monday 8: Last day of both elective classes

Tuesday 9 to Friday 12: Final exams in both elective classes

Monday 15: Required courses continue

December 

Friday 11: End of program

Saturday 12: Move out and flight home

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Orientation

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: Dr. Marina Llorente, Associate Dean of International and Intercultural Studies - Questions about eligibility, program logistics, and other off-campus opportunities.

Faculty: Dr. Bob Cowser - Questions about program academics.

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Applications Will Open in Spring 2022

Students admitted to St. Lawrence University will be able to apply to the London FYP online. Applications are due on April 25th for the following Fall semester.

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 London FYP 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 ciis@stlawu.edu

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