London First-Year Program

Students in London

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

London FYP Students and Shakespeare Statue

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 via their Status Page. Applications open in March and are due each year on April 25th for the following Fall semester.


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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St. Lawrence Students in the London Study Lounge

Academics

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

 

 

Required Courses:

Science, Technology, and Innovation in Global London (FRPG1001). One of the world’s great cities and once the anchor of the British Empire, London still enfolds the physical, philosophical and intellectual traces of the scientific and industrial revolutions. Artifacts abound in places like the Greenwich Observatory, the British Library and Prince Albert’s museum district. Even London’s infrastructure is a monument to the engineers of the past few centuries. We will visit these places and more, but a meaningful inspection adds nuance to our understanding of both London and science. London was never an isolated society that hosted a fully evolved culture, scientific or otherwise. Even before the arrival of the Romans, London was a complex stirring of people, ideas, and places. Indeed, London may now be the world's most "globalized" city – a third of Londoners were born outside the UK, and they speak over 300 languages. Furthermore, science and technology have never been value-free, and they resulted in more than a happy history of quaint chugging and whirring machines. Hindsight reveals missteps, hubris and prejudice. These are especially apparent in the context of the multicultural city we will experience. To complete our investigation we will examine the role of multiculturalism in fostering the past and continued relevance of a city that is no longer the crossroads of an empire, but remains a magnet for innovation and discovery. 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)
    An introduction to the study of art history and appreciation of art in its historical context gets you out of the classroom and into some of London’s major galleries.

  • HIST 245L Britain in the 20th Century (Fulfills HUMANITIES distribution requirement)
    Examine Britain’s history as one of the world’s major empires, its transformation through two World Wars, and the social and political changes that have defined Britain in the modern era.

  • GOVT 214L Issues in British Government and Politics (Fulfills SOCIAL SCIENCES distribution requirement)
    An intensive introduction to the principal institutions, parties, and ideologies in British politics. It will also focus on current political issues and processes, including the welfare state, economic policies, the EU, Northern Ireland, and devolution in Wales and Scotland, while integrating an international and comparative outlook.

  • GOVT 262/ECON 262L Economic Integration of the European Union (Fulfills SOCIAL SCIENCES distribution requirement)
    Examine the processes of bringing together the economic systems of individual European countries into a viable unified entity.  It will offer a critical analysis of the European Union policies in their broader political-economic context.  The course will also address the peculiar and often problematic relationship between Great Britain and the European Union.

  • ENG 212L/PCA 237L Theater in London: Introduction (Fulfills ARTS/EXPRESSION distribution requirement)
    A chance to see and study some of London’s renowned theatre from the classics and musicals of the famous West End to ‘fringe’ theater – works that are new and provocative. 

  • PSYC 3060 Nature in the City: The Psychology of Urban Green Spaces. The first cities appeared in just the most recent fraction of human time – less than 10,000 years. These urban areas exploited the benefits of culture, but they initiated an uncomfortable separation of humans from nature. London is somewhat more recent, but it is historically old (as you will hear, it was founded in Roman times). It was also uniquely influential in initiating the Industrial Revolution, and in spreading what we now think of as Western and American assumptions about urban nature. Greater London’s population of nearly 8 million people inhabit a less dense geography than most American cities, and London fosters a strong sense of place and neighborhood connection. Our lens will be psychological, as we examine explanations for the role of urban nature in aesthetics and personal well-being. London will be the laboratory as this field-oriented course explores nature as intimate as interior planting, as precise as intricate gardens, and as broad as grand public parks, unkempt hills, and urban forest.

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London Excursion to Stonehenge

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 2022 CALENDAR

August

Tuesday 23: Meet in Newark for pre-departure orientation & group flight

Wednesday 24: Arrive in London, on-site orientation

Wednesday 24 - Tuesday 30: Orientation continues 

Wednesday 31: Classes begin

September

Wednesday 21 – Saturday 24: FYP Study trip*

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

October 

Saturday 8 - Sunday 16: Fall vacation

Monday 17: Classes resume

November  

Monday 14: Last day of both elective classes

Tuesday 15 to Friday 18: Final exams of both electives

Monday 21: Required courses continue

December 

Friday 16: End of program

Saturday 17: 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: Caitlin Hatz, Director of Off-campus Programs - Questions about eligibility, program logistics, and other off-campus opportunities.

Faculty: Dr. Tom Greene - Questions about program academics.

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Access the Application

Students admitted to St. Lawrence University will be able to apply to the London FYP online via their Status Page. Applications open in early March and 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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