Summer Programs 2022

St. Lawrence University offers an array of dynamic off-campus summer courses around the world. To apply, click the application links below.

2022 Summer course application deadline: December 6, 2021

Course Fees: 1 SLU Unit - $4,500 + airfare, 1.5 SLU Units - $6,000 + airfare, 2 SLU Units - $8,000 + airfare

Students will be billed a $30.00 application fee after submission of their application. Selected students are required to pay a $400 program deposit by January 20, 2022.

Students are required to submit the full summer course payment via the instructions provided on Studio Abroad by February 17, 2022.

All courses are contingent on sufficient enrollment and course fees are subject to change. Course fees do not include the cost of airfare.

If you have questions about any of these programs, please contact the program instructor(s). 

The European Union: Past, Present, and Future


Students should verify that they are eligible to travel to BELGIUM, FRANCE, GERMANY, and LUXEMBOURG before applying.

Instructor: Professor Mert Kartal

Dates: July 8, 2022 – July 21, 2022

Listing: Government; Approved to count toward the European Studies minor

Units: 1 SLU Unit 

Pre-requisites: None

Course Length: 2 weeks

Course description: This two-week, off-campus summer course is designed for those of you who are interested in a hands-on exploration of what is arguably the most ambitious form of inter-state cooperation in the world, namely the European Union (EU). When learning about the cultural, historical, and political factors that have been shaping the EU, we will visit several sites of key importance for Europe (such as the Haut Königsbourg in Alsace/France, the Struthof former concentration camp and the Historical Museum in Strasbourg/France, and Ouvrage Hackenberg in Veckring/France). When exploring how the EU operates in practice, we will attend sessions in several EU institutions (such as the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament in Belgium and the Court of Justice of the EU in Luxembourg). This course will also feature lively discussions on some of the key issues the EU deals with today (such as Brexit, the rise of populism, refugee flows, and COVID-19) as well as the role of culture, diversity, and human rights in Europe facilitated by leading scholars in their disciplines as well as former policy-makers. 


Tropical Ecology and Conservation in Ecuador’s Highlands and the Galapagos


Students should verify that they are eligible to travel to ECUADOR before applying.

Instructor: Professor Susan Willson

Dates: June 1, 2022 – June 21, 2022

Listing: Biology; this course will count as a BIO 200-level course w/ LAB for the Biology major, and a BIODIV credit for the Conservation Biology major.

Units: 1 SLU Unit

Pre-requisites: BIO 101, ENVS 101, or GEO 100-level course, or by permission of instructor.

Course Length: 3 Weeks

Course description: Students will learn through immersion in this three-week course on ecology, biodiversity, and conservation in Ecuador. Students will visit three distinct tropical ecosystems: the high-elevation Andean grasslands, where volcanoes are visible on all sides rising to over 18,000 ft., the humid montane cloud forest, where trees are covered with moss, orchids, and a dizzying array of bird species, and the renowned Galapagos Islands. Students will learn first-hand from Ecuadorian biologists, trained environmentally-themed tour guides, and community members, as well as through course readings, discussions, and lectures. The course structure provides ample opportunity to learn about Ecuador’s rich cultural heritage, the indigenous highland Quechua culture, and how Ecuador is being affected by climate change.


Place and Nationalisms in Ireland


Students should verify that they are eligible to travel to IRELAND before applying.

Instructor: Professor Val Lehr

Dates: June 6, 2022 – June 25, 2022

Listing: History, Government, Global Studies, and Peace Studies

Units: 2 SLU Unit

Pre-requisites: None

Course Length: 2.5 Weeks

Course description: This program is comprised of two separate courses, "Memory and Place” and “Peace and Conflict in Northern Ireland”, which share some foundational readings in Irish history and geography.

The theoretical focus of 'Memory and Place' is on issues of popular memory, memorialization, and the formation and maintenance of national identity. Students read theoretical articles on popular memory, revisionist historiography, and geography as contexts for the stories they hear and the texts they read. This provides a background for the second course 'Peace and Conflict in Northern Ireland' where students learn how difference can be constructed and experienced among white, European, Christian people, people who by U.S. standards seem to be very similar. In turn this should reflect back upon the contingency of how race is constructed in the U.S. Students will learn also about the Northern Ireland Peace Process and how people from different communities are learning to work together across deep divisions to create a better society. Finally, students will be exposed to how history complicates contemporary political action, through exploring issues such as Brexit, abortion, gay rights, and education.


London Spaces and UK Places: A Seminar in Social Science and Architecture


Students should verify that they are eligible to travel to THE UNITED KINGDOM before applying.

Instructor: Professor Tom Greene

Dates: May 29, 2022 – June 19, 2022

Listing: Psychology

Units: 1 SLU Unit

Pre-requisites: None

Course Length: 3 Weeks

Course description: This course will apply general psychology processes that underlie environmental cognition, perception and livability to the unique context of London and the UK. Within the broad framework of architectural psychology and urban geography, students will apply their knowledge to real-world experiences such as place attachment, landscape aesthetics, and the design of the built environments of London and environs.

This course will visit some well-known buildings and markets, the huge urban regeneration project at Kings Cross/St. Pancras, and some cameo appearances from London’s Roman history. A successful London architect, responsible for the design of one of the largest new public spaces in London, will lead one class session. A prominent elected official will lead another trip in Brixton, historically an Afro-Caribbean enclave. Although the focus will be London, field trips will provide additional opportunities to think about the spirit of place in nearby English villages and small cities. London is a perfect place to peel back layers of history, planning, culture, and accident to inspect the development of a great world city. Indeed, this course will use a geographical information system (GIS) as both a tool and a metaphor for its investigations.