Summer Programs 2023

St. Lawrence University offers an array of dynamic off-campus summer courses around the world. Explore this page to learn more!

Belgium, France, and Luxembourg     Ghana     Ireland     Italy     Italy and Turkey     Kenya-Internships     Kenya-Biodiversity     United Kingdom     

Application links are provided below.

Summer 2023 course application deadline: December 6, 2022

Tentative Course Fees*:

1 SLU Unit - $4,500 + airfare

1.5 SLU Units - $6,000 + airfare

2 SLU Units - $8,000 + airfare

(*Based on Summer 2022 fees; final Summer 2023 fees will be confirmed in November.)

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, 2023.

Students are required to submit the full summer course payment via the instructions provided on Studio Abroad by February 17, 2023.

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,  and LUXEMBOURG before applying.

Instructor: Professor Mert Kartal

Dates: May 26, 2023 - June 9, 2023 (tentative)

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, 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 current issues before the EU (such as the Russia-Ukraine war, the rise of right-wing populism, refugee flows, and COVID-19) and the role of culture, diversity, and human rights in Europe facilitated by prominent scholars as well as current and former policy-makers.  

Apply to study in France, Belgium, and Luxembourg

Urban Popular Culture in Ghana

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

Instructor: Dr. Madeleine Wong

Dates: May 20, 2023 – June 11, 2023

Listing: Global Studies

Units: 1 SLU Unit

Pre-requisites: None

Course Length: 3 weeks

Course description: Hip hop, music, fashion, street arts, cartoons, festivals, food, sports, and new media cultures. How are these popular cultural forms inscribed on the urban landscape? How do they reflect diaspora connections as well as contemporary urban political and social conditions and social movements? This summer course in Ghana exposes students to interdisciplinary inquiry into, and critical analyses of, the relationships between African cities and globalization, and to interpretations of cities as sites and spaces of associated struggles and contestations – through popular cultural forms. Students will be based in Accra – the capital city – where they will immerse themselves in the life of the city, engage in lectures and discussions facilitated by local Ghanaian experts, attend cultural festivals, interact with local hip hop artistes, visual satirists, and map out other cultural inscriptions on the urban landscape such as street and vehicle artworks. Students will also visit Cape Coast to explore the “slave castles” as key sites of the African Diaspora and the history and material culture of slavery and the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Finally, students will visit the city of Kumasi to explore its historical significance and popular cultural forms and traditions of the Asante people and region that have influenced African diaspora cultural forms and expressions.

By the end of the course, students will have a good understanding of what popular culture means and how it manifests in diverse social, cultural, and political ways – particularly within the Ghanaian context; to read about, write and critically analyze different popular cultural forms in the context of globalization and its associated flows and movements; and to explain how popular culture articulates intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and other approaches of identity, and how it can be an important vehicle for social change.

Apply to study in Ghana

Place and Nationalisms in Ireland

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

Instructor: Dr. Val Lehr

Dates: June 4, 2022 - June 21, 2023

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.

Apply to study in Ireland

The Neuroscience of Fear

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

Instructors: Dr. Ana Estevez and Dr. Adam Fox

Dates: May 31, 2023 – June 29, 2023

Listing: Biology, Neuroscience, Psychology

Units: 1 SLU Unit

Pre-requisites: BIO102 or PSYC101

Course Length: 4 Weeks

Course description: Brain structures that control the fear response are shared across humans, mammals, birds, and reptiles. These structures have been evolutionally preserved because fear helps to protect us from danger, injury, and death. Though the dangers of modern society differ substantially from those of our ancient past, aspects of our primal fear instincts remain. Are such emotions merely intrusions from another time or do they still have a function in our consciousness today? With a focus on the fear response, this Florence-based course will examine the evolutionary foundations of emotions, how they are displayed in infancy, develop over time, and tie into decision-making in our everyday lives. Students in this course will examine this issue from a multidisciplinary perspective, synthesizing recent work from the fields of biology, developmental psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy.

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Mediterranean Culture in Naples and Istanbul: Images, Boundaries, and Societies

Students should verify that they are eligible to travel to ITALY and TURKEY before applying.

Instructor: Dr. Yesim Bayar and Dr. Alessandro Giardino

Dates: June 4, 2023 – June 19, 2023

Listing: World Languages, Cultures, and Media; Sociology

Units: 1 SLU Unit

Pre-requisites: None

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Course description: Mediterranean culture often suggests romance, the constant pursuit of pleasure, unforgettable landscapes, architectures and culinary experiences. Yet, scholars have often challenged such imagery and the boundaries of the Mediterranean itself. In this course, we will contrast myths and realities of these two Mediterranean capitals by exploring and examining locations, habits and social practices. In doing so, we will examine the historical and cultural influences that characterized Naples and Istanbul as the western and eastern gateways to the Mediterranean culture. More specifically, through visits to historical sites, walking tours, and additional readings and films we will challenge the epistemological value and veracity of Orientalizing representations. Some of the readings will be used as a starting point for exercises in creative writing upon themes including nostalgia, melancholia, and wanderlust; others will be used as subjects for scholarly essays and presentations. 

Apply to study in Italy and Turkey

Setting You On Track: Career Internships Abroad

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

Instructor: Dr. Michael Wairungu

Dates: May 29, 2023 –  June 30, 2023

Listing: African Studies

Units: 1 SLU Unit

Pre-requisites: None

Course Length: 4 Weeks

Course description: East Africa is a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa. Home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, the region is experiencing a rapid rate of development and social change which challenges long held stereotypes about the world’s second largest continent. Through a dynamic internship experience, this course prepares students to learn from local innovators and change agents working to address a wide variety of issues impacting African communities. From global business leaders and powerful civil society organizations, to local entrepreneurs transforming the socio-economic landscape, the Kenya program’s nearly fifty years of connections in East Africa offers unique opportunities for students to complete career building internships throughout the region.

This one-month career-focused, interdisciplinary and culturally-immersive summer course in East Africa seeks to foster a better understanding of the host culture and work environment through a combination of class and field-based learning. The course culminates to a three week’s internship that explores the day-to-day operations of a selected group of local organizations. These internships will be directly related to an individual student’s field of study and career or personal interests.

Apply to intern in Kenya

Kenya Biodiversity Safari

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

Instructor: Dr. Alex Schreiber and Dr. Abdelwahab Sinnary

Dates: June 1, 2023 – June 26, 2023

Listing: Biology (BIO195 for non-majors; BIO295 for majors)

Units: 1.5 SLU Unit

Pre-requisites: None

Course Length: 4 weeks

Course description:  In this month-long, field-based course you will study conservation biology through game drives and treks on both land and water, coming into contact with giraffe, zebra, elephant, and rhino, as well as predators like lions, hyenas, leopards, and eagles. You will spend 10 days exploring the savanna grasslands and lakes of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, where you will study mammalian and avian ecology, consider the impacts of tourism and poaching on the national economy, and examine methods of balancing wildlife conservation with economic development in the Naivasha/Nakuru region. Next, you will spend five days conducting hands-on field research at Ol Pejeta Conservancy (OPC) in Laikipia, Central Kenya. You will test the interesting hypothesis that cattle can be used to actually improve range ecology for the wild ungulates and also benefit the area’s key predators. Finally, you will spend one week ascending 18,000 foot-tall Mt. Kenya, the second-highest mountain in Africa, and the source of most of Laikipia’s water. Here you will learn about the impact of climate change on the region, and also how you and the animals that live there adjust physiologically to this unique high altitude ecosystem.

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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: Dr. Tom Greene

Dates: May 27, 2023 - June 18, 2023

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.

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