Resources for International Students
A Supportive and Empowering Community
A St. Lawrence liberal arts education provides you with a broad knowledge base while developing the skills you need to lead and make a difference: critical thinking, innovative problem-solving, creative decision-making, strong written and oral communication skills, and the courage to ask big questions and tackle bigger problems. We have a strong support system of people to ensure your happiness and success.
Your On-Campus Network
There are a lot of ways we support every St. Lawrence student in their academic pursuits and extracurricular adventures. International students also have access to an additional network of support to help them navigate their courses and campus life.
The International Student Services team provides guidance and support to international students even before they arrive in Canton and all the way through graduation. Staff members will ensure you get your questions answered and connect you to campus and local resources once you arrive and throughout your St. Lawrence experience.
We offer courses specifically designed for incoming international students like English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). These classes focus on your academic reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills while also offering insights into American culture, traditions, idioms, and conversational English. You will also learn the critical skills necessary for success at St. Lawrence including academic research and writing, reading and note-taking, listening, and classroom discussion.
The Diversity and Inclusion office supports the University’s quest to create and sustain a living-learning community that embraces diversity in all its forms, challenges habits and assumptions underlying the structures of power, privilege, and injustice, and work to ensure that we are inclusive, welcoming, and empowering to all our members. We host, coordinate, and facilitate numerous programming opportunities each semester, collaborate with many departments, teams, clubs, and organizations on their efforts, and work with the other colleges in the area and members of the local community to develop larger programming initiatives.
The University Chaplain is a resource for you in matters of faith, spirituality, wellness, diversity, and social justice, and then pulls these themes together under the rubrics of welcome, inclusion, and hospitality. The University Chaplain hosts several multicultural and faith-based events each year and will partner with you and other interested students on a variety of projects and initiatives.
Why St. Lawrence for International Students
Countries Represented on Campus
St. Lawrence students embark on semester- and year-long off-campus programs, as well as short-term trips and excursions with professors.
Multicultural student clubs
Student to Faculty Ratio
The number of classes taught by teaching assistants
More than 50 percent of our professors have significant international training and expertise
Our recent graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate school 7-9 months after graduation
“[Faculty, staff] and students speak to you and treat you like you all belong to some big family. Everyone is so friendly and willing to help. Now that I know that, I know that I made the best choice for college.”
This program helps international students better transition to academic and campus life at an American institution of higher education. Our Global Gateways program fosters intercultural exchanges and strengthens the bond between domestic and international students. Hosted in the summer before International Student Orientation, this immersive program features various activities, events, and short academic courses.
Known as I-House, this residential theme community offers internationally-minded students a place to gather. Members host popular weekly Tea Times as well as international film showings, Africa Night, and Kaleidoscope.
Common Grounds Connections
Founded by a student and a staff member, this program brings international students together with local youth and other North Country community members to celebrate cultures and discuss what it means to be a global citizen.
Take a look at the many places our international and multilingual students call home. This project, created in 2021, highlights the different linguistic and cultural backgrounds found on our campus. Bonus: Many student stories are in 2-3 languages!