St. Lawrence University Policies Regarding Off-Campus Study
Admission to off-campus programs is competitive, based on the quality of application and the availability of spaces. Candidates must present a coherent academic rationale for participation in a particular program and a record of academic performance that demonstrates ability to meet the challenges of off-campus study. Certain programs require a minimum grade point average. Candidates for off-campus programs must also present evidence of maturity, responsibility and cultural sensitivity.
The Center for International and Intercultural Studies maintains a list of off-campus programs approved or operated by St. Lawrence ("SLU programs"). For all of these SLU programs, St. Lawrence students pay regular comprehensive fees to participate and receive their usual financial aid package. Tuition, room, and board charges are the same for any St. Lawrence student participating in any St. Lawrence approved or operated program as they would be for the same student on-campus. Courses outside of the regular fall and spring semesters (e.g. summer courses) entail additional tuition costs not covered by students' regular financial aid. Transportation and other travel and living expenses are additional costs not covered by St. Lawrence.
Students wishing to study and receive credit on a program not approved or operated by St. Lawrence should discuss their interest with the director of off-campus programs. Students who apply to a non-St. Lawrence program must complete St. Lawrence forms as well as the sponsoring institution’s forms. The Committee on International and Intercultural Studies or its delegates will review all applications to non-St. Lawrence program. Successful applicants for non-St. Lawrence programs must have a strong academic record (GPA of between 2.8 and 3.0 depending on the program) and must indicate how the program selected serves particular academic interests. Each applicant must show evidence of academic preparation for the program. In addition, the application should show evidence of the student’s capacity for independence, self-reliance and maturity. If the non-St. Lawrence program is located in a country or a similar culture where St. Lawrence maintains a program, the student must make a strong case that his or her academic interests are significantly better served by a different program.
Students approved for study on a non-St. Lawrence program do not receive St. Lawrence University financial aid; while credit may be earned and included on the transcript, grades for such studies are not recorded on the transcript. After the application is approved, students are responsible for getting prior approval from the appropriate department chairs for the specific courses to be taken off-campus. Students who attend a program off-campus without the approval of the committee on international and intercultural studies will be assumed to have withdrawn from the University. On appeal they may be able to transfer a maximum of one unit. Students wishing to study at a foreign institution or on a non-SLU study abroad program during the summer should consult with the registrar to arrange for transfer credit for summer school.