Campus Life

In addition to studying, TSA students find that the Lawrence community offers a variety of opportunities to learn more about American culture, improve English skills, and make friends. In order to facilitate TSA students' integration into the campus life, Lawrence offers a number of special programs:

  • Residential Living: All TSA students are matched with an English-speaking Lawrence roommate and placed in one of seven residence halls.
  • TSA Mentors Program: Each TSA student is assign to a Lawrence student mentor during term I and term II. Mentors help students with questions about the university, adaptation to American culture, and campus life. In addition, mentors meet with a small group of TSA students weekly to introduce them to a variety of social activities on campus.
  • Lawrence International: This student-run group for international students organizes holiday events, formal dances, "International Cabaret," regional meals, and a variety of other social opportunities for international and American students. One TSA student serves on the Lawrence International Board of Directors each year.
  • Conversation Partner Program: students may sign up to be conversation partners with American students studying Japanese. Conversation partners share conversational language practice in English and Japanese. In addition, they also meet to discuss cultural questions.
  • TSA program events:  the TSA program sponsors and co-sponsors events for students their roommates, and their friends, such as Easter egg coloring, cooking Japanese food, and trips to Madison, Wisconsin and Mitsuwa Japanese supermarket near Chicago.
  • In addition to TSA-sponsored programs, Lawrence University offers a variety of opportunities for student involvement that are open to TSA students. Below is a sample, rather than an comprehensive list:

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