Summer Institute for International Students

Program Description

The Summer Institute for International Students (SIIS) is held in the three weeks leading up to International Student Orientation and Welcome Week.  The program has been created to ease international students’ transition from high school in another language and culture into the academic learning community at Lawrence University. 

In particular, the SIIS introduces students to learning in the liberal arts tradition.  Students will learn about and engage in the types of academic study common in American liberal arts institutions, including academic discussions, thesis-driven essays, and critical thinking about texts and lectures.  In addition to adjusting academically, students also have the opportunity to adjust to life on campus by getting used to the residence halls, finding their way around campus, and making friends. SIIS students join the Freshman Academic Institute (FAI) program for American students for both academic work and extracurricular classes.

Curriculum:  Students who enroll in the SIIS earn three academic credits that can be applied toward graduation requirements.  Credit is earned by the successful completion of two SIIS courses taught by Lawrence faculty:

  • SIIS Seminar -  a small, discussion-based, writing-intensive seminar that explores works from a variety of academic disciplines
  • Topics in Psychology - a larger, lecture-based exploration of the multifaceted world of the psychological sciences.

Co-Curriculum: Students further develop their academic skills through writing and discussion workshops, peer-tutoring sessions, and interaction with campus resources and services.

Extra-Curriculum: Lawrence upperclassmen serving as Program Assistants lead recreational and social activities such as bowling, picnics, hiking, and movies. At the conclusion of the FAI, students, staff, and faculty spend a weekend at Björklunden, Lawrence's northern campus on the shore of Lake Michigan in Door County.

Important Dates

Program Begin Date: Monday, August 14th

Program End Date: Sunday, September 3rd

*Please plan to arrive on campus Saturday, August 12th

Tentative Daily Schedule

Monday - Wednesday - Friday 
9:00 - 11:45 am SIIS Seminar
12:00 - 1:00 pmLunch
1:15 - 3:00 pmTopics in Psychology Lecture
Tuesday - Thursday 
9:00 am - 12:00 pmCo-curricular Classes
12:00 - 1:00 pmLunch
1:30 - 3:00 pmCo-curricular Classes
3:15 - 4:15 pmStudy Tables
6:30 - 8:00 pmDinner
7:00 - 10:00 pmTutoring Available
WeekendsExtra-curricular activities                            


SIIS registration is available through your Voyager account.


Need help with registration?

Students are provided their Voyager login information on the Application Status Page. Click on “View Update” and all of your Voyager information, email information, housing selection prompt, and more is there.

  • Log into Voyager
  • Select ‘Student Services’ at the top
  • Select ‘Your Student Account’ at the bottom
  • Once in CashNet select ‘Make a Payment’
  • Select ‘Summer Institute for International Students’
  • It will then prefill the $2,986 amount due for the deposit


2017 Costs

Tuition and fees $2200
Double room $185
Board (food) $495


Textbooks $10
Total $2986


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