International Students and SLC


The Liberal Arts and Sciences:
The Foundation for Success

In the United States, the term “liberal arts and sciences” encompasses the study of humanities, languages, sciences, social sciences, and the arts. This curriculum imparts deep general knowledge and develops students’ rational thought and intellectual capabilities. We believe that this approach to education best prepares students to think critically and develop the analytical skills they will need to succeed in their chosen career paths.

The Liberal Arts and Sciences at Sarah Lawrence

Students choose Sarah Lawrence College because of our emphasis on intensive classroom discussion and writing, one-on-one interaction with faculty, the ability of students to create their own courses of study, and our strong commitment to the arts.

There is much support and numerous social opportunities for international students immediately upon their arrival at the College. On Opening Day, students and their families are invited to a welcome luncheon with Shirley Be, the international adviser, and during orientation week there is an International Student Orientation/Information Luncheon and an international students’ shopping trip to a local mall.

In addition, our location just 30 minutes north of New York City offers the best of both worlds—a safe, suburban base and an ideal point of entry to one of the world’s most exciting cities. Students make use of New York City in every way imaginable: for everything from research and internships to culture and nightlife.

After graduation, international students at Sarah Lawrence have gone on to become editors, teachers, physicians, researchers, business executives, independent artists, and filmmakers. Others enroll in medical schools and doctoral and other graduate programs in the U.S. and around the world—among them Brown University, Columbia University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, London School of Economics, Stanford University, University of Cambridge, University of Chicago, University of Oxford, and Yale University.

To read more about what our alumni go on to do after graduation, download our Success After Sarah Lawrence brochure.


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Samantha Vasseur '14

SLC senior Samantha Vasseur hails from Paris, France. In this video, she shares her thoughts on life at SLC.

Admission publications

We've got a full library of our most recent viewbooks and publications, including our At-A-Glance Guide for International Students, available for download in PDF format. Visit the publications library to see them all. If you'd like to receive future publications in the mail, please use our contact form to join our mailing list.

Davis United World College Scholars Program

Sarah Lawrence is a partner in the Davis United World College Scholars Program, the world's largest privately funded international scholarship program. It currently supports more than 2,000 students (from 133 nations) at 91 U.S. colleges and universities. Davis UWC Scholars are all graduates of United World Colleges, a group of 13 high schools across the globe that bring students of different nationalities together for studies emphasizing intercultural knowledge and awareness.