Academic and Cultural Advantages
In choosing which courses to offer abroad, we select from the most popular classes offered in New York—but with an international “twist.”
For example, our sections of “Survey of Art and Architecture in Italy” often meet out in the city of Rome, where you’ll learn about historical landmarks such as the Pantheon and St. Peter’s by exploring them with your professor—all while meeting a core requirement. Courses abroad often focus on experiential learning, whether through site visits, Academic Service-Learning, or city-based projects. It’s just another way to help immerse you and make the most of your experience, focusing your time on the amazing places where you’ll live and study.
Dynamic and Interactive ClassesImagine sitting outside the Coliseum under the sunny Italian sky, drawing a piece of history as part of your “Italian Sketchbook” class. Or maybe you’re more interested in our Paris course on “Economics of Poverty & Income Inequality”, through which you’ll tackle complex social issues before heading out into the streets to feed the hungry? No matter the subject, our courses offer you local context — firmly embedded in the host city — for understanding the global framework of each discipline.
Our New York City departments, chairs, and faculty select their local colleagues based on their area of expertise, teaching excellence, and education — the majority of our professors have terminal degrees. Best of all, we ensure small class size to foster great in-class discussions and strong academic quality.
Outstanding International Faculty
There’s no need to be fluent in your host city’s language. After all, the majority of our classes (except language classes, of course) are taught in English. We offer a broad range of disciplines—from International Business and Hospitality Management, to Economics and Philosophy—to make the semester work for you. Most courses also meet core requirements to make study abroad an option for nearly all St. John’s students.
A Broad Range of Classes in English to Meet (Nearly!) Every Student’s Needs
We also offer several major-specific semester programs each year, including programs specially designed for students in Pharmacy, Business, Biology and Chemistry, Education, and Psychology, both in our single-country and three-country programs.
In order to ensure the highest level of language acquisition, students registered for language class levels 1010C, 1020C, 2030C and 2040C on the Paris or Rome Campus are required to participate in weekly 30-minute practice and conversation sessions in small groups, under the guidance of a tutor. Students enrolled in a 1000-level course are required to partake in 1 hour of practice each week. In addition to the language practice requirement, tutors may engage students in optional cultural activities (paid for by the students), fostering a local learning community. These sessions are meant to mirror the language resources offered by the Global Language and Culture Center (GLCC) on the Queens campus.
The GLCC Component of our Campuses Abroad
Valuable Internship OpportunitiesSt. John's international internship program offers students with advanced French or Italian language skills the opportunity to gain invaluable overseas work experience while immersed in an unrivaled environment for honing their foreign language skills. Please note: students will need faculty approval in order to begin an internship. For more information, please visit our page on internships in Europe.
The International Studies Minor is awarded through the College of Professional studies, but approved by your academic dean in your home college. The minor is comprised of 18 credit hours to be satisfied through any combination of the following. The minor may not be completed in one semester, but is comprised of 18 credit hours to be satisfied through any combination of the following.
Earn a Minor in International Studies
- Courses offered by St. John’s that are based outside the U.S., including core courses taken as part of the Global Passport & Dean’s International Opportunities Program
- Courses with an international and/or comparative focus as their primary area of study, whether in New York or abroad
- A maximum of six credits in a foreign language
- A maximum of 3 credits may overlap between major and minor, or minor and minor
- A maximum of 3 credits of general core courses taken in-person abroad may be applied to the minor
Abroad Coursework: ART 1095, ART 1250, ART 1775, ART 1790, ART 1795, ECO 1320, ENG 2500, Foreign Language (6 credits maximum), GOV 3320, IB 3341, HMT 2025/ITA 3530, ITA 3980, International Internship, PHI 2200C, PHI 3000C, THE 2810, THE 3305
The Global Studies interdisciplinary minor consists of 18 credits distributed around core requirements, a capstone seminar, and three free electives in the student’s chosen area of specialization. Students in the Global Studies minor are required to study abroad. For a complete outline of the Global Studies minor, please see the full list of courses below, or contact Dr. Brian Lockey for more information.
Earn a minor in Global Studies
The Council of Europe has identified intercultural competence as a critical skill that should be at the core of any international education curriculum, describing intercultural competence as “the specific attitudes, knowledge, understanding, skills and actions which together enable individuals to understand themselves and others in a context of diversity, and to interact and communicate with those who are perceived to have different cultural affiliations from their own.”
Building Intercultural Competence While Abroad
That's why the Office of International Education requires that students participating in our study abroad opportunities also attend The Cultural Mentoring Program before they depart and while they are abroad.
The Cultural Mentoring ProgramA unique element of St. John’s study abroad, the Cultural Mentoring Program (CMP) does more than help students get the most out of their experience abroad. It also trains them to adapt to and understand new perspectives—a major step in being prepared for a future where they might live and work with people from anywhere in the world, or one where they might work abroad themselves.
Though students may notice differences in the CMP for semester and faculty-directed programs, the program begins for all students during pre-departure activities in New York—or, for visiting students, during activities held online—and serves as a foundation for future sessions while abroad. The initial session will engage the underlying cultural assumptions we bring to bear on our experiences, preparing students to better understand the differences they may notice abroad. Students will also begin to set academic, personal, and career goals for their time away. In particular, the CMP will help students:
- Learn the basics of intercultural communication.
- Develop an ethnorelative mindset, with an emphasis on enhanced intercultural sensitivity.
- Cultivate an informed consciousness of cultural diversity & different communication styles.
- Minimize and manage culture shock
- Avoid unnecessary risk taking by learning to identify and handle challenging situations that may happen abroad.
- Foster a greater empathy for migrants within the Catholic and Vincentian tradition (for students in the Discover the World: Europe program, which focuses on the theme of migration).