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Family Orientation Program

Have you heard about St. John's University's study abroad opportunities and want to learn more? We welcome you to join us for one of our upcoming information sessions on our Queens and Staten Island campuses. During these informal presentations, we'll address the questions that families often have as they consider sending their students abroad, including:

1. Costs. Did you know that our students “travel” with all their current financial aid? In addition, we award over $600,000 in additional grants to help make our programs more affordable.
2. Coursework. Our programs are custom-made for St. John’s students, and offer classes that fit nearly every student's schedule—particularly if they plan ahead. And with new programs being announced every year, there are a lot of options to explore!
3. Why go? Study abroad can be a formative academic and personal experience, but equally important, global experience can provide that competitive advantage on the job market and for graduate school. Nationally, only about 10% of college undergraduates have studied abroad, while over 40% of St. John's students study abroad at some point during their academic career!

Beyond our own orientation programs, we encourage you to research your students' destinations with them.  You can also find great resources online, including this Parent Orientation for Study Abroad, from Grand Valley State University, and this article from the New York Times.


Semester and Short-Term Programs Family Information Session

In light of campus closures to due COVID-19, the Office of International Education has made the decision to prerecord our Family Info Session for our upcoming short-term and semester programs. This session offers a full overview not only of each of our wonderful programs abroad but of the policies and procedures in place to best prepare students for a successful and productive overseas experience.
Questions? Please email us at

Family Pre-Departure Orientation Schedule

Pre-Departure Orientation for the Family of Accepted Students:

The Office of International Education invites all parents of students who have confirmed for a semester or short-term program to review OIE's Family Pre-Departure Orientation.pptx

To RSVP, please call (718) 990-6105 or email