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Ireland Added to St. John’s University’s Signature Study Abroad Program

Castle Hotel Adare Manor, Ireland
Castle Hotel Adare Manor, Limerick, Ireland
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Starting in spring 2018, St. John’s students can experience Ireland through the addition of historic Limerick as one of the three European cities included in the University’s popular Discover the World: Europe program.

Students in Discover the World: Europe will continue to spend five weeks each at the Rome, Italy, campus and Paris, France, location. The final five-week module will take place in Limerick—Ireland’s third largest city and a major transportation hub—rather than Seville, Spain. Because it is an English-speaking country, this change in the semester-long program allows students to immediately immerse themselves into the Irish culture.

Limerick’s addition as a Discover the World: Europe location was made possible by St. John’s new partnership with a fellow Catholic institution, Mary Immaculate College (MIC). Students will take classes and have full access to the facilities at MIC, whose campus is a short walk from the city-center hotel where students will reside.

“St. John’s University’s Discover the World: Europe program and our new strategic partnership with Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland will open many new exciting opportunities for students of both institutions to live and learn together,” said Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, Ph.D., President of St. John’s. “St. John’s is ranked 31st in the nation in study abroad undergraduate participation rates, which translates to a third of our students studying abroad before they graduate. The addition of Mary Immaculate College to our study abroad academic programming will greatly enhance global learning for our students.”

Professor Eugene Wall, (Acting) President of MIC, welcomed this initiative and said, “We at Mary Immaculate College are proud and excited to have been chosen by St John’s University as a partner location for its students on the Discover the World: Europe program. MIC offers exceptional opportunities for academic and personal growth and has put world-class supports in place for our international students, who find a home away from home here with us in Limerick. We look forward to welcoming students from St John’s University to our campus. Their interaction with our students and staff will significantly enhance the global outlook of our community, which is a core pillar of Mary Immaculate College’s 2017–2021Strategic Plan."

The partnership with MIC keeps "all hallmarks of the Discover the World: Europe program—with the added advantages of a close affiliation with a highly respected university in Ireland," said Robert A. Mangione, Ed.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at St. John’s. “Students will now benefit from an outstanding campus of professors, support staff, facilities, student organizations, and connections to MIC’s talented student body.”

Dr. Mangione noted that St. John’s students will benefit in other ways as well. “Most of our students who are US citizens will now be able to participate in Discover the World: Europe with nothing more than a valid passport,” he said. “Student visas will no longer be needed for this outstanding program.” The University’s Office of Global Studies will assist students from other nations in applying for appropriate visas.

“It’s terrific that Discover the World: Europe now includes direct collaboration with another Catholic institution—it will be great for our students,” noted Matthew G. Pucciarelli, Associate Provost, Office of Global Programs.

In addition, said Mr. Pucciarelli, Limerick’s proximity to Shannon Airport and other transportation means students will be able to take excursions throughout Ireland and even England. “It’s fairly easy to go to Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom, as well as key destinations throughout continental Europe.”

Space for this spring’s program is limited, so students should apply online as soon as possible, Mr. Pucciarelli advised. “This is a chance to really get to know the people and culture of Ireland, as well as Italy and France,” he said. “The program offers terrific faculty and classes that provide guided immersion in three lively and historic locations.”