Because we believe so strongly in the need to prepare students
for the international environment in which they will live and work
in the 21st century, St. John’s is committed to and is making
progress toward accomplishing its goal of increasing tenfold by
2012 the number of students who study abroad. And, in keeping with
our Vincentian values, we strive to include meaningful service
opportunities in every international experience.
Discover the World (DTW), the University’s innovative, multi-city,
one-semester program, increased participation last year by 19%.
Additional financial assistance is provided for qualifying students
and last year 34% of students studying abroad were in the “very
high need” category and more than 50% of them were ethnic
minorities. This contrasts markedly with national trends showing
that the majority of study-abroad students are affluent or
middle class and fewer than 17% come from diverse
The U.S. Census Bureau now estimates that by 2050, half of all
Americans will be minorities. St. John’s students, therefore, are
helping those outside of the United States meet and learn about the
“new” Americans. In addition, our students are helping to break
stereotypes that portray American youth as uninterested in social
issues and foreign affairs.
Last year’s DTW participants posted an impressive 900 hours of
community service. Activities ranged from teaching English at local
schools to serving food in soup kitchens and working in homeless
shelters, children’s hospitals and drug rehabilitation clinics.