Who is eligible to study abroad
with St. John’s University?
Our programs are open to currently enrolled, matriculated St.
John’s students as well as students from accredited colleges and
universities throughout the United States. Both undergraduate and
graduate students are welcome to apply.
What are the requirements to study
abroad with St. John’s University?
Applicants are required to have completed one full-year of
undergraduate study (except for Global Passport program applicants),
and must also have a minimum GPA of 2.75 or higher.
Though we review applications on a rolling basis, we encourage
students to apply as early as possible to increase their chances of
receiving financial aid and being admitted to their first choice
programs. While we will continue to accept applications as long as
space is available in the program, students should be aware that
programs can close quickly, and that some financial aid is
time-sensitive. Applying early helps! For more information, visit
the Apply Now page of our Web site.
Do I have to speak a foreign
Prior foreign language skills are not required for any St.
John’s-administered programs. However, some of our exchange
partners only teach classes in the local language. Please contact us if you plan to participate in an
Do I need a
Yes! All students must have a passport to study abroad. Visas
are required for semester-long programs, but are usually not
required for our summer and winter programs. We’ll provide you with
information on visas, but for more information on passports, please
visit the Department of State's passport website.
Do I need insurance to study
Students need international
insurance coverage while abroad, but we provide it
automatically as part of the program fee. So we’ve got that covered
How does St. John’s plan for
The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is extremely
important to us. That’s why we’ve dedicated an entire section to
it. Please visit our “ Financial Aid & Safety”
page for more information on student safety while abroad.
Will I still be eligible for
Financial Aid while I am studying abroad?
The answer is YES. While the cost of studying abroad varies from
one program to the next, you might find that our programs are more
affordable than you think. Please be sure to check the “ Financial Aid & Safety”
page for more information on costs, grants & scholarships, and
work opportunities abroad.
I’m a visiting student. Will I
also be eligible for Financial aid while I am studying
The answer to this is also YES. If you’re a visiting student,
you too may find the costs similar to those of a term at your home
institution. We offer financial aid to visiting students, whether
through a consortium agreement with your home institution or
directly through St. John’s. We’ll work with you to make the
semester of your dreams affordable –be sure to visit our Visiting Students financial
aid page for more information. You should also contact the
financial aid office on your home campus for specific information
on the type of aid available to you.
Once I’m admitted, is a deposit
necessary to secure my space in the program?
Yes. Accepted students are required to submit a $250
non-refundable deposit by the deadline date stated in their
acceptance materials. Step by step instructions for submitting a
deposit online through UIS are available on the Accepted Students page. Once
you’ve made the deposit—either through UIS, by phone, or in person
at the Office of Student Financial Services—you’ll submit the
receipt and confirmation form to
our office. Once you’ve handed in both,
your space will be confirmed.
How can I handle my finances while
The world’s increased interconnectedness makes this question
much easier to answer than before! In most countries, you’ll have
access to local currency and purchases through in-country ATM
machines and via U.S.-based credit cards (Visas are best,
MasterCards second best, and AmEx, less useful). While the use of
credit, debit and Visa check cards is both safe and convenient, we
encourage you to keep your money in a checking, rather than savings
account, and to notify your bank of your travel plans. Also, check
with your bank and credit card companies about additional and/or
international fees that may apply for use of a debit/credit card
outside of the U.S.
When do most students study
Many students choose to go during their second or third
years—they still have sufficient flexibility to make a term abroad
work. While a full semester abroad may not fit into your schedule,
St. John’s also offers summer and winter intersession programs that
match nearly any schedule.
Whatever you decide, prior research on available courses and
planning—in collaboration with your academic advisor —is
key. Start as soon as possible to ensure you’re ready to go.
Will I be able to stay on track
Yes! Many of our classes are
part of the core curriculum, so it’s fairly easy to meet degree
requirements and, in some cases, even take classes toward your
major or minor. Be sure to visit the Academic Overview page for more
information on staying on track with Study Abroad
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