Life and Learning around the Globe
The reason lies with St. Vincent de Paul, the 17th-century priest who lived in service to the poor worldwide and launched the Vincentian family. That family established St. John’s in 1870, and to this day, our University, faculty, and students take an international approach to making the world a better place. We do this by serving those in need, and by using knowledge to combat injustice, illness, and threats to the environment.
The St. John’s experience is shaped and enlivened by the global resources available throughout our home city, the Big Apple. From a student’s first days in Discover New York— a core class that uses the city as a “living laboratory”—a St. John’s education views scholarly inquiry from an international perspective—thanks to the intellectual and cultural treasures that distinguish New York and the varied study abroad locations where our students learn around the world. See why!
Wall Street’s financial markets, Broadway’s theater district, Flushing’s Chinatown, the arts and music scenes—there’s no better place to experience an engaged, global education than New York. Like our home base, St. John’s welcomes the world. Whatever campus you choose, you’ll thrive on the electric, diverse pulse of our city’s five boroughs.
The St. John’s community reflects New York’s astonishing cultural diversity. In addition to learning with students who are among the most diverse in the nation, you’ll live the richness of our dynamic urban environment. Our students have opportunities to explore New York City, experience our rich traditional events, join any of our more than 150 student organizations, and participate in city-based co-curricular activities.
Reflecting the city we call home, St. John’s welcomes more than 1300 international students from 103 countries. For more information on how SJU makes it easy for students and scholars from across the world to feel at home, visit our international portal, The World@SJU.