For example, “Survey of Art and Architecture in Italy” often meets in downtown Rome, where you’ll learn about landmarks like the Pantheon and St. Peter’s by exploring them with your professor—all while meeting a core requirement. Courses abroad often focus on experiential learning, whether through site visits, Academic Service-Learning, or city-based projects. It’s just another way to help you make the most of your experience, focusing your time on the amazing places where you’ll live and study.
Dynamic and Interactive Classes
Imagine sitting outside the Coliseum under the sunny Italian sky, drawing a piece of history as part of your “Italian Sketchbook” class. Or maybe you’re more interested in Paris’s “Economics of Poverty & Income Inequality” class, through which you’ll tackle complex social issues before heading out into the streets to feed the hungry? No matter the subject, our courses offer you local context—firmly embedded in the host city wherever possible—for understanding the global framework of each discipline.
Outstanding International Faculty
Our New York City departments, chairs, and faculty select their local colleagues based on their subject area expertise, teaching excellence, and education—the majority of our professors have terminal degrees. Best of all, we ensure small class size to foster great in-class discussions and strong academic quality.
A Broad Range of Classes in English to Meet (Nearly!) Every Student’s Needs
There’s no need to be fluent in your host city’s language. After all, the majority of our classes (except language classes, of course) are taught in English. We offer a broad range of disciplines—from International Business, to Economics, to Theology and Philosophy—to make the semester work for you. Most courses also meet core requirements to make study abroad an option for nearly all St. John’s students.
If you have advanced French, Italian, or Spanish language skills, we have internship opportunities that offer excellent options for gaining local work experience while increasing fluency!
We also offer several major-specific semester programs each year, including our 2nd and 6th year Pharmacy programs and special DTW: Psychology option.
A full list of St. John's Semester Course descriptions can be found under the "Academics" section of each program listed below:*
- Discover the World: Europe
- Discover Italy: Rome Semester
- Discover France: Paris Semester
- Discover Spain: Seville Semester
*Please note that Distance Learning (online) classes may also be taken while studying abroad.