For Parents

As you consider the many options available for your student’s education, study abroad—with its deep engagement in another culture—has the potential to be among the most perspective-shifting. St. John’s has a variety of programs to choose from, all of which are dedicated to providing excellent academics and cultural integration in a safe environment.

We are here to help your student decide which program is best, and to help prepare them as they get ready to go. But as we work with them before departure, we emphasize one value in particular: personal responsibility. It’s our belief that students who engage the process fully, by attending sessions and meeting requirements by our deadlines, will have an easier time with the transition to another country. So while we are dedicated to helping them and look forward to our time with your student—both in New York and abroad—we also encourage you to learn about our requirements by visiting our Accepted Student page. Better still? If you can gently “nudge” your student from time to time to help keep them on track, we promise that their experience will be the better for it!

One special note: when your student returns, s/he will join an elite group—currently, roughly 10% of college graduates study abroad. By taking advantage of a Global Studies program, students acquire a true competitive advantage in today’s increasingly international marketplace.

Want to learn more? We strongly encourage you to read through our Parent Letter, which provides additional advice aimed specifically at preparing with your student for their time abroad. For example, did you know that you, too, should have a valid passport in advance of your student’s travel? And we also welcome you to attend one of our Parent Information or Parent Pre-Departure Sessions. You can also view our Parent Information Session presentation slides here.

We look forward to welcoming you and your student to our Global Studies family and encourage you to contact us if you have any questions.


The Office of Global Studies Team