St. John's College

Spring 2015 Dean’s International Senior Fellowship Program

You’ve worked hard to make the most of your four years at St. John’s, and now we want to give you the chance to make the most of your last semester. The Dean of St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Science, Jeffrey Fagen, Ph.D. and Distinguished Professor of Theology, Julia Upton, R.S.M., Ph.D. are excited to introduce the spring 2015 Dean’s International Senior Fellowship Program. This program gives our highest-achieving seniors the opportunity to celebrate the culmination of their St. John’s College experience with a week-long trip to Paris, France!

Based around this hybrid distance-learning/study abroad course (THE 3050: “The Challenge of Identity, Spirituality, and Living in a Global World”) the program begins in Paris where students will visit many of the city’s great historical and religious landmarks, all while studying the history and culture of the city in a theological context.

Think of it as the capstone to your undergraduate studies focused on the value of your St. John’s education and your ability to use a theological lens in integrating your major field of study with ethical analysis, Vincentian values and spiritual practices.

The best part is, students selected to participate will only be required to pay standard tuition, a $250 deposit and their airfare to Paris – nearly all other expenses are paid!

Keep your eyes peeled for an invitation to apply in August!

Course: THE 3050: The Challenge of Identity, Spirituality, and Living in a Global World

 *Don’t forget to hang onto this course for spring 2015 if you are interested in applying.

This theological reflection seminar will enable students to integrate their university studies (regardless of major) within the framework of religious tradition, Vincentian values and ethical practice. What better place to begin that integration than Paris – the City of Light?

Credits: 3 credits
Please note:  This course can be used as a 3000-level Theology course or a Liberal Arts Elective. It will continue through the spring 2015 semester as a Distance Learning class.

Professor: Julia Upton, R.S.M., Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Theology

Anticipated Travel Dates: January 5 – January 12, 2015 (7 nights)
(Please note: Students will arrive in Paris on January 5 and depart from Paris on January 12, 2015. You will likely need to leave one day before the arrival date).

Accommodations: St. John’s Paris Campus

Meals Included: 7 breakfasts, 4 main meals (lunches or dinners depending on the schedule), plus welcome and farewell dinners. Please note that other meals will be eaten independently, so be sure to budget accordingly.

Costs: Students are responsible for a $250 non-refundable deposit/program fee, standard tuition and the cost of airfare, plus any incidental costs (souvenirs, some meals, etc.).

*Please note: Tuition and airfare are in addition to the deposit/program fee. For undergraduate students, this course will be included in their normal semester tuition bill as long as they meet full-time student status (12 to 18 credits). For additional information on current tuition rates, please click here.

Eligibility Requirements: Undergraduate students must be slated for May 2015 graduation with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. The program is open to all majors in St. John’s College with the permission of your advisor or dean.

Application Deadline: TBD

  • Essay Component: In 250 words, tell the dean what you hope to gain from your study abroad experience. Address the reasons why you believe you should be selected for this seminar, including what you hope to bring back to the St. John’s community upon your return.

For more information about this exciting program, please contact the Office of Global Studies or Matthew Pucciarelli, Associate Vice President, Office of Global Studies.