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Discover Italy: Education
Gain International Teaching Experience in the “Eternal City"!
Spring Semesters Only
The Discover Italy: Education program offers students majoring in Childhood and Adolescent Education an extraordinary opportunity to immerse themselves in a global educational experience and stay on track for graduation. Students complete courses in liberal arts and education on SJU’s Rome campus, which is located in the distinguished neighborhood of Prati in central Rome. Every week, students also complete field work in an Italian elementary school, an Italian middle school, and/or a British international school. While in the schools, students observe, team-teach and solo teach in a variety of classrooms in order to gain valuable experience. The Monday-Thursday weekly schedule of both university classwork on the Rome campus and fieldwork in the local schools affords students to time to explore Rome, and travel through Italy and the EU.
- Register for required spring semester liberal arts and education courses during the fall semester with the personalized help of the Program’s administrative assistant
- Take liberal arts and education courses on SJU’s Rome campus Monday through Thursday, allowing long weekends to explore Rome, Italy, and the EU
- Observe, team-teach and solo teach in an Italian elementary school, an Italian middle school, and/or a British international school in Rome several times a week. There, you will use English to teach grade-level curriculum under the supervision of a local master teacher and a St. John’s School of Education (SOE) faculty member
- Collaborate with Italian, British, and/or Australian teachers to understand curriculum and develop lesson plans for each setting
- Realize how University course work links to local school field work, thus gaining valuable cross-cultural understandings and skills that will guide your future teaching practice with diverse populations
- Get exposure to Italian culture & language through interactions with your students and colleagues in the schools, and new friends in Italy.
- Develop more self-confidence and independence!
- Make new friends!
The spring 2016 semester was the first time the Discover Italy: Education program ran. Its inaugural group of students documented their experiences through this blog.
Crafting lesson plans
"By implementing different ideas in the classrooms abroad, it is possible to make a difference in the way students learn."
Teaching facial features to second graders
"To get the class to interact with one another, I put all of the students in groups of four and their goal was to create the other three people in their group."
The joy of student teaching abroad
"A little girl named Laura gave me such a warm hug the other day and said she loved when I come and teach her English."
For basic information regarding Housing, Meals, Local Staff, Costs, and Financial Aid please reference the Discover Italy: Rome page.
For more information on which courses apply to your college and major we recommend meeting with your Dean or Academic Advisor.
- You can view the Discover Italy: Rome Academic Calendar here
- Learn more about our academic philosophy here
While abroad, students must enroll in the teaching internship practicum and maintain full-time status by being registered for a minimum of 12 credits and a maximum of 18 credits. You’ll also need to be enrolled in at least three in-person classes to ensure you make the most of your new home city!
You'll be accompanied by a School of Education (SOE) faculty member who will teach two SOE courses, as well as overseeing fieldplacement teaching placements in Rome.
Education Course Offerings
EDU 1053/1055: The Art of Writing for Educators (1–12)
This course focuses on improving writing and critical thinking educational contexts. Students will experience writing as a recursive process, producing and reproducing various forms of texts, thereby understanding writing not only as a process, but also as a situated practice. Given that genres can shift across disciplines, this course helps students analyze nuanced conventions and think about writing as a cross-curricular pedagogical tool. Approaches to writing will include: reading and discussing trends in writing instruction across the curriculum; practicing techniques for writing with precision, clarity, and rhetorical effect; revising and editing; writing for different purposes; writing for different content areas; and writing for the educational profession. Course experiences will provide students with models for teaching writing in their own classroom. Appropriate field experiences are provided to integrate educational theory and practice. 3 credits.
EDU 1016: The Arts in Inclusive Settings (1–12)
This course examines the dynamic process of integrating the studio and performing arts into the curriculum for students with the full range of abilities and considers various developmental influences from childhood through adolescence. Basic arts media (visual arts, music, movement, and drama) and the learning in inherent in each medium are explored. 3 credits.
EDU 1003: Organizational Strategies and Classroom Environment (1-6)
This course examines theories and methodology of effective classroom management principles and the psychosocial development of children, especially stufdents from diverse cultures in urban settings, and students with special needs. This course provides opportunities for students to observe and analyze effective instructional and organizational strategies that prevent management problems, encourage intrinsic motivation to learn, enhance academic achievement, and foster the social competence of all children in the elementary classroom. Credits: 3 semester hours. 15 hours of FIELDWORK required.
In addition to SOE courses, students may take 6 credits of Italian language, with classes offered at the beginner or intermediate levels. Students can also take SOE independent studies and other Rome-based courses in Art & Design, Economics, Philosophy, Theology and others. Click here for full Rome semester program course listings.
Available to all students: The College of Professional Studies awards a minor in International Studies upon the satisfaction of 18 credits distributed among foreign language courses, courses with an international and/or comparative focus as their primary area of study, as well as other courses taken abroad. Students of any college interested in a minor in International Studies should contact their advising dean. A maximum of 3 credits may overlap between major & minor, or minor & minor.
The following Global Studies courses may count toward the International Studies minor: ART 1095C, ART 1250, ART 1775A, ART 1790A, ART 1795A, ECO 1320, ENG 2500, GOV 2650, GOV 3320, HMT 2025, IB 3341, PHI 2200C, PHI 3000C, THE 2810, THE 2850, THE 3305.
Courses in French, Italian and Spanish at the 3000-level and 4000-level also count. Students may count 6-credits of foreign language study at the 1000-level and 2000-level.
Minors in Italian Studies at St. John's University are required to complete 6 courses:
1 Italian language course and 5 courses from the following offerings:
- ART 1095C: Monuments of World Architecture
- ART 1250A: Italian Sketchbook
- ART 1790A: Survey of Art & Architecture in Italy
- ENG 2500: Discovery of Italy through British Writers
- ITA 3530: Italian Culture through Food
- ITA 3920: Italian Fashion
- ITA 3923: The City of Rome
Also, any course online related to Italian Art, History, Culture, or Economics satisfies the minor requirements.
By paying the $250 non-refundable deposit all students agree to accept the Office of Global Studies Refund Policy, detailed in the Confirmation Form as well as on this Accepted Students Site. Please note that the $250 deposit is non-refundable for All Programs, and not subject to (or not part of) the Office of Global Studies Refund Policy. In the event that you choose to withdraw from the study abroad program, notification of your withdrawal must be submitted in writing to the Office of Global Studies at email@example.com. The Refund Policy schedule is as follows:
IF WITHDRAWAL OCCURS...
PROGRAM FEE REFUND
Greater than 8 weeks prior to the arrival date
6-8 weeks prior to the arrival date
4-6 weeks prior to the arrival date
3-4 weeks prior to the arrival date
1-3 weeks prior to the arrival date
One week or less
All fees are non-refundable
On or after the arrival date
All fees are non-refundable
Please note that tuition is refunded according to SJU's tuition refund schedule, available here.
Spring 2018 Program Fee: $8,490 (tuition and airfare not included)
Note: the Program Fee covers accommodations, our meal program abroad, excursions, and student health insurance.
Great News! In an effort to make study abroad more accessible to you, St. John’s offers additional financial aid toward semester programs abroad (based on financial aid). Grants can reach in excess to $6,000, which puts a significant dent in the $8,490 Program Fee. To find out if you’re eligible for a Study Abroad Grant—and how much it will be—look for a letter from the Office of Student Financial Services, sent home each semester, which compares the cost of study abroad with the cost of staying on the New York Campus.
Also, we highly suggest you check out our scholarship listings and conduct personal scholarship research of your own. You may be surprised by the scholarship opportunities you’ll come across via a simple Google search.
For tips from prior students on how to spend money wisely while abroad, read through the “Preparing to Go” section of our Student Guide.
The Italian Cultural Center offers scholarships for students who have been accepted to study at SJU in Rome during the summer, fall or spring sessions. This award is not applicable to the Discover the World or Global Passport program.
- Summer Award: $1500
- Fall & Spring Awards: $2500 (Discover Italy: Rome semester programs only)
Currently enrolled, matriculated undergraduate St. John’s University students are encouraged to apply.
Deadlines: Fall semester: April 1; Spring semester: November 1; Summer: May 1
- Students may not apply if they are receiving full tuition in the form of a scholarship or as a recipient of tuition remission (family member employed at St. John’s)
- Must be currently enrolled and matriculated undergraduates of St. John’s University
- Must have completed freshman year
- Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher in your major
- Write an essay (250 words) explaining why you deserve this scholarship
- Provide, as a reference, a letter from one member of the faculty with whom you have studied within the past year. Letters must be emailed as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org by the professor writing the recommendation.
- Upon completion of the time in Rome, recipient shall furnish an essay addressing their experiences in the program and the impact it has made in their academic and personal life
- Upon completion of the time in Rome, recipients will receive an invitation to attend an ICC Welcome Reception where they will meet the ICC Board members and informally talk about their experiences in Rome.
Important: Please type your essay on a separate sheet of paper and attach it to your application!
For more information:
- On the Queens Campus, email email@example.com or call (718) 990-7541
- On the Staten Island Campus, visit the Office of Financial Aid, Kelleher Center 1st Floor
- Or contact the Office of Global Studies
Application forms must be typed. Email your completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org
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