October 23, 2009
With demand for St. John's dynamic global studies programs at an
all-time high, students are urged to apply as soon as possible
for the exciting study abroad opportunities available during the
summer and fall of 2010.
So many students have enrolled that St. John's has closed all
semester-long study abroad programs for spring 2010 due
to full capacity at its Rome and Paris campuses. Students
still may apply for spring Freshman Passport classes, featuring two
weeks at Rome. Winter intersession options also remain
Record applications for global studies reflect a growing
awareness of the impact studying abroad has on students'
success in an increasingly international workplace, said Matthew G.
Pucciarelli, Executive Director of Global Studies at St. John's.
"The interest in global studies this semester has been incredible,"
abroad is part of a St. John’s education. Catholic and
Vincentian, St. John’s prepares students to make a positive impact
as ethical leaders in today’s global society. With campuses in
Rome, Italy and Paris, France, the University enables all students
to live, learn and serve others in Europe, Asia and Latin
Students enjoy superb accommodations at St. John’s campuses in
Rome and Paris, as well as partner sites around the world. Costs
are comparable to living at the Queens, Staten Island or Manhattan
campus for a semester. Special study abroad grants are available
for qualified students.
Winter Options Remain Despite Demand
Applying and depositing immediately is the best way students can
secure the study abroad course of their choice, said Karl Rutter,
Director of Recruitment in the Office of Global Studies.
For winter intersession, students need to apply online
through UIS by November 1. Those who have applied should submit
their deposits as soon as possible to ensure their spots.
Applications have soared for this winter’s global studies
opportunities. For example, seats are filled for St. John’s popular
winter course in the Galapagos Islands, where Charles Darwin
developed his theory of evolution.
Despite the high demand, students still can enjoy amazing study
abroad programs during the winter intersession — if they deposit
For example, though fifteen spots are available for a mass
communications course in India — taught by Basilio Monteiro, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor of Communications — 10 students already have
applied. Of 12 original seats, two remain for “Language and
Culture: Egypt,” with Prof. Wafa Daoud, Languages and
Two new winter courses explore history and film in Europe. One
course, “Rhetoric of the Cold War,” is a special topics seminar in
vibrant Berlin, which was divided between East and West Germany
until 1990. The instructor will be Michael Hostetler, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Communications and Theater.
The other course, a special cinema studies offering entitled
“Paris: Food for Thought,” will bring students to St. John’s Paris
campus in Paris to explore culinary traditions in film. Prof. Jane
Paley, Mass Communications, will teach the course.
More Choices This Summer
Now is the time to apply for summer global studies opportunities,
said Mr. Rutter. “With all the interest study abroad has been
generating,” he said, “there’s no such thing as applying too
This summer, students can choose study abroad courses blending new
options with existing favorites. They reflect skyrocketing faculty
interest in adding an international component to their
“More professors than ever are asking how to include an
international component in their courses,” said Marisa Barone,
Coordinator of Academics in the Office of Global Studies. “This
semester, we’ve had approximately 40 faculty inquiries about
teaching a global studies course. Last year at this time, we only
had 17 inquiries.”
One new offering is an international component of Psychology 1000,
in which Jeffrey Nevid, Ph.D., will bring his class to Paris for a
portion of the semester. Andrea Bergman, Ph.D., Associate Professor
of Psychology, will take her undergraduate students to Italy to
study child and adolescent psychopathology.
Undergraduate majors in sport management have two choices for
studying in Rome: one class, on strategic thinking in the
management of sport, with Glen Gerstner, Associate Professor of
Sport Management; the other, on the emergence of modern sport, with
Anthony Missere, Associate Professor of Sport Management.
The rise of mass media in Russia — and its role in a newly
democratic society — is the focus of another new study abroad
course. This summer, students can live and learn in the
magnificent cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg.
In addition this summer, St. John’s continues to offer popular
study abroad destinations, including Pre-session courses in
Bermuda, China, Korea and Vietnam; and Summer Session courses in
Argentina, France, Italy and Spain.
Graduate students also have wide-ranging opportunities to study
abroad this spring and summer. Courses in criminology, library
science and communications are scheduled to take graduate students
to Brussels, Paris, Rome, Strasbourg and Vienna.
Welcoming You to a Big World
St. John’s prepares students to make a positive difference in the
world. Experiencing different nations and cultures is a vital first
step — one that students take through the University’s wide-ranging
global studies programs.
This winter, spring and summer, all St. John’s student can find and
apply for a study abroad course that is right for them. To learn
more, visit our Office of Global
Studies online. You also may call or stop by in person:
Office of Global Studies
Phone (718) 990-6105
Staten Island Campus
Rosati Hall, Room 106