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Life of a Johnny Abroad

Do you want to study abroad but don’t know what to expect? Look no further! Immerse yourself in “The Life of a Johnny – Abroad”

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Julia Schwan ‘17CPS will earn her M.B.A. from The Peter J. Tobin College of Business in May 2019. Tune in as she takes us behind the scenes of her adventures in Italy. From her studies at our Rome campus to her trek through ancient coliseums and her travels to the Amalfi Coast; Julia plunges you, her fellow Johnny, into the European culture. And she still finds time to participate in “Retake Roma”, a service opportunity for students to beautify the streets of Rome. Originally from Brazil, Julia was recruited by St. John’s for Track and Field where she was selected as a member of the BIG EAST All-Academic Team and earned ALL-BIG EAST Indoor Team Honors. 

Week 12

“Studying abroad meant gaining self-confidence and knowing that I can handle difficult situations by myself… It meant appreciating things I didn’t know before.” In the final episode of Life of a Johnny – Abroad, Julia reflects on her study abroad experience and what it means to her, both professionally and personally. Watch as she says arrivederci to her temporary home in Rome.

Don't forget to check back for a new update from Julia about our international campuses and global presence. And be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for even more content.


In this episode, Julia takes a visit to the Vatican to join the Papal audience, which is a Catholic gathering for the weekly address from Pope Francis and his cardinals, who bless the crowd. The 90-minute event is typically held on Wednesday mornings in St. Peter’s Square. Watch as Julia talks about her experience. 

Bonjour Paris! This week, Julia and her friends visit the beautiful city of Paris in this edition of Life of a Johnny - Abroad.


Pack your bags! We're going to Florence with Julia, Derek, and Maya in this edition of Life of a Johnny - Abroad.


One word to describe the Study Abroad experience - Spectacular! This week Julia and her classmate Anna take over Tuscany. This is the Life of a Johnny - Abroad! 

Julia also interviews her classmate Derek Cooper about his study abroad experience - Vogue style! Will they get through all 73 questions? See for yourself! 

Calling all chocolate lovers! See what decadent desserts Julia came across at the Eurochocolate Fest in Perugia, Italy. This is the Life of a #JohnnyAbroad.


This week, Conrado "Bobby" Gempesaw, Ph. D., President of St. John's University, visits the Rome Campus for an interview with EWTN News Nightly. Julia gives us a behind-the-scenes look at all the action, including her very own interview with the Catholic news channel. This is the life of a Johnny! 





In this edition of Life of A Johnny - Abroad, Julia and her friends take you to Amsterdam. After two days of rain, the sky opens up and the group enjoys a beautiful day in the sun. Plus, check out the interesting things Julia learned in Italy before traveling to Amsterdam. 

Things I've Learned


Ever wondered what class is like in Rome and what our Johnnies do during the day? In this edition of #JohnnyAbroad, Julia gives you a taste of student life at our Rome Campus. Plus, she takes you along as her global class participates in Retake Roma - a service project for volunteers seeking to beautify the streets of Italy. This is the Life of a Johnny - Abroad. 

Retake Roma

Things I've Learned 

Who says your study abroad experience has to be all work? With the St. John's Global Studies program, there's plenty of room to have fun too. This week, Julia and her #SJUAbroad classmates take you to the Almafi Coast - a beautiful stretch of coastline along the southern edge of Italy's Sorrentine Peninsula. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride - or hike in this case...

Things I've Learned




This week, Julia takes you inside our beautiful Rome campus! The campus, which the University established in 1995, combines the unique cultural resources of a great European capital with the world-class courses and faculty of St. John’s. The campus is centrally located in Rome’s Prati district, close to the Vatican and other historic sites. As a bonus, Julia takes you into the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica. Plus, find out what she learned about the streets of Rome in her weekly tips video. This is the Life of a Johnny - Abroad!

Things I've Learned

Bonus Clip

Things I've Learned