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Office of International Education: Inbound Programs

Programs for International Students and Visitors

The Office of International Education's (OIE) Inbound Programs division exemplifies St. John’s University's commitment to international education, ethical values, equity, and responsible global citizenship.   

Our primary goal is to help students develop academic, language, and professional skills to ensure success at St. John’s and beyond. While helping them gain these skills, we provide learners with opportunities for critical examination of identity, race, ethnicity, culture, policies, and societal structures.

To achieve academically and feel empowered to develop their critical awareness as people, students must feel safe, respected, and valued.  Our programs seek to create that sense of belonging and security founded on the understanding that education in the United States presents both unique challenges and opportunities. It is with that knowledge and a commitment to equity that we work to ensure access to and support across all campus systems throughout students’ academic careers. 

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About the Office of International Education's Inbound Programs

OIE Inbound makes every effort to provide our program participants with an optimal learning environment by recognizing their unique needs, and connecting them with the resources necessary to ensure a successful experience.

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English Language Institute

Experience a deep English language immersion in our 7-week intensive English sessions. Full- and part-time study available. Qualified applicants may receive conditional admission to St. John's University, which may lead to a degree in our undergraduate or graduate programs.

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Short-Term and Customized Programs

We offer specialized programs that can be customized to the needs of the participants, whether they be business people, TESOL professionals, or groups interested in short-term language training with cultural excursions.

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International Visiting Student Programs

A variety of credit- and non-credit options for short-term programs are available to international students.

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EducationUSA Academy

The EducationUSA Academy at St. John’s University is a noncredit program for teenagers who want to learn more about higher education in the US—all in the greatest city in the world!

Contact Information

+1 (718) 990-6845

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Additional Information

Christina Quartararo, Executive Director

Christina Quartararo

Christina Quartararo has been working with international students as a teacher and administrator since 2003, and has been working at St. John's since 2011. She taught ESL to diverse groups of students in both colleges and universities and community-based programs and in addition to managing English-language programs, manages short-term and grant-funded programs for international students and visitors and helps develop international partnerships for the university.  She holds a B.A. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from Stony Brook University, an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Queens College, City University of New York.


Sue Peterson, Associate Director

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Sue Peterson has worked in the TESOL field for over twenty years and has been an ESL teacher, program administrator, workshop leader, textbook author, curriculum developer, and teacher trainer. In addition to the United States, her work has taken her to Mexico and China. She served for four years as the editor of New York State TESOL’s online newsletter, Dialogue and is the co-author of Prism: Listening and Speaking, Intro published by Cambridge University Press and Writing Power Book 3 and Book 4, published by Pearson Education.  She holds an M.A. in TESOL from Hunter College, City University of New York. Her interests include materials writing, curriculum design, and technology.

Karen Gilmartin, Assistant Director

Karen Gilmartin

Karen Gilmartin has been working with international students since 1996. In 1997 she moved to Inuyama, Japan to work with the Ministry of Education and that city’s Native English Teacher curriculum writing team. Upon her return to the States, she went to work as a language school director. Over the past ten years, Karen has presented workshops and poster sessions at national and local professional conferences. Other assignments in the international education field include immigration and government regulation compliance officer; teacher trainer; and speech and accent reduction coach. She has traveled extensively and worked in several overseas locations including Malaysia, Israel, and Hong Kong.

Eugenie Smiddy, Coordinator

Eugenie Smiddy

Genie has been at St. John’s University since 2014, first as an instructor in the English Language Institute and then in her current role as an administrator, managing ELI instructors and other programs and initiatives. Before coming to St. John’s, she tutored undergraduate and graduate students in academic writing at the Hunter College Writing Center prior to becoming one of its supervisors, while also teaching freshman composition and introduction to literature courses. Her work at Hunter prompted her desire to become more thoroughly involved in higher education, specifically to assist ESL students in developing their academic language abilities. She holds a B.A. in Art History and an M.A. in TESOL from Hunter College.


Tiecher Adams, International Education Office Assistant

Tiecher Adams

Tiecher Adams has been working at St. John’s University since 2004. She began working at the Intensive English Program (IEP), and was instrumental in the transition from that program to The Language Connection in 2010.  Tiecher works closely with administrators and faculty and provides support and assistance to students at all stages—from application through completion of their program. She holds a B.S. in Toxicology from St. John’s University.


Students who study on the Manhattan campus may choose to live in private residences, homestays, or apartment rentals near the Manhattan campus.

All off-campus housing options listed below are near public transportation. The commute to the Manhattan campus is approximately 20-40 minutes.


Students live in a private home or apartment with a New York City or New Jersey family. This type of accommodation is called a ‘homestay.’  Many students prefer home stays because they live with a New York City or New Jersey family. Homestays usually cost less than private residences.

  • Aunt Elsie’s Homestay

85 Raritan Avenue, Suite 500D Highland Park, NJ 08904

Phone Number: (201) 499-7847

Mobile Number: (732) 789-0779

[email protected]

  • Cost: $900-1100 per month
  • Meals Included: The host family will provide meals; breakfast and dinner during the week and on weekends, three meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Application Fee: Waived for students in The Language Connection


  • American Homestay Network

Rachel Schwarcz: [email protected]

Mobile Number: 817-690-4544


  • Cost: $283-$349 per week with a 4-week minimum
  • Throughout New York City boroughs and in nearby New Jersey
  • Options with AHN include single rooms, 1 or 2 meals a day in private homes and residences that are a short bus or train ride away.
  • Application fee:  $300

Private Residences

Private residences offer dormitory-style living for New York City university students. Each private residence offers single or double rooms with fridges, 24-hour security, and special features. Special features may include communal kitchens, lounge areas, laundry, linens, Wifi, gym, and computers.

Private residences do not offer meals, but there are kitchens. Students can purchase food and cook their meals or purchase meals cheaply at any of the numerous nearby restaurants or delicatessens.

  • Educational Housing Service (EHS) Private Residences in Manhattan and Brooklyn (
    EHS offers, short-term, semester or year-long housing; reservations needed in advance. Students pay all fees.
  • Apartment Rental


    Contact: [email protected].

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University housing is available on the Queens campus. Accommodations include single, double, triple, or quad rooms. There are traditional dormitory-style residence and dining halls or apartment-style living quarters with individual kitchens.Click here for photos and details about housing on the Queens campus.


Additional information about non-univerisity housing can be found here.