The glass Pyramide in the Louvre courtyard

Global Passport

How can $750 bring you the world? Introducing St. John's Global Passport Program!

At St. John's University, we push the envelope in order to help our students achieve a truly global education, right from DAY ONE!

The Global Passport program offers incoming students a chance to "internationalize" their academic experience during their very first year at St. John's. Through the Global Passport program, you’ll fulfill one of your required first-year courses, but in a completely innovative and comparative way, while studying with top professors who will incorporate the historic and cultural treasures of Rome and Paris into their New York semester courses in order to bring the curriculum alive.

Best of all, St. John's wants this opportunity to be affordable to all first-year and first-year transfer students, and so we subsidize the Global Passport program to keep the student program fee at only $750, plus the cost of round-trip airfare.

So how does it work?

The Core Curriculum—in New York and Abroad. You’ll apply to take a core class that interests you (as you would normally), and the bulk of your course will take place in New York during the regular fall or spring semester. However, your class in NYC will be different from sections that your peers may be taking, engaging the world through comparative readings and projects that prepare for your time in Europe. At the conclusion of the term—fall courses travel in January and spring courses in May—you will live and study in Rome or Paris for 7 days with the same students and faculty, bringing your semester’s work to life through hands-on exploration of the sites and themes that you've engaged all term. You’ll also receive an additional credit to represent your hard work while abroad.

For Fall 2024, students in the School of Education have the option to enroll in EDU 1000 with the Global Passport program to Rome; for Spring 2025, STEM students have the option to enroll in BIO 2000 with the Global Passport program to Paris.

Please review the Paris and Rome program brochures for information on the program’s core courses, dates of travel, class descriptions, and details on which of our St. John's European campuses—Rome or Paris—each class will engage.

Application deadlines

Fall 2024 & Spring 2025 program:

  • Applications are open for Fall 2024, and Spring 2025 applications will open by May 1.
  • The Fall program is finalized.

Space is limited, so apply early!  Once we reach capacity, new applicants will be move to a waitlist in the hopes that a space may open up for you. 

Program Fee

$750* (No, really… it’s only $750!).  A $250 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of confirmation.

*NOTE: Round-trip airfare is not included in the program fee.  

What's Included?

  • On-campus accommodations in shared dorm rooms in Rome or Paris
  • A welcome and farewell meal
  • Partial meal plan, equivalent to 8 other meals
  • Metro passes, guided tours and entrance fees for all program excursions
  • Comprehensive international health insurance

         …and most importantly... the academic experience of a lifetime!!

Through your academic study, guided tours and community service, in keeping with St. John's global mission, you become a global citizen – a citizen not only of our New York City campuses, but of the world.

For more information or to apply, please click on the links below:

Global Passport in Paris 

Global Passport in Rome 

Want to 'see' a previous Global Passport student's experience in the world's "Eternal City"? Check out her video!