Your Student's Program
Studying abroad is an incredible learning experience for your son/daughter; however, we realize that saying bon voyage to a child can be stressful for a parent. Familiarizing yourself with the basic facts of your student's program before he/she departs makes for a smoother transition once the program begins.
What does the program fee cover?
Home Away From Home: Comfortable and safe housing accommodations are provided during all Global Studies programs. Students travelling to Rome, Italy and Paris, France stay at St. John's University's accommodations in those locations. Students participating in our Discover the World program will travel to both Rome and Paris, in addition to our partner school in Limerick, Ireland. The facilities at all three of these locations allow for students to have a safe and centrally-located home away from home. The Office of Global Studies arranges safe accommodations for students participating in short-term programs and exchange programs, as well. These accommodations may include hotels, hostels, apartments or dormitories. Please see Programs for more details about your student's accommodations.
Accommodations: Students live in dorm-style housing during our semester programs in single, double or triple occupancy. Some dormitories have private bathrooms in each room, while others have gender-specific communal bathrooms on each floor. Students can access free wireless internet throughout the buildings. For more details about our campuses abroad, go to Our Campuses.
Security: The safety of our students is a top priority to St. John's University. All destinations are considered travel-safe by the Department of State. Just like on our New York campuses, our campuses abroad have 24-hour security to ensure that students can live and learn in a safe environment. To learn more, please visit our Health & Safety page.
Linens: St. John's University provides sheets, blankets, pillows and towels for students participating in one of our semester programs. We realize that it is difficult to travel light when packing for months at a time, so we help to "lighten the load" with these provisions. We also provide cleaning services for the linens every two and a half weeks. Students are welcome to clean their linens more often or to bring extras if they choose.
Electronics: Foreign outlets are usually different than American outlets, so students may need adapters while they are abroad. The voltage can also be different, so certain appliances will need converters, as well. However, it is sometimes safer and more convenient to purchase appliances, like hair dryers which produce heat, once the students arrive in their destination.
Meal Plans: For most semester programs, St. John's provides two meals per day, four days per week. This allows students to be flexible with their weekend travel plans without feeling tied down to a dining schedule. It also allows students to enjoy meals off-campus and experience the food culture of the cities they are exploring. In addition, there are fully functional kitchens and grocery stores near our campuses for students who prefer to cook their own meals. Students should set aside spending money for meals on non-class days. Students participating in short-term programs or exchange programs should contact us to find out about meal plan options specific to their program.
On-site Administration: St. John's University provides bilingual, on-site staff for our semester programs in Rome, Paris and Limerick. These administrators are important resources for students studying abroad, guiding them in their transition, facilitating cultural experiences and assisting with day-to-day activities on campus. These administrators are also available to help students who are struggling with homesickness and/or other issues that may arise.