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Discover the World: Europe

Photo of Rome, Paris, and Limerick, Ireland

Italy, France, Ireland and Migration

Three countries in one semester… St. John's signature program abroad, Discover the World: Europe

St. John’s innovative Discover the World: Europe program is now re-launching as thematically engaged with contemporary issues of migration.  Designed as a core-focused, modular opportunity with 5-week study experiences in Rome, Paris, and Limerick, the DTW: Europe program asks students to consider the countries that comprise the program through the common lens of migration.  Imagine living in three major European cities over the course of a single semester! 

Human migration of all kinds—whether forced, voluntary, or driven by physical insecurity, a well-found fear of persecution, the environment, and/or economics—has shaped world history for millennia and continues to define political discussions and movements surrounding migrants and refugees in modern Italy, France, and Ireland. By aligning courses, orientation activities, and co-curricular programming around a shared thematic focus spanning all three DTW countries, St. John’s hopes to provide students with a distinct, comparative view of modern Europe. And as a Catholic and Vincentian university, we aspire for the program’s engagement to encourage thoughtful debate centered on a common appreciation for the dignity and human rights of each person.  

Faculty members in Limerick, Paris, and Rome have therefore included course readings, discussions, and learning outcomes based on the DTW theme, with linked exploration outside the classroom (e.g., through service-learning, guest lectures, and extra-curricular activities) that takes up this “connective thread” and binds the student experience across all sites.  In each of these historic cities, you will have the opportunity to complete your academic requirements while engaging these the local cultures and communities through field trips, site visits, academic service-learning and your own independent exploration.

In the end, students are expected to participate in discussions and present reflective writing assignments, ensuring that they leave the program with the following learning outcomes: 

  • General knowledge of the key ways that migration offers opportunities and challenges within Europe, and the differences between their own experiences as privileged “migrants” within a European study abroad program and those of other groups.  
  • A deeper knowledge of other cultures, including the embedded beliefs, values, perspectives and practices that inform local behavior. By learning to view a single issue from multiple perspectives, students will grow more comfortable with complexity, ideally acquiring an expanded sense of tolerance and curiosity about others’ beliefs and experiences. 
  • A cross-disciplinary perspective reflecting how the migration of people, ideas and goods has created—and continues to create—the complex space we call “modern Europe,” which may prove to be more diverse than students initially realize. 

Don't miss the academic and cultural exploration of a lifetime!  Set yourself apart, go global and enhance your intercultural competence.  But apply early as space is limited!!