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Staten Island Campus Program


Please check back in June for the 2019 program details. Below is an outline of our 2018 program:

Spring 2018 Staten Island Vice Provost's International Opportunities Program

As one of the best and brightest members of our St. John's community, we value your unfaltering commitment to success, and in an effort to congratulate you on your academic achievements, we are not only offering a special opportunity to engage in a once-in-a-lifetime study abroad experience – but we are picking up much of the tab on the “abroad” portion as well!

The Vice-Provost of the Staten Island campus, Dr. James O’Keefe, is excited to announce the spring 2018 Vice Provost’s International Opportunities Program. This program is designed to give Staten Island students—both undergraduate and graduate—the opportunity to celebrate their St. John’s University experience with a week-long study abroad program in Paris, France!  Though the program is centered on a Criminal Justice course, we encourage all eligible SJU Staten Island Campus students to apply.

Aside from academic experience at the center of this highly competitive program, the best part is, students selected to participate in the program will only be required to pay a $500 program fee and their airfare to and from Paris – nearly all other expenses are funded by the scholarship.

*NB: Tuition for undergraduate students will be included in your normal semester tuition bill as long as you meet full-time student status (12 to 18 credits). Graduate students will be billed separately for tuition and fees based on the prevailing cost of tuition for their designated college.


Course Offering

HLS 1008 – Global Threats to Security (3-credits)*

*Upon return from Europe, the course will continue in a traditional seminar format on the Staten Island campus every Wednesday evening at 5-7:50pm in DaSilva Hall, Room 208 through the spring 2018 semester.

Faculty Leader:  James O’Keefe, Ph.D., Vice Provost, Staten Island Campus; Professor, Criminal Justice Program

The HLS 1008 – Global Threats to Security course is designed to help students become actively engaged members of the St. John’s University global community of scholars. It will begin on the St. John’s campus in beautiful Paris, and be completed meeting on the Staten Island campus on Wednesday evenings. 

The course will explore the global issues associated with terrorism, intelligence and homeland security.  It will feature distinguished international scholars speaking to the class in Paris, and local class sessions on understanding terrorism, political ideology, understanding the Middle East and Islam, radical Islam, typologies of terrorism, and America’s unique vulnerability to global terrorism.  The phenomenon of globalization has resulted in a blurring of the lines between threats to security as being a domestic or foreign issue. This course seeks to explain globalization as it relates to security and provide students with understanding of the various challenges and threats that result from the phenomenon. In addition, various methods of addressing these threats on an international scale will be covered.

This course will utilize a combination of teaching methods; including lecture, class discussion, visiting scholars, tours in Paris, and personal reflection. Students will also be encouraged to draw connections amongst topics-even across modules. Throughout the semester, you’ll be asked to apply the concepts learned to the content of your classes, your experiences when visiting Paris, France, and to your daily life at St. John’s.

HLS 1008 – Global Threats to Security is open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students of all majors on the Staten Island Campus. 

Don’t forget: Hang onto this course for the spring 2018 term if you are interested in applying.

Important Note: Be sure to speak with your academic advisor and with the Office of Student Financial Services to confirm that the course attached to the Dean’s International Opportunities Program does not cause you to exceed the overall credits required for your degree to avoid additional tuition without receiving extra financial aid.

Quick Facts

Eligibility Requirements: Undergraduate (sophomore – senior) students with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.  Graduate students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. The program is open to all majors in St. John’s University with the permission of your advisor or dean.

Please note: Students who participated in a past Staten Island Vice Provost International Opportunity Program are not eligible to participate in the 2018 program.

Anticipated Travel Dates:  January 4 - January 11, 2018 (7 nights).
(Please note: Students will likely need to travel one day before the January 4 arrival date.).

*Updated Application Deadline: September 22

Mandatory Orientations (Site-specific Pre-departure and Cultural Mentorship Workshop): TBA

For more information about this exciting program, please contact the Office of Global Studies or Anna Torres, Project Analyst, Office of Global Studies.