Current Global Studies Programs

Current Global Studies Programs

2016-2017 Faculty-led Study Abroad Programs

Unlike most colleges, St. Joseph's College has valued study abroad by funding student study abroad experiences in faculty-led and/or semester long programs. This has made study abroad accessible to all students. St. Joseph's College scholarships apply to tuition abroad. The college also grants a significant number of $500-$2,000 stipends for faculty-led programs.

Explore the world for a week, a summer, a semester or an entire year. The opportunities are endless.


Brian GullyBrian Gully '17

"I studied abroad over the summer with our school's 'Oxford Experience.' Going to Oxford, and exploring all over England was the most eye opening and incredible experiences of my life. I not only had the chance to live, and study in one of the most historical universities in the world, but I got to push my boundaries and expand my horizons day in and day out. I recommend every student look into studying abroad."

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BERMUDA • Natural History and Culture of Bermuda: British Charm, Sailing Ships and Pink Sand Beaches

Semester: Summer 2017
Course: ANTH 151/152
Travel Dates: May 29-June 3, 2017
Price: $2,335 (Until Nov. 22, all students can apply online for the $500 Faculty-led program stipends. Freshman can apply for the $1,000 Freshman Experience Grant.)
Description: Anchored by the town of St. George, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bermuda is rich with British colonial history and maritime culture.

Students will have opportunities to explore world-renowned sites such as:

  • Bermuda Oceanographic Institute to learn about the marine ecosystem.
  • National Museum of Bermuda at the Royal Naval Dockyard featuring shipwreck artifacts and watercraft.
  • Protected coral reefs for snorkeling.
  • Crystal caves for spelunking.
  • Gibbs Hill Lighthouse — the oldest cast iron lighthouse in the world.

Preview the 2017 America’s Cup — the world’s best sailors convening for the 35th America’s Cup — the pinnacle of international sailing! 

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CUBA • Explore Cuba

Faculty Leaders: Marie Isabel Alfonso, Ph.D.Antoinette Hertel, Ph.D.
Semester: Summer 2017
Course: SPN 370 (class taught in English)
Travel Dates: July 22-31, 2017
Price: TBD (*Until Nov. 22, all students can apply online for the $500 Faculty-led program stipends. Freshman can apply for the $1,000 Freshman Experience Grant.)

Description: Now is the perfect time to visit Cuba. The reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and the nation island offer SJC students and faculty an unprecedented opportunity to undertake this educational trip, through which they will have the opportunity to participate of an authentic Cuban experience. Led by Cuban-born Professor María Isabel Alfonso and by Professor Hertel, students will have the opportunity to visit some of the most important historical sites and to meet with Cuban expert to learn about a variety of topics pertaining to Cuban society. They will also have the opportunity to visit to a photography studio, to attend a workshop of Cuban music and to participate on a documentary screening, among other activities. Get ready to explore Cuba, its people and its culture!

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ENGLAND • Courage and the Tragic Sense: Human Dilemmas & the Quest for Meaning

Faculty Leader: Christopher Frost, Ph.D.
Semester: Summer 2017
Course: PSY 330/RS 370
Travel Dates: June 29-July 23, 2017
Price: $2,900 (airfare and meals not included) until Nov. 22, all students can apply online for the $500 Faculty-led program stipends. Freshman can apply for the $1,000 Freshman Experience Grant.)

Description: How do we know what we know? And how does the quest for knowledge help to inform how we are to live in the world, and to do so in a manner that is both moral... and meaningful? This year the Oxford Experience continues to examine "big ideas" ("big questions") central to the quest for meaning, and within the context of human mortality. "Courage and the Tragic Sense: Human Dilemmas and Quest for Meaning" was designed to cross disciplines and to integrate academic knowledge with intentional experiences, via an intensive three-week study in residence at Oxford University (St. Hilda's College). A key goal of global learning is to assist students explore cultures, life narratives and worldviews different from their own—all important aspects to understanding the quest for meaning in the modern world.  Assigned readings and discussions prior to departure prepare students for the Oxford Experience, where on-site seminars are connected, integrated, experiential, and team-taught. In one of the world's oldest university towns, students engage each day in small group discussions with peers and faculty from three university programs (SJC, Boise State University and the University of Tennessee), and Oxford faculty. Students also visit historical sites and architectural marvels, attend plays and art museums, and engage with the culture. By living in Oxford, and traveling to such locales as Stonehenge, London and Salisbury, students live a once-in-a-lifetime intellectual journey. This program is ideal for students who are prepared for a rigorous academic experience and who also want to explore the world in an intentional manner.

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GREECE • The Odyssey: An Authentic Hellenic Experience

Faculty Leaders: Konstantine Rountos, Ph.D.Tina Ferro
Semester: Summer 2017
Course: BIO 280, HTM 317, HTM 302 and PHI 154
Travel Dates: June 6-18, 2017
Price: TBD (until Nov. 22, all students can apply online for the $500 Faculty-led program stipends. Freshman can apply for the $1,000 Freshman Experience Grant.)
Description: The goal of this study abroad summer session in Greece is to offer students an authentic Hellenic experience. Students and faculty will explore the major historical sites in mainland Athens, hop the famous Kyclades (Kee-kla-days) Islands, and spend time in the small town of Karystos, located on the southern tip of Evia. While only a couple of hours from Athens by boat, its village-oriented culture and live-off- the-land lifestyle is worlds apart. Students will take courses in Ecology and/or Tourism, where exploring the local habitat, architecture, advertisement, and cuisine will offer an unconventional and refreshing approach to learning. 

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ICELAND • The Land of Fire and Ice

Semester: Spring 2017
Course: Honors Program
Travel Dates: May 20-27, 2017
Price: $1,808 (until Nov. 22, all students can apply online for the $500 Faculty-led program stipends. Freshman can apply for the $1,000 Freshman Experience Grant. St. Joseph’s College is subsidizing this program.)

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ITALY • Art and Architecture in Western Europe: Italian Art and Architecture

Semester: Spring 2017
Course: ART 103 (No prerequisites required.)
Travel Dates: May 25-June 4, 2017
Price: $3,325 (Until Nov. 22, all students can apply online for the $500 Faculty-led program stipends. Freshman can apply for the $1,000 Freshman Experience Grant.)
Description: Travel to Italy’s cultural sites spanning ancient Rome to the Renaissance including the Colosseum, Vatican City, and the Florence Cathedral, along with world-famous museums and lush gardens. Marvel at Michelangelo’s David at the Galleria dell’Accademia, and other Renaissance masterpieces at the Uffizi Gallery and Villa Borghese that you’ve seen in textbooks. You will also tour Tuscany and experience the sites and tastes of the Italian countryside. These are just a few highlights of the many experiences offered on this trip.

This course will study Italian art and architecture from ancient Rome to the Renaissance. It will meet every other week during the spring semester on campus (schedule TBA) and culminate in a trip to Rome and Florence, Italy. This art history class will travel with Art 370 - Topics in Studio Art. Students may register for both courses for up to 6 credits. 

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ITALY • Introduction to Landscape and Plein Air Painting

Semester: Spring 2017
Course: ART 370 (No prerequisite or prior painting experience is required.)
Travel Dates: May 25-June 4, 2017
Price: $3,325 (Until Nov. 22, all students can apply online for the $500 Faculty-led program stipends. Freshman can apply for the $1,000 Freshman Experience Grant.)
Description: Study abroad, draw inspiration and learn the basics of landscape painting in Italy, a country and culture deeply rooted in artistic tradition and classical architecture. Students will explore painting with watercolors while creating expressive compositions, working both outdoors and in the studio. Subjects for artistic work will range from the ruins of Ancient Rome such as Hadrian’s Villa, to the Florence Cathedral, Villa Borghese landscape garden, Italian-style Boboli Gardens, and the internationally renowned Tuscan landscape. Students will also enjoy cultural tours of the Colosseum, Vatican and Uffizi Gallery.

This studio art course will focus on landscape painting. Classes will meet every other week during the spring semester in local parks and on campus (schedule TBA), and culminate in a trip to Rome and Florence, Italy. This class will travel with ART 103 - Art and Architecture in Western Europe. Students may register for both courses for up to 6 credits. 

 

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TAIWAN • Mindfulness in Action: Compassion Relief in Taiwan

Faculty Leader: Peter Lin, Ph.D.
Semester: Summer 2017
Courses: Class transfers as PSY 330 (3 credits) and HONORS 100 (2 credits)
Travel Dates: July 3-28, 2017
Price: $1,875 (Until Nov. 22, all students can apply online for the $500 Faculty-led program stipends. Freshman can apply for the $1,000 Freshman Experience Grant. St. Joseph’s College is subsidizing this program.)

Description: What is the meaning of SJC’s motto, “to be, not to seem?” We can find ourselves by losing ourselves in the service of others. This summer study abroad experience will address how we can discover our inner wisdom through international service, and thereby deeply examine meaning of life. Students will learn about Chinese culture, Eastern spiritual practice, Buddhist psychology, and social welfare service through lecture and fieldwork. For example, students will engage in projects such as serving the local indigenous community and community care station. Students will also learn about Taiwanese and Chinese culture through classes such as basic Mandarin, calligraphy, opera, poetry and architecture. Furthermore, students will have the opportunity to explore both the natural landscapes and historical elements of Taiwan, such as Taroko national park and local Taoist temple.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information, visit the Office of Global Studies on Long Island at Room 3, O'Connor Hall, off the Student Hospitality Lounge or call 631.687.1280. In Brooklyn, call 718.940.5306. Email us at globalstudies@sjcny.edu or visit our website at www.sjcny.edu/globalstudies.

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NEXT STEPS FOR ENROLLING IN A STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM

  • Enroll in the respective spring class
  • Complete a study abroad application
  • Submit a $500 deposit for your chosen program(s). At the Long Island Campus, submit your non-refundable deposit to Lena Grasso in Room 3, O'Connor Hall, off the Student Hospitality Lounge. At the Brooklyn Campus, please submit your deposit with Karen Pane in Lorenzo Hall 1st floor.