Current Global Studies Programs

Unlike most colleges, St. Joseph's University 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 University scholarships apply to tuition abroad. The University 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."

Faculty-Led Programs

Open to Long Island and Brooklyn students enrolled in the respective courses.

Costa Rica

A Top Biodiverse and Sustainable Country for a Field Ecology Course

Tentative Dates: May 15-22, 2023
Class: BIO 280 [prerequisite or corequisite BIO 145]

With the Costa Rican Monteverde Research Institute as our guide, we will hike in the rainforest and cloud forest, explore the beaches, observe dolphins, and sea turtles, eat a fresh local seafood lunch, catch bats and kayak in a mangrove. We'll examine the different biomes and ecosystems of Costa Rica, including mangrove forests, the cloud forest, lowland tropical rainforests and coral reefs. Focus will be placed on learning the huge terrestrial and marine biodiversity of a tropical country.


England (Oxford)

Searching for Meaning and Purpose: How to Live "the Good Life."

Tentative Dates: June 25-16, 2023
Class: PSY 330

How do we find meaning in life? Some suggest that meaning is to be found in doing what makes us happy. Others believe it is about connecting with others and to something larger than the individual. Yet, others assert that there is no meaning to life. We will discuss all of this during the Oxford Experience and explore the issue of how and where we can find meaning in our lives. Dating back to the 11th century, Oxford University is one of the oldest colleges in the western world and the place where many of the foremost thinkers have studied these same questions. The course will integrate academic knowledge with intentional experiences via an intensive three-week period of study in residence at Oxford University (St. Hilda’s College) in England.  Students will engage each day in small group discussions with peers and faculty. They will also visit historical sites and museums, take in architectural marvels, attend plays and engage with the rich ambient culture. By living in Oxford and traveling to such locales as Stonehenge, London and Salisbury, students will have the opportunity for 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.


England (Oxford) History/Philosophy

Oxford as Text

Tentative Dates: June 24-July 8, 2023
Class: PHI/HIS 280

Oxford is a very special place and can invite us to “read" it as a text, a story. Every college and lane offers a glimpse into the past; Oxford has shaped the lives of men and women since the early 12th century. The cross-listed course will explore the role that Oxford, England has played in the intellectual history of the world. From the origin of Oxford, we find a tradition of philosophical reflection on self, God, and the world and this “backwater town”  has always figured in the political history of Great Britain. A key part of our class will be to explore the role that “place” has in shaping who we are and how we live. While at Oxford University the group will also visit important sites around England including Stonehenge and London.  Join us to discover Oxford and reflect on your own places and spaces.


Germany and Austria

Rebuilding from the Rubble: The Historical and Psychological Impact of the Holocaust on Modern Europe

Tentative Dates: June 1-13, 2023
Class: HIS 370 and PSY 330

Learn about World War II in Germany and Austria from historical, cultural & psychological perspectives. Students will visit Berlin, Nuremberg, Munich, & Vienna to understand the impact of the atrocities of the war from an individual & collective lens, as well as being able to view the topographical effects of the war firsthand. Students will gain an understanding of the impact The Third Reich had on German citizens, as well as how psychological & generational trauma impacted and continues to affect the fields of history & psychology.


Greece Business Program

Down to Business in Mainland Greece and the Islands

Tentative Dates: May 29- June 5, 2023
Classes: MGT 520, MGT 690, BUS 275, BUS 150, MGT 525, MKT 212, MKT 208 and/or MKT 210

Mesmerizing beaches and island architecture have drawn tourists to Greece. Discover the magnetism of this county by participating in company visits and tastings at places that produce wine, feta cheese, ouzo, and honey. Tour the iconic Acropolis, historic ancient ruins, and swim in the turquoise waters.


Greece Honors Program

Tentative Dates: May 15-24, 2023

Explore the ancient seaside ruins of Greece while learning about the rise, flourishing, and decline of Ancient Greece. During our tour, we will visit cosmopolitan Athens, the temple with a view (the Acropolis), home of the famous oracle in Delphi, the seaport town of Nafplio, and the site of the first Olympics in Olympia.


Non Faculty-Led Programs


European Innovation Academy

Dates: July 16 - August 4, 2023
Credit: Earn three credits as a business internship (BUS 362) 

The European Innovation Academy is the world’s largest entrepreneurship program for students. Young innovators form international teams to turn their ideas into business plans within three weeks, with the help of an outstanding lineup of mentors, speakers and investors from Google, Airbnb, Alchemist Accelerator and Bullpen Capital, among other businesses.



Summer Month in Madrid, Spain

Credit: Six Global Perspectives Language credits
Tentative Dates: May 28 – June 29, 2023

Make the dazzling capital city of Madrid your home for a month. Immerse yourself in Spanish while soaking in everything cultural that the city has to offer such as tapas, art, dancing, and museums. Fulfill your Global Perspectives requirement of 6 Spanish credits, while having the time of your life experiencing this iconic and energized city of Spain.



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 [email protected].

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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.