An Integrative Capstone Course in Rome,
the World’s “Eternal City”
As one of the best and brightest members of our St. John's
community, you might be interested in this special opportunity to
engage in a once in a lifetime study abroad experience – one
especially designed to recognize your commitment to success as well
as the outstanding leadership skills you have demonstrated
throughout your academic career at St. John's.
The Dean of The School of Education and Academic Vice President
of the Staten Island Campus, Jerrold Ross, Ph.D., is excited to
announce the spring 2014 Dean’s International Fellowship program.
This program gives our highest-achieving seniors and graduate
students the opportunity to celebrate their School of Ed experience
with a week-long trip to ROME, ITALY!
The program begins in Rome, where you will visit many of the city's
great historical and cultural landmarks while studying the
differences in the ways schools are run in two of the world’s
leading urban centers (Rome and New York City). Continuing through
the spring 2014 semester as an Online Learning class, the course
will either act as a capstone to your undergraduate studies or as
an exceptional elective for undergraduate or graduate students.
Either option will encourage you to reflect on your educational
career and provide you with a basic understanding of administrative
issues, studied through the lens of Vincentian values and
Aside from knowledge you will glean in the highly competitive
program, the best part is, students selected to participate in this
program are only required to pay standard tuition, a $250 deposit
and their airfare to and from Rome – nearly all other expenses are
- EDU 9285: Contemporary Issues in Comparative
The content of the course will revolve around a
comparison of elementary and secondary education in Italy as
contrasted with that of the United States. This academic study will
be supplemented by exploring Rome as a city.
Credits: 3 credits*
Please note: This course will continue through the spring 2014
semester as an Distance Learning class
Professor: Dr. Jerrold
Ross, Dean of the School of Education and Academic Vice
President of the Staten Island Campus
Eligibility Requirements: The program is
open to all majors in The School of Education, with the permission
of your advisor or dean.
- Undergraduate students must be slated for May 2014 graduation
with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
- Graduate students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Anticipated Travel Dates: January 3 - January
10, 2014 (7 nights)
(Please note: students must arrive in Rome on January 3, and depart
from Rome on January 10. You will likely need to leave one day
before the arrival date).
Accommodations: St. John's Rome Campus
Meals Included: 7 breakfasts, 4 main meals
(lunches or dinners depending on the schedule), plus welcome and
farewell dinners. Please note that other meals will be eaten
independently, so be sure to budget accordingly.
Costs: Students are responsible for a $250
non-refundable deposit/program fee, standard tuition and the cost
of airfare, plus any incidental costs (souvenirs, some meals,
*Tuition and airfare are in addition to the deposit/program fee.
For undergraduate students, this course will be included in their
normal semester tuition bill as long as they 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. For additional information on
current tuition rates, please click here.
Extended Application Deadline: September 20,
- Essay Component: In 250 words, tell the dean
what you hope to gain from your study abroad experience. Address
the reasons why you believe you should be selected for this
seminar, including what you hope to bring back to the St. John's
community upon your return.