Summer sessions abroad give studentsmore options when deciding whether ornot to study long-term overseas.
In addition to semester programs andwinter intersessions abroad, the Offi ce ofGlobal Studies also gives students the opportunityto take classes during the summer.
According to Marisa Barone, coordinatorof academics for Global Studies,summer sessions are a better option forsome students.
Global Studies has responded to thisneed by “expanding the options” when itcomes to studying abroad for a summer.
While a semester abroad primarilyfocuses on core classes, summer sessionsmay have a narrower focus, such as ecologicaltrips for biology majors or massmedia classes in Russia for communicationsmajors.
Barone explained that summer sessionsare able to be so focused becausethey are taught by St. John’s faculty fromthe New York campuses.
“The summer programs are facultyled,”Barone said. “Semester programsare taught by local adjunct faculty.”
The summer sessions also offer morevaried locations. While semesters abroadtypically focus on the Rome and Pariscampuses and sometimes Dublin, Irelandor Salamanca, Spain, summer sessionsmay occur almost anywhere that a professordecides to teach it.
Summer sessions may run a few weekslong and may begin anywhere from theend of the spring term until August.
While students seem to like summersessions abroad, it does present a problemwith fi nancial aid.
“[Semester and summer sessions] areboth popular,” Barone said. “Summer isdifferent, though, because fi nancial aidisn’t as available. Students can carry fi -nancial aid over to study abroad [if theytravel during the semester].”
In spite of the lack of fi nancial aid,Barone encouraged students to try anyway,and that the fi nancial situation maywork out.
“All of these programs are veryworthwhile,” she said.
“The faculty work very hard and studentsshould try to take advantage of that.It really makes a difference. There maybe more fi nancial aid being offered [in thefuture] for the summer.”
One example of the improving fi nancialsituation is a tuition incentive offeredby Global Studies. According to Barone,students who take two or more classesabroad get a $1,000 tuition discount. Baronenoted that “it really does help in therecruiting” since it was implemented lastsummer.
Students could see the benefits ofstudying abroad during the summer ratherthan during the semester.
Freshman Shamim Hossain saidthat the summer probably offers “betterweather and more of the stuff you want tosee” while visiting a foreign country.
Many students, however, said thatthey would rather study abroad during thesemester. Freshman Matt Dueringer saidthat his decision would be infl uenced bythe courses offered.
“I would rather go during the semester,”Dueringer said. “You can only takecertain classes in the summer.”
Freshman Josh Ramirez felt similarly.”I would rather go for the semester,”he said. “It has to do with fi nancial aid.
There is more [fi nancial aid availableduring the semester]. Also, I could enjoythe country for the entire semester.”
Dueringer said he could understandwhy the summer might be a better optionfor some students.
“If you’re going to study abroad fora summer, you have less time to get distracted,”Dueringer said.
“It would be easier to get focused.You also miss college life if you go duringthe semester.”