SJU Global Innovators Academy

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The 2017 session of SJU’s Global Innovators Academy will be held from Sunday, July 23 to Saturday, August 5, 2017, in New York City

The Global Innovators Academy is a two-week summer program for international high school students. This summer academy is open to students 15 years of age or older (at program start date) who are currently in high school. Students will participate in daily workshops on the nature and genesis of innovation, with a focus on New York City as an innovation incubator. Participants will also be coached in effective public speaking and presentation skills. Students will attend lectures given by faculty from SJU’s College of Professional Studies on topics in Computer Science. The program is enriched by extracurricular activities which include community service, excursions to some of NYC’s many cultural landmarks and on-campus team-building activities. The 2017 SJU Global Innovators Academy (GIA) will take place from Sunday, July 23-Saturday, August 5 on the Queens campus of St. John’s University (SJU) in New York City.





Since 1870, St. John’s University has been committed to giving talented students from all walks of life a personal and professional edge with an outstanding education that builds on their individual abilities and aspirations. Our faculty are ranked among The Princeton Review’s top 300 professors in the country. St. John’s has a global reputation for excellence, and celebrates diversity in all its forms. U.S. News & World Report ranked St. John’s fourth among America’s top 10 universities for ethnic diversity. More than 1,000 international students pursue their goals at St. John’s, which offers more than 100 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral majors, from pharmacy to philosophy to sport management. St. John’s is committed to the development of its students through a rich value-based education. Each year, students complete over 250,000 hours of service at over 100 sites. At St. John’s, we give our students a global home base that starts in New York City—one of the most multicultural centers in the world—and extends to our locations in Rome and Paris.




The College of Professional Studies (CPS), established in 1970, develops well-rounded professionals capable of integrating theoretical knowledge with applied concepts learned through classroom, practice and online activities, local and global service-learning, academic and career-focused internships. Innovative and fast-paced professional programs – in communications, media, journalism, criminal justice and homeland security, computer science, analytics, information technology, administration and economics, sports management and more – embed foundational social sciences topics in the various professions, cultivating both general and specialized competencies. The College attracts a cadre of students with multi-cultural backgrounds who enrich our community. CPS faculty and staff are dedicated to the success of each student, and carefully customize academic paths to match individual interests and credentials with the skills needed in our evolving society.


The SJU Global Innovators Academy provides a balance of in-class experiences that challenge assumptions and require in-depth analysis with extracurricular activities that allow students to relate their academic inquiry to the world around them. St. John’s Queens campus, located in one of the most diverse places in the world—recently named a top travel destination by Lonely Planet—provides many opportunities for encountering the rich, varied tapestry of American culture.


Academics Studies on Innovation, Including:

  • Big Data and its Influence
  • Radical Innovation
  • Migration as Innovation
  • Ethics of Innovation
  • Case Studies and Corporate Visit
  • Intellectual Property Rights


  • CPS Faculty lectures on topics in Computer Science

Interpersonal Skills for the 21st Century

  • Personal Leadership and Influence
  • Team Work-Elevator Pitch Competition
  • Social Responsibility
  • Public Speaking and Presentation Skills

Field Trips and Excursions

  • Times Square
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Neighborhood Tours
  • Visit to Local Tech Company
  • Six Flags Great Adventure
  • Community Service Project

American Culture

  • American History and Politics
  • Baseball Game

HOW TO APPLY apply now

To be considered for the program, please apply online.


  1. A completed online application, including student details.
  2. High school transcript.
  3. A 500-word essay detailing:
    1. How will you benefit from the program?
    2. Why should you be selected for the program?



The program fee is $3975. It excludes airfare, visa costs and travel insurance. It includes:


  • Tuition
  • Accommodation on the St. John’s University Queens campus
  • All meals
  • Medical insurance for the duration of the program
  • Entry to all off-campus activities and venues


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