Global Innovators Academy

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The Global Innovators Academy will be held from Saturday, June 16 to Tuesday, June 26, 2018, on the Queens campus of St. John's University in New York City.

The Global Innovators Academy is a 10-Day 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 St. John's University's College of Professional Studies on topics in Innovation. 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.





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:

  • What is Innovation?
  • Big Data: Innovation Driver
  • Radical Innovation: Pros and Cons
  • Ethics of Innovation
  • Innovation: Responding to Global Needs
  • Innovation and Intellectual Property Rights


  • CPS Faculty Lectures on Topics in Computer Science

Impersonal Skills for 21st Century:

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

Field Trips and Excursions:

  • Top of the Rock
  • Rockefeller Centre
  • High Line and Chelsea Market
  • Central Park Picnic
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise
  • Empire State Building
  • Visit to Chinatown and Little Italy

American Culture:

  • American History and Politics

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 $2,995. It excludes airfare, visa costs and travel insurance. It includes:


  • Tuition Fee
  • Accommodation on the St. John's University Queens campus
  • All meals
  • Entry to all off-campus activities and venues


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