Chicago Center: Chicago, Ill.
Subjects: Earn credits while studying the cultural arts, politics, economics and social issues in Chicago. The Chicago Center (formally the Urban Life Center) is a nontraditional academic program with experience-based seminars that take you out of the classroom and into the heart of the city's neighborhoods and professional internships in every field of study. Housing is provided in apartments with other Chicago Center students, in a beautiful lakefront neighborhood (Hyde Park).
Prerequisities: 2.7 GPA, junior-level standing and demonstrated maturity.
Length: Fall or Spring Semester, Post Term or Summer
Credit: 4.00 Albion units (16 semester hours). Two Albion College units for academic course work, two Albion College units for internship.
2.00 Albion Units for Summer program. (1 academic unit + 1 internship unit).
1.00 Albion Unit for Post Term
Housing: Students live in vintage-style apartments.
Cost: Albion College tuition, room and board charges cover the Chicago Center program tuition, room, board, and program fees. The Chicago Center program fees include room, board, cultural events, texts, all in-city transportation and class fees. For summer and post-term students, the Albion College summer school tuition covers the tuition charges. The City Activity Expense fee is billed directly to the student, who then pays Chicago Center.
Costs Not Covered by Albion: Transportation to/from Chicago. Other expenses: $50 cleaning deposit and the City Activity Expense ($300), which is an estimate of cash expense related to the Chicago Center program, such as eating out and class materials when required by the program. It does not include personal spending money. For the post-term: Program fee of $820 and City Activity Expense of $75. For the summer: Program fee of $1,645 and City Activity Expense of $175.
Comments: The program is small (usually 7-12 students per semester) and oriented to a large extent toward social issues in the urban setting. Internships are supervised placement in a variety of settings (of interest to students in economics, law, theater, sociology, communications), unpaid, four days per week. The internships are generally in social-active environments.
1515 E. 52nd Street, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60615