Summer in NYC

Jabez in Summer 2016

"Last week I attended a seminar on behalf of Churches United for Fair Housing...several moments later I found out that the whole event was going to be in Spanish... Even though there was a bit of a language barrier, it was really cool to be a part of this event. I even participated with the rest of the people there in singing Latin music and eating Latino food. Overall, I gained a lot of new perspectives and insight into the things that I’ve been hearing about in class. I really enjoyed being a part of this cross-cultural experience!" - Jabez Gondokusumo '17

This program is a unique opportunity to experience summer in New York City while earning academic credit.


May 30 -July 28, 2017

The Urban Semester Summer Program is an experience based learning program. Students learn through a cycle of experience and reflection. Over the course of nine weeks, students learn how to implement experience-based learning techniques and perspectives to enhance their competencies as initiates of professional practice.

Students spend four days per week at their placement sites and one with their course instructor, taking part in planned and mandatory activities that include seminars, discussions with a variety of professionals, and site visits. HE 4060 students will meet with Dr. Sam Beck. HE 4080 and HE 4090 students will meet with Marianne Cocchini.


To apply, Cornell students must complete this online application and the enrollment form mentioned just below. Visiting (non-Cornell) students should contact Dr. Sam Beck (, director of the Urban Semester Program, and request to be considered for application to the program. All applicants will be interviewed by Dr. Beck in February. Acceptance in each course requires Dr. Beck's approval.


The total program charge is $5,440. To enroll in the program, students must complete the enrollment form and bring it, with a $500 nonrefundable deposit (check on U.S. bank or money order), to B20 Day Hall. Final tuition payment of $4,940 is due May 5, 2017.

Housing and meals are not included in the program charge. Students are responsible for finding their own housing; a variety of housing options are available.


Scholarships are available to qualifying students via the Iscol Summer Internship Program.

More information

Human Ecology Career Development Center
162 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-4401
Telephone: 607 255-1846
Call the New York City Urban Semester Program office at 212-746-2273