Life in Chicago

Your story begins today. Put yourself in the Chicago Semester experience and explore what your life could look like in the Windy City.

Who are we?

The mission of Chicago Semester is to provide urban, experiential education from a Christian perspective that equips students for integrated personal, professional, and public lives.

Living Living

You will live in the heart of the city of Chicago, completely immersing yourself in a global urban environment as you navigate the benefits and complexities of city life.

Learning Learning

You will take courses for academic credit that foster engagement in issues significant to the city and allow you to grow professionally as you explore issues of vocation and calling.

Working Working

You will complete a full-time internship in your field of study, gaining essential professional experience, setting you apart from your peers as you enter a competitive job market.

Student Blogs

Reflections From Emilee: A CS Student Teacher

Posted on Feb 6, 2018 in Student Teacher Blogs

Student teaching in Chicago seemed far-fetched for a small town girl like me.  However, when the opportunity presented itself, I could not help but feel intrigued and excited at the chance to step outside my comfort zone and grow personally and professionally. My name is Emilee Livesay and I am starting my 4th week at […]

Reflections From Kendra: A CS BSW Student

Posted on Feb 6, 2018 in Social Work Student Blogs

Hello! My name is Kendra Schiess, and I am a senior social work major at Indiana Wesleyan University. I am currently from Burke, Virginia, but my dad’s career in the Air Force has taken us all across the United States throughout my childhood. That constant moving is part of why an adventurous semester in Chicago […]

Reflections from Jennie: A CS Business Student

Posted on Feb 6, 2018 in General Student Blogs

Hi there, I’m Jennie Droog. I am a junior at Dordt College studying business with an emphasis in marketing and minor in accounting. If asked to describe myself, you would quickly realize that I am probably one of the most typical “small town” girls you’ll ever meet. I call the beautiful northwest corner of Iowa […]

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Alyssa Allen ’10

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- Alyssa Allen ’10
Elliot Talen ’06

“CS prepares you to make a smooth transition to your post-collegiate life.”

- Elliot Talen ’06