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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 Samantha: A CS Student Teacher

Cubs, Ice Cream and CPS Hello! My name is Sam Woldman, and I am currently in my senior year at Calvin College, in Grand Rapids Michigan. At Calvin I am double majoring in special and elementary education, with a minor in urban education. This means the entirety of my senior year will be spent in […]

Reflections from Alyssa: A CS Graphic Design Student

The weather is finally getting better here in Chicago which means my weekends have gotten busier and include being outside even more. The past two weekends have been spent in and around Lincoln Park since I’ve come to realize that may be my absolute favorite neighborhood in the city. Last Saturday was a brisk 30 […]

Reflections from Kaycie: A CS BSW Student

One full week of our internships left- where has the time gone!? I am writing this post with mixed emotions, excited to reconnect with family and friends back home, but not ready to say goodbye to new friendships and city life. Getting to Chicago Semester was a journey in and of itself for me. Since […]

Alyssa Allen ’10

“”If you are considering applying for Chicago Semester, I would say JUMP IN.”

- Alyssa Allen ’10
Erin Campbell ’12

“You will gain valuable experience in a field of your choice, opening doors for future opportunities in Chicago and beyond.”

- Erin Campbell ’12
Elliot Talen ’06

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

- Elliot Talen ’06