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Interdisciplinary Programs

Chicago Term

Why choose Chicago Term at North Central College?

Chicago Term is an academic immersion in one of the most culturally diverse, dynamic and renowned cities in the country. You’ll use Chicago as your classroom, performing research and completing internships that complement your major.

North Central College’s leading scholars teach Chicago Term classes. Field trips, walking tours, dynamic speakers, neighborhood research projects and museum and library visits are just some of the ways that you’ll step out of the typical classroom during your semester.

The benefits of Chicago Term include extensive internship options. A Chicago-based internship is not required but it is highly encouraged. The city offers many opportunities to gain skills and build your résumé at businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Over the past several years, students have completed successful internships at the American Diabetes Association, Bread for the World, Christopher House for at-risk children, the Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Field Museum, as well as several business and law firms. The College’s Office of Career Development can help you locate appropriate internship sites that may jump-start career experiences and options.

Typically, students commute via the Metra train between Naperville and Union Station in Chicago (ten-ride Metra tickets are provided). Since classes meet only once a week, this provides ample opportunity to explore the city, develop a feel for the richness of living in this environment, but also take other classes on campus to fill out and integrate your academic schedule.


You can also:

  • Immerse yourself in a thriving cultural atmosphere.
  • Take distinctive Chicago-themed classes.
  • Fulfill general education and major and minor requirements.
  • Visit historical and acclaimed Chicago establishments.
  • Gain valuable business contacts through internships.
  • Participate in a host of volunteer and service options.


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