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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

New York City

Semester: Fall
Offered: Every other academic year, odd years
Estimated Dates: Early September to mid-December
Program Focus: Regional Area Study with a Art and Theater Emphasis and Internship Experience.
Prerequisites: Minimum of 2.75 GPA is highly recommended.
Housing: Apartments
Fall 2019
Program Leader:
Jess Perlitz
Assistant Professor of Art, Studio Head of Sculpture, 503-768-7286
Fall 2017
Program Leader:
Stephen Weeks
Associate Professor of Theatre, 503-768-7494

Program Design

This program is designed by the Art and Theater Departments for students with a demonstrated interest and background in art and theater, whether they are majors in these departments or not.  The focus is on contemporary theater and art being done in New York City and the surrounding area.  An internship is also an integral part of the program. This internship is arranged by the student (with advice from faculty and the Center for Career and Community Engagement) prior to arriving in New York City; credit may be arranged in departments other than art and theater.

On average, students will attend theater once weekly.  While legitimate theater will be the focus of the program, different groups will be exposed to examples of performance art, opera, and dance.  Group discussions will take place after performances.  Student performance will be evaluated based on discussion, critical essays, final exam, and creative projects.

The focus of the art component of the program will be on art, usually contemporary exhibitions, taking place in New York.  The group will visit major museums, galleries, and auction houses to see these exhibitions.  Also students can expect to meet with artists, curators, critics, and publishers involved in the visual arts of New York.  Student performance will be evaluated based on critical essays, creative projects, and final exam.

The third course in the architectural history of New York will introduce students to the various architectural styles of New York as the city has evolved since the seventeenth century.  While there will be some class lecture/discussions, most of the course will be conducted in the field, visiting various parts of the city which best exemplify the various types of architecture to be found in New York.

Students can arrange internships with a variety of theater, art, and other organizations in the city.  This may involve internships like apprenticing for a painter, working for a theater company, or interning for business or civic organizations in New York.  Students work at these internships three days a week.

Because of these internships, applicants for the program should bring sufficient training in their major to be useful to the individual/organization where they intern.  Likewise, students should carry the knowledge gained at their internships back to campus to enhance their studies in their major fields.  The ideal applicant would be either a sophomore or junior at the time of application.  They would also have academic preparation in theater or art.


Requirements Fulfilled: ART 309 fulfills the 4-credit Creative Arts general education requirement. Participation on the New York City program does not fulfill the 8-credit International Studies general education requirement.

4 courses per semester/16 credits


Art 309: Art of New York
Art and Art History through the resources of New York City.  Exploration of how art gets made, how it reaches the public, and the process of its interpretation and display.                         

Theater 250: Theater of New York
Contemporary theater in New York including traditional and experimental work, American plays, plays from the international repertoire.  Attending and discussing productions.  Meeting with playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and producers to investigate current trends in theatrical writing, production and criticism.

OCS 233: History of New York
An overview of the architectural history and urban structure of New York.  Particular emphasis is given to examining the process of continuity and change in New York architecture from the colonial period to the twentieth century.

Dept. 444: Practicum

Internship relating to student area of academic interest.


Fee Breakdown:

Total Fee (includes Tuition & Program Fee): $32,334 

Tuition: $25,287

Program Fee: $7,047*

*Included in the program fee are room/housing, board/meals, field trips, administrative fees, and supplemental health insurance. Not included are airfare, passport and visa expenses, primary insurance coverage, photographs, books, immunizations, and incidentals.

Stipend: Students will receive a stipend to cover the cost of meals and transportation costs not covered by the program fee.

Estimated Airfare (Round Trip PDX to LGA or JFK): $500 - $1,000

Estimated Health Insurance Fee: $1,275.50*

*All students participating in overseas programs are automatically enrolled in iNext, a supplemental travel insurance program. The fee for iNext is covered in the program cost. However, students are also required to have comprehensive health insurance during their time abroad. All students participating in overseas programs, both abroad and domestic, are automatically enrolled in the College’s student health insurance program. Similar to a regular semester on-campus, students participating in overseas programs may waive enrollment in the student health insurance program if they have other comprehensive health insurance (e.g., through a parent, guardian or employer) that 1) provides coverage for them in the geographic region in which they will be studying and 2) includes mental health benefits. Click here for more information regarding Health Insurance Information & Overseas Programs.  

Program Preparation

Application Process: Applications are due one year before the start of the program. The semester before the program, students who have been accepted will meet regularly for orientation. This orientation is meant to prepare the students for life in NYC by exploring literature and culture, and provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the logistical details of the program.

For more information about the application process, click here.

Travel: Students usually fly into the LaGuardia or JFK airport, where they take a taxi to their housing.

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