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Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Recommended GPA: 2.5 Living Arrangements: Hostel
Language of Instruction: English Prerequisite: PRAD 244 or 255
Study Abroad Contact: Elizabeth Hall
Program Description:

Study Away Program: The New York Way, November 2016 from DePaul College of Communication on Vimeo.

The New York Way Program will immerse College of Communication Public Relations and Advertising (PRAD) students with a deeper understanding of the structure, operations and culture of agencies and media in New York through a fast-paced, hands-on experience. During an intense two-week December session, students will travel to New York for five days of visits to major agencies, organizations, and media outlets, networking with professionals and exploring the agencies’ work and competitive differences. Students will get a sense for the culture and expectations of New York agencies and receive tips for how to differentiate themselves from the intimidating number of applicants applying for entry-level positions. Upon their return, students will develop and make presentations to industry professionals and their classmates on the insights gained from the experience.

New York City is the most populous city in the United States with close to 19 million people. It is a city known for its significant impact upon commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment. Located on one of the world's largest natural harbors, New York City consists of five boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island.

Many districts and landmarks in New York City have become well known to its approximately 50 million annual visitors, such as the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the Broadway theatre district, and the Empire State Building, just to name a few.

While there will be a free night and a Saturday to explore New York's sights, the trip is primarily focused on professional development opportunities. If you want to experience New York as a tourist, please add a couple of days to visit before or after our visit. The trip includes four nights of accommodations in a Catholic guest house in Chelsea (double occupancy) including breakfast, two dinners, a visit to the 9/11 memorial Museum and unlimited public transportation in New York City.


Jim Motzer teaches Public Relations and Advertising in the Department of Communications.

All students will be enrolled in the following course:
Course PRAD 393 (Undergraduate)/ 595 (Graduate): The New York Way: In-Person Agency and Media Visits and Analysis (Public Relations Focus)
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Fall 2019
Taught by Jim Motzer
Course description Students will visit major New York agencies and select media outlets to gain first-hand insights as they assess the structure, operations and culture of agencies in New York. Students will get a sense for the expectations of New York agencies and receive tips on how to differentiate themselves from the intimidating number of applicants applying for entry-level positions. In New York, student will spend three full days meeting with PR, agencies and media outlets. Upon their return, students will make team presentations based on the insights of their experience.

This will primarily be a professional development experience. The days will be jam-packed with three agency visits per day and the pace will be non-stop just like the city itself. Each morning, I will lead optional breakfast excursions to bakeries in the Chelsea market, Union Square and Hell's Kitchen, along with walks to New York landmarks in neighborhoods such as Soho, the East and West Villages, Nolita, and Central Park.
Additional course information There will be a mandatory pre-departure orientation on Friday, November 15, 2019, from 10AM-12PM. After returning to Chicago, there will be a final class meeting on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. Students participating in The New York Way program must have at least a 2.5 GPA and have completed either PRAD 244 or PRAD 255.
  Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.

While in New York, students will have shared accommodations at a non-profit Catholic guesthouse in the exciting Chelsea neighborhood near Chelsea Market, the Highline, and with access to major subway lines. Students sleep two to a room with a bathroom shared with another room. The guesthouse serces a hearty breakfast buffet Monday through Satruday which is included.

All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.


Here are some helpful tips from former students who have participated in this program:
  • Travel in pairs and get to know people from your group- it makes the trip much more enjoyable!
  • Plan to spend a decent amount of money on food and drink while you’re there because New York is quite expensive.
  • Although it is the cheapest way to get around, the subway can be confusing. Pay attention and ask the metro workers for help if necessary, because they are generally really friendly.
  • Do your research prior to going. Look into the agencies you will visit, research the neighborhood they are in and what is around them.
  • Make and bring business cards!
  • Create a list of things you want to see/when you want to see them.
  • Make a budget and follow it, as it can be easy to spend a lot during free time activities.
  • There is a lot of walking, so be sure to pack comfortable shoes!

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Admissions Notification Date Start Date End Date
December 2020 05/01/2020 06/01/2020 12/01/2020 12/05/2020