LEARN: Participants visit sites of innovative and entrepreneurial social change throughout the city of Chicago.


Engage Chicago 2018 runs from Friday, June 22 - Friday, August 17. The program begins on Friday, June 22 with a two-day orientation. The regular program session begins on Monday, June 25, and runs for eight weeks through Friday, August 17.


Financial Information

Engage Chicago is a two-credit program (the equivalent of six credit hours at semester schools). For summer programs, students pay per credit. Click here for current Northwestern tuition rates for Northwestern students. Click here for current tuition rates for visiting (non-Northwestern) students.

Engage Chicago students are housed in student residences on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus near downtown Chicago (see below for more details), but housing charges will be billed by Northwestern University. Summer housing rates for the eight week program are $890 (double) or $1290 (single room). Students are responsible for food and incidental expenses throughout the program.

Financial Aid
Accepted students can apply for financial aid to support their participation in Engage Chicago. Though available scholarship support is limited, every effort is made to try to make the program as accessible as possible for interested students regardless of financial need. Any students (from Northwestern or other institutions) interested in seeking financial support for the program are encouraged to contact our office so we can help advise them throughout the process.

Northwestern Students
Northwestern students who receive need-based assistance during the academic year are eligible to apply for financial aid for Engage Chicago though Northwestern's Office of Financial Aid. The summer aid application for Northwestern students is quite short and is typically posted online around March 1st each year. Information about applying for summer aid and the required application are available on the Northwestern University Office of Financial Aid website.

Students whose need is not met through the Financial Aid Office may also be eligible for additional support through Engage Chicago Summer Grants. Contact our office for more details.

Non-Northwestern Students
Students at other universities should check with their own school's financial aid office to determine their eligibility for financial support. Some past participants have been able to acquire support not only from their home financial aid office but also through sponsoring departments, programs, special awards and other organizations at their home institutions.

Non-Northwestern students with unmet finanical need may also be eligible to apply for additional support through the Engage Chicago summer grant program. Contact our office for more details.

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All program-related travel during Engage Chicago is provided.  Students are provided with an unlimited public transportation pass for their use throughout the duration of the program. The UIC campus offers easy access to both the pink and blue line "el" trains as well as several CTA bus routes. Students are responsible for travel to and from the University of Illinois at Chicago campus at the beginning and conclusion of the program.

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Engage Chicago housing is near downtown Chicago on the west campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Students are housed in a traditional college dormitory, with the option of single or double rooms. The residence hall is air-conditioned, and laundry and kitchen facilities are conveniently located within the building. Spacious and comfortable lounge areas provide space for informal socializing as well as staff-facilitated reflection sessions. Also, the east and west sides of the UIC campus are connected by Taylor Street which offers multiple dining and retail options within walking distance.  This community living experience is one of the foundations of the program; students are expected to live on-site.

Click here for a floor plan of the residences. Click on the thumbnails below to view pictures:

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