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NYC Semester

Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    15 credits
    • Location

      ​New York City
    • Semesters Offered

      Fall, Spring
    • Requirement

      Sophomore, junior or senior standing

    • Minimum GPA


      Required at the time of completing application

    • Deadline

      March 15, 2024

      Deadline for the Fall 2024 program

    • Application

      We will be opening applications for the Fall 2024 semester on January 22. Please fill out the Study Abroad Future Interest Form to be notified about program updates for Fall 2024 and beyond.

      How to Apply

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      Biola is not currently accepting applications for the NYC Semester Program.

      Spend a semester learning from top-notch journalism faculty and interning at a news media organization in the journalism capital of America.

      Program Overview

      If a lot can happen in a New York minute, imagine a whole semester! New York City Semester is a program with The King’s College, located in downtown Manhattan. Students will be immersed in a rigorous and engaging academic experience, learning from award-winning professors who epitomize committed Christian faith along with mastery in their fields. In addition to visits from industry professionals and the vibrant faculty lectures, students will take advantage of unparalleled networking opportunities, cultural experiences, and more.

      NYC Semester is home to three programs. NYC Business, NYC Journalism, and NYC Theater.

      Through the NYC Semester in Business (NYCB), you will study business in the heart of a global financial center. Steps from the New York Stock Exchange, The King’s College offers challenging business, finance, marketing, and management coursework that is integrated with learning experiences at key historic, cultural, and financial institutions. NYCB coursework takes advantage of the proximity to the United Nations and connections to international non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The King’s College provides networking opportunities, including lunches and dinners, with Christian leaders in NYC businesses and NGOs. NYCB students engage with a distinctively Christian vision for work that affirms the God-given dignity of individuals and prioritizes excellence and integrity.

      NYC Journalism (NYCJ) is led by Wall Street Journal veteran Professor Paul Glader and New York Daily News veteran Professor Clemente Lisi. The program includes newsroom visits to outlets such as BuzzFeed, The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press and ProPublica. Students in the program have interned at outlets such as The New York Daily News, The Brooklyn Paper and Newsweek. They have heard from journalists from outlets such as The New York Times, SkyNews and Reuters. Studying with professors who are deeply rooted in Christian faith, NYCJ students cultivate their commitment to the truth and the skill to tell it well.

      NYC Theater allows students to study in the center of American theater, where new plays and musicals are created, tested, and showcased and new talent is sharpened, challenged, and celebrated. The campus is a short subway ride from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and off-off Broadway, providing opportunities for young theater artists to witness the wide range of what it means to be a professional in this competitive field. The King’s College hosts actors, directors, producers, stage managers, and agents who speak about what they do and how they do it. We also create networking opportunities with Christian theater artists in NYC who understand the transformative potential of live theater and who are incarnating their faith in the theater industry.

      Students who apply to attend an NYC Semester Program complete a Biola application for review by Study Abroad. In addition to the Biola Study Abroad application, students must also complete an application with The King's College - NYC Semester. Students must be accepted by both Biola Study Abroad and The King's College in order to participate in the program.

      2024–25 Program Cost (Before Financial Aid)

      2024–2025 Biola Semester Tuition$24,492
      Program Fees (e.g. Room Only, Educational Excursions)$3,427
      Non-Refundable Biola Administrative Fee$500
      Estimated Program Cost$28,419

      Airfare, meals, insurance, local transportation, and textbooks are not included in the program cost. Student housing is in a shared apartment for the semester. Students accepted to participate in the program will be billed the Program Cost as seen above. This cost is before financial aid. For a study abroad financial aid review, please contact The Office of Financial Aid.

      Program Dates

      Fall 2023: August 31–December 15, 2023
      Spring 2024: January 17–May 3, 2024

      Course Equivalencies