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Chicago Program: Arts, Entrepreneurship, & Urban Studies

Chicago, Illinois

Independent Study Project (ISP)

Students in the Chicago Program pursue an Independent Study Project (ISP) related to their academic and professional goals.  Ideally, these will be projects that draw on the city’s resources to create something original, such as a research paper, a service project, a work of art, or a feasibility analysis for a business.  For the first half of the program, students will meet regularly in their ISP groups to develop skills and exposure to practicioners in the city.  Students may also find ways to link their ISP with their internship.  All students will share their final products at the end of the program. (Note: The fall and spring trimester options do not include an independent study project.)

Independent Study Projects may be related to almost any academic area.  Many students have projects that relate more closely to the three seminar topics—Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Urban Studies.  Here are examples of some recent projects in those areas:

  • Recent Independent Study Projects related to the Arts
  • Recent Independent Study Projects related to Entrepreneurship
  • Recent Independent Study Projects related to Urban Studies

Chicago Program: Arts, Entrepreneurship, & Urban Studies

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Taihua Li When I started the ACM Chicago Program, I was not sure if I would enjoy it. It turned out that I loved the semester in Chicago and I loved the people I met there. The Chicago Program gave me not only a chance to meet new people and build great networks in the city, but also to learn a lot of practical skills. I was amazed by how much I learned from the internship and now that I have finished the program, I have set my career goal to becoming a CFA. One semester in Chicago also taught me about the public transportation system and the skills needed to live in a city like Chicago. I will definitely go back to Chicago after I graduate because it is just a wonderful city to study, work, and live in.

—Taihua Li, Chicago Program (Entrepreneurship), Fall 2013

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The Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) is a consortium of independent, liberal arts colleges in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Colorado.