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ACM strives to make off-campus study a great value for students by offering affordable programs that are academically excellent and focused on experiential learning.

The educational cost ACM charges for the Newberry Seminar includes:

  • The academic curriculum
  • Program field trips to museums and historic sites in Chicago
  • Symposiums for researchers and visiting scholars at the Newberry
  • Presentations by Newberry librarians of rare materials from the library's collections
  • Opportunities for paid internships with departments at the Newberry Library.

Cost Information for Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities

  • If you are a student at an ACM college, the program educational cost that ACM charges students and their college is automatically discounted by 10%.
  • If you are a student at a college that is affiliated with the program, ACM discounts the program educational cost by 5%.

Applying for an ACM program is free. Educational costs for your semester at the Newberry Library will vary based on your individual financial aid package and your school’s procedures, as schools may charge based on either the cost of the ACM program or the college’s tuition price. Additionally, some schools may assess special fees for off-campus study.

Fall 2018 semester

Full price 5% Discount for Affiliated Colleges 10% Discount for ACM Colleges
Educational Costs* $11,100 $10,500 $10,000
Program Fee** $2,200  $2,200 $2,200
Campus tuition charges and/or fees*** Varies Varies Varies

See the Newberry Seminar personal expenses webpage for a sample budget and estimated costs of commonly purchased items in Chicago.


* Discounts apply to educational costs only. Program-sponsored field trips and excursions are included in the educational costs.
** The program fee covers housing and local transportation. The $50 non-refundable deposit will be applied toward the program fee.
*** Many colleges assess additional fees or charge students full home college tuition instead of the ACM educational costs. This typically relates to expenses for academic support services and the awarding of academic credit and/or financial aid. Please consult your Financial Aid office or Off-Campus Study office for more details about your college's policies, and to find out what you will be charged for the program.

Paid Internships at the Newberry

Newberry Seminar students have the opportunity to work as assistants in various departments at the Newberry Library. These are paid positions and are limited to 10 hours per week maximum, so as not to interfere with seminar and research time. See Internships at the Newberry for a list of positions typically available for Newberry Seminar participants.

Paid Assistant Position on the Newberry Seminar

ACM offers paid assistant positions at consortial off-campus study sites, including the Newberry Library, so you can have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and earn a stipend during your study away program. The positions are awarded through a competitive application process.

The following position is available for students participating in the Newberry Seminar in fall 2018:

Additional Information

This webpage was updated on January 25, 2017.