• Summer Travel Study


    Cities and Cultures

  • Summer Travel Study


    Cities and Cultures


Learn about this program’s 2016 Travel Study Scholarship recipient, Elizabeth Strazzante

Come join us this summer and explore cutting edge, urban, cultural and political issues, and the trendiest neighborhoods in the country's largest city. See first-hand how a city of 9.2 million goes about its daily life. Visit the brand new World Trade Center memorial site, the sensational new High Line park, and learn about attempts to "green" the city, and its spectacular success in reducing crime. Hear how the "Big Apple" is dealing with its challenges as the largest public school system in the country, and see first-hand how the city hosts star high-tech companies such as Google and Apple, nurtures thousands of start-ups, and is a new media center. View the latest architecture, discuss the changing role of museums, and visit Chelsea, the largest Contemporary Art gallery district in the world. Learn about the new world of journalism, newspapers, television and magazines. See how the film and television industry and Broadway and today's contemporary theater works, and hear first-hand about the turbulent history of Spiderman, the most expensive Broadway show ever. Visit the United Nations and learn about New York as a global city.

The program combines seminars and on-site visits led by some of the major experts in the city, which may include:

  • Night at Broadway with a Broadway show, and "after-show" private meeting with the actors, led by tv journalist Dick Oliver and Broadway marketing executive Kate McGrath
  • New York Times senior editor, Connie Rosenblum
  • Sotheby's Senior Lecturer, Andras Szanto
  • NYC Art Commissioner, Michele Bogart
  • New media expert Merry Clark
  • Chief Engineer of the Highline, Peter Mullan
  • Meat-packing Historic District Co-founders, Jo Hamilton and Florent Morellet
  • Harlem tour led by McArthur award winning photographer Camilo Vergara

Courses meet four days a week. There are no prerequisites for the course. You will earn 10 quarter units--Sociology 191NY: Urban and Suburban Sociology and Sociology 191R: Sociology of Culture. Also, you may take an optional course: 4 quarter units Sociology 199: Directed Research.


Prerequisites: None

Required Courses:
10 quarter units

Sociology 191NY: Urban and Suburban Sociology
Sociology 191R: Sociology of Culture

Optional Courses
4 quarter units

Sociology 199: Directed Research

You may earn independent study units by writing an academically rigorous 10-15 page paper or by presenting a carefully annotated portfolio of photographs together with an explanatory essay. Obtain your instructor's approval on the subject and format. Please note that deadline dates apply even if you plan to travel after the program ends. There is an additional fee for this independent study course.


Grades are typically based on attendance, class participation, journals, a mid-term examination and a final examination/final project. The instructor reserves the right to vary this format.


All schedules, itineraries, and group activities are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.


You are responsible for purchasing your own textbooks. We strongly suggest you read as much of the text material as possible before you depart. More information on textbooks will be available at a later date.



Budget and Financial Aid

Program Cost
Budget UC Undergrads UC Grad Students Visiting Students
Program Fee
Textbooks (estimate) 100 100 100
Airfare (estimate) 600 600 600
Meals (estimate) 1300 1300 1300
Spending Money (estimate) 500 500 500

Program fee includes registration and course fees, accommodations, some meals, and program excursions.

Airfare, textbooks, optional courses, other meals and optional excursions are additional.

Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

Document Fee

Non-UCLA students will be charged a $50 Document Fee. This is a one-time document fee which covers fees for first-class mailing of official transcripts, diploma and much more. Please visit the Registrar's Office Website for more information. Matriculated UCLA Students: Please visit the Registrar's Office Website for document fee information.


All undergraduate students will be charged a $61 IEI fee per summer. The IEI (Instructional Enhancement Initiative) fee is a course materials fee that is charged in order to support the use of technology in undergraduate education at UCLA. For more information please click here.


We recommend that you budget accordingly to cover optional sightseeing, laundry, Internet cafes, emergencies, etc.  How much to budget depends on your travel, entertainment, and souvenir choices. It is always best to overestimate your spending. Take the time to research the cost of living in your destination and the activities you want to participate in while abroad.

Purchasing Airfare

We typically advise students to wait until late March to purchase airplane tickets for summer programs.

Optional Course Fee
Optional 199 UC Undergrads UC Grad Students Visiting Students
Course Fee

Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for Travel Study programs is available to qualified UCLA students. All other students should inquire about financial aid at their home institution. For details about the financial aid application process, please visit the Financial Aid section of this web site.

On Location


Students will stay in housing provided by NYU. Rooms are double occupancy and some students may be assigned to share larger suites with other students who are not in the UCLA program. Students will not have access to kitchens in the residence hall, however they will be provided a basic meal plan as explained below.  Please plan accordingly for all other meals.

Students need to provide their own linens (beds are extra-long twins), pillows, towels, and dishware/cookware if they plan to use the kitchen.

Participants must complete an NYU Housing Application and submit this online directly to NYU Housing. The application will be made available at a later date by UCLA IEO.

UCLA Travel Study reserves the right to change housing location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable accommodations elsewhere.


An eight meals per week meal plan is included at NYU. Students will not have access to kitchens, so please plan accordingly for all other meals.

If you have strict dietary requirements, this program may not be able to accommodate your needs. Please let us know when you apply for this program if you have special dietary needs as well as any physical or medical conditions. We will advise you accordingly.


This program includes several weekly excursions within New York City. A complete excursion itinerary will be available at a later date.

Free time is built into this program for independent sightseeing. If you plan on traveling extensively, we recommend that you budget additional spending money.


For more information on New York City, please visit New York's official tourism Web page.


June 25th - July 22nd, 2017


New York City


Professor David Halle

Program Fee

UC Undergrads:
UC Grad Students:
Visiting Students:
Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.