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  • Locations: Chicago, United States
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short Term Faculty Directed Area of Study: Political Science (PLS)
Minimum Required GPA: 2.0 Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Hotel Language Courses Offered: No
Internship or Service Learning: None College Designation: CHPA
Open to Non-MSU Student: Yes MSU Registrar's Term: Spring
Program Description:


Chicago is known as “The City That Works” in spite of its reputation of corruption and machine politics.  This, plus the primary instructor’s knowledge of the city, makes Chicago the ideal American city for students to visit. The travel component is also supported by the high level of professionalism among Chicago area city managers and their staffs.  Students will be able to meet with these professionals to gain insights into local government in a large metropolitan area.

Program Fee: $1,770

Program Fee Includes:

  • Transportation
  • Accommodations
  • International Programs Academic Fee
  • Entrance Fees
Program Fee Excludes:
  • In-state tuition for the course(s) itself
  • Passport
  • Meals
  • Ground transportation for personal trips
  • Souvenirs & other personal purchases (e.g. coffee, clothing, etc.)
  • Immunization
Course(s) Offered:
  • PLS 497 (3)
  • PLS 757 (3)
Maximum Credit Hours: 3

James Kaatz
Department of Political Science

David Johnson
Department of Political Science


Pre-Departure Meeting Dates Pre-Departure Meeting Topic
TBD 1 Hour Classroom Lecture
TBD 1 Hour Classroom Lecture
TBD 1 Hour Classroom Lecture
Program Itinerary   
May 20 Travel to Plainfield, Welcome picnic at Winterhaven
May 21 Visit Joliet, Visit Joliet Fire Department, Casino, and Tour Downtown
May 22 Visit Plainfield City Hall and Township Office
May 23 Travel to Chicago, Attend Cubs game and tour area
May 24 Visit Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Millennium Park, and Navy Pier
May 25 Visit Southside Non-Profit and City Hall
May 26 Visit Chinatown, Greek Town, and Gaelic Park Irish Festival
May 27 Visit Field Museum, Art Institute, and Sky Deck
May 28 Visit Northside Harbor, Salmon Charter, and Beach
May 29 Visit Downtown Elmhurst and Team 125
May 30 Visit DeKalb City Hall, EMS Facility, and NIU Campus
May 31 Return to Springfield
Post-Program Meetings Topic

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid and scholarships are only available to currently enrolled MSU students. If you are a visiting student from another institution, you will need to work with your home institution Financial Aid Office to identify any available aid.

The seven colleges at Missouri State University are pleased to announce their respective Study Away Scholarships. A scholarship fund has been established by MSU’s President, International Programs, and the respective college to assist students with their study abroad. Search available college scholarships here!

Other Financial Aid:
Study Away Programs works closely with the Office of Financial Aid to make funding readily available for our study away students.  Before students can schedule an appointment with Financial Aid, you must submit an approved STFD Budget Worksheet to Study Away Programs.

Study Away students may be able to use their institutional aid, grants, or loans for their study abroad.  Students are encouraged to meet with Financial Aid as soon as possible to plan appropriately for their time abroad.  Please request a Study Away Financial Aid Counselor when making an appointment.


Billing & Procedures

  • Tuition fees are not included in the program fee and will be charged to your University account separately and will be subject to MSU's billing and payment policies.
  • The program fee will be billed within approximately one week of the application deadline.  This fee includes the International Programs Academic Experience Fee. 
  • The program fee is due in full according to the standard program payment deadline (please refer to the "Financial Responsibility, Cancellation, and Withdrawal Policy" signature document). If a student is planning on financial aid to cover some or all program costs, the student must provide documentation to Study Away at least two weeks prior to the program payment deadline.
    • Students who have not paid the MSU portion of the program fee will be withdrawn from the program and dropped from the course.
  • MSU students will be billed through their University accounts.
  • Non-MSU students and program guests must pay through the Study Away storefront.
Cancellation & Refund Policies
  • If a student withdraws from the program, the participant will be liable for 15% of the total program fee, the International Programs Academic Experience Fee, and any non-refundable purchases made on the participant's behalf. 
  • When the program begins, no refunds will be issued under any circumstances.

All withdrawals must be complete the STFD Program Withdrawal Form with the Program Director's signature to Study Away Programs, Plaster Student Union 209.

This program is currently not accepting applications.