UVM students must meet the following requirements in order to participate in Semester in the City:
- At least Sophomore standing during the semester you intend to participate. (In some rare cases we will consider a student with first year standing who is in their 2nd year at UVM).
- GPA above 2.0
- International students who hold F-1 or J-1 status must seek permission from the Office of International Education in order to participate.
UVM students will receive 15 credits for this semester long program.
- 12 credits will be internship credit under course number AS-190.
These credits count as electives, and DO count toward graduation. However, you can only count a maximum of 12 internship credits toward graduation as per CAS internship policy. So if you have already done an internship for credit, some of the credits you earn will not count toward your total 120 required hours. Check with your advisor if you have questions. Sophia Trigg, Internship Coordinator, can also help,
- 3 credits will be academic credit under course number AS-196. These credits are for the Social Innovator’s Toolbox course you take while at Semester in the City. You may apply these credits toward your major with department permission.
You will need to apply to have these credits counted toward your major. Keep in mind that your request may not be granted if the content of the academic course does not align with what your department considers credit worthy. If the credit is not counted toward your major, it will count as elective credit.
Living in Boston:
Semester in the City provides housing in an apartment building located in Allson, a neighborhood in Boston with a large student and young professional population.
Each intern will share a 4-bedroom furnished apartment with 3 other interns. Each person will have their own bedroom and will share a kitchen, bathroom and living room area. Photos can be found on the Semester in the City website under “Living in Boston”.
Cookware, plates, glasses, utensils, pots and pans, all utilities, microwave and high-speed wireless internet are all included.
- A monthly CharlieCard (MBTA transportation pass, subway, tram and bus system) is provided to each intern.
- A living stipend of $40/week, amounting to $600/semester
- Dinner is included every Wednesday night, and breakfast and lunch every Friday
Each apartment building will have a Community Adviser (CA) who will organize community activities for Fellows and act as a first responder to any incidents or emergencies in the building. CAs must live in CfSI apartments and will receive discounted housing.
All interns who reside in CfSI housing are a short 5-7 minute walk from the Harvard Avenue train stop on the Green line or six different bus stops. Commutes to internship sites will vary widely for each intern.
To familiarize yourself with the Boston public transportation system, and riding the T, so that you can plan your commute or other trips, we encourage you to visit Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority website.
The favorite apps of our CfSI fellows and staff for getting around the city are Google Maps, Transit, and the MBTA's Realtime Subway and Bus tools on their website.
Costs & Fees
UVM students will pay their normal tuition amount for a 15 credit semester. All grants, scholarships and financial aid will apply as normal.
Housing & Meals:
UVM students will not pay UVM for housing or a meal plan. Instead, they will work directly with Semester in the City to pay for housing. There is no meal plan associated with this program. Students will need to work with their roommates to shop, cook and eat together. See Semester in the City website for current housing fees.