January in New York City, USA

Spend 3 weeks in New York City for part of your summer university break! Experience the energy and excitement of NYC, immerse yourself at a local university with a diverse group of students and choose to study a range of courses in finance, politics, history, marketing, economics, humanities and social science.

Program Overview

New York City is truly the city that never sleeps. From incredible art galleries and museums, Times Square, Broadway, amazing architecture, hole in the wall clubs and a thriving music and arts scene, and some of the world’s best restaurants, New York has something to offer every student and traveller. Experience modern styles blended with historical beauty, taste amazing food, and live in one of the most vibrant cities in the world! Life in The Big Apple is fast-paced, charming and steeped in culture. Students will find limitless activities to do and sites to see while living and studying in the largest metropolitan city in the US.

A few highlights of this program include:

Location – Set in cosmopolitan New York City, NYIT’s campus is placed in the heart of the city: Manhattan. It is located between 60th and 62nd streets on Broadway, adjacent to Columbus Circle, across the street from Central Park, and within walking distance of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Its central location makes all areas of Manhattan accessible via subway and bus routes and is close to concert halls, theatres, museums, and libraries.

Exceptional Support – CISaustralia prides itself in providing personal support from initial enquiry to returning home. We also offer a full range of support services on the ground, helping you with airport pick up, orientation, excursions, emergencies, issues or concerns around your program, or just if you’re feeling out of place and need someone to chat to. Our on-site staff will help organise excursions to help you experience some of the area’s many impressive sites. If you’re in need of an activity, restaurant suggestion, direction to local sporting events or even a museum location, our on-site staff will be eager to share recommendations with you!

Summer Program Designed Specifically for CISaustralia and Australian University students – On this 3-week January program specifically designed by NYIT for CISaustralia students, participants enjoy all that NYIT and New York City have to offer while choosing from a range of courses that align with the Australian university summer break.


Besides having the unique opportunity to reside in one the world’s most populous greater metropolitan areas for a few weeks, this program offers students a number of other exciting highlights:

  • Location – NYIT-Manhattan is located at the intersection of Broadway and 61st Street. Part of New York City’s West Side and Lincoln Square neighbourhood, the campus is surrounded by cultural and recreational venues, stores, restaurants, and major companies.
  • Metropolitan Life – Connect to the energy and opportunities of one of the world’s most exciting and cosmopolitan cities. NYIT-Manhattan places you in the heart of New York City – the global capital of culture, finance, media, technology, and almost everything else.
  • Studies – NYIT is consistently placed amongst the top 50 US universities as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, ensuring a fine education for all students. In addition to this, its campus is ranked the second safest in New York State by Niche in 2016, as well as being ranked as one of the more diverse colleges in the US by The New York Times. All these factors combined ensure an immersive, well-rounded experience for all.
  • Diversity – More than anything, New York is a city of neighbourhoods, each with its own distinct history and personality: the stately apartment buildings and tony shops of the Upper East Side, the bustling, crooked streets of Chinatown, the blend of storied waterfront and new construction in downtown Brooklyn. Each neighbourhood can—and should—be explored on foot; a day passed wandering New York City streets is always a day well spent.
  • The Tried and True Tourist Stand-Bys – Times Square, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, MoMA, the Met, the Museum of Natural History, Yankee Stadium. No one needs to be told that these iconic attractions are worth a visit.

Choose Your Course

Students will spend 3 weeks studying their course of choice at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). NYIT designed this program specifically for CISaustralia students. It enables participants to pursue particular areas of interest that align with the Australian university break while enjoying all that NYIT and New York City have to offer.

Course Offerings:

  • MRKT301: Management of Promotion (Marketing and Communications)
  • ECON320: International Economics and Finance
  • ICBS302: Intergroup Relations – Understanding Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination
  • ICSS 306 M01: Modern New York

Note: NYIT requires minimum class sizes for each course. If the minimum class size is not met, the class may not be offered by NYIT. For more information, please contact your CISaustralia Program Advisor.

Course Load: 1 course (minimum of 45 face-to-face contact hours, plus independent study, equivalent to 3 US credits)

  • Depending on your Australian university, “courses” may be referred to as “subjects” or “units”.
  • Each course/subject/unit you undertake on a CISaustralia program is designed to be a full-time, semester course that has been condensed to fit into an intensive, short-term program. As such, for any 1 course you study abroad, you should receive the credit points for 1 full-time course/subject/unit at your Australian university.
  • Many universities work off of a 1-for-1 equivalency (1 course abroad = 1 course in Australia), but ultimately credit approval is the decision of your faculty and Australian university.
  • CISaustralia strongly recommends that you have any overseas courses pre-approved for academic credit before you depart for your program. Some documentation that may be useful are the course outline/syllabus, program overview and the contact hours.
  • Although you will only take 1 course on the January program, it is best to get 2-3 courses approved by your university before you go overseas. This gives you some flexibility. Why not consider opting for an interesting elective if your degree allows?
  • Your CISaustralia Program Advisor can assist with any questions or details your university needs to make a decision.

Academic Requirement: To qualify for this program, students must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 4.0 (out of 7) or equivalent. If your current GPA falls below the requirement, you may still be considered for the program but will need to be prepared to provide supporting documentation. Please contact us to discuss your situation and we will work with you to help find another suitable program if required.

Course Descriptions:

CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours + 2 hour final exam

This course provides the conceptual framework that forms the basis for global commerce. Topics include free trade, the flow of goods and services, investments, balance of payment, and the International Monetary System and the foreign exchange markets in the context of alternative international adjustment mechanisms.

CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours

A firm’s promotional efforts focus on developing and managing integrated marketing communications. This course studies the planning and implementation of demand stimulating promotion, i.e., advertising, personal selling, sales promotion and publicity/public relations. Promotion is seen as a key element of the marketing mix which contributes to an organisation’s cohesive marketing strategy.

CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours

A firm’s promotional efforts focus on developing and managing integrated marketing communications. This course studies the planning and implementation of demand stimulating promotion, i.e., advertising, personal selling, sales promotion and publicity/public relations. Promotion is seen as a key element of the marketing mix which contributes to an organisation’s cohesive marketing strategy.

CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours

This seminar course considers the ways in which New York has been rebuilt and redefined by people and institutions since the late nineteenth century. Topics include: Wall Street and trusts; Gilded Age politics; water, parks, and mass transportation; apartment houses, tenements, and housing reform; class warfare and the labour movement; fine arts and popular amusements; national mass culture and the 1920s boom; Depression and Fiorello La Guardia; Robert Moses and urban renewal; suburbanisation; the urban crisis; the new immigrants; globalisation and postindustrial reform.

CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours

This seminar course will provide an overview of theoretical perspectives, research methods, empirical findings, and practical applications of psychological research on prejudice, stigma, and intergroup relations. Students will better understand psychological principles underlying prejudiced attitudes and discriminatory behaviours, gain a more objective view of their personal beliefs and behaviours, and further develop their ability to critically think about the nature of evidence and arguments from a scientific perspective.

CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours

This seminar course considers the ways in which New York has been rebuilt and redefined by people and institutions since the late nineteenth century. Topics include: Wall Street and trusts; Gilded Age politics; water, parks, and mass transportation; apartment houses, tenements, and housing reform; class warfare and the labour movement; fine arts and popular amusements; national mass culture and the 1920s boom; Depression and Fiorello La Guardia; Robert Moses and urban renewal; suburbanisation; the urban crisis; the new immigrants; globalisation and postindustrial reform.


One cultural activity is included in the program fees. In the past, this has included an excursion to Top of the Rock (observatory on top of Rockefeller Center).

There is also an endless number of other activities students can partake in on their own as well (costs not included in program fees), both in Manhattan and the surrounding areas:

  • Times Square — The intersection of Broadway and Seventh Ave (aka Times Square) pumps out the NYC of the global imagination – yellow cabs, golden arches, soaring skyscrapers and razzle-dazzle Broadway marquees.
  • Empire State Building — As one would expect, the views from both decks are especially spectacular at sunset. For a little of that ‘Arthur’s Theme’ magic, head to the 86th floor between 9pm and 1am Thursday to Saturday, when the twinkling sea of lights is accompanied by a soundtrack of live saxophone (requests are welcome).
  • Statue of Liberty — Conceived as early as 1865 by French intellectual Edouard Laboulaye as a monument to the republican principals shared by France and the USA, the Statue of Liberty is still generally recognized as a symbol for at least the ideals of opportunity and freedom to many.
  • Ellis Island — Ellis Island is America’s most famous and historically important gateway. Its Immigration Museum delivers a poignant tribute to the immigrant experience, featuring narratives from historians, the immigrants themselves and other sources.
  • Central Park — One of the world’s most renowned green spaces, Central Park spreads across 843 acres of rolling meadows, boulder-studded outcroppings, elm-lined walkways, manicured European-style gardens, a lake and a reservoir — not to mention an outdoor theatre, a memorial to John Lennon, an idyllic waterside eatery (the Loeb Boathouse) and one very famous statue of Alice in Wonderland.
  • The Met — The Metropolitan Museum of Art, colloquially “the Met”, is located in New York City and is the largest art museum in the United States, and is among the most visited art museums in the world.
  • The Museum of Natural History — On the natural history side, the museum is perhaps best known for its Fossil Halls containing nearly 600 specimens, including the skeletons of a massive mammoth and a fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex.
  • Yankee Stadium — Yankee Stadium is a stadium located in the Concourse section of the Bronx, a borough of New York City. It serves as the home ballpark for the New York Yankees.
  • Grand Central Terminal — These days, Grand Central’s underground electric tracks serve only commuter trains en route to northern suburbs and Connecticut. But whether you’re traveling somewhere or not, the station merits a special trip for the architecture alone – not to mention for its vaulted Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, and grab-and-go Grand Central Market.
  • Brooklyn Bridge — A New York icon, the Brooklyn Bridge, which connects Brooklyn and Manhattan, was the world’s first steel suspension bridge. The bridge is a magnificent example of urban design, inspiring poets, writers and painters. Its pedestrian walkway delivers soul-stirring views of lower Manhattan, the East River and the rapidly developing Brooklyn waterfront.


New York City
New York City is comprised of five boroughs sitting where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean. At its core is Manhattan, a densely populated borough that’s among the world’s major commercial, financial and cultural centres. Its iconic sites include skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and sprawling Central Park. Broadway Theatre is staged in neon-lit Times Square.

The United States of America is a constitutional federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. Forty-eight of the fifty states and the federal district are contiguous and located in North America between Canada and Mexico. The state of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U.S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The geography, climate and wildlife of the country are extremely diverse.

At 3.8 million square miles (9.8 million km2) and with over 324 million people, the United States is the world’s third-largest by land area, and the third-most populous. It is one of the world’s most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations and is home to the world’s largest immigrant population. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the largest city is New York City; nine other major metropolitan areas are Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Miami, Atlanta, Boston, and San Francisco.

People around the world are familiar with iconic NYC sites such as:

  • The Statue of Liberty – A colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor
  • Empire State Building – A 102-story skyscraper located on Fifth Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets in Midtown, Manhattan
  • Central Park – An urban park in Manhattan
  • The MET – The Metropolitan Opera House located on Broadway at Lincoln Square on the Upper West Side
  • Grand Central Station – A commuter, rapid transit railroad terminal at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown
  • Times Square – A major commercial intersection, tourist destination, entertainment centre and neighbourhood in Midtown
  • Broadway – Various theatrical performances presented in the Theater District and Lincoln Center along Broadway
  • And much more!

The University

New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) is a private, independent, non-profit, non-sectarian, coeducational research university founded in 1910 – and has over 100,000 alumni worldwide. The current 10,000 NYIT students representing 50 US states and 100 countries at campuses around the world become engaged, technologically savvy physicians, architects, scientists, engineers, business leaders, digital artists, health care professionals, and more.

The university campus is located on Manhattan Island at the intersections of 61st and Broadway – near Columbus Circle and right on the corner of Central Park. NYIT also has a cybersecurity research centre in Port Washington, New York and campuses around the world in Arkansas (USA), United Arab Emirates, China and Canada.

NYIT has five schools and two colleges, all with an emphasis on technology and applied scientific research. The university offers 100 degree programs, including undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in 50 fields of study, including architecture and design, arts and sciences, education, engineering and computing sciences, health professions, management and osteopathic medicine. NYIT is the birthplace of 3D CGI films.

The university enrols 10,000 students across its campuses in America. U.S. News & World Report lists NYIT as a “selective” university and consistently ranks it in the “Top 50” among U.S. universities in the North.

In 2030, NYIT will be a model 21st-century university educating future global leaders and professionals in technology-rich environments where “connectedness” and great teaching will inspire innovation and entrepreneurship, and where students and faculty members will create and share knowledge that brings positive change to society.

Global Thought Leadership
In addition to ground-breaking research, NYIT leads the way in creating world-class forums for experts around the world to convene to discuss, strategize, and propose solutions for the world’s greatest challenges. Topics of recent NYIT conferences include:

  • Sustainable Megacities: Food, Energy, Water, and the Built Environment
  • Cybersecurity
  • Energy
  • MOOCs and Beyond: Teaching and Learning with Technology
  • The Water-Energy Nexus
  • Provocative Perspectives on Health

Leadership & Faculty
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) is governed by a Board of Trustees, who are national leaders, entrepreneurs, and strategists in their fields.


Students will stay a short 5-10 minute walk from campus at the well-known YMCA – on Manhattan Island in the heart of NYC.

The west side ‘Y’ is located mere steps away from Central Park and down the street from Columbus Circle and the Lincoln Center, which is home to the Metropolitan Opera, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the New York City Ballet and the New York Philharmonic. Situated in a lively and friendly neighbourhood, the Upper West Side is filled with boutiques, trendy bars, live music venues, high-end retail stores and easy access to subways and transportation (Times Square is a short 10-15 minute subway ride away!). The Y is in the perfect location to experience and explore New York City!

Participants will enjoy clean, air-conditioned rooms, 24-hour security, housekeeping service and free Wi-Fi, plus amenities that include two swimming pools, a large, well-equipped fitness facility, snack cafe and cosy lounge.

There are no cooking or laundry facilities at the Y, however, there are thousands of restaurants to choose from in Manhattan alone with hundreds within a short walk. The nearest laundry mat is only 3 blocks away.

For this program, 3 accommodation options are available:

  • 2-person shared bedroom with shared, communal bathroom down the hall
  • 2-person shared bedroom with semi-private, single-use bathroom* down the hall
  • Single bedroom with semi-private, single-use bathroom* down the hall

*Semi-private bathrooms are located down the hall from the bedrooms. They are private rooms that lock when they are in use, and include a toilet, basin/sink, and standing shower. The semi-private bathrooms are not for our students’ exclusive use during the program – they can be used by other patrons who’ve opted for a semi-private bathroom. As such, it’s important to ensure that no personal belongings are left behind after use.

Each room includes:

  • Linens
  • Housekeeping
  • Lift/elevator access
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Heating and air-conditioning
  • One desk, able to sit one person
  • Bathroom access (shared or semi-private, depending on room type chosen)

Amenities at the YMCA:

  • Fully-equipped gym and fitness facility (including machines, weights, cardio equipment, squash courts, basketball courts, running track, and two swimming pools)
  • Group exercise classes
  • Gourmet cafe (snacks, coffee, tea, and breakfast and lunch options)
  • Lounge area (a great place to sit back and relax or study)

Centrally located, the Y is easily accessible (59th Street transit hub) by a plethora of subway lines that can take you all over the city. Tourist destinations like Broadway, Times Square and the Rockefeller Center are short journeys away. If you prefer to walk, Central Park is steps away and you can stroll, bike or jog through the Park to get to other places in the city.

The Y is occupied by visitors to the city and also local families. We expect students to respect all occupants in these apartments and the local community by keeping noise levels down and following local apartment and community policies – living in an environment of mutual respect.

Accommodation in Manhattan and New York City in general is in high demand. The Y is ideal for our students because it offers basic, clean rooms and bathrooms, has 24-hour security, and is located in a safe, central neighbourhood, minutes away from the university campus. Because housing is in such demand and the program is located in the heart of the city, space is hard to come by, and the rooms at the Y are likely to be smaller than what students are used to in Australia. The Y is conveniently located to provide students with easy access to the Big Apple and all it has to offer, meaning students will spend most of their time out of the Y and on the streets of New York!

Program Fee & Dates

January 2020
(Note: Program fee below is for January 2021 – dates coming soon)
Application Deadline28 October 2019
Arrival Date01 January 2020
Departure Date18 January 2020
Program Fee A$ 7,299 - 8,799
OS-HELP A$ 6,913


Program fees include the following:
  • Tuition fees (3 US credits)
  • CISaustralia support services before, during and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial advice
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Medical insurance
  • F1 visa related documentation and instructions (visa fee not included*)
  • Pre-departure guide and session
  • Airport pick-up (on specified program arrival date within designated arrival times)
  • All NYIT registration, orientation and document fees
  • On-site orientation
  • Accommodation
  • Access to recreational and gym facilities at accommodation
  • Extracurricular social and cultural activities
  • Farewell ceremony
  • CISaustralia 24/7 on-site support – Site Director
  • NYIT University official transcript
  • CISaustralia Certificate of Participation (available on request)

*Students should expect to pay approx. A$500 for their student visa, pending the exchange rate ($AUD to $USD). The visa fee of approx. A$500 includes 3 different components – a US Government visa application fee, a US Government Issuance Fee and the US Government Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee. US Government student visa fees are regulated by the US Government and are subject to change without notice. CISaustralia cannot charge or collect fees for the US student visa.

What is not included:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Vaccinations (if required)
  • Meals (unless mentioned above)
  • Extra travel/excursions (other than those mentioned above)

Dates are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

CISaustralia reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

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