New York Term


Subways teeming with rush-hour traffic, the Statue of Liberty and the Staten Island Ferry, the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, Chinatown, Wall Street’s Stock Market, Central Park, Times Square, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts...


  • The most densely populated city in the United States, with over 8 million inhabitants
  • An influential center for global commerce, finance, media, culture, art, fashion, research, technology, and education.
  • The most linguistically diverse city in the world, with as many as 800 languages spoken.
  • An unparalleled mecca for the arts—with countless numbers of museums, galleries, concert halls, and theatres filled with plays, operas, dance performances, film screenings, etc.

Coe College’s New York Term offers you the chance to experience the Big Apple firsthand. This off-campus opportunity consists of 13 weeks of study, work, and stimulating exposure to the arts on a scale that can only be found in one of the most talked-about cities in the world.


New York Term is designed so that students receive one full term of credit—the equivalent of four full courses, or one academic semester on the Coe campus. Students earn the credits by completing these courses in New York City:

Required. The Core Course covers dance, theatre, music, visual art, and film, and is required of every New York Term student. Because it is central to the term and requires the greatest percentage of a student’s time, the Core Course is worth two (2) course credits.

Required. Students arrange for an Independent Project (or Projects) in an area of special interest under the direction of a member of the resident New York Term faculty. Regular reports are required. Previous projects have included apprenticing with New York artists, interning with off-Broadway theatre companies, assisting writers and/or editors at Writer’s House, and working in a public relations firm. The Project is normally worth two (2) course credits and limited to twenty (20) hours per week. Students may alternatively opt to undertake two different internships at ten (10) hours each. Students who wish to take individual art courses, music lessons, or dance classes to fulfill half of their Independent Project obligation may do so at their own expense - in which case, lessons count for one course credit and the Independent Project counts for the other course credit.


Students must determine their own personal weekly expenses for New York Term. For some students, New York can be very expensive, because there are many exciting (and costly) things to do in the City. For most Coe students, however, New York Term does not greatly exceed Iowa costs if they budget themselves carefully.  One student from a recent program has said that she managed to get by spending little more than $75 per week.  Another student on the same program reported that she spent closer to $200 per week.

Fees for New York Term are covered by the comprehensive fee paid to the college for Spring. There is, additionally, a supplementary program fee of $1,000, required to help defray the cost of ticketed events and the added expense of living in a New York hotel.

New York Term students are housed in the Hotel Belleclaire (at 77th Street and Broadway). The hotel is twelve blocks north of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and only a few blocks away from either of two subway stations on the same transit line.

Because Coe College does not charge board or provide meals for students engaged in off-campus experiences, it is necessary for students either to eat out or to prepare their own meals when enrolled in New York Term. Food costs can account for the largest variance in students' weekly budgets. Small refrigerators and microwave ovens at the hotel make it possible for students to prepare some of their meals in their own rooms, relieving some of the restaurant costs.

Students on New York Term are responsible for their own transportation to and from New York airports or train stations (and to and from the hotel at the beginning and end of the term), as well as for ground transportation during their stay in the City. Students will not require cars in New York, as parking in New York can be prohibitively expensive. The comprehensive public transportation (subway and bus) system operates around the clock and is relatively inexpensive. The New York Transit Authority issues monthly Metro Cards, which currently cover unlimited subway and bus rides for 30 days at a cost of $112. The total of all transportation costs for the term may add up to somewhere between $600 - $650.


Applications are available either online (PDF) or in the office of Hickok Hall secretary, Linda Givvin. To register, simply fill out the application form and return it to Linda by Friday, September 18, 2015. Upon acceptance into the program, students register for New York Term during the regular registration period for spring term.


  • Monday, September 7, 2015 (Labor Day), 7:30 p.m., Hickok Hall, Room 302
    Informational meeting with New York Term Director: students applying for New York Term 2016 should plan to attend this meeting.
  • Friday, September 18, 2015
    Deadline for New York Term application materials
  • New York Term studentsWeek of September 28-October 2, 2015
    Interviews with New York Term applicants
  • Friday, October 9, 2015
    Application decisions announced by this date
  • November 17-20, 2015
    Registration for Spring Term 2014
  • Friday, January 8, 2016
    New York Term students arrive in NYC and check in to the Hotel Belleclaire
  • Saturday, January 9, 2016
    New York Term officially begins
  • Friday, April 8, 2016
    New York Term officially ends *
  • Saturday, April 9, 2016
    New York Term students check out of the Hotel Belleclaire

* New York Term is a few weeks shorter than Spring Term on the Coe College campus; please note, however, that spring break and other campus holidays are not observed in New York.


The first few days in New York include an orientation meeting with the faculty, a follow-up on Independent Project (internship) leads and positions already procured, and at least two or three core course events.

Recent core course events have included the following:


  • Water by the Spoonful
    Second Stage Theatre
  • The Piano Lesson
    Signature Theatre Center
  • Old Hats
    Signature Theatre Center
  • Henry IV, Part I
    Pearl Theatre Company
  • Motown, the Musical
    Lunt-Fontanne Theatre


  • Carmen
    Metropolitan Opera Company
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Avery Fisher Hall
  • A Streetcar Named Desire
    Carnegie Hall
  • Chano Dominguez and Flamenco Jazz
    Rose Hall
  • Juilliard Organists and "Pipedreams"
    Alice Tully Hall'


  • The New York City Ballet - David H. Koch Theatre
  • Martha Graham Dance Company - Joyce Theatre
  • Ballet Flamenco de Andalucia - New York City Center
  • Yvonne Rainer and Group - St. Mark's Church

FINE ART - Museums and Galleries:

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art & the Cloisters Collection
  • The High Line and Chelsea Galleries
  • Frick Collection
  • National Academy Museum
  • National Museum of the American Indian


  • visit to the Museum of the Moving Image
  • Contemporary Documentary: 5 Broken Cameras
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • A Late Quartet
  • Rendéz-Vous with French Cinema: In the House

...and others, too numerous to list.


Coe's New York Term could be the MOST EXCITING SEMESTER OF YOUR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE. Take a few minutes to set up a brief conversation with the New York Term Director. He can put you in touch with Coe students who have been on this wonderful adventure.

Professor of Theatre Arts, STEVEN MARC WEISS is the current Director of New York Term. His office is in the Dows Center for the Arts, Room 207 (inside the Dows Theatre).

Contact information:
Office phone: 319.399.8578
Mobile phone: 319.573.2428