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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any upcoming information sessions?

There are no remaining information sessions scheduled before the application deadline on April 24, 2017. Two information sessions were held earlier in the spring quarter and there are no plans to hold other sessions in the immediate future. We will update this page and our social media with announcements about information sessions next year. You can download an information sheet about the Bay Area Immersion Program (PDF).

Can only students from the McCormick or Medill apply to the Bay Area Immersion Program?

Any Northwestern undergraduate student is encouraged and welcome to apply to the Bay Area Immersion Program. However, preference may be given to students from the McCormick School of Engineering and the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications.

During the Bay Area Immersion Program, will I take the Northwestern Engineering courses or the Medill courses?

Students participating in the Bay Area Immersion Program take all four courses together. There will be two courses offered by Northwestern Engineering (those course begin with the prefix DSGN) and two courses offered by Medill (those courses begin with the prefix JOUR).

Are there any prerequisites that I must take before the Bay Area Immersion Program?

Northwestern Engineering students who are admitted into the Bay Area Immersion Program are strongly encouraged to take the JOUR 390: "Media Innovation and Chicago’s Startup Culture" course in the Medill School during the fall 2017 quarter (but it is not required). Most engineering students who participated in the Bay Area Immersion Program last year took JOUR 390 in the fall 2016 quarter and found it to be helpful with their coursework during the winter quarter in San Francisco.

Medill students who are admitted into the Bay Area Immersion Program are required to take two courses the fall 2017 quarter: Design Thinking and Doing (DSGN 208) and JOUR 390: "Media Innovation and Chicago’s Startup Culture." Medill students will be allowed to use JOUR 390 to fulfill their 301 course requirement, or they may count it as an elective.

Will there be a wait list for students who are not accepted into the program?

Up to 6 students will be named alternates in the event that any of the enrolled students are unable to participate. The alternates will be invited to participate in the fall 2016 recommended coursework.
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