New York City: Broadway Musicals, Jazz and Culture

Experience the best of New York City!

This Group Study Program will explore current and historical aspects of New York City’s rich musical life. The emphasis will be on attending Broadway musicals, jazz clubs, and major cultural attractions. The group will then travel to New York for twelve days where, in addition to classes and a research project, participants will explore various iconic attractions that compose New York artistic identity. A particular emphasis will be on experiencing the jazz clubs and Broadway musicals that make “The City” a highly respected cultural destination.

The program will begin with regular classes on campus to prepare students for New York City. The on-campus dates will be Wednesdays, October 30 to December 4, 2019.

Key information




Winter 2021

Program type

Group Study

Application information

Application status



Application deadline

First come, first considered.
Programs fill quickly - apply today!

Eligibility requirements

This program is open to students from all majors. See the Eligibility section below for more details.

Info sessions

Professor Reid will be available to answer questions about the program via email ( or in person by appointment

Student Experience

2019 NYC

Photo credit: Darien Tattersall

For program information, please contact the instructor John Reid at 

For application and registration support, please contact the Group Study Team at  

Other useful links: 

Program Details

Questions about these courses should be directed to the program instructor.

Please note: course descriptions are tentative and subject to change.

  1. Courses Offered

    Students on this program are required to enroll in one course:

    SCPA 503: New York City: Broadway Musicals, Jazz, and Culture (6 credits) 

  2. Prerequisites

    Applicants will be registered for the course after review of application materials, and with consent of the instructor.

  1. Pre-departure

    Wednesday evenings in October - December 2020 (dates TBD), Calgary: Preparatory academic classes, assignments and projects

    November (date TBD), Calgary: Mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by Group Study Programs

    December 9, Calgary: Jazz Test

  2. In-Field

    Dec 28, 2020, Calgary/NYC: Flight to NYC. Visit Times Square; dinner at Swing 46 jazz club

    Dec 29, NYC: Circle Line Cruise with viewing of the Statue of Liberty, and first Broadway Musical viewing (show TBA)

    Dec 30, NYC: Travel to Harlem, visiting the Duke Ellington Memorial and National Jazz Museum in Harlem. Dinner at Sylvia’s Soul Food and jazz club visit

    Dec. 31, NYC: Metroplitan Museum of Art. New Year’s Eve Celebration at Times Square! Dinner at TSQ Brasserie

    Jan 1-6, 2021, NYC: Time for individual research, further jazz club performances, Broadway musicals, Small’s Jazz Club, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra at the Village Vanguard, Louis Armstrong House Museum, Staten Island Ferry, 911 Memorial, flea market tours, and Grand Central District tour

    Jan. 7, NYC: Team dinner and final Broadway show

    Jan 8, NYC/Calgary: Depart for Calgary

  3. Post Field

    January 22, 2021, Calgary: Synoptic Jazz Reviews due

    February 5, Calgary: Term Papers due

    February 26, Calgary: Journals due

  1. Costs

    The estimated cost of the New York SCPA Group Study Program will include tuition, airfare, field trips, local transportation, accommodations, and meals. The program cost is $5,679.

    For the full cost breakdown and payment deadlines, please see the program Student Cost Summary

    Important information regarding deposit payments: Deposits are non-refundable. Deposits secure your space in the program and allows payment for logistical arrangements to be made in advance.


    2020/21 Tuition Fees:

    The following proposed rate increases are being shared in advance of their approval to help students plan their finances for the upcoming school year.

    The Government of Alberta recently lifted the tuition freeze that has been in place since 2014-15. As a result, tuition rates for Canadian (domestic) students will be permitted to increase by 7% annually in each the next three years . Tuition rates for international students will no longer be regulated. In response to this change, the University of Calgary’s Board of Governors will be reviewing proposals to increase tuition rates in January 2020. If approved, the following rate increases will apply for the 2020-21 academic year:

    • New domestic students: 7% increase to all tuition fees, except for undergraduate programs in engineering course-based graduate programs in engineering (MEng), public policy (MPP) and business administration (MBA) for which a 10% increase is being proposed.
    • New International students: 10% increase to tuition fees with the exception of course based graduate programs in engineering (MEng), public policy (MPP) and business administration (MBA) for which a 15% increase is being proposed.
    • Graduate thesis students: A new tuition structure that will even out program costs over the length of the program versus having higher costs in years one (Masters) or pre-candidacy (PhD)
    • All continuing students:  5% increase to tuition fees

    If approved, these rate increases will be in effect for the Spring 2020 term.

  2. Funding

    International Study Travel Grant: Students studying abroad may be eligible for the University of Calgary's International Study Travel Grant. For more information on eligibility, application details and deadlines please click here.

    New! Faculty of Arts Group Study Program (GSP) Scholarships (for GSP participants) and Faculty of Arts Student Study Abroad Scholarships (for other international programs) - up to 10 awards of $1000 each! Deadline to apply is March 31st.  Any queries about these scholarships should be directed to Faculty of Arts Associate Dean Gavin Cameron: 


    Student loans: If you qualify for student loans, your program should qualify. We are able to provide you with a letter confirming your participation in the program for funding purposes. Please email to request a letter.

    Please note that eligibility for student loans is determined by your loans provider.

All accommodations will be safe, clean and appropriate for student groups. 2-3 students per hotel room.

This program is open to undergraduate students in good academic standing from all faculties.

Applications will be considered after your application has been received by Study Abroad.

  1. Statement of Purpose

    Please tell us why you want to study abroad, why you have selected this particular program (academic reasons, personal interest, career prospects, etc.), how this program will meet your academic objectives and/or complement your degree, how you plan to finance your program and why you should be selected.

    The Statement of Purpose is submitted within your online application (max 500 words).

    Note: Because the online application will time out after one hour, we recommend that you compose your statement of purpose in advance in Word to check for spelling, grammar and word count, and then paste it into the online application.

  2. Conversation with the Instructor

    After your application has been reviewed by the instructor, you will be contacted for a quick conversation to determine if you are a good fit for this program. Please watch your UCalgary email account and expect to be contacted within several business days of submitting all your documents to the Group Study Team.

Please ensure that you have read the Group Study Program General FAQs thoroughly before applying.

The New York group study program allowed me to experience New York City in a way I never could have replicated on my own... I had the opportunity to spend New Year’s Eve in Times Square, and attend countless live performances. This trip was the cherry-on-top of my final year in University!


Past NYC Program Participant

Getting started

Program-Specific Info Sessions

Info sessions are scheduled for every Group Study Program. Attending an info session is not required to apply, but strongly recommended as it will give you an opportunity to meet the instructor and learn more about the travel experience.

Please scroll up to the top of this page to view the info sessions for this program.

We also recommend watching Study Abroad 101 for general information.

Watch Study Abroad 101

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this program, you can meet with one of our Group Study Advisors by emailing or booking an appointment through the link below.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Select #2, "Study Abroad Advising", to view available times.

Book an appointment

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how a Group Study Program might align with your degree.

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.