Semester in the City

Semester in the City
Semester in the City students


UNH credits at no additional cost


Hours of hands-on learning



Live in apartments in the BU/BC area

What is Semester in the City?

The University of New Hampshire and the College for Social Innovation (a Boston non-profit) have partnered to bring undergraduates the opportunity to spend a semester in Boston in a rigorous 30+ hour per week internship with a leading social change organization.

Important Dates & Reminders

October 1
Priority Applications Deadline for Spring 2021

October 2
Semester in the City Virtual Open House
1 - 2:30 p.m.

November 1
Final Application Deadline for Spring 2021

*Apply anytime for a future semester


Contact a student Changemaker Coach who has completed Semester in the City!

  • Semester in the City student, Kianalee Zabala

    Quick Facts

    • *Same tuition cost as one semester at UNH (financial aid applies!)
    • Matched with a dedicated mentor/supervisor
    • Wednesday evening course (includes dinner)
    • Friday seminar/reflective workshops (includes breakfast & lunch)
    • Cool perks: unlimited MBTA Pass and a living stipend of $600/semester

Students may apply to participate in their sophomore, junior, or senior year, with a declared major and 2.5 cumulative UNH GPA or higher**, with priority given to students with above 3.0.  Students may apply during their first year, as long as they have completed at least 32 credits prior to participation, with at least 12 of these credits earned at UNH at the baccalaureate level.  

* As of Fall 2017, COLA Undeclared students may participate in Semester in the City before they declare a major.

**NEW ELIGIBILITY STANDARDS: 2-year pilot program, effective Spring 2019:

  • Students with a GPA between 2.0-2.5 are eligible to be considered by Semester in the City by petition. 
  • Students may be undeclared and must have at least 12 earned UNH credits at time of study away.
  1. Please complete a UNH Study Away Student Eligibility Form, to confirm that you are in good academic, financial, and judicial standing, and that you will represent UNH in a positive light.  Fill out the top portion of the form and drop it off at the Dean's Office for your College.  
  2. International Students must get authorization from the Office of International Students & Scholars to participate in Semester in the City.

Semester in the City students will serve with leading social sector organizations four days a week, for 15 weeks. 

Social Sector Placement

Every placement will be a little different, but in each case the student will have a dedicated mentor – a hand-selected high-performing, high-potential leader.  Students will spend roughly 20 percent of their time shadowing senior leaders, 40 percent of their time doing front-line service for the organization, and 40 percent working on a special project. Social Innovation Fellowships will gain 400+ hours of work-based learning, allowing students to learn more about themselves and their passions while also building their skills and their networks.

Check out some examples of our placements and projects.

In addition to the internship, students participate in two courses.

The Social Innovator's Tool Box

Fellows will be enrolled in a foundational course that meets one evening a week, “The Social Innovator's Tool Box”, which will introduce students to different approaches to social change and social innovation.  Students will explore how impact investing, advocacy, action tanking, social entrepreneurship, and movement building can advance progress on issues students care about.  The course will use case studies and discussions with leading change-makers – as well as the emerging academic literature on social innovation – to illuminate different pathways to change.

Workshops for Skill-Building and Reflection

For 14 Fridays - as well as a three day orientation at the beginning of the semester and a two-day student-led research conference at the end - Semester in the City students will participate in skill-building and reflective workshops designed to accelerate self-awareness, problem-solving ability, and larger societal issues. As part of the Friday workshops, Fellows will engage in team-based community research projects and will meet with leading social innovators from diverse fields and backgrounds.  Students will also participate in workshops designed to build proficiency in Communication, Critical Thinking, Creativity and Collaboration.


You will receive the same number of credits you would at the University of New Hampshire as a full-time enrolled student, which is 16 credits (Enrolled in INCO 505A,  INCO 505B, & INCO 505I). You'll also fulfill your Social Sciences Discovery requirement.  In some cases, all or some of the credits will also count toward academic major or minor requirements and/or core distribution requirements.  View list of pre-approved majors that accept Semester in the City credits. Be sure to speak with your academic advisor or department chair, even if your department is not on this list.


This program costs the same as one semester at UNH!  You continue paying your standard tuition and mandatory fees and there are NO special fees.  All financial aid will continue to come from UNH.

View Estimated Expenses

Financial Benefits

A monthly CharlieCard (MBTA transportation pass, subway, tram and bus system) is provided, as well as a living stipend of $40/week, amounting to $600/semester. Dinner is included every Wednesday night, and breakfast and lunch every Friday.  
(Modifications have been made for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters.)

Residential Program

Fellows will live together in Allston*, a neighborhood in Boston with a large student and young professional population, near Boston University and Boston College.  Each apartment building will have a Resident Advisor who will organize community activities and occasional field trips for Fellows. A Resident Director will be on call 24/7 and is responsible for oversight and management of the residences.  Participants will pay College for Social Innovation directly for their housing in Boston, which will cost about the same as an average room of similar size on campus.  Participants may use their financial aid to help cover the cost of room and board.

*It is not mandatory to live in the provided apartments, if you have other accommodations in Boston.

Learn more about living in Boston here and check out this great infographic too!

Application Process

Click the apply now link below. You will be brought to our partner's website, the College for Social Innovation, which runs the Semester in the City program.

The application consists of several sections. You will be asked to submit:

  • a resume OR a LinkedIn profile
  • 2 references 
  • responses to short answer questions

​You must also complete the UNH Study Away Eligibility Form.

Expect the application to take you approximately 30 minutes to complete.

You will also have an opportunity to indicate your placement preferences and tell us about the social issues that matter to you on your application and during the interview.

Questions?  Contact a student Changemaker Coach who has completed Semester in the City!



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    2020 B Impact Clinic | 2020 Semester in the City
    Brianna is a Community and Environmental Planning major. She has experience with working with environmental non-profits after working for the Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) as a part of the Semester in the City program. Brianna is very excited for the opportunity to participate in the B Impact Clinic, learn more about B Corporations, and learn how she can make a difference for our…
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  • Masami Dustin
    Semester in the City | Business Administration: Management option, Psychology minor
    Masami was Strategic Projects Associate with FamilyAid Boston during his time at Semester in the City, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower parents facing homelessness to secure and sustain housing while building strong foundations for their children’s future.
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  • Keara Welch
    Keara is a sophomore majoring in both Human Development and Family Studies as well as Educational Studies. Through her college career, she has earned her name on the Dean’s list for the past two years.
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  • Lexa Watson
    A junior at UNH, Lexa studies anthropology and learns of faraway places from the comfort of home. Despite the short commute, she comes early for class and stays late to lead the taekwondo sports club during the night.
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  • Kyla Tiongson
    Kyla is a Communication Sciences and Disorders major. On-campus, Kyla is an active member of Seacoast Reads where she helps children read and provides emotional support to those who need extra attention.
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