Earning credits hanging out in New York won’t come cheap


Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 3.51.25 PMWhat could be better than a trip to one of the world’s most exciting cities, all while earning course credits at the same time?

How about not having to shell out thousands of dollars to do so.

Langara’s English department offers a three-week field study program in New York City. Students or non-students with an interest in theatre get to tour the city’s many historical theatrical landmarks for three weeks between May and June.

Trip of a lifetime

The program includes trips to famed New York hot spots, including Harlem’s Apollo Theater, Broadway and Off-Broadway shows and the Metropolitan Opera, all while earning transfer credits in English 1191 (theatre/drama history).

Sounds like any theatre buff’s dream to me.

So what’s the problem with this trip?  The price, for starters.

Wait, how much? 

To take part in this program, students must pay $2,599. That figure omits some rather large expenses, such as airfare, airport taxes and the cost of “most meals,” according to the program’s website.

But what’s more than that? Despite costing well over the advertised $2,600 price, once those silly little extras like eating and oh, say, flying across the continent are factored in, students in this program only earn three credits.

I found myself having to do a double take when I saw how little you would actually earn after having to pay so much.

One could argue that it’s hard to put a price on real life experience, especially in an industry as personally passionate as live theatre. But to me it just seems like way too much to pay.

Think of what else all that money could get you. Two years’ worth of college tuition sounds about right.

However, if you’re one of the blessed few who has the funds to finance this kind of excursion and not feel the burn in your pocket for years to come, then by all means go for it.

But if you’re like me, borrowing like there’s no tomorrow just to see your name on a diploma some day, then this trip certainly doesn’t make a lot of financial sense.

Reported by Chris Slater

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