• New York, NY

  • Philadelphia, PA

  • Washington, D.C.

  • New York, NY

  • Philadelphia, PA

  • Washington, D.C.

Study Stateside

The Study Stateside Program is a summer experiential learning opportunity that will offer students a chance to travel throughout the United States, and earn 6 hours of course credits.


In the 2020 Study Stateside experience, students will take U.S. History II (HIST 1302) and Federal Government (GOVT 2305) directly engaging in the richly diverse regional history and culture within our own borders.


NVC’s Study Stateside is a competitive, merit-based program accepting students who are responsible, motivated, and demonstrate academic excellence. Only 8 students will be selected to participate in the program. You must meet the following qualifications to apply:

  • Be enrolled at one of the Alamo Colleges
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (incoming freshmen may use Fall 2018 GPA)
  • Recommended by a faculty member (letter of recommendation)


The cost of the program per student is $1,300 not including tuition; however, the courses taught in Study Stateside are eligible for the Momentum Program.

What’s included in the cost?

The $1,300 will cover your travel expenses (airfare and all ground transportation), hotel (double occupancy), and tickets/fees to all historic sites and museums. Breakfast will be provided by the hotels. You will be responsible for paying for lunches and dinners.


There will be fund raising opportunities available to students accepted into the program, which will bring down the $1,300 cost for students participating in these opportunities.

Application Process

There is a 5-step process in applying for the Study Stateside Program:

  • Step 1 - Determine eligibility
  • Step 2 - Complete the application and short essay
  • Step 3 - Obtain a letter of recommendation from a faculty member
  • Step 4 - Complete disciplinary form
  • Step 5 - Submit application with essay and letter of recommendation attached by the April 3, 2020 deadline (Email to cmueller27@alamo.edu, kmcclurg@alamo.edu or sball14@alamo.edu)
Application Form (Click Here)

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I have to share a hotel room with another student?

Yes, to reduce the cost of the program, students will be required to share a room with another student.

When will we hold class meetings?

We will have 1-2 pre-departure meetings the week of May 18th. Additionally, course syllabus and materials will be available via Canvas. 

What course materials are needed and what will the assignments be like in a course?

Neither class will require the purchase of a textbook. Each course will have readings and some videos in Canvas. Both classes will include journals and students will have a “capstone” assignment that will be due towards the end of the Summer I semester (i.e., week of July 6-9). Since we return on June 18, there are a couple of weeks to prepare and complete this assignment.

Will the Momentum Program apply to these courses since we are traveling during the Maymester?

Yes, the courses will be coded “Summer I” session.

What happens if I experience a family emergency and need to return home before the end of the trip?

Arrangements will be made for the student to fly out of the nearest major airport.

What happens if I am injured or get sick while on the trip?

Faculty are dedicated to keeping all students safe and healthy on the trip. If a student does become ill or injured, one of the faculty will stay with the student until further arrangements can be made.


We will fly from San Antonio on Saturday, June 6*, and will return Thursday, June 18* from New York City, NY.

*Itinerary is subject to change and dependent on weather and time available at each location.

Cities and Activities

Washington, DC

● National Mall (Monuments)
● National Archives
● National Museum of African Americans
● National Museum of American Indians - Not sure if we can get there
● National Holocaust Museum
● Congress
● Supreme Court

Philadelphia, PA

● Independence Hall
● National Constitution Center
● Liberty Bell
● Christ Church

New York City, NY

● Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
● Central Park
● Wall Street
● Hall of Fame of Great Americans
● Tenement Museum