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The Chicago Climate Change & Culture Institute (4CI)

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Climate change is arguably the greatest environmental, political and cultural challenge of our times.  We are already beginning to feel its impacts in changing weather patterns and rising temperatures.  In the years to come, Earth scientists tell us that climate change will impact every human being on the planet.  We need to become informed and engaged about what awaits us and what we can do to avoid worst - case scenarios.  This 3 - week intensive course of study focuses on three key questions: Why did climate change happen?  How is it impacting different communities across the world?  What can be done to prepare the world for a more environmentally secure future?  The 4CI program features lectures by leading experts on climate change from the Social Sciences, Earth Sciences, Humanities, Art and Architecture.  Seminar discussions and site visits to a variety of local initiatives working toward clean energy and sustainability goals round out the program.  4CI will give you the answers you want about climate change and the tools you need to start making a positive difference, whether that is on your campus, in your community or at your workplace.  The program leverages the intellectual resources of one of the world's most prestigious research universities and will acquaint you with a city that proudly stands on the cutting edge of sustainable urbanism. 

Course Code

ANTH 20541


ENST 20541
ANTH 30541




UChicago Undergraduates
Visiting Undergraduates


Environmental and Urban Studies

Class Day(s)

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri

Class Start Time


Class End Time


Primary Instructor

Dominic Boyer

Secondary Instructor

Cymene Howe


Session II

Start Date

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  • Students who apply will be admitted using rolling admission and require a $50 application fee. Current University of Chicago students do not have to pay an application fee. Applications will be accepted until all spots are filled, except for Chicago in Beijing (CIB) applicants, the application deadline is March 15, 2018.
  • The Summer Session application deadline is May 1, 2018. Students may apply after this deadline, but will be required to pay an additional $100 rush processing fee.
  • International students who will require a visa to attend, applications will be considered no later than April 9 in order to allow enough time to complete the visa application process.
  • Students who wish to live on campus, must apply before May 1, 2018. Late applications will be accepted as space permits. Students who do not require on-campus housing may apply up to one week before classes start. Exceptions for Chicago in Beijing (CIB) applicants, the application deadline is March 15, 2018; and Urban Studies applicants, the application deadline is May 30, 2018.

Additional Details

  • Please note that this is an intensive summer institute, not a regular summer course.
  • This course is not open to high school students.

Cost & Aid

Total Cost with Housing: $7,500
Course Cost: $5,650

Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for high school students can be found here.
Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for undergraduates can be found here.