Learning Across America

Come and explore the history, geography, landmarks, arts, and customs that characterize North America

Students in Niagara Falls

Through classroom lectures, films, articles, and discussions you will learn about your destination while improving your English comprehension and conversational skills. In addition to the classroom instruction, you will participate in a tour to the destination you are studying! Courses include Niagara Falls, Montreal, Philadelphia & Amish Country, Boston, Chicago, Nashville, Washington, DC, California and others. Go to registration for your area to see a complete list of available courses.

How much credit will I earn?

  • Most of our classes are 40 hours / 4.0 CEU for successful completion of a course. However, sometimes 32 hour/ 3.2 CEU classes are available. Be sure to check your individual course.
  • Credit policy: In order to obtain credit for 40 hours or 4.0 CEU participants must attend all classes and the tour, and complete all the homework. Students must be certain before they register that they can attend all the classes and go on the tour.

When do I attend class?

Classes take place on three weekend days (Saturdays or Sundays), spread out over several weeks, with a break before the travel portion of the class.

But I don’t live in New York City – can I attend class?

Yes! You can attend class for BMCC Learning Across America in many cities.

During the summer, students from all over the country can participate in our Learning on Location program. Each summer this program offers students who don't live near one of our campus locations the opportunity to travel to an American city and take classes while staying there. Each day students will learn in the classroom and onsite at local attractions.

I would love to go to Canada. Do I need a visa to travel to Montreal or Niagara Falls?

You can find out whether you need a visa from the Canadian Consulate website. It may take THREE MONTHS OR MORE for the Canadian authorities to process your application. Students traveling to Niagara Falls who need a visa should plan to stay on the United States side of the border in case their visa does not come in time. Credit hours are not affected by staying on the U.S. side of the border.

Montreal students do not have the option of staying on the U.S. side of the border. If a Montreal student does not receive her visa in time for the tour, she will not be entitled to any refund either from BMCC or Cultural Hi-Ways.

I’d like to know more about the travel portion of the class.

Learning Across America partners with Cultural Hi- Ways to conduct your tours. For details of your travel itinerary visit www.chiways.net

What if my plans change before my course starts?

Our refund policy is simple and straightforward. 100% before classes start; 50% after the first class; 0% after the second class. Email learningacrossamerica@bmcc.cuny.edu if you need to withdraw from class or transfer to a different section.

Please note that the refund policy for the summer Learning on Location program is necessarily different. The refund Policy for those classes is in the individual course description.

Can I request or change my roommate for the tour?

Yes. You need to contact Cultural Hi-Ways:

Can I change my bus pick up or drop off location?

Yes, but we may not be able to accommodate you if it is too close to your tour date. Contact Cultural Hi-Ways:

What if my plans change before my course starts?

Our refund policy is simple and straightforward. 100% before classes start; 50% after the first class; 0% after the second class. Email learningacrossamerica@bmcc.cuny.edu if you need to withdraw from class or transfer to a different section.

What do I need to register?

You will need to fill out a profile on the registration site and a credit card to pay for the class. We do not currently have a partial payment plan.

How can I get my paperwork filled out?

In order to get your agency or government paperwork, send it to learningacrossamerica@bmcc.cuny.edu. (Your teacher cannot fill out your paperwork.) We will fill out:

  • Forms from your au pair agency to prove you have finished your course ;
  • Kindergeld forms in English.

You will get all these back in the envelope with your Certificate of Completion at the end of your course, usually on the bus returning from your tour.

Can I get a BMCC student ID for my Learning Across America class?

BMCC does not provide student IDs for Learning Across America students because of the limited time on campus. IDs simply would not be ready before you finished your course.

Most student discounts are available if you present your enrollment email or receipt. If you have trouble accessing your receipt online, please email learningacrossamerica@bmcc.cuny.edu to request one.

More questions?

Email learningacrossamerica@bmcc.cuny.edu or call (646) 204-6865

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