Startup City Scholars Program Classes Offered

As a City Scholars student you will take a full course load of UIUC classes and additional courses offered exclusively to City Scholars students. We recommend City Scholars take between 12-16 credits, because you will also be working on your start-up an average of 17 hours each week.

International students typically a minimum of 9 credits must contain in person instruction, this requirement is currently waived due to COVID-19.

You can take any of the classes offered specifically for City Scholars, or any class at the University of Illinois that you would have regular access to on campus/online as long as it does not conflict with required City Scholars courses.

Required Courses for Startup City Scholars

The College New Venture Challenge Class – 2 credits, 8 week class
***This course will take place virtually from University of Chicago and begins on January 13th, 2021***
The prestigious College New Venture Challenge (CNVC) hosted by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago will offer this co-taught class with the University of Illinois. The CNVC is the undergraduate track of the University’s business launch program, the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC), which is a nationally-ranked accelerator program. This course is the cornerstone of the Entrepreneurship City Scholars program, and participating students will take this course with University of Chicago students.

TE 360/401 (Lectures in Engineering Entrepreneurship) – 3 credits
This is a required course for all City Scholars.

Other than required courses, what classes are offered?

Classes offered specifically for City Scholars will differ slightly each semester of the City Scholars program as they do on campus. See below for classes we have offered in past semesters. We try to offer consistent classes each semester whenever possible to help you plan.

  • CS: 210, 242, 411, 412, 421, 465
  • ECE: 310, 313, 408, 411, 422,
  • FIN: 580 Options Trading and Market making from MSFE program
  • IE 497 Electronic Trading Course from MSFE program
  • Classes from UIC and IIT offered specifically for the City Scholars program – TBD for Spring 2021.


How are the classes delivered?
There are three ways City Scholars courses are delivered:

  • fully-online classes
  • classes are taught Urbana-Champaign’s campus, lectures are recorded for City Scholars to view and faculty provide special (virtual) discussion sections for City Scholars
  • TBD due to COVID-19: in-person at Discovery Partners Institute in Chicago, specifically for City Scholars
  • TBD due to COVID-19: On University of Chicago’s campus – CNVC class only.

Who teaches the classes?
All classes are taught by Urbana-Champaign faculty.

Where are the classes located?
If the course is delivered in person, classes will be held at Discovery Partners Institute, 200 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606. The CNVC class will be held at University of Chicago : 5807 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago IL 60637

When will I know what classes will be offered online?
The Spring 2021 course schedule will be available in October 2020.  To get an idea of what has been offered in the past, you may use the course explorer to see what courses were offered Spring 2020.  Typically there is a similar course list each year. Also you may contact your department directly to confirm if a course will be available online.  The departments will know prior to the ‘official’ posting if a particular course will be offered or not.

Can I take classes at UIC?
You may apply for co-current enrollment for certain courses taught at UIC. Enrollment is not guaranteed.

Do I become a UIC or University of Chicago student for the semester?No, you remain a student at Urbana-Champaign but have access to UIC student facilities (i.e. recreation center, health center, libraries).

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