First Day of Classes, Scavenger Hunt, & Jeopardy

Introductions (1 of 1)

An eventful day filled with creating new friendships, meeting teachers, and exploring the wonderful city of New York!

In the morning, students met in the auditorium and were greeted by the program staff. NYCE Director Kevin Held presented opening remarks to inspire the students to make the most out of the four week they will spend in the city. After introductions where completed, teachers walked their students to the classrooms to begin their first academic experience on a college campus.

When the students finished their courses, they began the New York City Scavenger Hunt! Everyone received an unlimited metro card and broke off into groups of four with only two students from the same country on every team. While learning the 1 train line, NYCE students found some of New York’s most famous locations. From Barnard’s campus to downtown 14th Street, they had the opportunity to grab pictures and videos throughout their trip!

NYCE Scavenger Hunt Photos (7 of 18)


To unwind after the busy day, the Activities Directors hosted Jeopardy Night. Students teamed up to answer trivia questions that covered a variety of topics such as history, sports, Broadway musicals, geography, and music. Everyone walked away learning something new while getting to hang out with more students on the program!

NYCE Jeopardy (1 of 1)

Arrivals Day at NYCE

Today, we had the privilege of welcoming 177 students to the New York College Experience! We welcomed students from all over the world, from Australia, to China, to Turkey and many more. Students arrived on Barnard campus, their home away from home for the next month! They spent the day taking tours of campus, getting to know their fellow students, and settling into their rooms.


We had a pizza dinner and a meeting with our Director, Kevin Held, to welcome students to our program. After, students were able to relax and get to know each other in our hangout session. Students played foozball, board games, and had a crafty night.


Another successful day of arrivals with NYCE.

Preview of Upcoming Activities

During the week of preparation, our Activities Directors have been working hard to put together the best trips and adventures for all our students to experience.

Starting with the program wide Scavenger Hunt, students will  explore the city for the chance to win Broadway tickets. Later in the week they’ll take night walks on the Highline, grabbing pictures of New York’s beautiful skyline, while also laughing at the stand-up improv comedy scene.


We hope you are excited for the wonderful things our Activities Directors have in store for this summer like shopping trips, food excursions in Brooklyn, and visits to world-renowned museums in the city that never sleeps!

NYCE Program Office is Open!

Barnard Gates


Greetings to all NYCE 2017 Students and Parents!

The Oxbridge NYCE residential staff is all here now at Barnard College and working to set up everything for this summer. The deans and program assistants have checked on all the rooms and the activities directors have started booking tickets to ballgames, amusement parks, and museums. Our program office is located in the Sulzberger Annex inside Barnard College’s campus. This Program Office is open Tuesday to Saturday this week from 9 am until 5 pm Eastern Standard Time.  If you have any questions or need to contact us for any reason, please contact this NYCE program office directly and not the general Oxbridge Academic Programs office. We can be reached through email or phone.
Phone212-851-9352 or 212-851-9353

Please be aware that, upon arrival, in accordance with Barnard College’s residential life policies, all students will be screened for head lice. Students may want to consider being checked before leaving home. If lice are present, student will receive treatment at the family’s expense. Head lice can be a nuisance, but they are not a reflection on personal hygiene or cleanliness. No one will be excluded from full participation in the program if they need treatment for head lice, but the treatments need to begin immediately to avoid exposure to other program participants.

If any flights to NYC change or have delayed or missed connections, please give us a call in the program office or email us. Additionally, if you have paid for “Unaccompanied Minor” service through your airline, please let us know, so that you can insure the proper documentation is brought to the airport.

Safe travels! We look forward to your arrivals on Sunday! Come ready for adventure in this great city!

Kevin B. Held

NYCE Director

Directors Update: Final Week

Program Photo

Parents and Guardians,

The Final Banquet and the Awards Ceremony are over. The final dance took place shortly afterwards, followed by pizza and movies as students continued to bid each other farewell. Tears of goodbye were shed today, as students said adieu to their new friends from the four corners of the world.


The Thursday night coffeehouse, with its public speakers, journalists, and creative writers; the Friday afternoon class exhibitions of CPR demonstrations, business and sports business pitches in a “Shark Tank” fashion, and Math and Engineering students bridges, and then the fashion class runway and the musical theater/motion picture extravaganza – these were all impressive examples of what these students have accomplished in their four short weeks here in New York City. They are an exceptionally talented group of young men and women, and the faculty and staff have been honored to be able to get to know them.


Here is a gallery with a sample of the art work presented by the Fine Arts classes:

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Click here to view the Musical Theater Performance or Journalism Class’ Website.


Thank you for sharing the summer with us. I hope that each and every student of NYCE 2016 brings the same energy that they felt here to their respective schools at home, as well as further afield. It was refreshing and inspiring for me, as an educator, to spend a month learning alongside them. I am sure that the friendships and connections formed this summer will have a memorable, lasting impact on all the students, as they will have on all of us here.

With warm regards,

Kevin B. Held

NYCE Director



Coffee House

Coffee House

Last night our students had the chance to share their stories with the program in our annual Coffee House. While enjoying cups of coffee, desserts, and pastries, classes were able to show their peers what they had been hard at work on during the course of the summer.

The Psychology class presented two videos of social experiments they conducted on their friends while explaining how and why people react to the questions they are asked. The Speech and Debate minor presented their final speeches that touched the room as they spoke about life experiences that had changed who they are as a person. The creative writing major and minor class read their original pieces including poems, short stories, and fictional dialog they had created based on real world events. Finally, the journalism class presented their website to the program and explained the interviewing process and research they had conducted to obtain their feature stories.

When the classes finished presenting, the floor became an open mic for students to give their final sentiments and any last words they wanted to share with the program. Overall, it was a warm and heart felt night full of amazing original pieces and encouragement from the students and faculty for the hard work our students put into their classwork over the course of the month.

Here is a video showing just a handful of the 40+ readings that were shared during the night:

NYCE Final Exhibitions Tomorrow

Tonight’s coffeehouse will be a opportunity for the Creative Writers to share with their peers, the Psychology students to display their knowledge, and the Speech and Debate students to put into practice their skills in front of an audience. The Journalism students created a website:  All the other classes will have a chance to share tomorrow afternoon during the Final Exhibitions in the Diana Center:

NYCE  Exhibitions2016

Advertising & Media
1:30-2:15 pm in Room 501

Prepare for Virtual Reality

Students will be hosting an experiential and multimedia advertising concept called #Spaceality. Guests are invited to browse the exhibit and join us for an out of this world launch.

Art History/Photography/Fine Arts
McCagg Gallery 1:30 pm to 4:45 pm


Odyssey: a long journey full of adventures; a series of experiences that give knowledge or understanding to someone. Yet, when we travel, our experience is transient. We belong to a certain time and place, but not for long. Our experiences while traveling quickly turn into memories. Whenever and wherever we travel, we bring with us the baggage of our past memories and experiences. Beyond the physicality of the grid lays the city as experience: sight, sound, taste and touch; memory mixed with imagination. Within this exhibition, various works from both the Fine Art Major & Minor classes allow the viewer to experience the sensuality of the city through an immersive experience, where they may travel through unbounded spaces of memory, creativity and imagination to create a new reality for themselves. With the Art History students as your docents, come explore the Odyssey.

There will be refreshments for all served at the Art Gallery lobby from 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm.


1:30-2:20 pm in the Oval

Shark Tank I

Step into the Shark Tank! Come watch aspiring entrepreneurs from the Finance class seek investments for the growth of their business models or product line from the tycoon investor sharks.  Experience the drama of pitch meetings! Welcome to the Tank! Watch the feeding frenzy!


Computer Science
1:30-1:40 pm in the Student Dining Room

Code, Secret Messages, and a Little Bit of History!

Come learn how one of the earliest encryption techniques, the Caesar cipher, works. Roman biographer Suetonius told us the secret code Julius Caesar used for secret military messages and we will share the secret with you!


1:45-2:15 pm in the Room 502

CSI: Oxbridge Experience

Do you have what it takes to solve a murder? As the latest recruit in the world of criminology and forensic science, guests will be challenged to play the role of a crime scene investigator in this multi-sensory, interactive exhibit and solve one true-to-life mystery. The hands-on experience includes everything from forensic anthropology to toxicology to immerse exhibit goers deep into the science of solving crimes. Hopefully you’ll solve the murder before time runs out


1:45-2:15 pm in the Student Dining Room

How to be a Millionaire!

Come and learn the importance of saving early in life for your retirement.  You will be surprised just how easy it is to become a millionaire.


4:00-4:20 pm in the Student Dining Room

Genetic Engineering and Drug Discovery

The students will be presenting two projects related to genetic disorders: 1) creating a website for a mock non-profit organization for a disease to increase public awareness 2) a presentation describing a preclinical drug discovery program, starting with the selection of a therapeutically relevant disease target through in vivo evaluation in a genetically engineered mouse model.



International Business: Wall Street and the World
2:50-3:40 pm in the Oval

Shark Tank II: International Edition

ROCKET PITCH!!   Four teams – each with a different business idea – will pitch investors in a fast paced and lively environment hoping to get them to invest in their billion dollar business idea. If they fail to get an investor onboard they will have dentition for life.


Math and Engineering
2:20-2:45 pm in the Student Dining Room

Bridging Math and Engineering

Students will be displaying their designs for scale models of various types of bridges. They will be speaking about the process by which they designed and created their structures and the inspirations for their models.


Medical Science
2:25-2:45 pm in the Oval

Future Physicians

Watch these future physicians demonstrate CPR and other skills they learned over the course of the summer. You might even learn how to save a life! Free blood pressure tests available for program participants!


Physics and the Future
4:30-4:45 in the Student Dining Room

Step into the World of Science!

Come play with the cool science experiments and learn how stuff works. We have fun circuits, crystals, windmills, magnetism and Virtual Reality projects on display.


Politics and Human Rights
2:50-3:10 pm in the Student Dining Room



Students of the Politics & Human Rights course compiled and edited a magazine entitled “RISE,” which includes articles on human rights issues ranging from the repression of environmental activists in Honduras to the Black Lives Matter movement. Each student selected a topic to carefully research and write about, giving readers insight into the history, political context, and potential solutions for these challenging human rights issues.


Sports Business
4:00-4:20 pm in the Oval

Shark Tank III: Sports Style

Students of Sports Business major and minor will present their final projects in teams with 3 students in each team. Each sports business project will be pitched to the potential investors and judges for 3 minutes similar in style and substance to the famous TV show “Shark Tank.” Each team will focus on the “value of their product,” “marketing campaign,” and “sales.”


Fashion, Filmmaking, and Musical Theater
7:30 pm in the Oval

“Styled By Me” and “A Month as a New York Fashion Student”

Come see the fashion courses’ video & runway shows as the fashion major students model their very own looks and the fashion minor students model ensembles designed by their class mates.

Musical Theater and Motion Picture Extravaganza!

After the Fashion runway clears, true to the New York Experience, stick around for the musical performances and short films on the big screen!