NYU Tour and Chelsea Market

During their major class, the Business students visited the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Museum, a design museum located in the Upper East Side’s Museum Mile:


In the afternoon, some students traveled to NYU’s “campus” in Greenwich Village and were taken on a tour around some of the buildings surrounding Washington Square Park:


In the evening, they went to Chelsea Market, an indoor shopping mall/food hall in the Chelsea area of lower Manhattan:


Day 2 of NYCS

This morning, the students in the International Relations and Human Rights Law classes visited the U.N.!


The students had their first college workshop (out of two), where they either learned about how to present themselves in an interview, or how to write their college essays:


In the afternoon, students walked across the Brooklyn Bridge!



At the same time, some students went to the Whitney Museum of American Art, located in the West Village/Meatpacking District of Manhattan.

Day 1 of NYCS

Greetings to all NYCS students and parents!

All the students have successfully arrived at Barnard!

Yesterday evening, there was a game night to help students get to know each other:

Today is the first day of the New York College Seminar. We started off with the opening ceremony/orientation, where students were introduced to all the teachers and program staff and given a summary of the upcoming activities for the week!

After the students went to their first class, everyone went to Top of the Rock, which is an observatory tower at the top of the Rockefeller Center. They were then able to explore the area afterwards. Here are a few photos of them there!


Later tonight, the program will be going to see a Broadway show, where some students will see Come From Away and others will see Waitress.

Meet the NYCS 2019 Staff!

Hello everyone!

We hope you’ve been having a great summer so far! The New York College Seminar staff are here at Barnard and finishing up preparations for the upcoming week, with activities such as Broadway shows, a Mets game, and much more planned!


Here is a brief introduction of each member of the admin team:

Sarah Westerberg, Program Director


Sarah hails from Connecticut where she lives with her new hubby, Casey, and their 3 fur babies, Doug the dog and Murphy and Gabby, the sassy cats. During the year, she teaches 7th and 8th grade History at St. Luke’s School, an independent school. There, she coaches soccer, volleyball, softball and choreographs the winter musicals. She studied at Wheaton College (MA) and George Washington University.  She loves to dance, travel, and try new things. Previously, she served as a Dean for the St Andrews and Boston programs and Directed the Boston program the last two years. As always, she’s most excited to meet new students from all over the world to share her love of adventure, boy bands, and Oxbridge!


Gaby Lyons, Program Dean


Gaby is a Spanish and French high school teacher at Buffalo Seminary in Buffalo, New York. She has been teaching for the last 4 years and has been working in the residential program at the school for the last year. In her free time, she loves to travel and explore new places. She is excited to be in New York with you all!

Alyx Pikus, Executive Coordinator


Alyx works in the Oxbridge office year-round to assist with student application processing. She is originally from Michigan and loves exploring all that New York has to offer, from Broadway shows to fine eateries and the elusive spots of nature in the city.

Brian Baker, Activities Director

Brian Baker

Brian is a rising junior studying History with a minor in Political Science at Haverford College. He enjoys finding fun places to eat in the city, like Surya, Jack’s Wife Frieda, and Balthazar!

Berra Akcan, Activities Director

Berra Ackan

Berra is a rising junior studying Political Science at Sciences Po and will be studying Classics at Columbia University next year. Her favorite place in NYC is the Met, specifically the Greek and Roman galleries. She enjoys eating at Sweetgreen!

Jennifer Yakubek, Program Assistant


Jennifer is a rising senior studying Science and Technology Studies with a minor in Biomolecular Science at New York University. Her favorite thing to do in the city is find cool places to eat, some of which include Grace Street, Noree Thai Bazaar, and Lafayette!


We’re so excited to meet you all on Wednesday! See you soon!