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The Denver Urban Semester is an urban immersion course operating in the heart of the Mile High City. We combine a cross-cultural metropolitan experience with cutting-edge academics and historically rooted spiritual direction. We give students the opportunity to move into a mature understanding of the vocational direction for their lives while also providing the tools to better understand the world they inhabit.

We emphasize inductive learning processes, life-changing internship placements, communal living, and engagement in Denver's thriving city life. 

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Urban Cross-Cultural Integration (2-4 credits)

Sociology Internship (2-9 credits)

Community Development Internship (6-8 credits)

Multi-disciplinary Online Courses (3-9 credits)

Ministry Internship (6-8 credits)

Senior Seminar (4 credits)

Urban Leadership (3 credits)

Business Internship (2-9 credits)

Social Work Professional Seminar (2 credits)

Social Work Practicum (10 credits)



Entrepreneurial Leadership

Pre-law and Criminal Justice

Social Work

Education (Student Teaching)

Psychology and Sociology


Business and Economics  

Human Services

Spanish Interpretation

Christian Leadership/Religious Studies

Nonprofit Management





Greg has a master’s degree from Denver Seminary and has served as the site director for the Denver Urban Semester for more than 10 years. He formerly was a student development leader for 15 years while working as a youth pastor, Young Life director, high school chaplain and vocational coach. An avid hiker and tennis player, Greg enjoys attending city neighborhood festivals and spending time and traveling with his three adult sons.

Greg Fuchs

Program Director

Jeff is a doctoral candidate in the department of religion at the University of Denver. He has a M.A. in Theological Studies from Regent College, Vancouver, B.C, Canada. When Jeff is not wrangling his two energetic daughters (ages six and four) or chipping away at his dissertation, he enjoys reading, playing music as a multi-instrumentalist, and riding bikes with his friends.

Academic Designer/Assoc. Coordinator

Jeff Appel

Kyra has worked in student development as both a resident assistant and assistant resident director at Wheaton College in Illinois, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communication and a minor in Christian education. Her favorite part of working in student development is building long-lasting relationships with students and the people she works with from places all over the world.

Kyra Perez

Resident Director 

Beth Sundberg

Student Teacher Supervisor

Beth has an undergraduate degree from the University of Puget Sound and a master’s degree in instruction and curriculum with an emphasis in reading from the University of Colorado. She taught high school in Japan, as well as first and second grade. Most recently she was the program director for Book Trust, a national literacy nonprofit. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, hiking and skiing with her family in Colorado, and traveling the world.

Social Work Supervisor

Penny Salazar-Phillips

Penny directed the transitional housing program, Joshua Station, and now oversees and trains social work interns not only for the Denver Urban Semester, but also for the schools of social work at the University of Denver and the University of Colorado Denver.

Deke Bowman first glimpsed the power of community development and the value of creative solutions in 2005 while in the Cote d’Ivoire.  After graduating from Eastern University in December 2011 with a Master’s degree in International Development, he spent a year working in Rwanda and a collective 4 years in Haiti, which only reinforced his passion for creativity and community.  Deke continues to work with projects abroad ranging from running events to organizational development. Deke comes from Philadelphia and is passionate about solving problems that positively touch people’s lives. 

Social Work Supervisor

Deke Bowman



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