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Each academic year begins with a 15-day residency abroad, rotating annually among Buenos Aires, Rio and Santiago.

The next residency will be held in Buenos Aires July, 19 - August 2, 2014.

Students and faculty will be housed in high-quality hotels. Classroom facilities and field trips are being provided through our affiliation with CIEE, a globally-recognized non-profit specializing in international education.

Residency Curriculum and Schedule


Week One
July 12 - July 19

Week Two
July 20 - July 26

Week Three
July 27 - August 2


Optional Language Intensive

Language Intensive

Language Intensive


Writing/Cultural Seminars**

Writing/Cultural Seminars**


Writing Tutorials

Writing Tutorials


Language Intensive*

Language Intensive*

* Optional Spanish language-intensive available: This requires an extra week in residence (arriving one week earlier) and features 20 hours per week of classroom instruction at additional cost.
** Writing and Cultural Seminars will alternate each day.

 Writing Seminars: 5 multigenre seminars on the craft of writing

Cultural Seminars: 5 locally focused seminars. Sample seminars include:

  • Buenos Aires: Architecture, Spousal Politics, The Gaucho, Literature, Music and Tango
  • Rio de Janeiro: The Favela, Literature, Music and Dance (Carnaval, Samba, Bossa Nova), Portuguese Colonialism and Independence, Politics and Corruption
  • Santiago: Dictatorship and Human Rights, Winemaking, Film, Literature, European Influences

Writing Tutorials: 8 individual meetings with faculty instructor

Field Trips: 3-4 excursions connected to Cultural Seminars

Faculty Readings: Our renowned faculty read from their work

Distance Learning and Completion Requirements

Following the 15-day residency, students and faculty will commence the distance learning portion of the program, which continues for two semesters. (August - November, and January - May).

  • Eight distance learning manuscript submissions to, and feedback from, the faculty instructor each of the two academic years
  • Eight monthly online interactive seminars on the craft of writing led by program director or faculty in each of the two academic years
  • Completion of, and public reading from, creative thesis
  • Completion and public presentation of craft or scholarly essay
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