How the Program Works
The program is based around ten-day residencies held in January and July at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students must attend five residencies to complete the program. During each residency participants take two three-credit courses, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Books and materials are sent out in advance of each residency. Included in the ten days are a reasonable amount of reading, writing, and other participatory exercises. A paper is assigned at the end of each course to be completed after returning home.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst, the major campus of the state university, is located in the western part of the state, midway between Boston, MA and Albany, NY - a two-hour drive from each. It is also one hour north of Hartford, CT, and forty-five minutes from Bradley Airport, which serves Hartford and Springfield, MA. Participants are housed in a hotel on the campus, which is a unionized facility. The remainder of the campus is organized, with professional, faculty, clerical, service and maintenance, and graduate assistant units all covered by collective bargaining agreements.
Below is a list of dates for upcoming sessions. Students should plan to arrive Sunday afternoon, with classes beginning Monday morning and running ten days consecutively through Wednesday.
Winter 2016: January 3-13, 2016
Summer 2016: July 17-27, 2016
Winter 2017: January 8-18, 2017
Summer 2017: July 16-26, 2017
Winter 2018: January 7-17, 2018
Summer 2018: July 15-25, 2018
Winter 2018: January 6-16, 2019
Summer 2019: July 14-24, 2019
Winter 2020: January 5-15, 2020
Summer 2020: July 19-29, 2020
Winter 2021: January 3-13, 2021