The ULA program is based around ten-day residencies held in January and July at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst campus. Students must attend four residencies to complete the program and earn their master’s degree. During each residency, participants take two four-credit courses, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The course syllabi, a list of required books, and links to electronic copies of readings are sent to students in advance of each residency. Students complete course final papers after returning home.

For all sessions, students should plan to arrive on Sunday afternoon, with classes beginning Monday morning and running ten days consecutively through the following Wednesday.