Summer Residency

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The World Is Our Classroom

Interrelatedness of the arts event, Italy

Summer residencies include full curriculum. In Italy, cooking lessons were an interrelatedness of the arts event, along with museums and local culture.

At Spalding, we believe that the best writing springs not just from talent and drive but from a rich accumulation of life experiences. Spalding’s innovative summer semester allows students to study abroad and explore a different international locale each summer, extending their understanding of the customs, people, and literature of diverse cultures around the world.

Like our spring and fall semesters, the summer semester begins with an intensive on-site residency and continues as students return home to complete a one-on-one independent study session with a faculty mentor. The summer semester’s independent study follows an extended, nine-month schedule, allowing students to spread the same amount of work over a longer period of time. Summer-semester students dedicate about 15 hours a week to their writing, rather than the 25 hours required in the spring and fall semesters.

Past summer residencies have taken place in Paris (2007 and 2012), London and Bath (2008), Barcelona (2009), Buenos Aires (2010), Rome and Tuscany (2011), and Dublin and Galway (2013).

The 2014 summer residency takes us to Prague and Berlin. The 2015 residency takes place in Greece from June 24 through July 6.

Residency in Prague and Berlin: July 10-22, 2014


During the residency, students participate in faculty-led workshops in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, writing for children and young adults, screenwriting, or playwriting. They attend lectures on the craft of writing, panel discussions about publishing and other topics, and plenary lectures about principles that apply to all forms of creative writing. They also plan future writing and reading in consultation with their mentor.

Our Program Book in Common is Franz Kafka’s novel The Castle, a surrealistic work by the Czech Republic’s most famous writer. Students also read German fairy tales, books or scripts by faculty, and works by authors or scriptwriters native to the region. We’ll attend a Black Light theatre performance in Prague and visit the Pergamon Museum in Berlin as avenues to explore the interrelatedness of the arts.

After the residency, students return home to work with their mentors in an intense, individually tailored independent study session.   

Cultural Exploration

Considered one of Europe’s most romantic cities, Prague is steeped in time, untouched by the bombs of the world wars. Its architecture harks from every era, from medieval to Art Nouveau and beyond. Even Prague’s currency is traditional, giving travelers the chance to experience old-school Europe when they pay for their purchases using the Czech crown (koruna).

Our EF Tour Directors travel with us for the entire trip to answer questions, provide cultural insights, and keep our travels flowing smoothly. They’ll lead us on a walking tour to explore Prague’s Old Town, including the atmospheric Charles Bridge, and visit its castle, the largest in the world. We’ll visit the important Jewish Quarter, including the cemetery, the Jewish Museum, and synagogues on a walking tour that focuses on Kafka, one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century.

We’ll take in an evening performance at one of the city’s iconic Black Light theatres, which mix mime and modern dance to create a multimedia, avant-garde theatre experience found only in Prague. An optional “Prague by Night” tour offers the chance to see the city by boat after dark, from the Vltava River.

From Prague, we travel by motorcoach north to Berlin. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Berlin has emerged as a vibrant metropolis. We’ll tour the city by bus to see the major sights, passing by the Brandenburg Gate, and visit the Checkpoint Charlie Museum. We’ll visit the world-famous Pergamon Museum, with its classical antiquities and Islamic art. In the evenings, travelers may opt to take in a cabaret or go on a walking tour of Berlin’s justly famous modern architecture.

The MFA group shares meals on arrival day and on the last night of residency. In between, most evenings are free, giving students time to explore the cities as they wish.


Tuition for the Summer 2014 residency is $1,620, or $540 per credit hour for the 3-hour course. Tuition for the independent study that follows is also $540 per credit hour. Travel costs include air travel from Louisville, ground transportation, housing, museum entrances, walking tours, breakfasts, two dinners, travel insurance, and tips, totaling $4,090. If you’re flying from an airport other than Louisville, contact EF College Study Tours to see how your costs are affected. A land-only package, which excludes air travel and transportation to/from the airport, costs $2,730. Additional meals, optional activities, and free-time activities are not included in the trip price.

Scholarship: All students receive a $425 scholarship from Spalding, credited to your EF College Study Tours travel account after you sign up.

Guest Discount: All guests receive a $290 discount, credited to the guest’s EF College Study Tours travel account after they sign up. 

Enrollment and Deadline

Before you sign up for the trip…

  1. Check out the day-to-day itinerary.
  2. Read essential information about flights, payment options, guests, and more.
  3. Read the Enrollment Booklet.

When you’re ready to sign up…

Current students and their guests can sign up for the residency at or via the toll-free phone number, 1-877-485-4184, by February 1.

Incoming students apply for admission to the MFA Program by February 1. Once admitted, they have until March 30 to enroll for travel at or via EF’s toll-free phone number, 1-877-485-4184.

Course Registration

Students must also register for courses through Spalding. Registration for the Summer 2014 semester opens December 17 via WebAdvisor []. The deadline to register is February 1 for current students and February 28 for incoming students.

Passport Information

A passport is needed to travel abroad. The length of time it takes to receive a new or renewed passport can be unpredictable. The MFA staff recommends you check the status of your passport now and, if needed, apply for a new or renewed passport immediately. For more information, visit

For more information about travel to the Czech Republic, visit the For information about travel to Germany, visit the

For information on travel tips to destinations abroad, visit

updated 10/07/13

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