The Summer Institute is a new immersive two-week creative writing and cultural exchange program held in Iowa City, Iowa, United States of America by University of Iowa , a UNESCO City of Literature, for participants age 18-22 from Pakistan, India, and the U.S. Students from all disciplines including the arts, humanities, sciences, and everything in between are welcome to apply!

This University of Iowa Summer Exchange Program 2019 is free for selected participants and will focus on creative writing and the power of narrative. The Summer Institute is supported by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad.

The Summer Institute is a new immersive two-week creative writing and cultural exchange program held in Iowa City, Iowa, a UNESCO City of Literature, for participants age 18-22 from Pakistan, India, and the U.S.

Summer Institute Cultural Exchange Program Details:

During Summer Institute morning sessions, visiting experts will lead master classes on an array of topics; while afternoons will be reserved primarily for generative writing sessions led by faculty mentors. Additional panels will foster discussion of identity and culture, and allow participants to explore collaboration and team-building.

Evenings will feature arts programming, such as literary readings, open mic nights, movies, and special workshops (on topics such as slam poetry or screenwriting), as well as free time to write and socialize. The weekend may include additional arts programming, as well as a relaxing afternoon picnic at Lake Macbride State Park, a great place for swimming and walking in the woods.

HOST COUNTRY:

  • United States

HOST UNIVERSITY:

  • The University of Iowa

PROGRAM DURATION:

  • 15 Days

PROGRAM DATES:

  • 6-20 July

Benefits Of Summer Exchange Program

  • Tuition and transportation
  • Room and board, materials, instructor fees, printing and photocopying, and can transportation during the program are all fully funded. 
  • Indian and Pakistani students will receive basic health coverage, per the requirements of being a J-1 visa holder, through the University of Iowa. 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Participants age 18-22 from Pakistan, India, and the U.S.
  • This program for students of all academic interests – the arts, humanities, sciences, and everything in between – is free for selected participants, and will focus on creative writing and the power of narrative. 
  • First and foremost, we want someone who is passionate about creative writing. In the writing samples, we want to see what best represents you as a writer today. Given our belief that in order to write, you have to read, we expect you to be an avid reader as well. You don’t necessarily have to have received perfect grades in your English or literature classes, nor will we make you quote U.S., Indian, or Pakistani authors at will. 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

  • Creative work in English (6-8 pages). Essays and other forms of nonfiction will not be accepted.

Prompt #1: The 2019 Summer Institute session will include discussion of identity as it relates to creative writing and the life of a writer. Please include 3-5 pages in response to the following:

  • In our daily lives, we navigate many different roles—student, sibling, daughter, son, peer. We negotiate family, friends, religious groups, as well as class, gender, race, country, and so many other groups, adjusting the way we speak or behave to fit the demands of each encounter. As we move through the day, we work through how and why we occupy each particular role. What do you consider to be the strongest, most central aspects of your identity? What does it mean to you to be a member of (or be seen as a member of) a particular group? In what way does your identity influence you as a creative writer and reader?

3.  Prompt #2: The 2019 Summer Institute session will include discussion of the personal, national, and cultural/social impacts of the India-Pakistan partition and relations between these two nations. Please include 2-3 pages on the following:

  • Conflict is a part of the human condition, and oftentimes is unavoidable. How have you been shaped by conflict (interpersonal, generational, national, international, or another), personally or vicariously? Describe the impact of this conflict on, for example, your worldview, your values, how you relate to others, your growth as a person. Finally, in a few sentences, please share how, if at all, the historical and contemporary India-Pakistan conflict affects you.

OPTIONAL:

Video Statement of Purpose  (strongly encouraged): this video statement should not be emailed; rather, it should be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or comparable sites and be shared as a viewable link ​​​on the online application. Please contact [email protected] if you encounter problems or have questions. Please include 2 minutes maximum, in English) on all of the following:

  • Introduce yourself
  • Describe why creative writing is important in your life
  • Share what you hope to learn at our program in Iowa

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

  • The last date to apply for University of Iowa 2019 Summer Exchange Program USA is April 1, 2019.

All applicants for University of Iowa Summer Exchange Program 2019 will be notified in the month of April.

OFFICIAL LINK

APPLY HERE