Applications are now open for the University of Iowa Summer Exchange Program 2020. The duration of the 2020 Summer Institute in the USA in 2 weeks. IELTS or TOEFL is not required for the IWP cultural exchange program in the USA. 10 applicants from each country will be accepted to SI 2020. You don’t need a passport and/or copies of passports at this stage of the application.
The University of Iowa student exchange program is a fully-funded summer institute. There is no application fee. Tuition and transportation to and from the Summer Institute are covered for participants. Room and board, materials, instructor fees, printing and photocopying, and can transportation during the program are all fully funded.
The Summer Institute is an immersive two-week creative writing and cultural exchange program held in Iowa City, Iowa, U.S., a UNESCO City of Literature, for participants age 18-22 from Pakistan, India, and the U.S. Students from all disciplines – the arts, humanities, sciences, and everything in between – are welcome to apply!
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Summer Exchange Program 2020 Details:
- United States
- The University of Iowa
- 2 Weeks
- The summer institute 2020 will take place from Saturday 4 – 18 July 2020.
The International Writing Program Summer Institute is fully funded. The IWP Summer School will cover:
- 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.
- Applicants must be between the ages of 18-22 by the start of the program, 4 July 2020
- Participant Must be a Citizen of India, Pakistan & the United States
- Students from all disciplines – the arts, humanities, sciences, and everything in between – are welcome to apply!
1. Creative work in English (6-8 pages). Essays and other forms of nonfiction such as school reports, for example, will not be accepted. By creative work, we mean your original writing that is poetry, fiction, nonfiction (again, if it is original and creative), screenplay, stage play, memoir, etc. There are many possibilities. You may submit one piece or several pieces of creative work to make the 6-8-page requirement.
2. Prompt #1: The 2020 Summer Institute session will include discussion of identity as it relates to creative writing and the life of a writer. Please include 2-3 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? Or, asked another way, what does it mean to you to be a creative writer and how does your writing influence who you are as a person?
3. Prompt #2: The 2020 US cultural exchange program 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. Conflict (interpersonal, generational, national, international, and others) shapes us directly and vicariously. Describe how conflict/s has/have forced or led someone you admire to take a position on a particular issue or topic. First, what was the issue or topic? Second, how were their worldviews impacted, values tested, relations with others challenged, and/or growth as a person shaped by the conflict they experienced? Third, what was the position they took? Finally, what did you find admirable about how they handled/responded to conflict?
- Separately, in a few sentences, please share how, if at all, the historical and contemporary India-Pakistan conflict affects you and/or your family.
OPTIONAL (STRONGLY ENCOURAGED):
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@example.com if you encounter problems or have questions.
Please include 2 minutes maximum in English on each of the following:
- Introduce yourself
- Describe the moment/event you knew creative writing was important in your life
- Share what you hope to learn at our program in Iowa
- A selection committee reviews all applications and supplemental materials and determines the final group of participants.
- Deadline Extended. The last date to apply for the University of Iowa 2019 Summer Exchange Program in the USA is 1 March 2020.