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  • Locations: Willemstad, Curacao
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Goucher applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty Led ICA GPA minimum: 2.0
Class Standing: 2.Sophomore, 3.Junior, 4.Senior Pre-Course: Yes
Post-Course: Yes ICA Course Number: WRT 272
Program Description:
Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
Cities: Willemstad, Curacao
When Offered: June 4-June 24, 2018
Faculty Leaders:  Phaye Poliakoff-Chen (


Program Overview

Visit and study on the Caribbean-Dutch island of Curaçao, and explore what it means to be a travel writer in 2018.  Curaçao’s unique aggregation of politics, tourism, oil, environmentalism, languages, and religions provides a prime opportunity to understand a reporter’s ethical responsibilities.  The best travel writing offers readers an understanding of a country’s culture and history beyond the requisite descriptions of food and sunsets. Explore these issues in depth while you explore Curaçao’s culture, history, economy, and beauty.

Download this ICA program flyer and estimated program cost here: 2018 ICA Curacao Flyer.pdf
Download the information session flyer for this program here: 2018 ICA Curacao-Info Session Flyer.pdf

Eligibility, Prerequisites, and Academic Credit 

 No prerequisites. Preference will be given to Creative Writing Minors, Professional Writing Minors, and English Majors with the Creative Writing Concentration. This program is open to all students in good academic standing (above a 2.0 GPA). The on-site course will be 4 credits in WRT 272.  There will be two required lectures on campus in SP18. On return, FALL 2018, WRT 301 (1 credit) is recommended, but not required.

Application and Study Abroad Deadlines

November 6, 2017: Online application & $50 application fee due 
December 1, 2017: $500 non-refundable deposit is due
February 16, 2018: Final payment and ICA health forms due

Program Costs

The tentative cost of the program is $5,275. This fee includes lodging, most meals, transportation within Curaçao as well as seminars, entrance fees, and insurance. This price also includes international airfare from the gateway city (TBD) to Curaçao and back to the US gateway city.

Financial Aid

All students are eligible to apply for an OIS ICA scholarship, which is also due November 6, 2017. The scholarship can be found online at If you are a Pell Grant recipient and US citizen studying abroad in one country for at least 3 weeks (21 days), you are eligible to apply for the Gilman scholarship where you can be awarded up to $3,000 in aid for your study abroad. Please contact Jennifer White at OIS during her walk-in office hours (Mon.-Thu. 2:30-4pm) in order for her to help you submit the best possible application by the October 3, 2017 deadline for early summer 2018 notification or by March 6, 2018 for regular summer notification. 


Students are required to have passports for all Goucher programs. Failure to have a passport will prohibit participation in the program.
Estimated Passport Processing Time:
Routine Service: approximately 6-8 weeks from the time of application, including mailing time
Expedited Service: approximately 2-3 weeks from the time of application, including mailing time
Please do not wait until the last minute to submit your passport application! Save yourself the stress, time, and $60+ extra costs in expediting it by applying early at:

This program is currently not accepting applications.