Art and creative writing courses to be offered in San Miguel de Allende
Posted: 05/27/2009
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Students can still register for an exciting study abroad program that will include art and creative writing courses in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, July 18-25, 2009 that is being sponsored by The University of Texas-Pan American.

Dr. Steven Schneider, UTPA professor and coordinator of the Creative Writing Institute, is pictured enjoying the scenery in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. This year, Schneider has scheduled the institute in the historic colonial town which has become popular among artists and writers.
The creative writing courses are part of the successful annual Summer Creative Writing Institute. According to Dr. Steven Schneider, who is leading the program, "we are very excited about celebrating the seventh summer of the Creative Writing Institute in San Miguel de Allende. This special program will provide students a wonderful opportunity to write about their experiences in the heart of Mexico."

Art courses will include undergraduate advanced drawing and graduate two- and three-dimensional art media that will focus on the visual and spiritual experiences in San Miguel de Allende. Dr. Reynaldo Santiago, program director for the Graduate Art program, has led past study abroad programs to other areas of Mexico like Guanajuato.

Besides the study abroad program, several other UTPA activities are being planned during the week such as lectures by UTPA professors and performances by UTPA musicians.

"San Miguel de Allende offers many opportunities for the UTPA community," comments Sylvia Aldape, director of the Office of Graduate Studies, Academic Centers and Continuing Education, "We have been researching the possibility of offering continuing education courses to the local community, internships for our students, and more study abroad experiences. Already, a group from San Miguel de Allende visited our campus and as a result one of the students has enrolled at UTPA."

Creative writing courses to be offered include ENG 4340 and 6325. Art courses include ART 4311, 6301, 6302, 6303, and 6304. All courses offer 3 credits.

Financial aid and scholarships are available for students. Also, students will travel together to San Miguel de Allende on a chartered bus. In order to participate in the program and receive university credit, students must submit an application to the Office of International Programs, located at the UTPA campus, COAS 125, 381-3572 or and depending on the course, have either undergraduate or graduate student status.

Individuals may also sign up for any of these courses as a non-degree seeking student through the continuing education office. More information about the non-degree student option can be found at or by calling 956/381-3661.