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Before Your Residency: Plan Your Residency


In order to be successful in your program, you should attend your residencies within the University's recommended timeframe.

View the Residency Timing table for information about when to complete the required residencies for your specific program.

International Students: Be sure to register for your selected U.S. residency 3-4 months before the residency start date in order to allow sufficient time to complete the required processes and approvals for you to be able to travel and attend.

View the Residency Calendar


Walden residencies enable you to:

  • Create an action plan for completing your program of study.
  • Connect with faculty members in individual or group advising sessions.
  • Enhance your writing, research, critical-thinking, and discipline-specific skills.
  • Exchange experiences and insights with students who share your interests.
  • Collaborate directly with student support staff.

Types of Residencies

Face-to-Face Residencies

These residencies are held throughout the year at various locations around the United States. In selecting residency sites, Walden chooses U.S. locations that meet accreditation requirements, are readily accessible to our students, and satisfy meeting space needs for various programs.


Virtual Residencies

PhD students who meet certain eligibility requirements may opt to participate in a virtual PhD residency in order to satisfy their second and/or fourth residency requirement. EdD students may participate in an optional EdD Advanced virtual residency in Term 7 or later within the EdD program.

Virtual residencies focus on the same learning outcomes as face-to-face residencies and use a variety of tools, including virtual conferencing, online learning platforms, and social networking, to facilitate collaboration and discussion during residency sessions. 


Professional Conferences

PhD students in select programs have the option to attend an approved professional conference (RESI 8900 based on program availability) in order to satisfy their fourth residency requirement.

Contact Student Success Advising to access the Professional Conferences residency calendar and page for more information.


Capstone Intensives

PhD students in programs that require four residencies have the option to attend a face-to-face Dissertation Intensive retreat (DRWI 8500) during their dissertation in order to satisfy their fourth residency requirement.

PhD, DBA, EdD, and DIT students who have completed their required residencies may opt to attend a face-to-face Capstone Intensive retreat to advance their capstone writing. Capstone Intensives are also available for students in the DNP program.

See the Capstone Intensives website for more information and contact Student Success Advising to register.

View the Residency Calendar


Academic residencies and related events are held throughout the year in locations across the United States and abroad. Walden academic event locations are determined based on numerous factors including, but not limited to, state and national accreditation/licensing guidelines, geographic locations of students in Walden residency programs, and meeting space size and availability. We carefully research and select our residency cities and venues and work to offer you several domestic and international options which vary from year-to-year. While we may not be able to offer an academic residency in close proximity to your state/country of residence, we carefully consider your travel and budgetary concerns as we develop our calendar.

When planning your U.S. residency(ies), note that Walden typically offers academic residencies in Georgia, Texas, Florida, Minnesota, Maryland and California. Cities in these and any other states are selected based on the above criteria, as well as flight availability and access to and from major airports across the country and around the globe.

As an online institution with a global reach, Walden also offers some residency opportunities outside the 48 contiguous U.S. states (for students in select doctoral programs). These unique opportunities (previously offered in San Jose, Costa Rica; London, England; Paris, France; Barcelona and Madrid, Spain; and Istanbul, Turkey) provide you with the opportunity to engage in cultural activities before or after your residency sessions.

Please note, residencies outside the 48 contiguous U.S. states are available for students in select doctoral programs. Fees for these residencies, if available for your program, vary based on location and are higher.


View the Residency Calendar for location options by program.