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  • Locations: Clare, Ireland; Dingle, Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Sligo, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/12/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/09/2018 06/02/2018
NOTE: Program will run Wednesday, May 9th thru Saturday, June 2nd, 2018. Please check back for updated details on the itinerary and the costs.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Guthrie, Nancy
Program Director:
Marquardt, Debra
Housing Options: Hotel/Tourist Lodging
Classification at Departure:
Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Cumulative GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Host Country Language: English Online Course Catalog Available: No
Iowa State
ISU Course:
ENGL 395
Program Description:
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On the Road in Ireland
A Traveling Writer's Workshop

Travel around Ireland for 3 weeks in Summer 2018 with this LAS global seminar. Students will write and explore while visiting the following towns in Ireland: Dublin, Sligo, Doolin, Galway, Aran Islands, Dingle. Tentative dates for Summer 2018 are May 9 -June 2 2018.

Included in the program cost are:
  • All accommodations in shared rooms in apartments in Dublin and Dingle, and B & Bs/Hostels while traveling in Sligo, Galway, Aran Islands.
  • All transportation by private coach for second and third week when traveling around the west and north of Ireland.
  • Writing Workshop with Irish writers in Dublin and Galway.
  • Entrance fees for site visits, including Joyce Museum, Irish Writers' Museum, the Joyce Centre, Newgrange, Hill of Tara, Lisadell House, Drumcliffe, Thoor Ballylee, Coole Park, Dublin Literary Pub Crawl.
  • Theatre performances at the Gate and Abbey Theatres.
  • Ferries to and from Inishmore, one of the Aran Islands.
  • Bicycle hire on Aran Islands

While Ireland now has all the energy and diversity of other European countries, it retains its distinctive cultural identity. Students will have many opportunities to explore on their own. Dublin has many fine museums, interesting historical sites, restaurants, pubs, and array of fine stores. Students can visit Trinity College to see the Book of Kells or tour the Guinness brewery. As the class moves around Ireland--from Dublin to Sligo to Galway to Doolin to Dingle--students will see the remarkable geographic and cultural variety of this small island country.

The Dingle peninsula is home to Ireland's highest mountain, Mount Brandon (or the Irish, liabh Bhreandáin or Cnoc Bréanainn), many ancient sites, and miles of stunning coastline. Dingle town's most famous resident is Fungi the dolphin, always ready to leap beside boats in Dingle Bay.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • GPA 2.5
  • Undergraduate and graduate students from all majors and colleges are welcome to apply.
  • Although reading and writing are the central focus of this course, special preparation is not required.
  • There are no prerequisites, other than an interest in discovering the cultural riches of Ireland and a willingness to explore the experience of Ireland through writing and Irish literature.
Students who participate in this program will earn 3 credits of ENGL 395 (or 595 for graduate credit).

Upon completion of the course students will:
  • Discover internationally renowned Irish literature while traveling around the country of Ireland and enjoying Irish music in its traditional environment.
  • Explore the beautiful countryside of Ireland, from Dublin to Sligo through County Clare to the Ring of Kerry, the Aran Islands, and the Dingle Peninsula, home of Ireland's highest mountain and Fungi the dolphin.
  • Experience the remarkable cultural richness of this tiny island country.
  • Express the creative writer within through development of original fiction, nonfiction, or poetry works while traveling around Ireland.Ireland_Wicklow


Budget information is available by clicking here.  Please note that ISUAbroad budget sheets do not allow for the reflection of different rates of ISU tuition by major. Please see the budget sheet notes for more detailed information about expenses. 

Participants may be able to apply their financial aid packages to this program and should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for further information.

Scholarship information can be found here:
Scholarships and Fellowships for International Study
ISU Scholarships
ISU Financial Aid


All participants in this program will be automatically enrolled in CISI, an international health insurance and emergency service plan. This insurance plan is required for all undergraduate and graduate students participating in ISU study abroad programs. The cost of the plan is $1.31 per day, and it has been built into the cost of the program fee. More information is available at the links below:

CISI Participant FAQ
International Insurance 101
CISI Policy Information



The application deadline for Summer is March 15th, 2018. Accepted participants will be notified on a rolling basis upon submission of completed application. Once you are accepted to participate, you must either commit to or decline your offer in the ISUAbroad online application system. Those students who commit to participate are officially part of the program and will be responsible for all program costs listed on the ISUAbroad budget sheet. If you withdraw, you will be responsible for the withdrawal penalty outlined below, in addition to all non-recoverable program payments the college is obligated to make on your behalf. Appeals are possible in certain extenuating circumstances, such as family or medical emergencies. Charges will be applied to your U-bill.

31-60 days prior to program start date $100
1-30 days prior $200
Start date or after Full study abroad program fee


Program Director
Debra Marquart

LAS Study Abroad Director
Nancy Guthrie

LAS study abroad website: