Academics: Earn three credits for English 395 (or 595 for graduate credit).
Discoverinternationally renowned Irish literature while traveling around the country of Ireland and enjoying Irish music in its traditional environment.
the beautiful countryside of Ireland, from Dublin to Sligo through County Clare to the Ring of Kerry, the Aran Islands,
and the Ding
e Peninsula, home of Ireland's highest mountain and Fungi the dolphin.
the remarkable cultural richness of this tiny island country.
the creative writer within through development of original fiction, nonfiction, or poetry works while traveling around Ireland.
Who is eligible?
Undergraduate and graduate students from all majors and colleges are welcome in this course. 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.
For more information:
Contact the instructor:
Professor of English
Call LAS Study Abroad at 515-294-1162.
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
WHERE WILL WE GO?
Leave Des Moines Airport — Tuesday, May 9th
WEEK ONE Dublin — One Week (roughly May 9 - May 16)
Introduction to course and welcome reception.
Discuss Literature and History of Dublin & Writing Workshops
Literary Pub Crawl
National Gallery, National Library -- Yeats Exhibit
Trinity College -- Book of Kells
Natural History Museum -- Bogmen
Writer’s Festival Events
Guest Lecture with Visiting Irish Writer
Joyce Tower, Irish Writer’s Museum
Day Trip to Boyne Valley, New Grange archeological site
Hop-on-Hop-off bus tour—Starts on O’Connell Streek, takes you to places of interest in Dublin, including Trinity College, St. Stephens Green, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Jail, Dublin Zoo, Jameson Distillery.
WEEK TWO On the Road — Ten days (roughly May 16 - May 26)
Sligo -- Travel through John McGahern country (County Leitrim), Visit Yeats’ grave, Tour Yeats Country, including Ross Strand, Knocknarea, Parkes Castle
Galway -- Guest Writer/Seminar/Writing Workshops
Aran Islands—Inishmore (Three days, two nights) -- Man of Aran screening, visit Dun Aengus. Discussions of Irish Literature/Writing Workshops
Travel from Aran Islands to Doolin (two nights in Doolin) -- Coole Park, Kinvarra, The Burren, Cliffs of Moher, guest Lecture with Visiting Irish Writer.
WEEK THREE Dingle — One week (roughly May 26 - June 2)
Discussion of Irish Literature/Writing Workshops
Blasket Centre Slea Head,
Listowel Writer’s Week Event
Ring of Kerry
Depart Dingle for Shannon Airport, Friday, June 2
WHAT WILL THE COURSE COST?
2017 ESTIMATED COSTS (Based on 12 students)
Program Fee: $4,300
Note: This program fee amount is based on the participation of 12 students. Includes airfare + fees ($1161), student share of program director expenses,
lodging (apartments, Hostels/B & B’s), all private coaches, entrance fees
to exhibits, museums, theater tickets, visiting writers fees, literary festivals,
bus passes, ferry to Aran Islands, daytrip to New Grange, etc.
Note: Graduate Tuition & Fees Calculation is as follows:
$1,455 (graduate tuition) + $224 (ISU fees) +
$105 (Study Abroad Fee) minus $625 (tuition award) = $1159 (total).
Other — Anticipated out of pocket expenses $1,105 Souvenirs/Books/Incidentals = $300
Food 23 days @ $35/day = $805
Note: The program fee does not include food, other than Welcome &
Farewell dinners & some breakfasts provided at B & Bs.
Estimated Grand Total:
All food, fees, travel costs, tuition & out of pocket expenses: $6,022
WHAT ELSE DO I HAVE TO COVER?
U.S. passport and any spending money you wish to carry to expenses beyond the above out-of-pocket allowances.
General study abroad scholarship information is here. (See center column and click on individual PDFs.)
LAS Study Abroad Scholarships up to $1000 are available on a competitive basis.
Above-listed Tuition Awards (regardless of major) are given to each participant--$625.
A wee bit more information... 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.