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  • Locations: Clare, Ireland; Dingle, Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Sligo, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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:
On the Road in Ireland
A Traveling Writer's Workshop

Ireland Cliffs

Summer 2017
May 9 - June 2, 2017


Ireland BurrenLocations: Ireland: Dublin, Sligo, Doolin, Galway, Aran Islands, Dingle.

Academics: Earn three credits for English 395 (or 595 for graduate credit).

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.St. Patricks

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.




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.


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            For more information:

            Contact the instructor:

            Debra Marquart 
            Professor of English


Call LAS Study Abroad at 515-294-1162.


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  • 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
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Leave Des Moines Airport — Tuesday, May 9th

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
  • Abbey Theater
  • 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. 

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.

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
  • Farewell Dinner
Depart Dingle for Shannon Airport, Friday, June 2
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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.

Undergraduate Tuition & Fees: ($1,242* minus $625 tuition award)            $617    

       *Undergraduate Tuition Calculation includes:  ($906) + ISU Fees ($231) +
               Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($105) = $1,242.

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

  • U.S. passport and any spending money you wish to carry to expenses beyond the above out-of-pocket allowances.
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  • For Scholarship Information: 
    • LAS Scholarship application in ISUAbroad
    • 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.
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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.


This program is currently not accepting applications.