On the Road in Ireland
A Traveling Writer's Workshop
Next Program -- Summer 2018
May 9 - June 2, 2018
Locations: 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.
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.
For more information:
Contact the instructor: Debra Marquart, Professor of English (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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?
ITINERARY — D R A F T
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)
Farewell Dinner -- Depart Dingle for Shannon Airport, Friday, June 2
- Discussion of Irish Literature/Writing Workshops
- Blasket Centre Slea Head,
- Listowel Writer’s Week Event
- Ring of Kerry
WHAT WILL THE COURSE COST?
Note: The costs below are estimates from 2017. We will update the page with 2018 costs very soon.
ESTIMATED COSTS (Based on 2016 costs for 12 students)
Program Fee: $4,690
Includes all travel, lodging, and entrance fees including
airfare + fees ($1170), 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.
Tuition & Fees: ($1,250* minus $750 tuition award from LAS) $500
*Tuition for 2018 has not yet been approved by the Board of Regents.
[Rough calculation: Tuition ($910), ISU Fees ($235), Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($105)]
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:
For all food, program fees, travel costs, tuition & out of pocket expenses: $6,295
WHAT ELSE DO I HAVE TO COVER?
U.S. passport and any spending money you wish to carry to expenses beyond the above-listed out-of-pocket allowances. Passport reimbursement is possible for LAS majors who are first-time travelers. See here.
WHERE CAN I FIND SCHOLARSHIPS?
--Scholarship Information: LAS Scholarship application in ISUAbroad
LAS Study Abroad Scholarships of $500-1,000 are available on a competitive basis.
--General study abroad scholarship information is here.
--Tuition Awards (regardless of major) are guaranteed to each participant who commits in ISUAbroad--$750.
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
1-30 days prior
Start date or after
Full study abroad program fee
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.
LAS Study Abroad Director
LAS study abroad website: https://abroad.las.iastate.edu/