(photo header credit-  bike in the Gap of Dunloe photo from USF Ireland Travel/Study Tour 2009 group).

The 20-day Ireland Travel/Study tour program combines a three-day stay in London with a one-week residency at the University of Limerick and a series of daytrips through the scenic and historic West of Ireland.  Students study Irish literature and visual media while they write and workshop travel stories, short fiction and poetry in the Professional Writing course.  A course in Irish and European media systems is also offered, along with a course in Directed Readings which also incorporates Irish film. Students take six hours of academic credit from the University of South Florida’s School of Mass Communications.

The travel portion of the tour includes two days of sightseeing in London and a daytrip to Stonehenge, Bath and Salisbury Cathedral before the group travels by train and ferry to Dublin, where students begin their studies while enjoying the sites of one of Europe’s most interesting and exciting cities . After a train ride across Ireland to Limerick, the students begin their week in residency at the University of Limerick, where they workshop with a number of Irish writers and musicians. During and after the residency the students travel to a number of outstanding destinations including the Aran Islands, the Cliffs of Moher, the Dingle Peninsula, Killarney National Park, and more.

-Rick Wilber, itinerary

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