May 31 - June 12, 2020

 TCLA-200 Travel Writing In Ireland 
Dates: May 31-June 12, 2020
Credits: Critical Studies Elective | 3 Credits  
Who can participate? Open to all UArts students

Over the course of this 12-day study course, students will maintain a travel writing blog through journeys across three major Irish cities. Each location is decidedly unique and offers students distinct glimpses of life in Ireland: small-town Cork on the southern point of the island, farm country Galway in the northwest, and cosmopolitan Dublin on the eastern coast.

Individual writing assignments and collaborative peer response exercises will guide students through different methods of non-fiction expression, readings will encourage honest and productive consideration of published travel writing pieces, and each traveler will be exposed to a part of the world that is at once rooted in ancient history and hurtling toward a progressive future.

One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things.
— Henry Miller

Student Learning Outcomes

The goal of this travel writing course is to develop the tools needed to respectfully navigate and absorb a new place.  We will:

  • Develop different rhetorical and stylistic strategies for different subjects and audiences — students should focus on the practice of writing, but will also be asked to make decisions that facilitate active, deliberate communication between writer and audience.
  • Build confidence in the collaborative non-fiction writing process — this course will place emphasis on peer communication through frequent workshops and online commentary, and will also emphasize self-reflection through journal entries.
  • Familiarize students with travel writing technologies — students will be introduced to several different types of blogging platforms and will be given the option to choose a hosting site that best fits their personal brand and style.

Michele Kishita

MFA '10 / BFA '97

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Laura Biesiadecki

 Travel Package: $4,537 
Deposit: $500 due by 1/31/2020 *Extended to 3/1/2020*
Final payment due by 3/31/2020

Travel Package includes:

  • Airfare Philadelphia to Shannon, Ireland.
  • 11 nights of accommodations in Cork, Galway, and Dublin.
  • Ground transportation.
  • Intra-program coach transportation from Cork to Galway and Galway to Dublin.
  • Roundtrip Ferry from Galway to Inis Mor.
  • Public transportation, as noted in itinerary.
  • Locally-based World Strides Resident Staff will meet the group and provide orientation upon arrival.
  • Group cultural site & museum entrances and tours with trained guides.
  • Breakfast buffet each day.
  • Dinner cash stipend included (see itinerary).
  • Welcome Dinner + Farewell Dinner.

Other costs to consider:

  • Lunches are on your own; however, you could use your dinner cash packets as you choose.
  • Course Tuition: $403 The new special summer 2019 Travel Course credit rates are $134 per credit, up to 3 credits. Same tuition rate whether you are taking for credit or auditing the class.
  • International cell phone plan.
  • $199 Optional Travel Protection Plan Cancel for Any Reason (per person).
  • Luggage overage fees and hotel incidentals are not included and are the responsibility of the program participants.
  • Passport application fees if you need to secure.

Application Checklist 

  Make sure you have a passport with an expiration date 6 months after the last day of your trip.

  Complete the Travel Course Application.  You can access it via the Student Forms page on the Portal.

  Look for your confirmation email!

  Go to Student Financial Service to pay your $500 deposit.

    In person payments: Student Financial Services office.

    Online payments: and select "Make a 1-Time Payment."  You will also need to send an email to Mariann Cardonick in SFS so that she can credit your account.  

  Complete Risk & Release form.

  Complete the Travel Information form, which includes a passport upload + emergency contacts.

  Wait for approval notification.

  Final payment due to SFS.

  Check your registration (you will automatically be registered upon final payment).

  Attend your pre-departure workshop.


Learn more

Caitlin Perkins, Coordinator for Short Travel