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Literary Locations - Ireland

Program Highlights


Spring 2012: June 22 - July 1, 2012


OSU Sponsored




Aran Islands

Academic Credit


Application Deadline

February 1, 2012
(Deadline Extended to February 12, 2012)
Term: 1122


3.0 minimum GPA;
completion of 10 credits in English past 110;
Sophomore or above;
Not open to seniors graduating Spring 2012;
Permission of instructor

Program Costs

Ohio State Tuition + $TBA (See "Program Costs" Section for details)

Contact Information

Michela Shigley-Giusti (.1)

Resident Directors

Ray Cashman


This Literary Locations program offers students the opportunity to study Irish culture and history through literature- broadly conceived- and then to spend ten days exploring Ireland itself. In the classroom we will explore images of Ireland and conceptions Irish identity in a range of expressive forms- folklore, song, short stories, novels, poetry, drama, and film. Authors will include luminaries of the Irish Literary Renaissance (including William Butler Yeats, Lady Gregory, and John Millington Synge), established contemporary writers (including Seamus Heaney and Brian Friel), and rising stars (including Martin McDonagh and Glenn Patterson). To be sure, upstarts and punks (including James Joyce and Robert McLiam Wilson) will get their due. Films will include works by directors Robert Flaherty, John Huston, Neil Jordan, and John Sayles. At the conclusion of spring quarter, we will travel as a class to Dublin, Galway, and the Aran Islands- and points in between to visit the actual locations of what we have read, heard, and seen.

You will walk in the footsteps of literary greats, condemned patriots, grey-eyed saints, and quite possibly your great, great grandparents. You will scale the pre-Christian ramparts of Dun Conchuir, brave the fairy blast atop the Hill of Tara, and puzzle over ancient rock art carved in burial tombs a millennium older than Stonehenge. As fiddle and accordion mingle with the crash of the Atlantic, you will cast your mournful eyes to the pub floor and weep at the mere thought of returning home.


We will travel as a class to Dublin, Galway, the Aran Islands, and points in between to visit the actual locations of what we have read, heard, and seen.

Courses and Credits

Students will take a pre-departure class English 595 (Literary Locations, 5 credits) during Spring Quarter. They will also be enrolled in International Studies 697 (5 credits), which will convert to English 697 (5 credits) at the end of the program abroad.

Special note for graduate students: Graduate students outside of the English Department should take English 595; graduate students in English can sign up for either English 693 or 993, instead of 595. They will also be enrolled in International Studies 697 (5 credits), which will be converted to English 697 (5 credits) at the end of the program abroad.


Students will stay in double and triple rooms in centrally located three-star hotels in Dublin and Galway. Breakfast is included every morning at the hotel.

Program Costs

You are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $TBA program fee. The program fee includes TBA. It does not cover TBA.

The actual cost for Ohio State to run this program is $TBA per student; this cost is subsidized by the Office of International Affairs in the amount of $1,000 (subject to change). If you withdraw from the program, please be advised you may be responsible for paying up to $TBA.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.

Application Information

Applicants must submit the Office of International Affairs Study Abroad Application online via Buckeyelink. Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed to your Statement of Account. The application fee will be refunded only if you are not accepted or submit a written request to withdraw your application prior to the application deadline.


Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Special Petition Process

In the event that a U.S. Department of State travel warning is issued for this country, study abroad will be possible only by special petition.* If a travel warning exists at the time of acceptance, the petition must be included as part of the program acceptance materials. If a travel warning is issued after acceptance to the program, participants will be asked by their Office of International Affairs study abroad coordinator to submit a petition at that time. All petitions are reviewed by the International Travel Policy Committee and subject to approval by the Provost.


In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must (insert program-specific eligibility) and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.

Ohio State Funding Opportunities: oia.osu.edu
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel warnings/country specific information)
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel (geographic health recommendations)
Literary Locations - Ireland: go.osu.edu/LiteraryIreland

Contact Us
Information about Getting Started sessions and study abroad coordinator advising hours can be viewed at http://oia.osu.edu/study-abroad.html. Questions about study abroad programs can be directed to abroadadvisor@osu.edu. The Office of International Affairs is located in Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Avenue.

*Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement in this handout, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. The Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program for which a State Department travel warning is in effect. It is the policy of Ohio State not to discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or handicap in matters of admission, employment, housing, or services in the educational programs which it administers in accordance with civil rights legislation.