Muckross House Alley at Sunset, Killarney National Park, Ireland

June 17 - 24, 2016
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Students will learn the art of photography while traveling through different areas of Ireland's Killarney area. Through the lens of the camera, students will experience the diversity of the Irish landscape from the oceanside Cliffs of Moher to culturally rich city center of Dublin. Students will also have to opportunity to develop an understanding of life in Ireland, as they visit local museums and historic sites that will expand their knowledge of the country's culture.

  • PHOT 101 Introduction to Photography (3 credits)

Estimated Cost of Study Abroad Experience:

  • Program cost: $1,400. Includes ground transportation, lodging, meals, sightseeing, guides, and insurance.
  • Airfare:  $1,100. Costs may vary by traveler.
  • Tuition: $392 per credit, undergraduate junior/senior rate.
  • Estimated Total Cost (with 3 credits): $3,701.00

Not included in estimated cost:

  • Passport
  • Required textbooks and supplies
  • Personal expenses, some meals
  • Luggage handling

Please contact faculty for detail of expenses related to this program.

Tuition rate for freshman/sophomore participants is $382 per credit hour.

Students will stay in hostels and hotels.

Day 1 - Friday, June 17: Depart USA Our adventure begins as we depart on our international flight, and wing our way over the Atlantic to Shannon, Ireland! Meals will be served inflight.

Day 2 - Saturday, June 18: Shannon area
Upon arrival in Shannon, we clear customs and then meet our coach and guide and begin our discovery of western Ireland. We drive a short distance to see the Cliffs of Moher; dark, limestone cliffs that stretch for five miles dropping down to the raging, foaming sea! Our scenic drive continues across the rocky, "moonlike" Burren area where natural inspiration will meet candid moments waiting to be captured in our lenses. Later we break for tea at a local farm and see the Irish farmers (and their dogs) hard at work. We end the day with a wonderful meal in a traditional pub atmosphere. BO  Day 3 - Sunday, June 19, 2016 Killarney Our scenic drive through Ireland's "west country" continues today, as we drive south towards Tralee and the Dingle Peninsula. En route we will make a picture stop in one of the area's unique villages, Adare, a lovely village with several thatched cottages on the wooded banks of the River Maigue. We continue to the Dingle Peninsula and enjoy the sights of the most northerly of the hilly promontories of County Kerry. We will see Slea Head, Inch Beach, lovely Connor Pass, Dunquin, and of course, Dingle. Perhaps Dungie, the local favorite dolphin, will greet us with a splash and a smile on arrival? Late in the afternoon we drive past the Slieve Mish Mountains, and arrive in Killarney in time to relax before supper. 

Day 4 - Monday, June 20: Killarney
Another unbelievable day awaits us as we take in the scenery and unending photo opportunities of the area. We set out to drive the Ring of Kerry, one of the most spectacular drives in Europe. Names such as Ladies' View, McGillicuddy Reeks, and Cahirciveen will come to life as we negotiate a day of never to be forgotten views and make numerous stops for the perfect photo! We will also stop at the Skellig Experience Heritage Centre on Valentia Island, where we will learn about the nearby islands, bird and waterfowl colonies, and the lives of the monks that inhabited Skellig Michael for 1400 years. We spend time on the island setting the shot to capture a winning photo - whether it will be the charming island scenery, flowers, sheep, harbors or fishing villages, ogham stones and celtic crosses, watersports or typical Irish life folk scenes. We will have much to discuss at dinner, after our day of wild, breathtaking scenery! 

Day 5 - Tuesday, June 21: Killarney Our depth of field is slowing increasing each day as we continue to be surprised and delighted around every corner. We drive today into the heart of Killarney National Park and spend the morning exploring the rugged peaks, valleys and lakes of the area. A visit to Tore Waterfalls and the gardens at Muckross House, situated close to the shores of Muckross Lake, amidst the beautiful scenery of the national park, are also on the agenda. In the afternoon, we return to Killarney via a horse-drawn jaunting car ride from Ross Castle and have free time to practice our photography skills.

Day 6 - Wednesday, June 22: Dublin
After breakfast we head north towards Dublin, and spend the day meandering and exploring. We make stops in Tipperary or Kilkenny County as time allows. As we get close to Dublin, we drive through the northern edge of Ireland's "garden" -Wicklow Mountains National Park. It has everything that is thought "Irish" in landscape, including wild heather-covered glens and forests, high mountain peaks, deep laughs, ancient churches, stately houses and silvery beaches. Nothing could be more in contrast to the hustle and bustle of Dublin! We arrive in Dublin in time for some shopping and dinner. This evening we try to attend a meeting with the Dublin Camera Club where we can meet local visionaries interested in our pastime. 

Day 7 - Thursday, June 23: Dublin
This morning we enjoy a panoramic tour of Ireland's fair capital. During our tour we see iconic sights such as Trinity College with its famed "Book of Kells" as well as the impressive St. Patrick's Cathedral, Ha'Penny Bridge, the Temple Bar area, the Custom House and Phoenix Park with its Papal Cross. Our guide will also introduce us to the famous Georgian architecture with its colorful doors, statues of the famous, and city walls and gates that hold 1000 years of history. After lunch we visit the Gallery of Photography located in the Temple Bar arts and entertainment area and then have free time before our farewell dinner. 

Day 8 - Friday, June 24,: Return to USA
Regretfully, it's time to say "Slan agat" (Good Bye) and transfer to the Dublin Airport, where our international flight is waiting to return us to the USA. We return, however, with memories of lovely landscapes, verdant fields, fabulous castles and ruins, interesting pubs and people, enchanting music and most importantly, a wealth of new friends with whom to share photo memories with! Welcome home!

Patrick Klarecki, BUS 120
(231) 591- 2848