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Discover Ireland & the United Kingdom May 15-29, 2008

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Explore Ireland and the United Kingdom!
Discover the beauty of the deep green hills of the Irish countryside, Scotland’s rich artistic and cultural diversity, and the excitement of London. Become an expert in British slang and expressions while eating bangers and mash with your mates. Take advantage of this opportunity to climb castles, ride double decker buses, and visit ancient battle sites! Explore the regions’ rich history-the myths, music, legends, and folklore that comprise these dynamic European cultures.

Wales Lake District

Academic Course Work
Participants of this study tour will be enrolled in Humanities 496 Exploring Ireland, Scotland & Britain (3 credits). The tour will be lead by Dr. Michelle Sauer, Associate Professor of English and Gender Studies, who specializes in the literature and culture of medieval Britain. Dr. Sauer previously directed this program in 2002, 2004 and 2006, and has extensive experience living and traveling throughout the United Kingdom.

Please note: In order to be eligible for summer term financial aid, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits. Students who wish to enroll in additional summer coursework in association with the tour may choose to make arrangements with Dr. Sauer.

Double Decker bus in London

Tour Itinerary
May 15: Depart from Minot International Airport

May 16: Killarney, Ireland
Fly into Shannon. Travel through the Irish countryside to Killarney, stopping in Limerick on the way. The remainder of the day is free to unpack, relax, and explore this picturesque town. An evening walk to Ross Castle is a perfect way to begin our adventure!

May 17: Killarney, Ireland
Experience Ireland at its most beautiful as we travel around the Ring of Kerry. Along the way we will see Iron Age Forts, Ogham stones, and many more exciting sights. We’ll get a chance to see dogs in action at the sheep show. Before returning to Killarney, we will visit Muckross House, a stately Victorian home with magnificent gardens and breathtaking views of the lakes that surround Killarney.

May 18: Dublin, Ireland
Today’s journey brings you first to fabled Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the Blarney Stone. Continue to the Rock of Cashel to visit the imposing ruins of Cormac’s chapel, offering panoramic views of rolling green hills. While there, amble down the hill to see the ruins of Hoar (Hore) Abbey, a 13th century Cistercian monastery. After a quick buzz through Cork, we will continue to Dublin for dinner.

May 19: Dublin, Ireland
We will begin the morning by sightseeing around the busy streets and tranquil Georgian squares of Dublin. Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells. Wander around old Dublin or visit one of its many excellent museums this afternoon.

May 20: Ferry to Lake District, Wales
This morning, we will travel from Dublin to Dún Laoghaire. If time permits, we will visit the National Maritime Museum of Ireland or James Joyce Tower before taking a ferry across the Irish Sea. We will land at Holyhead, once the island home of the Druids. Journey through the villages of North Wales to the Lake District. This area’s stunning scenery has inspired countless writers and artists and continues to delight all who visit.

May 21: Edinburgh, Scotland
This morning you will visit the village of Grasmere and William Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage. The countryside becomes increasingly rugged as you cross the Scottish border and make your way toward Edinburgh. If luck is with us, we will make quick stops at Hadrian’s Wall, built by the Romans, and Gretna Green, made famous by eloping couples who got married "over the anvil." By early evening, we will arrive in Edinburgh, with plenty of time to start exploring.

May 22: Edinburgh, Scotland
Sightseeing shows you Princes Street, Charlotte Square and the Royal Mile. A visit to Edinburgh Castle, home to the Crown Jewels of Scotland, is included. This afternoon, shop for woolens, tartans, and sheepskins.

May 23: Highlands of Scotland
This morning’s drive brings you to Pitlochry, where we will visit Blair Castle, ancestral home of the Dukes of Atholl. Continue to the Highlands, a journey that provides stunning views of Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest peak. Along the way, we will stop at Loch Ness, where we may even get to meet "Nessie."

May 24: Highlands of Scotland
The Isle of Skye is one of the jewels of Scotland. Today’s journey will take us there to visit Dunvegan Castle. Set on a rocky promontory, this is the headquarters of the ancient Macleod clan.

May 25: Glasgow, Scotland
Today’s journey will take us to Glencoe, site of the 1692 massacre. We will continue through the Trossachs, whose crags and lochs are steeped in the legend of folklore, stopping along the way at Cullodon Field, where the Jacobite Rebellion (1745) ended disastrously. Next, we will visit Stirling Castle, scene of one of William "Braveheart" Wallace’s most famous victories. Continue to Glasgow for exploration time.

May 26-29:
We will take the "Flying Scotsman" train from Glasgow to London, where we will spend the next 3 days. Be captivated by the Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the British Museum, countless amount of galleries, shops and more! Day trips to the surrounding attractions (Bath, Salisbury, Stonehenge, Canterbury, Stratford-upon-Avon) are planned for those who choose to explore outside the city.

MSU students with Dr. Sauer in Scotland, 2004

Program Fees
The program fee covers all transportation, meals, lodging, site entrance fees, and tour guides. Airfare is based in departure from Minot International Airport. Accommodations are double occupancy in 3- and 4-star hotels. Most breakfast meals are continental breakfast and an occasional lunch must be purchased.

A typical day will involve sightseeing or a local excursion for half of the day and free time for the other half. Oftentimes excursions include groups from other U.S. universities, which gives MSU students the chance to make friends around the country! Please expect the tour to be fast paced, allowing you to get the most of your time abroad.

Participants age 24 and younger
Base Program Fee $ 4,682*
Tuition- 3 Credits $ 663
Health Insurance $ 20
TOTAL $ 5,365
Participants 25 and older
Base Program Fee $ 5,232*
Tuition- 3 Credits $ 663
Health Insurance $ 80 (up to age 64)
TOTAL $ 5,975

*Program price is locked until November 20. Applicants enrolled after that date might be required to pay slightly higher program fee due to rate fluctuations in hotel, airfare and transportation rates. Students should not be alarmed by this statement; rate increases in the past have not been significant.

Payment Deadlines
$500 due with the Application
January 20: Remaining balance due
IMPORTANT: All payments must be received prior to these dates or your enrollment will be cancelled. Please review cancellation and refund policies below.

Financial Aid
Financial Aid can be applied to cover study tour fees, so students might want to consider the possibility of obtaining Financial Aid (generally including loans) to assist in funding their program. For more information about this option, please visit the Financial Aid Office, call (701)-858-3375 or visit their website:


Late Payments:

Cancellation & Refund Policy
Withdrawal from a program is effective on the date that written notification is received by MSU, and the return of any airline tickets that have been issued on your behalf.

If you withdraw: The cancellation fee will be:
130+ days prior to departure $350
129-90 days prior to departure $450
89-65 days prior to departure $670
64-30 days prior to departure $1,100
29 days or less prior to departure No refund
After departure No refund

Please Note:

Program Rules
See the general program rules page.

Contact us for more information!

General Program Questions:
MSU Office of International Programs
2nd Floor Student Union Building
500 University Ave West Minot, ND 58701
Phone: (701)858-4155
Academic Questions:
Hartnett Hall 142W
Dr. Michelle Sauer
Phone: (701) 858-3895


Isle of Skye

Muckross House

St Patrick's Cathedral

Blarney Castle