Tour of Ireland Planned for May

One of the six great Celtic nations, land of saints and poets and craggy coasts, Ireland is the destination for the 2008 Penn State Greater Allegheny educational travel experience. This educational trip will be led by Ellie Higgins, associate professor of English and Cliff Manlove, associate professor of English, faculty members from Penn State Greater Allegheny and a full-time EF Educational Tours director.

This 11-day tour, May 19 through 30, will visit five locations -- Dublin, Cork, Galway, Derry and Belfast -- and will pass through New Ross, Donegal and Armagh. Walking and guided tours will take place at each location. Additionally, the tour features lectures on Irish-Anglo history and Irish immigration.

The study-tour is open to all Penn State students, faculty, staff, retirees and alumni. Family and friends of Penn Staters are welcome to join the tour.

The tour will be of special interest for students still considering what to do for summer school. Consider that for about the price of what students would spend for six credit hours of summer school at Penn State, they could travel to Ireland and add one to two courses to their spring 2008 schedule at no additional cost.

Penn State students may take the opportunity to earn academic credit for this travel experience by enrolling in one of the following classes: "International Cultures through Literature and Film" and "Modern Irish Literature." The Ireland travel experience takes the place of regular class meetings for the spring semester of 2008. All courses require attendance at mandatory meetings before departure.

For information on the tour and to sign up, contact EF Educational Tours either by phone at (800) 457-9023 or (800) 665-5364, or at their Web site (, using the "tour code" 976564. To see a detailed itinerary, important dates, payment options and travel tips, click on the orange link "for students and parents," then select "check out your teacher's tour" and enter the tour code number.