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Jan Term: Theatre Tour - THE 1144
Dublin, Ireland; London, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Jan Term
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Jan Term 2018 09/25/2017 ** Rolling Admission 01/15/2018 01/15/2018

** Please double check brochure below for official program dates.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.0
Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel Areas of Study: Theater Arts, Theater/Drama
Program Type: Jan Term, Study Abroad
Program Description:
THE PROGRAM
EnglishTheater2Plays, Museums, Cathedrals, Shopping, Fun, and Harry Potter too … McDaniel College Theatre professor, Gené Fouché will be your guide though two UK capital cities rich in performing arts heritage and William Shakespeare’s home town, Stratford-upon-Avon. We will enjoy first-hand the culture of London and Stratford-upon-Avon, England and Dublin, Ireland. This Jan term offers students the opportunity to experience some of the world's best theatre and museums including the Globe Theatre, the Abby Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the National Museum, the National Museum of Ireland, the British Museum, the Tate Modern and more. Theater in London is a must, but you’ll also see a performance in the Bard of Avon’s birthplace in Stratford, paired with an interactive theater workshop. In England, it seems, there’s a story everywhere—and now you can write your own in this trip of a lifetime.
 

THE LOCATION AND ITINERARY
 Thursday, Jan. 4 - Evening departure on British Airways from Baltimore to London.
 
Friday, Jan. 5 - Early morning connection in London and onward flight to Dublin arriving at 12:25pm. Meet with our private driver and vehicle for a transfer to the central hotel. Following check in, afternoon visits to the Guinness Storehouse.
 
Saturday, Jan. 6 - You will have a hop-on, hop-off city sightseeing bus pass, which is valid all day today. We will take in the sights including admission to Trinity College Library and the fascinating Book of Kells, the Museum of Modern Art, the Natural History Museum and more TBD. Tonight you will attend a performance at the Abbey Theatre, the National Theatre of Ireland.
 
Sunday, Jan. 7 - We will meet in the hotel lobby at 10:30am and walk to the largest church in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Protestant), and attend the 11:15am service. Attendance at service is recommended but optional. (Other denominational services are also available in the city.) Later we will visit Temple Bar and shop. (Temple Bar is a city location not a bar or pub.) Evening panto performance at the Gaiety Theater
 
Monday, Jan. 8 – The day starts with an exotic walking exploration of the mysterious byways of the Emerald City which may include Mansion House, St. Ann’s Church, Leinster House or Parliament, St. Stevens Green, the National Museum and Library, the National Gallery. Lunch will be at the Bewley’s Café Theatre. The Bewley Café Treatre is a lunchtime theatre featuring a one-act play, to be determined.
 
Tuesday, Jan. 9 - Departure transfer to Dublin airport and flight to Birmingham. We arrive at Birmingham Airport and meet our English driver who will take us to Stratford-upon-Avon. On the way, we will visit Warwick Castle, then check into our rooms at the Stratford Hotel. We will meet in the Hotel Lobby at 6:45pm for a walk to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s evening production.
 
Wednesday, Jan. 10 - After breakfast, we will all meet in the hotel lobby fora walking tour of the town. This tour will include a visit to Trinity Church, the sight of the tomb of William Shakespeare, and we will visit Shakespeare’s birthplace. The afternoon’s activities will include a workshop with the Royal Shakespeare Company and a tour of the RSC Theatre.
 
Thursday, Jan. 11 - We will check out of the Stratford Hotel and depart Stratford-upon-Avon at 9:00am to journey to jolly old London. On the way we will stop for a visit to the Harry Potter Experience.
 
Friday, Jan. 12 - Morning overview of the City of London, the largest capital city in Europe. You will have a hop-on hop-off city sightseeing bus pass, which is valid all day today. This fantastically flexible ticket has a number of routes around the city and allows us to get off and get on the buses as often as you please, wherever you please. A Thames River Cruise is included with this pass. We will take one of the sightseeing buses to the start of the cruise at the Tower of London, hop on the boat, and enjoy a cold round-trip cruise to Greenwich, the location of Royal Observatory and the prime meridian.
 
Saturday, Jan. 13 – At 9:00am we will meet in the hotel lobby and take the Tube to the London Bridge Station, Northern Line (Black on the Tube map) and a visit the 17th-century coaching tavern, the George, “Shakespeare’s Church,” Southwark Cathedral. A short walk will lead us past many notable surprises to the replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and its Museum. We will spend some time and have a guided tour. Lunch is independent possibly at the nearby and infamous Anchor Inn. At 2:00pm-ish we will meet outside the Anchor Inn and continue to the Tate Modern Museum. We will finish our adventure by walking across the Blackfriars Bridge and refresh ourselves in the unique Blackfriar Pub. Evening theatre production TBA.
 
Sunday, Jan. 14 - You will have the option of a free morning or to join Ira for a stimulating foot safari through historic Westminster, England. We will visit the British Museum, the National Museum, Saint Martin’s in the Fields and the National Portrait Gallery. Bring your cameras and expect to see more than you expect to see.
 
Monday, Jan.15 - Back to the good old USA. Motorcoach to the airport for the return British Airways flight to Baltimore.


Dubin cityscape
HOUSING AND MEALS
Housing includes ten night’s of hotel accommodation, as follows. All rooms are double or triple occupancy with private bathrooms and Wi Fi.
 
Dublin: Trinity City Hotel (4 nights)
Stratford: Mercure Shakespeare or Crowne Plaza (2 nights)
London: Holiday Inn Bloomsbury (4 nights) All breakfasts are included 


ACADEMICS
Students will be required to attend three meetings before departure to prepare them for traveling as a group in the UK and one meeting at the start of the second semester to evaluate their journey. In the UK the group will meet after attendance at the 5 performances to discuss their experiences at the plays. Students are expected to attend all required activities indicated in the itinerary. Students are required to write a journal chronicling and evaluating their daily experiences.
 

COST
The costs provided below are estimates.
  • Travel expenses: $4,100 (approx.)
  • Required trip insurance: $20
  • McDaniel College administration fee: $100
  • Contingency fee (refundable at the end of the program if not used): $100
  • Total estimated cost: $4,320
Services to be provided: 
  • Round trip coach airfare from Baltimore to Dublin, returning from London
  • 10 nights of hotel accommodation. (All rooms are double or triple occupancy with private bathrooms)
  • Breakfast daily
  • Escorted round trip airport transfers Dublin
  • Arrival transfer Birmingham airport
  • Transfer Stratford/London via Harry Potter Experience
  • Escorted departure transfer to Heathrow
  • Guided tour of Stratford
  • Workshop with the RSC
  • Admissions to:
    • Guinness Storehouse
    • Book of Kells
    • Museum of Modern Art / Natural History Museum (free)
    • Service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral (free)
    • Warwick Castle o Harry Potter Experience o Globe Theatre tour Tate Modern
  • 1 day hop on/off ticket Dublin
  • 1 day hop on/off ticket London with river cruise
  • 3 day London tube pass (zones 1 and 2)
  • 5 theatre tickets (1 panto Dublin, 1 Abbey, 1 RST, 2 London)
  • Full pre departure documentation delivered electronically, including bespoke destination guides customized especially for your study program. 
Items not included in the price:
  • Passport & visa costs (if applicable).
  • Items of a personal nature (hotel extras, laundry, phone calls etc.).
  • Lunch and dinners.
  • Items not specifically mentioned above. 
STUDENT EXPERIENCE
Please note that a great deal of walking will be required.
 

HOW TO APPLY
  • Contact Gené Fouché (gfouche@mcdaniel.edu), and tell her you are interested in joining this Jan Term
  • Click "Apply Now" above to start an online application
  • Application deadline: Sept. 15, 2017 Extended to Sept. 25!
  • Last day to withdraw and receive a full refund: October 1, 2017
  • Prepare to see more than you expect to see
Registration in a study tour does not guarantee participation. The faculty leader for the study must provide final approval for all registered students to participate. By registering for this class you agree to allow the Office of Student Affairs to review and approve your student record along with the faculty instructor of the class. Your enrollment in this class is not final until Student Affairs and the faculty instructor for the class approve your registration.  Approved students will be automatically enrolled in the Jan Term class.