T4944 – Literary Passports: Travel and Transformation

Paris, Venice, Florence, Madrid
Faculty: Kelli Larson and Catherine Craft-Fairchild
01/02/2018 – 01/23/2018

Join us on a literary adventure of travel and self-discovery as we journey through France, Italy, and Spain reading the writings of bygone travelers inspired by these same pilgrimages of self-exploration.

Academic Overview
Join us on a literary adventure of travel and self-discovery as we journey through France, Italy, and Spain reading the writings of bygone travelers inspired by these same pilgrimages of self-exploration.  As we read the fiction of Ernest Hemingway and Mark Twain, the poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and the memoirs of Frances Mayes, we will stroll down the same boulevards, study the same art treasures, and wander through the same Old World gardens and architectural wonders that influenced our authors.  Like the literary travelers before us, we will reflect on and grapple with our position as global citizens in the twenty-first century through class discussion and brief writing assignments.  Goals of the course are to gain greater familiarity with British and American writers, to explore intercultural connections, and to engage in self-reflective and analytical writing.

Program Fee
Cost: $5,895 – $6,195
*Each home institution may have supplementary fees in addition to the price listed.  Comprehensive Fee includes:  Transportation and course arrangements as indicated, hotel accommodations in twin and triple rooms, continental breakfast daily, one lunch and three dinners (subject to change).

This will be a 200-level literature course; we prefer completion of a first-year composition or entry-level literature course but will consider successful completion of a core humanities class—theology, philosophy, or history.  UST students must satisfy the ENGL 201-204 core requirement before taking this study abroad course.

Required Readings
Twain’s Innocents Abroad
Mayes’s Under the Tuscan Sun
Arnim’s The Enchanted April.

Course packet contents:
Hemingway, short stories; Wordsworth, from The Prelude: A parallel Text; Browning, from Aurora Leigh; Potok, from The Gift of Asher Lev, Ruskin, from The Stones of Venice; and Eliot, from The Wasteland

Papers:          200 points (50 each)
Journals:         30 points
Participation:  70 points
Total:             300 points


Program Directors
Kelli Larson, Ph.D., University of St. Thomas, (651) 962-5615, e-mail address: kalarson1@stthomas.edu

Catherine Craft-Fairchild, Ph.D., University of St. Thomas, (651) 962-5614, e-mail address: c9craftfairc@stthomas.edu

Description of Faculty Directors
Dr. Larson has enjoyed teaching composition and American literature at the University of St. Thomas for the past twenty-six years. “Literary Passports” will be her third study abroad adventure; she is excited to explore with students some of Europe’s most beautiful cities and the literature they inspired.

Dr. Craft-Fairchild is the British literature half of the equation, teaching at the University of St. Thomas for the past twenty-seven years.  “Literary Passports” will be her second study abroad course; She just spent a wonderful summer leaning more about international education at a faculty seminar that toured Central Europe (Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, and Hungary).  She is looking forward to sharing what she learned with students as you study beautiful places in Western Europe.

Application Procedures & Deadline
· Select the How to Apply link to start your online application.
· All applications received by your home institutions priority deadline will be sent to the faculty immediately. Applications will be taken after that deadline for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 1, 2017.

Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2017

For more information on course content, contact Kelli Larson
On application procedures or logistical information, contact your study abroad office.


How To Apply


Rules and Procedures 2017 (PDF)

Rules and Procedures
Each UMAIE member school has their own application process in place. The UMAIE application process is described in the attached PDF file, and the required documents are available in the How to Apply section.

Applications are accepted until October 1, 2017.
No application will be considered without ALL the required signed documents, copies and a deposit check. If you have any questions please contact your campus UMAIE Board Member.


Travel Packet

ePacket (Link)

Click the image at left to access the course Travel Packet. The ePacket contains important information about traveling abroad, including your itinerary, frequently asked questions, participant letter and culturegram.

Preliminary Itinerary will be posted by October 16.
Final Itinerary will be posted by December 7.


The Orientation process includes 3 components:
– an online self-study and quiz on the UMAIE student handbook.
– an online orientation webinar conducted by your faculty director(s)
– an on-site orientation upon arrival.

You are REQUIRED to participate in and complete all 3 steps within the deadlines specified below. Failure to do so may result in your removal from the course.

Student Handbook and Online Quiz

2018 Student Manual (PDF)

We have put together this handbook to provide you with helpful information for planning and spending your time abroad. The handbook is also your primary study guide to pass your online quiz. There are excellent tips in this handbook, and it is organized in a way we hope will be user-friendly and straightforward.

Please carefully read the UMAIE student handbook and complete the quiz on the UMAIE student handbook by October 20, 2017.


quiz_thumbYou can access the online quiz through your online application by logging in to your school’s study abroad website. Complete the 2018 UMAIE Participant Quiz under Assessments on your online application portal.

For students at St. Ambrose University, see your study abroad adviser for a paper copy of the quiz.

 Orientation Webinar

The online orientation webinar for this course is on:

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – 4:00pm-5:30pm

Your participation is required. Please review the sign-in instructions below and make yourself available to participate on this date.

Click the webinar icon below to access the launch and sign-in screen for Zoom.

Instructions (PDF)

Instructions (PDF)

Webinar Link (Zoom)


(Alternate Access to Webinar)

Topic: UMAIE: Literary Passports – Larson/Craft-Fairchild
Time: Oct 10, 2017 4:00 PM Central Standard Time (US and Canada)


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