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  • Locations: Belfast, Ireland; Cambridge, United Kingdom; Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland; Killarney, Ireland; Limerick, Ireland; London, United Kingdom; Oxford, United Kingdom; Windermere, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Eligibility: Please see below for requirements.
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirements:
Eligibility Requirements:
Degree Seeking
Level of Study:
Graduate, Undergraduate
Open to:
USF Students
Credit Offered:
USF Credit
Program Advisor:
Masai Shakong
Sponsoring College:
College of Education
Program Description:

Program Overview


Traveling with a professor of Literacy Studies from the College of Education and the Children’s and Young Adult Special Collections Librarian from USF Libraries, students will have the opportunity to study a broad range of children's literature, with special attention paid to the role of the British and Irish contributions to the development of children's literature in English. The program is uniquely supported by the USF Children’s Literature Special Collections, the Pollard Collection at Trinity College, and the children’s literature collection at the University of Cambridge. The program is 3 weeks long and involves travel throughout England, Northern Ireland, and Ireland.

The purpose of the program is to examine the history of children’s literature written in English. Students will explore thematic trends from poets and pop-ups to princesses and porridge. Through written, visual, and gestural products, students will learn strategies for textual analysis and other methods for analyzing all genres of children’s literature including nursery rhymes, picture books, novels, and films.

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All Roads Lead to... London!               
The origins of children's literature are hard to nail down. Do cave illustrations count? Of course! Therefore, the field of children's literature is vast. Yet, in this study abroad, we will focus on the history of children's literature written in English which is typically attributed to Thomas Boreman, Mary Cooper, and John Newbery, three London publishers who recognized the potential of the publishing market for children. Our tour begins in London, with trips to the British Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum to study these publishers and the impact of their texts on society. While in London, we will also visit the Peter Pan Collection at the Great Ormond Street Hospital, visit Kensington Gardens for a tribute to J.M. Barrie, and tour other London locations featured in Barrie's books written for children. Peter Pan is the perfect text to highlight the ways in which children's "literature" transforms across various modes from plays and pantomimes to cartoons and films.

London is also home to key sites in the Harry Potter series-- of course we will do all things Harry Potter from the books and films to the film sets-- as well as all things Dahl, Gaiman, and others, while in London.

...Or Down Rabbit Holes
From London, we will visit Lewis Carroll's home in Oxford (Alice in Wonderland) and then travel to Cambridge for lectures from their world-renown faculty who study children's literature texts and media. While at Cambridge, we will participate in a children's literature panel session with graduate students from the Centre for Children's Literature. Our time in Cambridge will culminate with a formal dinner in their Great Hall--just like Harry, Hermione, and Ron.

...Or Into Mr. McGregor's Garden
Our tour continues with a train ride to the Lake District to visit Beatrix Potter's estate. We will study the role of "place" in children's literature by exploring the complexities and contributions of settings and locations.

...Or to the Giant's Lair 
Leaving the Lake District, we will travel by ferry to Northern Ireland to visit the home of Finn McCool, a giant among giants. We will hear the stories of the Giant's Causeway and marvel at the mysteries of Donegal.

...Or to the Fairies' Den
From Northern Ireland, we will head to the west coast, taking fairy walks and hikes along the way to Limerick. A hurling match (which closely resembles Quidditch) might be possible if the teams are in town. 

May the Force Be With You!
We will learn about the tales of leprechauns and Banshee as we travel to the Cliffs of Moher, the Dingle Peninsula, and Venetia Island. We will scale the heights of Skelig Michael to tour the ancient ruins in order to understand the oral history and monastic culture of Ireland--making our best attempt to tour the filming locations of Star Wars.

From the Wild Atlantic Way, we will make our way to Dublin to explore the largest collection of Irish and British children's literature, which is curated at Trinity College in Dublin. We will hear lectures from children's literature experts, visit the Long Library, the Chester Beatty Library, and engage in the literary heritage of Dublin. 

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Host Institution

University of Cambridge, Homerton College, Professors Maria Nikolajeva and Zoe Jaques
Trinity College, Dublin, Professor Padraig Whyte

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Academic Program and Course Information

Download the program course approval hereCAF Children's & Young Adult Lit 201705

LAE 4414, 6427, 7745
Children's Literature in Education
The course content is the same, but adapted to the level of the student.
(3 credits)

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Dr. Jenifer Schneider, Associate Professor
College of Education

Jenifer Jasinski Schneider, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in Childhood Literacy Education at the University of South Florida, Tampa. Her research focuses on the study of children’s writing development and effective writing instruction including the use of process drama and children’s literature.  She has articles published in Research in the Teaching of English, Language Arts, The Reading Teacher, Journal of Teacher Education, and Research in Drama Education.  She is also the co-editor of Process Drama and Multiple Literacies: Addressing Social, Cultural and Ethical Issues (Heinemann, 2006).

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Program Costs

Student Program Cost: $3,895

Program Cost Includes:

  • Student accommodations
  • All Excursions and Tours
  • In-country transportation 
  • Emergency health and evacuation insurance

Does Not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Passport Fees
  • Visa Fees (if needed)

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Living Arrangements

This program travels through several cities.  Student accommodation will consist of double-occupancy hotel rooms.

tree house

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Who Can Participate?

USF degree seeking students.

peter pan

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How and When to Pay

Please click here for further details regarding payment.

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Getting There

You will be responsible for reserving and purchasing your international airline ticket.  Please do not purchase your air ticket until you have been advised to do so by the Program Coordinators.

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Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation

USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.

Please click here for more detailed information.

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Safety & Health

Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed country-specific safety and health information given in our Country Study Report. Make sure to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding

Many funding opportunities are available to USF students who are planning to study abroad. Please see our funding page for further details.

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Special Terms

Students should carefully review the Education Abroad Participant Contract, included in the Education Abroad application process. It describes students' responsibilities with regard to participation, and includes information on insurance, and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be asked to electronically sign this document. To view this document before applying, please click here.

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Contacts for More Information

Faculty Director
Dr. Jenifer Schneider, Associate Professor
College of Education
Office:  EDU 202V
Phone: (813) 974-1057
Fax: (813) 974-0938

Education Abroad Advisor
Masai Shakong

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This program is currently not accepting applications.