Historic and Cultural Impacts of Irish Agriculture

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Visit farms, mills, agricultural museums and historic sites to explore first-hand the inter-relationships of Irish history and culture with its landscape, agriculture and food. Learn how landscape and land use have shaped Irish agriculture and how livestock and animal-based agriculture affect the people of Ireland. Investigate the impacts of historical food insecurity, such as the Great Famine, on Irish culture and agriculture.

Participants will travel to various locations throughout Ireland including Carlow, Dublin, Kilkenny, the Burren, and Achill Island. Enjoy visits to the Brownshill Dolmen, Irish National Stud and Gardens, Connemara National Park, the Rock of Cashel and the Cliffs of Moher. Experience the Skibbereen Farmer’s Market, the Kilkenny Medieval Mile Tour complete with dinner at historic Kyteler’s Inn, Cushendale Woolen Mills and a sheep farm with working dogs. Take in a bit of local culture with lessons in Gaelic language and music, as well as Irish dance, and visits to many stops on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Quick Information

Application Due DateMarch 1, 2024
LocationCarlow College
Academic DateMay 13-28, 2024
Credit Hours3
Requirements2.5 MU GPA at time of application. Good academic standing. Open to all MU students.
Estimated cost$5,757* (doesn’t include airfare)
ContactShanon Dickerson, Director of Study Abroad


Well-known for its beauty, splendor and lush green landscape, Ireland is the ideal location to get a glimpse of agrarian culture abroad. The Republic of Ireland occupies the majority of a large island in northwest Europe. With a mild, lush climate and long summer days, much of its economy relies upon agriculture and tourism. From its castles to its coasts, Ireland’s magical scenery and landscapes invite its visitors to explore its rich history, culture, and heritage. Participants will also have the opportunity to experience the charming campus of Carlow College, which is located about one hour south of Dublin.

Accommodation and Meals

Students will be housed in a combination of independent hotels. Rooms will be shared, and the number of participants in a room will vary from a single roommate in one location, to two or more in another. All housing costs are included in the program fee.

Although a few dinners are included in the program fee, students will be responsible for most meal costs for the duration of the program. Carlow College will provide students with some recommendations regarding ‘eating out’ in Ireland. Though the individual spending habits of each student will vary, please see the budget information below for an estimate of the average out-of-pocket meal expenses.

Program Travel

International round-trip air travel will be arranged for the Ireland study abroad program. This arranged flight generally departs from and returns to Lambert International Airport in St. Louis. The faculty program leaders, Allison Meyer, Ph.D. and Trista Strauch, Ph.D., travel with the group flight to facilitate airport check-in and transfers. Because of the fluctuation in airline prices, the airfare estimate is listed separately below; however, once group reservations are made and the flight is finalized, the ticket cost will be added to the program fee and billed to participants’ MU accounts.

All in-country program travel is organized by CAFNR and is included in the program fee. Some individual local transportation costs may be accrued by students wishing to explore Carlow, Dublin and the other program locations independently during their free time.


Students earn three credits of AFNR 2191: International Agriculture and Natural Resources (humanities; graded A/F) for the spring semester and should work with their advisors to determine how these credits will count toward their individual graduation plans.

Please be aware that there will be approximately four mandatory orientation meetings prior to departure. These meetings will begin in April and continue until the study abroad takes place. Exact dates for the meetings will be available shortly after the confirmed program participant list is finalized, generally around mid-March. Participants will be notified of the meeting details via email.

Estimated Cost

Missouri Resident Tuition (3 credits, spring semester): varies per student. See website for details.

Non-refundable deposit:$350
Intl Center Fees:$245
Program Fees:$5,162
Total cost estimate without airfare: (includes accommodation and some meals)$5,757
Airfare estimate (does not include baggage fees):$2,000-2,200
Additional meals estimate:$750-1,000
Additional misc. estimate:$250