History and Cultural Impacts of Irish Food Security

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Location Carlow College
Academic Date Program Planned to Run Again Summer 2022 –
Credit Hours 3
Requirements 2.5 MU GPA at time of application, good academic standing, open to all MU students
Estimated cost $5,080 (doesn't include airfare)
Contact Shanon Dickerson, Director of Study Abroad

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. Investigate the impacts of historical food insecurity, such as the Great Famine, on Irish culture and agriculture while studying how landscape and land use have impacted Irish agriculture and how livestock and animal-based agriculture have impacted the Irish people.

Participants will travel to various locations throughout Ireland including Carlow, Dublin, Cork, the Ring of Kerry, Kilkenny, the Burren and Achill Island. Enjoy visits to the Brownshill Dolmen, Valentia Island, Connemara National Park, the Rock of Cashel, the Avoca Woolen Mills, Ballycarbery Castle and the Cliffs of Moher. Experience the livestock market and a sheep farm with working dogs, and take in a bit of local culture with lessons in Gaelic language and music, as well as Irish dance.


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 feel at home on the charming campus of Carlow College for one week, which is located about one hour south of Dublin.

Accommodation and Meals

Students will be housed in a combination of Carlow College dormitories and independent hotels and hostels. 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.

Approximately half of the meals necessary for the duration of the program are included in the program fee. Students will be responsible for additional meal costs. 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, Drs. Allison Meyer and Trista Strauch, 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) 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 eight mandatory orientation meetings prior to departure. These meetings will begin in March and continue until the trip 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

Non-refundable deposit: $350
Missouri Resident Tuition (3 credits): $897*
*Non-resident students will also be billed non-resident fees.
CAFNR Supplemental Course Fees: $163
IT Fees: $42
Program Fees: $3,383
Intl Center Fees: $245
Total cost estimate without airfare: (includes accommodation and some meals) $5,080
Airfare estimate (does not include baggage fees): $1,300-1,500
Additional meals estimate: $500
Additional misc. estimate: $250