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Ireland: Food, Hunger and Inequality

Ireland- food hunger inequality


Satisfy your Junior Composition requirement in Ireland during Spring Break 2020!

This program investigates food insecurity both past and present in a country shaped by an historic famine that epitomizes hunger and its links to power and inequality. Students will develop the tools necessary to evaluate food-systems in the contemporary world through the lens of Ireland and the experience of its people. Understanding and reflecting on the cultural, economic, environmental, political, and social dimensions of hunger are core learning objectives and the focus of the program. 

While in Ireland, students will engage the local culture and Irish people with visits to sites in and around the cities of Cork and Galway and interacting with professors from the National University of Ireland Galway and University College of Cork. Students will make lasting and
meaningful memories shopping in the Galway Market, exploring the Cork City Foodie scene,
overlooking the Atlantic Ocean from atop the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, celebrating traditional
Irish music in Doolin, walking a 19th century famine road in the Irish countryside, and contemplating the Great Irish Hunger at a famine cemetery in Skibbereen. Site visits include the Irish Workhouse Centre at Portumna, the National Famine Museum, and the Skibbereen Heritage Centre among others.

Program Dates

Spring Break: March 7-15, 2020

Upcoming Information Session

Join Program Director, Dr. Stephen Scanlan for an upcoming information session to learn more about the program itinerary, coursework, funding, and more. Info sessions will take place:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 25 6-7pm Baker 237

*Note the Sept. 19 session has been cancelled.

Application Deadline :  Deadline EXTENDED to October 15, 2019

More information on funding can be found here.

Eligibility & selection process 

This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing. Early application is strongly encouraged. Focused and expressive personal statements are
highly desirable. Students will apply via Ohio University’s  online application.

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy.

Applicants must be matriculated OHIO students. Non-OHIO applicants must have successfully completed high school or its equivalent.

Living arrangements 

Students will live in a centrally located hotel or hostel. Some meals will be provided.

Courses and credits 

Students will choose 1 or 2 of the following courses for a total of 4 credit hours: 

  • SOC 3930     1          Readings in Sociology                   
  • SOC 3560J   3          Writing in Sociology and Anthropology               
  • SOC 2900     4          Special Topics in Sociology
  • SOC 5930     4         Specialized Readings


2020 Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet

2020 Graduate Student Budget Worksheet

Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.

Doolin, Ireland

Requesting accommodation for disabilities

If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the  Office of Student Accessibility Services  to schedule an appointment to complete an  Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form . We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.

Health and safety 

Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the  Centers for Disease Control  for healthy travel to your destination.

Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

Refer to the  State Department website  for information related to safety and security at this destination.

Also refer to  International SOS  for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.

Entry and exit requirements 

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States.  If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year,  apply for your passport  now.

More information on visa can be found here.

Information for NON-US citizens can be found  here

For more information contact

Dr. Stephen J. Scanlan, Faculty Director


Ellie Koewler, Program Coordinator





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