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Ireland: Food, Hunger and Inequality

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Program Type

  • OHIO Credit

Academic Focus

  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Sustainability, Food, and Environment

Program Feature

  • Gen Ed


  • Ireland

Program Term

  • Spring Break

For more information contact

Dr. Stephen J. Scanlan, Program Director

Global Opportunities



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. 

Highlights and Excursions 

  • See Ireland's main attractions! Blarney Castle, the Cliffs of Moher, and Kilarney National Park are all included in this program.
  • Enjoy scenic drives along the "Wild Atlantic Way" as you move through Western Ireland. Spend 4 nights in Cork, 1 night in Doolin, and 2 nights in Galway.
  • Visits to sites of historical significance to the Irish Famine including Cork City Gaol Museum, famine roads in Glenville, Skibbereen Heritage Centre and Famine Graveyard, Galway's Famine Ship Memorial, and Irish Workhouse, and Strokestown Park.

Good to know

  • Students should expect a moderate level of physical activity (walking) on this program. 

Living Arrangements 

Students will live in a centrally located hotels and guesthouses. Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners are included.

Program Dates 

This program is next scheduled to run Spring Break 2022. Please monitor this page for this updates.

Study Away and COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, participation in study away and abroad involves real and potential personal, financial, and academic risk. The CDC advises that you should delay travel until you are vaccinated. Note that entry to some countries and participation in local program and free-time activities, including in the U.S., may be severely restricted or potentially unavailable to unvaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated travelers should additionally expect to incur extra expenses and onsite logistical challenges due to onsite testing requirements. For further information, contact ogoriskmanagement@ohio.edu


Satisfy your Junior Composition requirement in Ireland during Spring Break!

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

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


The program fee for this program includes: Student accommodations, breakfast daily, some additional meals, airport transfer, excursions, transportation for program related activities, welcome & farewell dinner, and international medical health insurance. 

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 4 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

  • An itemized Student Budget Worksheet will be published when the next travel dates are available.

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 
  • For programs completed over winter-break and spring break, the credit-hours associated with the program are part of the spring semester. Students taking between 12 to 20 Athens campus hours, including those associated with the program, will not incur additional tuition costs for the spring semester. Students taking less than 12 or more than 20 Athens campus credits for the spring term will see their tuition charge adjusted accordingly.  

Funding Opportunities 

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

Eligibility and Requirements 

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 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.

This program accepts NON-OHIO students. For more information about this process visit the Non-OHIO student page.   

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.

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.

U.S. citizens  will not  need a visa or other special document to enter the country for the length of this program. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to this program. 

For more specific visa related information, please visit OGO’s  Visa Information Page 

Information for  Non-U.S. citizens  can be found  here