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  • Locations: Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland; Killarney, Ireland; Waterford, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer-Embedded
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Program Description:

Program Overview     

Partnering with the Schreyer Global Honors Program, "Walking in the Footsteps of the Irish During the Irish Potato Famine: Examinations of New World Crops in Old World Societies" (Hort 499H) is offered during Spring 2018. This will be a 2.5 credit interdisciplinary Schreyer Honors course introducing the students to new world crops (crops that were native to North and South America before 1492) such as potato, corn, bean, tomato and chocolate. Crop discussion will include areas of origin, history of uses, and current production along with how these crops "migrated" to Old World Societies (Europe, Asia and Africa or those parts of the world known to Europeans before 1492) often coinciding with exploration to influence those societies. One to two new world crops per week (during a 2 hr. class period) will be discussed with the class period concluding with some hands on sampling of some of the culinary uses of the food crops that were covered during lecture. The last 5 weeks of the Spring course will include a more in-depth study of the Irish potato and Ireland. This will prepare the students for the international travel part of the course to Ireland.

The international study portion of this Global Honors Program course will be a .5 credit Maymester summer offering to travel to Ireland to retrace important steps of the famine and the emigration and death that resulted. We are coupling with researchers in Ireland to provide a 10 day emersion into this subject and not only observe historical sites but current production practices of potatoes in Ireland and compare and contrast those with US practices. 

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Any pre-requisite courses are established by the faculty leader or department hosting the course.  The following have been listed as pre-requisites for consideration to enroll in this course and travel on the embedded education abroad program:
  • The Spring embedded course is prerequisite for travel component/course.
  • First priority will be given to Schreyer Scholars in the College of Agricultural Sciences at University Park only.
  • Admission in the course and permission to travel with the group are at the discretion of the faculty leader and/or academic department hosting the course.  Academic standing and disciplinary or conduct issues may impact eligibility.

Housing and Meals

During the embedded travel component, housing will consist of - information regarding housing not available at this time.

Program Costs

Students pay regular Penn State tuition (either in-state or out-of-state) for the credits associated with the embedded course.  Travel costs, lodging, meals, excursions, and other fees are determined by the program budget which is set by the program leader.  Please consult the program leader for additional information.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Global Programs administers a scholarship that is specifically designated to support students studying abroad on embedded courses.  The scholarship is competitive, and the deadlines to apply are strictly enforced.  Please review the Embedded Programs Scholarship eligibility, deadlines, and application process.

For More Information

For more information about this course, please contact the program leader: Tracy Hoover

How to Apply

 The process for enrolling in an embedded course varies according to the instructor and/or department.  The program leader has indicated that in order to enroll in the course and travel component, students must choose one issue of the Irish Potato Famine that is personally compelling, and write a 750 word essay that describes the issue and its impact on agriculture, citizens, communities, or culture. E-Mail your essay as an attachment to Dr. Dennis Decoteau – by October 2, 2017. Applicants will be notified by Friday October 13th to confirm their participation with a deposit. First priority will be given to Schreyer Scholars in the College of Agricultural Sciences. 

Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer-Embedded 2019 08/21/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA

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