** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Short Term Faculty Directed
Area of Study:
Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS), Social Work (SWK)
In this 11- day long short-term study program, students will learn how early European values and policies influenced the development of U.S. health and social policies. We will visit historical and cultural sites, such as the St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Bog Museum, Blarney Castle, and the Mercy International Center in Dublin, where the Sisters of Mercy began their worldwide healthcare mission. We will stay in Galway for two days and visit the Irish Workhouse Centre, where guides will explain what life was like for poor families who lived in workhouses in the late 1840s to the early 1920s. The next day, we will take a scenic drive to Cliffs of Moher, a natural masterpiece of sea cliffs off the coast of southwestern Ireland. We will depart from Shannon International Airport the next day for our flight home.
Program Fee: $470* for students below 30 (triple/quad room)
$500* for students 30+ (double occupancy room)
*Students pay $470 to MSU and the rest of the program cost ($4,050) directly to EF.
NOTE: Early enrollment discounts apply through Oct. 15th ($150 discount until August 15th); $100 discount from Aug. 15- Oct. 15. Must be approved and enrolled to receive discounts.
Some Meals (breakfasts and four dinners are included)
Ground transportation for personal trips
Souvenirs & other personal purchases (e.g. coffee, clothing, etc.)
IDS 297 (3)
IDS 397 (3)
SWK 397 (3)
Maximum Credit Hours: 3
School of Social Work
School of Nursing
Pre-Departure Meeting Dates
Pre-Departure Meeting Topic
Introductions and Syllabus Review
Presentations over assigned topics
Meet your Springfield group and fly overnight to Dublin.
Explore Dublin! Our tour director will provide a walking tour of historical Grafton Street and the Temple Bar district. Group dinner in the evening.
Sightseeing Tour of Dublin: Phoenix Park and the Presidential residence, O'Connor Street to view Gregorian architecture, Trinity College and to view the Book of Kells St. Patrick's Cathedral and the Mercy International Center.
Travel to Cork, a city full of art, live music, and a growing restaurant scene. We will visit the Cobh Heritage Centre to see exhibits that tell the story Irish emigration over the past 150 years. Group dinner in the evening.
Travel via Kinsale and Blarney Castle to Killarney: The coastal town of Kinsale is full of picturesque thoroughfares and centuries-old market houses. En route you'll stop in Blarney to visit the famed Blarney Castle. Group dinner in Killarney.
Traverse the Ring of Kerry on a guided tour and encounter Ireland's legendary verdant beauty. This stunning coastal route wraps around the Iveragh Peninsula. Here you can experience everything from the Old Monastery to unspoiled beaches in Killarney National Park. Check out the Kerry Bog Village Museum, a winner of the prestigious National Heritage Award. Wander through a re-creation of an Irish village from the early 1800s.
Travel via the Rock of Cashel to Dublin: Head back to Dublin and discover the Rock of Cashel, Set on rolling Irish hills, the Rock of Cashel-- the former seat of the Kings of Munster-- is home to a stunning array of medieval architecture. Be sure to check out Cormac's Chapel and the Round Tower.
Walking tour of Dublin's Rebellion. Follow in the historic route of a band of insurrectionists during the 1916 rebellion. Free time in the afternoon to explore the vibrant sights and sounds of Moore Street, the older outdoor food market in Dublin. Or trade cobblestones for clovers with a stroll through St. Stephens' Green, a beautiful park that is just a stone's throw from Henry Street-- another famous shopping center.
Travel to Galway; the cultural and artistic capital of the west of Ireland and one of the best places to hear traditional music. We'll have a walking tour of this old fishing village, setting out from Eyre Square, with its merchant town houses, head towards the waterfront through some of Ireland's most distinctive streets. Along the way you will learn the origins of lynching as you pass by the 15th century Lynch's Castle. Free time in the afternoon, with a group dinner in the evening.
Visit the impressive Cliffs of Moher, towering an imperious 750 feet about the Atlantic. We'll also visit the Interpretive Center. In the afternoon, we'll visit the Irish Workhouse Centre, where we will see what life was like for impoverished families living in workhouses from the 1840s to 1920s. In the evening, we will drive to Shannon for our last overnight in Ireland before heading home.
Depart for Springfield.
Turn in reflection journals and debrief
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Financial Aid and scholarships are only available to currently enrolled MSU students. If you are a visiting student from another institution, you will need to work with your home institution Financial Aid Office to identify any available aid.
The seven colleges at Missouri State University are pleased to announce their respective Study Away Scholarships. A scholarship fund has been established by MSU’s President, International Programs, and the respective college to assist students with their study abroad. Search available college scholarships here!
Other Financial Aid:
Study Away Programs works closely with the Office of Financial Aid to make funding readily available for our study away students. Before students can schedule an appointment with Financial Aid, you must submit an approved STFD Budget Worksheet to Study Away Programs.
Study Away students may be able to use their institutional aid, grants, or loans for their study abroad. Students are encouraged to meet with Financial Aid as soon as possible to plan appropriately for their time abroad. Please request a Study Away Financial Aid Counselor when making an appointment.
Billing & Procedures
Tuition fees are not included in the program fee and will be charged to your University account separately and will be subject to MSU's billing and payment policies.
The program fee will be billed within approximately one week of the application deadline. This fee includes the International Programs Academic Experience Fee.
The program fee is due in full according to the standard program payment deadline (please refer to the "Financial Responsibility, Cancellation, and Withdrawal Policy" signature document). If a student is planning on financial aid to cover some or all program costs, the student must provide documentation to Study Away at least two weeks prior to the program payment deadline.
Students who have not paid the MSU portion of the program fee will be withdrawn from the program and dropped from the course.
MSU students will be billed through their University accounts.
Non-MSU students and program guests must pay through the Study Away storefront.
Cancellation & Refund Policies
If a student withdraws from the program, the participant will be liable for 15% of the total program fee, the International Programs Academic Experience Fee, and any non-refundable purchases made on the participant's behalf.
When the program begins, no refunds will be issued under any circumstances.
All withdrawals must be complete the STFD Program Withdrawal Form with the Program Director's signature to Study Away Programs, Plaster Student Union 209.