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Application Deadline: December 1, 2016
This study abroad program will provide students with insights into Irish culture and history as well as international business and the economic environment in the European Union. During four weeks in Ireland, students will experience first-hand the cultural differences between Irish and American ways of doing business and study Ireland’s relationships with both the US and the EU. University College Dublin will serve as the host campus for the program. Several excursions are planned to multinational companies and destinations outside of the city, tentatively including a West Coast Trip to Westport, Connemara, Galway, & Doolin. Students will also have time for independent travel.
In summer 2017, the trip will be led by Professor Charles Leflar and Professor Katie Terrell, from the Department of Accounting, in the Walton College of Business.
- Undergraduates should have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours and the WCOB pre-business core by the beginning of the program abroad
- Possess a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better at the time of application
- Display an academic record demonstrating maturity in an interview with the faculty trip leader
- Commit to attend class on campus preceding the program travel dates
Dates of Travel:
TBD for Summer 2017
Please Note: There will be four class meetings during the spring 2017 semester. The dates and times will be announced in late fall 2016. The classes will be held either evenings or Saturdays, and you should make every effort to attend all of the classes.
Six (6) WCOB credit hours
Courses: Offered at the Undergraduate level
This course involves a semester-long study about the business and general environment in Ireland. In order to appreciate the nuances of dealing with Ireland, students will be exposed to the history and culture of Ireland, and the course will culminate with a three week trip to Ireland, where many of the concepts learned in the course will be experienced. In the spring of 2017, there will be four classes during which students will be exposed to lectures and presentations. Between the classes, students will be provided access to information that can be accessed online from Blackboard. There will be a half-day wrap-up class in summer 2017 to reflect on the in-country portion of the class.
Course Components and Grading
- Understanding the historical, cultural, and economic facts that have shaped Ireland’s current business environment.
- Gaining insights about the shape of Ireland’s future business environment.
- Gaining deep understanding of operational and managerial challenges of businesses working in Ireland and how it interacts with the European Union.
- Understanding the cultural and other differences between Irish and American ways of doing business.
- Understanding and coping with the challenges inherent in managing the Irish-based operations of multinational corporations.
: Your final grade in the course will be based on your performance in the following components:
Component Points Possible
Class Participation 100
Movie & Book Reviews (3 @ 50 points each) 150
Thought Paper 100
TOTAL COURSE POINTS POSSIBLE 500
: In the spring of 2017, you will be assigned a project related to the history, culture, business environment, and economic conditions in Ireland. The project involves a presentation.
: We expect you to be fully engaged during class, ready to share your thoughts and observations with others.
Movie and Book Reviews
: During each of the classes, an Irish Feature Film will be shown (usually with some commentary). The films will focus on contemporary life, cultural issues, or other aspects of Ireland that we deem relevant. Each student is required to write three one page (single spaced) reviews.
You will write a short (two pages single spaced) paper that is due at the end of the spring semester that highlights the key information about Ireland that you learned in the stateside part of the course. The paper should also identify what you hope to learn during the in-country portion of the class.
Participants will stay in single-occupancy student housing at University College Dublin, and hotels (double) during excursions.
Students will have the opportunity to go on visits to business enterprises and cultural attractions in Dublin, and the surrounding areas. University College Dublin will serve as the host campus for the program. Several excursions are planned to multinational companies and destinations outside of the city, tentatively to include a West Coast Trip to Westport, Connemara, Galway, & Doolin.
Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students.
In many cases, you can use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program. If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a U of A student, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor in Silas Hunt Hall (479-575-3806) to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this summer study abroad program or to apply for loans. Participants on this program may also be eligible to apply for these institutional and national scholarships below. Criteria for scholarships vary, and students should read eligibility requirements carefully.
U of A students should check out other funding opportunities on our website
For assistance with the application process, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact the Office of Study Abroad.
For additional information about courses or program content, contact faculty leaders:
Department of Accounting
Department of Accounting
Check out our quick info sheet to see what former students have said about their cultural experiences, out of pocket expenses and budgeting, packing, and technology abroad!
WCOB Ireland_info sheet.pdf
“It’s packed full of culture and learning and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to do more with International Business.”
“This program was the best experience I’ve ever had. I learned so much more than I thought I would in a short period of time and came away with a greater understanding of business, both here in America and in Europe. Ireland is a beautiful country to explore and it’s perfect for first time students overseas because it’s culturally different than America, but similar enough to be comforting.”
INDEPENDENT STUDENT BLOGS
, summer 2015