Ireland offers the opportunity to experience a modern European nation with one of the world's fastest growing economies and also to explore the culture of one of Europe's oldest nations. Dublin, its capital, has a great tradition of the arts, literature, music, and a vibrant theatre scene. Opportunities are provided to experience these facets of Irish life. Travel in Ireland is made easy through the highly developed tourism support and information services. Continental Europe is within easy reach through the wide variety of air and sea connections.
Dublin is a major, cosmopolitan city with a population of more than one million people. Shopping centers, a variety of restaurants, pedestrian zones, large green squares, and extensive public transportation, make it an easy and pleasant city for students to enjoy. Historic sites such as Dublin Castle and Christ Church Cathedral contrast with a boom in new construction. The central part of the city is quite walkable and other areas are easily accessed by bus, train, or taxi.
University College Dublin (UCD) dates its origins from the foundation in 1851 of the Catholic University of Ireland. The Catholic University was reorganized in 1881, and UCD was then established as a separate unity.
The university is now part of the National University of Ireland system, including branches in Cork, Galway and Maynooth. UCD is located on a 350 acre campus called Belfield in the southern suburbs of Dublin. It is attractively landscaped and has a large and developing complex of teaching and research facilities, student amenities and residences. UCD enrolls about 22,000 students, including some 2,000 international Students.
The UCD School of Business was established in 1908, and is now the largest business school in Ireland. There are more than 80 full-time academic staff as well as part-time lecturers, drawn from both the business and public sectors. Education abroad students will study in the Quinn School of Business, the undergraduate division of the school.
Academic Program and Internship Placement
The eight-week program consists of a six-week internship placement at a leading Irish/International company in a choice of the following areas: Banking and Finance, Business Management and International Business, Human Resources Management, Management Information Systems/Information, and Technology Marketing.
Possible host companies for interns include:
|Allied Irish Bank
||Bank of Ireland
|Anglo Irish Bank
||Ernst & Young
|Deloitte and Touche
||A & L Goodbody
|Fitpatricks Hotel Group
Students will be required to submit a detailed project/assignment on an aspect of their placement. They will be required to make a short presentation on this project in Week 8. In addition, students will be required to keep a journal of their internship experience. This should be submitted to their academic supervisor in Week 8. Students are graded on the internship journal, a written assignment, and the individual presentation.
Students are also required to take a one-week intensive course in Irish History, Politics, and Culture (SBUS 30010 From Colony to Republic: The Making of Modern Ireland). This course will include a variety of related field trips to sites of Irish historical and cultural significance. Students will submit a detailed assignment for this course in Week 8.
Accommodations and Meals
Program participants will live in on-campus in the University College Dublin residence halls, a short bus ride away from the city center. UCD housing will be shared with fellow students in apartments comprising four individual bedrooms with two shared bathrooms. Communal kitchens and living spaces are shared in each apartment with access to kitchen utensils and cooking facilites.