Street corner in Dublin, Ireland

Business in Dublin

  1. Program Details

    Offered in partnership with the Carlson School of Management, this program gives you the chance to explore business through an Irish lens and take classes from local experts. Travel to different parts of Ireland to learn about the culture and history of the Irish people.

    Location Dublin, Ireland
    Term Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
    Housing Apartment
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 2.5 for Foundational Business, 3.0 for Advanced Business
    Student Type UofM Students, Non UofM Students
    Student Year Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  3. About Business in Dublin

    Once a Viking settlement, and with most of its architecture dating to the 18th Century, Dublin is a city rich with history and culture. Now, Dublin is known as one of Europe's most youthful cities, with more than 40% of its population under age 30. It's also home to several European headquarters for Google, Facebook, and many startups. The mix of rich traditions and youthful energy comes alive through music, theatre, and sports.

    The Business in Dublin program offers courses that allow you to stay on track with your business degree. Through courses taught by local professors, and the opportunity to participate in an internship, you will connect with the city and the culture in a very tangible way.

    Housing & Meals

    Housing is provided in comfortable, well-equipped apartments in central Dublin. You will learn about your housing location and roommates about two weeks prior to departure.

    Apartments will house four to six students and include furnished bedrooms, bathrooms, and laundry. Meals are not included, but each apartment has a full kitchen as well as numerous pubs and cafés within a short walk.


    Cultural excursions around Dublin and Ireland will be included in the program fee. In Dublin, this could include a visit to a local business, a viewing of the Book of Kells, an outing to a sporting event, etc.

    There will be two main excursions outside of Dublin: one to Western Ireland and one to Northern Ireland. The visit to Western Ireland will give you a sense of life in the country and could include places like Galway, County Clare, the Cliffs of Moher, and the Aran Islands. The visit to Belfast in Northern Ireland will help to explain The Troubles, a conflict that lasted until 1998, and still has impacts on the community today.


    The Learning Abroad Center works with Village Travel, a local travel agency, to arrange a coordinated flight for program participants. The flight is optional, and is arranged for those who want to fly with other program participants. Group flight information is typically available by the program application deadline, if not before.

    If you take the group flight, or are able to arrive before the group flight and wait, our staff will meet you at the airport and bring you to your housing at no added cost. If you do not take the group flight, you will need to make your own way to your housing upon arrival. Specific arrival instructions will be sent out prior to your departure.

    For immigration purposes, you should purchase a round-trip ticket, since you must be able to show your entry and exit dates from Ireland.

    Learning Outcomes

    • Meaningfully engage with the local community
    • Understand how Irish history and culture affect contemporary society
    • Develop a more complex understanding of Ireland through visits to various geographic regions throughout the country
    • Increase independence and self-reliance by navigating the local university, an internship, research project, or a practicum

    Faculty & Staff

    The on-site staff provide housing, program classrooms and study areas. They also arrange on-site orientation and program excursions, as well as social and cultural events.

    Local faculty are hired to teach the courses on the Foundational Business track, and students on the Advanced Business track will be taking classes from faculty at University College Dublin

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  4. Program Structure

    Program Type Host University Study, Study Abroad Center
    Program Level Dependent on track

    15–18 credits

    There are two tracks on this program. Students on both tracks will take the core course, Engaging Ireland: Past, Present, & Future. This course will be front-loaded and will give context to the Irish culture through thematic topics such as religion, politics, education, diversity, economics, sports, and literature. The core course will involve study tours around Dublin and Ireland to bring the course content to life.



    Foundational Business

    This track is designed for first-semester sophomore students (UofM students who have not yet completed I-CORE), and will only be offered fall semester. In addition to the core course mentioned above, students will choose from the following courses:

    • Business Statistics—4 credits
    • Financial Accounting—4 credits
    • International Environment of Firms—3 credits
    • Internships in Dublin—3 credits

    For course descriptions and syllabi, visit the full course list.

    If you have completed the above courses, or need to complete a LibEd, you can choose to take one course from the general Study Abroad in Dublin program.

    Advanced Business

    This track is designed for juniors and seniors (UofM students who have completed their I-CORE classes), and will allow students to enroll directly a the Quinn School of Business at University College Dublin, a highly ranked business school. This track is offered both fall and spring semester.

    You can search for classes offered on the UCD website. Participating in an internship is also an option.

    • 3.0 minimum GPA requirement
    • When looking for courses, a "Programme" is a major or department, and a "Module" is a course
    • You should plan to take a majority of your modules within Quinn School of Business. If you need LibEds or minor credits, you can take 1–2 modules outside of Quinn.
    • UCD's credits are called ECTS, and they will transfer back as half as many credits. So if you find a module that is 5 ECTS, it will transfer back as 2.5 credits at the UofM.
    • Any courses that transfer back to the UofM as less than 3 credits that students are intending to use for a Liberal Education requirement will require a Partial Credit Waiver from their college/department. Students are only allowed a limited number partial credit waivers for LE requirements in their time at the UofM. Check with your academic advisor if you have questions about using a partial credit waiver for Dublin courses.
  5. Core Course

    Engaging Ireland: Past, Present, & Future
    DBLN 3012
    Fall & Spring
    3 Credits

    All students studying in Dublin will take this course, regardless of their track choice. This course has three main components: gain knowledge of Ireland past and present through modules focused on areas such as economics, religion, language, sports, and education; engage with the host-country with activities such as internship, research, performance, volunteer, sports team, or teaching practicum; and explore Ireland through a range of study tours to Western Ireland and Northern Ireland.

    Approved for the following Liberal Education Requirements: Historical Perspectives and Global Perspectives.

    Foundational Business Courses

    Business Statistics
    DBLN 3xxx
    4 Credits

    Course description coming soon.

    Approved for the following Liberal Education Requirements: 

    Syllabus for Business Statistics (PDF)

    Financial Accounting
    DBLN 3xxx
    4 Credits

    Course description coming soon.

    Approved for the following Liberal Education Requirements: 

    Syllabus for Financial Accounting (PDF)

    International Environment of Firms
    DBLN 3xxx
    3 Credits

    Course description coming soon.

    Approved for the following Liberal Education Requirements:

    Dublin Internship: Learning through Experience
    DBLN 3014
    Fall & Spring
    3 Credits

    This course explores the world of work in Ireland and how students respond to the challenges that they can expect to encounter while interning in Dublin. See more information on internships.

    Dublin Internship Syllabus 

    Advanced Business Courses

    Students on this track will take the Engaging Ireland core course and the rest of their courses at UCD.

    You can search for classes offered on the UCD website

    • When looking for courses, a "Programme" is a major or department, and a "Module" is a course
    • UCD's credits are called ECTS, and they will transfer back as half as many credits. So if you find a 10 credit class at UCD, it will transfer back as 5 US credits
    • Because you will take the Engaging Ireland core course, we recommend you take 20–25 ECTS at UCD
    • If you're hoping to fulfill major credits with the courses you take at UCD, you'll need to bring the course description from the UCD website to your adviser to gain approval

    Optional Online Course

    Global Identity
    OLPD 3332
    1 credit
    Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your international experience and apply what you've learned upon your return.  Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you articulate your newly acquired skills and differentiating you from your peers.

    This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.

    Syllabus for Global Identity (PDF)

  6. Internships

    Students participating in the internship will enroll in the Dublin Internship: Learning through Experience course to debrief and discuss their internship experience. The experience is designed to give you a glimpse into a work culture different from that of the US, and to help you gain skills in working across cultures. A 3-credit internship is about 10 hours per week at the site, plus the weekly class.

    Internship placements will likely be with small start-up companies so you can get a full view of the company, and work closely with the employees. Students are required to submit additional application materials in order to apply for the internship; these materials can be found on the Apply tab.

    Possible areas for internships are listed below. If you don't see an area listed, inquire with the Learning Abroad Center about the possibility of doing an internship in that field.

    • Advertising
    • Communications
    • Marketing
    • Social Media
  7. Dates & Deadlines

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
    Program Term App Open Date Deadline*
    Spring 2021 May 1 Oct 15
    Depart from the US Jan 12
    Arrive in Dublin Jan 13
    Semester break Jan 21
    Semester break Mid-March
    Depart from Dublin May 19
    Summer 2021 Aug 1 Mar 1
    Start Date Jun 3
    End Date Jul 17
    Fall 2021 Dec 18 May 15
    Depart from the US Aug 31
    Arrive in Dublin Sep 1
    Depart from Dublin - Advanced Track Dec 18

    *Program dates are subject to change. Contact the LAC for verification of dates before purchasing your airfare.
    **If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

    Orientation Dates & Locations

    Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

    See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.

  8. Fees for Business in Dublin

    University of Minnesota participants pay the program fee instead of on-campus tuition and fees for the term they are abroad.

    Fall 2019

    Advanced Track

    Spring 2020

    Advanced Track - On-campus housing

    Advanced Track - Off-campus housing

    Advanced Track - Aparto housing


    Billing & Payments

    Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

    Bridging Loan

    Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.

    Cancellation Policy

    Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.
  9. Prepare

    Complete pre-application advising.

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

    To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:

    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term See Dates page for term options
    Program Name Business in Dublin
    Track Name Choose Foundational Business or Advanced Business (see Academics tab)
    Country Ireland


    May & Summer Programs – University of Minnesota Students

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

    Apply Now

    May & Summer Programs – Non-University of Minnesota Students

    Once you submit your application, Learning Abroad Center staff will create a University of Minnesota student internet account for you. You will use this account to access the Education Abroad Application System, and other University of Minnesota services. You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

    Our staff will contact you within 2–3 business days with your internet account information, and additional application instructions.

    Apply Now

    Fall 2021 & Beyond Programs – All students

    All students, both UofM and Non-UofM should use this apply button if applying for a program Fall 2021 or beyond (academic year, winter break etc.). You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

    Apply Now


    After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:

    Foundational Business track

    • Application Essay
    • Course Enrollment Form

    • Internship Application (required only for internship applicants)
    • Cover Letter and Resume (required only for internship applicants)

    Advanced Business track

    • Application Essay
    • UCD Application
    • Internship Application (required only for internship applicants)
    • Cover Letter and Resume (required only for internship applicants)

    Additional Items Required for non-UofM Students

    • Transcript 
    • Home Institution Nomination 

    If you do not meet the GPA requirement for this program you will be required to submit two additional application items—the Low GPA Essay and Special Circumstances Recommendation. Both items will be added to your checklist after you start your application, and you will be notified when they have been added.

    Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.

  10. Passport

    A passport is required to enter Ireland. Your passport must be valid for the entire duration of your program. If you have not already obtained your passport, you should apply for one immediately. Information about applying for a passport can be found on the US Department of State's website.


    US citizens traveling with a US passport do not need to apply for a visa to study in Ireland. Non-US citizens should check to see if a visa is required for entry into Ireland. If it is, we can provide acceptance letters or other documentation you may need.


    All students should travel with their immigration letter in their carry-on luggage. You will be asked for it when you land in Ireland.
    University students – this is your acceptance letter from the university that was emailed to you. 
    Study Center students – this letter will be emailed to you prior to your departure.

    Within the first few weeks of arriving in Dublin, you will need to meet with the local immigration authorities to register your stay in Ireland. At the appointment with the immigration officials, you will need to provide the following materials:

    • Your acceptance/immigration letter
    • 300 euro, paid by credit or debit card. Cash is NOT accepted.
    • Proof of insurance—your CISI insurance card will be emailed to you a few weeks before you depart for Dublin
    • Financial Statement Form—If you are supporting yourself, note that on the Financial Statement form and bring a copy of your bank statement with you. Your bank statement has to show the equivalent of 3000 euro. If your parents are supporting you, please have them fill out the Financial Statement Form, and have it notarized. 
  11. Program Contact

    For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

    Kate Terry or call at 612.626.4813.

  12. Contact Program Alum

    Below is a list of additional students who participated in past program sessions. They are ready and willing to answer your questions about this program. Feel free to contact them during your decision-making process or anytime during your pre-departure preparation to get a student perspective.
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COVID-19 Update

This program was canceled for spring semester 2021 due to COVID-19.