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Ireland

Business in Ireland

BUS 390A

4 Credits

4 Weeks in Ireland

Professor Roger Dean

Twenty-five years ago Ireland was one of the poorest countries in the developed world. Over the past 20 years, Ireland has benefited from a partnership between government, business, and labor unions, and received significant direct foreign investments. The "Celtic Tiger" had become the strongest economy in Europe. In recent years the Celtic Tiger has grown hoarse which is evident through the real-estate bust, bank failures, high unemployment, and increased public debt.

This course has two primary objectives:

  • To immerse students into the culture (history, literature, theater, religion, social norms) of Ireland. In addition to lectures there will be excursions to sites of historic and cultural significance. The course will conclude with a medieval banquet and traditional Irish entertainment at an historic castle.
  • To study the business climate and management practices of modern Ireland, including its role in the European Union and the impact of EU laws and regulations. Lectures will be supplemented with visits to national and international businesses.

We will be based in Galway as guests of the National University of Ireland, Galway. We will stay in self-contained, serviced apartments overlooking Galway Bay.

Program Fee (paid to W&L): $2,500.  This fee includes accommodation, guest lectures, field trips, supplemental health insurance and International Student Identity Card (ISIC).

Estimated Additional Costs:  Travel ($900); additional meals ($400); pocket money ($350).

Mandatory Pre-departure Orientation:  Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 7 p.m. in Northen Auditorium (Leyburn Library).

Contact Professor Dean for additional information.