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IRELAND

Business in Ireland

BUS 390

4 Credits

Business in Ireland

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 partnersip 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.

Note: There are no activities on the trip that require unusual, rigorous physical exertion for completion of the required course components.

Program Fee (paid to the University): $3,100. This fee includes accommodation in serviced apartments, lunches on class days, some dinners, guest lectures, field trips, supplemental health insurance.

Estimated Additional Costs: Travel to Galway ($900-$1,100 depending on departure airport); additional meals and pocket money ($800).

Please note that program cost could change slightly if currency exchange rates fluctuate or there is a necessary and unanticipated change in itinerary.

For further information, please e-mail Prof. Roger Dean.