There’s a reason why Dublin is now serving as the European headquarters for companies such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter. For the past decade, Ireland’s pro-business environment has been an incubator for start-ups, particularly in technology, and its reputation as a principal technology hub of Europe is well-established.
Our Entrepreneurship & Technology Program has been designed to provide you with leadership, entrepreneurial, and digital skills in an immersive environment so you can capitalize on the business-friendly energy of this city.
Dublin is Europe’s tech hub for the world’s most innovative companies with 8 out of the top 10 Global information, communication and technology firms here. Google, Facebook, Zynga, PayPal, LinkedIn, and Salesforce are well established and recently Dropbox and AirBnB set up a base in Dublin, while Malwarebytes, SurveyMonkey, and Yelp will open centers shortly.
Think of Dublin as your classroom. Here, you can foster your own essential skills needed for developing new businesses through our Entrepreneurship and Globalization, Technology Ventures and Digital Marketing and Communication courses. Our Entrepreneurship & Globalization course focuses on the macro business environment while the Technology Ventures course teaches you strategic business development and our course in Digital Marketing & Communications explores tactical and implementable marketing plans. Through assignments and the undertaking and presentation of a professional business pitch, as well as entrepreneurial and digital projects, you will develop skills in project management, business plan development, expansion strategy, customer engagement, and creativity.
This learning is augmented by visits to technology centers, local start-up companies, and networking events. Examples include day trips to Cork and Galway to technology centers and site visits to global, technology and digital companies based in Dublin. These course-related opportunities enable you to experience first-hand the extraordinary energy and creativity behind the country’s technology boom. You can also take elective courses from our Irish Studies Program about the arts, culture, and history of Ireland, and learn about its place in the European Union.
While in Dublin, you also have the opportunity to get involved in business or philanthropy through an internship or service learning placement. Add international work experience to your résumé while earning credit by participating in an internship placement and accompanying academic seminar. Or enroll in a service learning course that helps you understand some of Dublin’s most pressing social issues, while contributing your skills toward a community-driven solution.
We want you to feel at home in Dublin, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing in apartments to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.
We offer unique courses that explore business and technology, as well as other topics, through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors and course options enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.
You take 15 credits per semester, and all courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified. Choose five courses per semester; all courses at IES Abroad are offered both fall and spring semesters unless otherwise noted.
You will be required to select and enrolle in a minimum of 2 courses from the core set of Entrepreneuship & Technology courses offered.
Craft your own academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional program components:
This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.
Interning abroad as part of your study abroad experience will help distinguish your application for graduate school or a job opportunity in today’s competitive market. It’s an exhilarating challenge, and we’re here to help guide you in securing your placement and succeeding in your internship.
Participating in an internship abroad helps you:
All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. You participate in a seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship.
Placement ExamplesPast students have interned in the following fields. Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Abroad Advisor—new internships are always being added.
Participating in a service learning experience in Dublin is one of the best ways to gain a deeper understanding of the city’s culture and society. Working alongside local people towards a common goal, you experience first-hand some of the social issues that affect Dublin, while contributing your skills towards a community-driven solution.
A service learning experience consists of time spent with a local organization, accompanied by a weekly academic, for-credit service learning seminar. Through the seminar, you have structured time for reflection and discussion, and even research, about the issues of your host community.
Possible placements may include organizations focusing on:
In addition to local entrepreneurs and other guest speakers from global technology companies, the program features site visits to major U.S. tech companies in Dublin, such as Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Dropbox, or Intel. You will also visit start-up enterprises and enjoy networking events.
A visit to the Dundalk Institute of Technology, home to Ireland’s largest entrepreneur development program, is a mandatory component of the academic program. Afterwards, enjoy a stop for lunch in the medieval town of Carlingford or a visit to Drogheda Castle.
Three to five students share an apartment that consists of a kitchen, two or three bedrooms, and a common area. Student apartments are completely furnished and include wireless Internet access. The apartments are located in various residential areas of central Dublin. No meals are included.
Part of making you feel at home in Dublin is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it’s the orientation program that prepares you for what’s ahead, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
The program begins with a two-day orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Dublin staff, your fellow students, and the city of Dublin. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during this time.
Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.
You also take guided tours around the Center and areas of interest in Dublin as part of your orientation.
Even though your adventure starts in Dublin, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. (You share a portion of the cost with IES Abroad.) Here are a few possible destinations.
3 days | Fall & Spring
Take a famous “Black Cab Tour” of Belfast and visit Dunluce Castle, Bushmills Distillery, and the Giant’s Causeway, a World Heritage site.
1 day | Fall & Spring
Visit an open farm where you will have the chance to try out Irish dancing, bake traditional Irish bread, play hurling (Ireland’s national sport), and visit a bog.
1 day | Fall & SpringHike in Howth Head, a lovely seaside fishing village in North County Dublin.
Experience Gaelic Games
1 day | Fall and/or Spring
Take a few hours to learn about Ireland's national sports, Gaelic football, hurling, and handball.
About the Center
The IES Abroad Dublin Center occupies a red-brick Victorian building that was originally a post office and has been completely renovated. The Center is walking distance from St. Stephen’s Green and Trinity College.
Megan Markey earned an MBA in Education Management from the Institute of Education, University of London and a Masters in Sociology from University College Dublin. Employed by IES Abroad since 2004, Megan teaches our service learning seminar, Service Learning: Youth Engagement and Education in Ireland. She has also taught qualitative research for the Sociology Department at University College Dublin. Megan was the Assistant Director of the Dublin Center from 2010-2014 and became the Center Director in 2015.
IES Abroad Dublin Staff
Chris Corcoran Internship Coordinator
Regina Fitzpatrick Academic Coordinator
Jackie KnowlesStudent Affairs Coordinator
Stephen McMahon Center Moodle Administrator and Writer's Program Coordinator
Mairéad WhiteAccountant Assistant
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