Course: Dublin - Entrepreneurship & Technology

IES Abroad

Program Description

Course: Dublin - Entrepreneurship & Technology

IES Abroad



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 in the past few years, Dropbox, AirBnB, Malwarebytes, SurveyMonkey, and Yelp have set up a base in Dublin.

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.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Dublin
  • City: Dublin
  • Country: Ireland
  • Program Credits: 15-19 credits (5-6 courses)
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Language Prerequisites: None

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Fall 2017

  • Arrival: Monday, September 4, 2017
  • Departure: Saturday, December 16, 2017
Spring 2018
  • Arrival: Wednesday, January 3, 2018
  • Departure: Saturday, April 14, 2018


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 15-19 credits per semester, and all courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified. Choose five to six 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 enroll 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:

  • Two or more Entrepreneurship & Technology core courses at IES Abroad (required, 3 credits each)
    • Digital Marketing & Communication
    • Technology Ventures
    • Globalization & Entrepreneurship
    • Negotiations
</ul><ul><li>Internship or service learning seminar and placement (optional, 3 credits)</li> <li>Additional area studies courses at IES Abroad (optional)<ul><li>Choose additional area studies courses offered in the Irish Studies Program and the Writer's Program</li>


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.


SO/AN 320 - Irish Communal Identity (Fall, Spring)

Business Administration

CM/BS 348 - Negotiations (Fall, Spring)


  • CM/BS 348 - Negotiations (Fall, Spring)
  • CM/MK 345 - Digital Marketing & Communication (Fall, Spring)
Cultural Studies
  • CU 250 - Introduction to Irish Language and Culture (Fall, Spring)
  • LT/CU 270 - Celtic Myth and Legend in Early Ireland (Fall)
Creative Writing
  • LT/CW 350 - Photo/Graphic: Shaping Visual Narratives (Fall, Spring)
  • LT/CW 358 - Write Here, Write Now: An Introduction to Immersion Writing (Fall, Spring)

ET 334 - Globalisation & Entrepreneurship (Fall, Spring)


PO/HS 360 - Northern Irish Troubles: 1969-1999 (Fall, Spring)

International Business

IB 344 - Technology Ventures (Fall, Spring)

Internship Seminar

IN 395 - Internship Seminar (Fall, Spring)


  • LT 342 - Exploring Gothic Ireland: Fact, Fiction and Film (Spring)
  • LT 356 - The Shadows That We Cast: Writing the Irish Short Story (Fall, Spring)
  • LT/CU 270 - Celtic Myth and Legend in Early Ireland (Fall)
  • LT/CW 350 - Photo/Graphic: Shaping Visual Narratives (Fall, Spring)
  • LT/CW 358 - Write Here, Write Now: An Introduction to Immersion Writing (Fall, Spring)

CM/MK 345 - Digital Marketing & Communication (Fall, Spring)

Political Science

PO/HS 360 - Northern Irish Troubles: 1969-1999 (Fall, Spring)

Service Learning

SO/SL 395 - Service Learning: Youth Engagement and Education in Ireland (Fall, Spring)


  • SO/AN 320 - Irish Communal Identity (Fall, Spring)
  • SO/SL 395 - Service Learning: Youth Engagement and Education in Ireland (Fall, Spring)
Service Learning

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:

  • Advocacy for the disabled
  • Community health
  • At-risk youth
  • Other social issues unique to Dublin
Course-Related Excursions

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.

Past course-related excursions have included visits to:

  • National Museum of Ireland
  • Smithfield and the Markets Area of Dublin
  • Dublin’s Liberties area and Medieval Dublin
  • Crypts of St Michan’s Church
  • Belfast
  • Dublin’s famous theatres
  • The Abbey and The Gate
  • Croak Park for a stadium tour


Interning while you study in Dublin gives you a rewarding job experience with a wealth of long-lasting career benefits. You will:

  • Gain a better understanding of the real-life, everyday culture of your host country
  • Add global work experience and skills to your résumé or your application for graduate school
  • Improve your confidence

All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. You participate in a 3-credit seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship.

Personalized Placements

Once you indicate your interest in an internship, we work with you to find the ideal internship placement that fulfills your academic and career goals. We’ve placed students with a wide variety of organizations and businesses. If we don’t currently work with a business or organization in your field of interest, we will search for a placement that’s right for you.

Placement Examples

Past 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.

  • Accounting
  • Arts Administration
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Education Administration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event Management
  • Finance
  • Human Resource
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Media & Publishing
  • Politics
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social Outreach
  • Technology
  • Theatre


We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Dublin, it will feel like home.

Private Student Apartments - You will live in a private student apartment located in residential Dublin. The private student apartments are shared by three to four flat mates, and consist of a fully-equipped kitchen, two bedrooms with large fitted wardrobes, two bathrooms, and a shared living area.

The private student apartments are completely furnished and have WiFi Internet access along with other amenities. You are responsible for your own meals, and can prepare your own food at home or eat at local, inexpensive restaurants.

Private Student Residence - You will live in a private student residence, Binary Hub, in Dublin. At Binary Hub, you will be given your own private bedroom and bathroom. You will share the floor with up to four other flat mates, which consists of a fully-equipped kitchen and a shared living area.

The private student residence is completely furnished and has WiFi Internet access along with other amenities. You are responsible for your own meals, and can prepare your own food at home or eat at local, inexpensive restaurants.

Student Life


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.

You also take guided tours around the Center and areas of Dublin as part of your orientation.

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 will also take guided tours around the Center and areas of interest in Dublin as part of your orientation.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in Dublin through our cultural events, such as:

  • Visiting the Causey Farm where you can try hurling, sheep herding, and Irish dancing
  • Enjoying the Fringe Fest and Theatre Festival, a two-month-long festival complete with theatre performances and street performances (fall)
  • Attending the Bulmers International Comedy Festival (fall)
  • Attending the Dublin International Film Festival (spring)
  • Watching GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) matches such as Hurling and Gaelic Football (spring)
  • Attending an international or provincial rugby match (spring)
  • Celebrating the St. Patrick’s Festival (spring)

IES Abroad Dublin organizes volunteer opportunities that complement our courses and contribute to a general knowledge of Irish culture and society. Volunteer experiences include the following:

  • Volunteer at Solas Project, working weekly with at-risk school children with their homework and supervising their activity time.
  • Volunteer at Fighting Words, working with children in a fun-filled, structured environment to promote creativity through writing. Volunteering is done on an ad hoc basis.
  • Lend a helping hand at the Dublin Film Festival by passing out tickets, answering queries, or assisting with administration during this 10-day festival in February. (spring only)
  • Volunteer at Foróige, a teen youth club, organizing activities to promote empowerment of youth in local communities. Activities include film nights, cake sales, football clubs, and more.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 2.75 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior standing when program begins. Some local university courses may not be available to sophomore standing. Please contact your IES Abroad Representative for more details

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required.

U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa to enter or study in Ireland. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a student visa prior to arrival.


Fall 2017

  • Tuition: $10,880
  • Housing: $4,185
  • Insurance: $230
  • Total: $15,295
Academic Year
  • Tuition: $19,575
  • Housing: $8,370
  • Insurance: $455
  • Total: $28,400
Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.
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