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UMass: Ireland: Business Development and Conflict Resolution (Summer)
County Donegal, Ireland; Dublin, Ireland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Program Costs Summer
Fact Sheet:
Dina Friedman and Christina Monte,
Who Can Apply?:
Fields of Study:
All majors welcome, Business, Celtic/Irish Studies, History, Journalism, Political Science
Language(s) of Instruction:
Additional Requirements:
In addition to travel component, course meets 7-9 times at UMass during spring semester.
Program Type:
Faculty-Led, UMass Faculty-led
Summer Program Duration:
10 - 12 days
Guest House, Hostel
Minimum GPA:
Classification of Credits Available:
Undergraduate Credits
Program Description:
Applications for 2017 now open!

MGMT 397I: Business Development and Conflict Resolution in Ireland (3 credits) will provide students the knowledge and personal experience to understand the business, historical, and cultural environments in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The course meets weekly during the spring semester on a day to be determined, and after commencement, travels to Ireland for 10-12 days, staying most of the time at Inch House Irish Studies Centre, Burfoot, County Donegal, Republic of Ireland. The group will visit Derry, Northern Ireland, the Giant's Causeway (a natural wonder on the north coast of Northern Ireland) and Belfast, and spend the last several days in Dublin. Travel dates will be confirmed in February.

Students write four brief papers on topics relating to the history, politics, and business situation in Ireland, and give two group presentations. Students also write blogposts while in Ireland and a reflection paper at the conclusion of the trip. While in Ireland, the group will enjoy lectures and tours given by a variety of experts in Irish history, politics and business.

The group will be housed at the Inch House Irish Studies Center for most of the program, until moving to Dublin for the last several days, where students will stay in hostel accommodations. While at Inch House, most meals are provided, but while in Dublin, students may be responsible for more of their own meals.

This course is open to all UMass and Five College students in any major with an interest in learning about peace and conflict resolution studies, Irish history, and Ireland's economy.  Selection will be made based on essay strength, and then GPA (2.7 or above) and year in college, with priority going to seniors and Isenberg students. 

Email the trip leaders, Christina Monte ( or Dina Friedman ( for more information!

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 10/15/2016 ** Rolling Admission 05/21/2017 06/02/2017

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.