Dublin 2015


Ireland, Summer 2015:  First Adventures in a Global Marketplace

July 14-29, 2015

Program Overview

Designed specifically for first generation students, this program will provide students with the fundamental principles and practical skill-sets to understand the diverse cultures that comprise the global marketplace of the 21st century. Through visits and discussions with Dublin business leaders, participants will observe first-hand how multinational corporations navigate the intense diversity challenges of today’s independent business community. Using Dublin as a classroom, students will engage with one another and the local community through class projects.


  • Understand the concept of intercultural communication and examine the similarities and differences in verbal and nonverbal communication across cultures
  • Recognize how corporations have embraced globalization
  • Explore the history, culture, art and energy of Dublin, Ireland, a major global city


This program is open to undergraduate students from all academic disciplines. The program is designed specifically for first generation students at UK but it is open to students who are not first generation. However, if necessary, preference for acceptance into the program will be given to first generation students.

Academic Credit

UK Sponsored programs are conducted by the University of Kentucky faculty and staff. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings before or after the program’s international travel.

  • Undergraduates will enroll in COM 390: Study Abroad: First Adventures in a Global Marketplace (3 credit hours)
  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour)

Housing & Meals

Cliffs of Moher

Students will reside in shared rooms at a centrally-located hostel for the duration of the program in Dublin. Breakfast will be provided each day at the hostel, but students will be responsible for all lunch and dinner meals with the exception of the eight group meals listed in the program itinerary.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Students are strongly encouraged to explore multiple funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on area of study, program type, length and country of destination. Smaller scholarships can often be “stacked” together to help fund education abroad.

  • Many financial aid packages (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult
    with UK Financial Aid as soon as possible to identify possible
    financial aid opportunities.
  • UK Education Abroad Scholarship – a campus wide selection committee awards needs-based scholarships to UK students in amounts of $750, $1,000 & $1,500. The deadline to apply is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.

For more information about scholarship and funding resources, please visit the UK Education Abroad Financial Aid & Scholarships website.

Supplemental Materials

This program runs in collaboration with the University of Kentucky and ISA. Students will complete an application with UK Education Abroad (online, this website) and supplemental materials with ISA. The supplemental application materials are for administrative purposes and will be provided to all accepted students AFTER the UK application deadline.

Program Costs

Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the “Fees and Policies” information page at the top of the official UK Education Abroad page.  Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses.

moher_2 copy*Note* the program fee for this program includes:

  • Student orientation upon arrival to Dublin
  • International Medical Insurance and International Travel Liability Insurance
  • Emergency Support from ISA’s onsite staff
  • Housing in a hostel in Dublin
  • Breakfast each day, a welcome and farewell meal, and six additional meals (1 dinner and 5 lunches)
  • Roundtrip airfare from Lexington to Dublin (this will be a group flight)
  • Transportation between the Dublin airport and the hostel
  • A local metro pass which will last the duration of the program
  • Private chartered buses to all excursion locations
  • Dublin: excursions to Trinity College, the Old Library, Aquazone at the National Aquatic Centre, Abbey Theatre Performance, Game of Thrones tour.
  • Galway: Cliffs of Moher and Dunguaire Castle
  • Cork: Blarney Castle
  • County Meath: Newgrange

Passport & Visa Requirements

Participants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the expected date of return to the U.S. The Wildcat Passport Acceptance Facility in the UK Student Center accepts U.S. passport applications. For more information about U.S. passport applications, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.

  • U.S. Passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for participation on this program. Non-U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations of the Irish Embassy as well as the associated regulations for their current U.S. student visa.

Health & Safety Abroad

Blarney CastleAll participants of this program will be enrolled in Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. Participants wishing to travel before or after the official program dates are strongly encouraged to purchase additional coverage for the extended travel dates. Please see the UK Education Abroad Health & Safety website for more information.

All students will participate in UK pre-departure orientation activities. Students will often participate in orientation activities upon arrival in the host country as well. In addition to pre-departure orientations, students will have access to on-going orientation resources during and after their program to maximize the intercultural and intellectual learning potential at each phase of the education abroad experience. Students are strongly encouraged to independently research their host country. Participants should consider the history, current politics, social media outlets, tourism boards, etc.

For More Information

For additional information about the program, please contact:

EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall – Walk ins are welcome Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm.

Ms. Traci Letcher, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Communication, T.Letcher@uky.edu

Ms. Liz Kociolek, EA Advisor, liz.kociolek@uky.edu.