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  • Locations: Belfast, Northern Ireland, U.K.; County Donegal, Ireland; Dublin, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Program Costs: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 03/15/2021 ** Varies TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admissions.

If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.
Fact Sheet:
Program Description:
This course will provide you with the knowledge of and personal experience to understand the business, historical, and cultural environments in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. You will actively develop your thinking within the areas of Irish business, history, and culture, and internalize information by using your knowledge in the completion of course assignments and during our travels to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in May 2020.

This course is designed with high expectations for your participation in class discussions, and your use of critical thinking and analysis in the completion of your assignments. Each class is designed to foster critical thinking and discussion, and provide you with the foundation to examine the current situations and conditions in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Short reflective writing assignments will provide you with the opportunity to express your ideas and apply your knowledge while becoming familiar with Irish business, history, and culture. The collaborative research project will allow you to explore a topic of your group’s choice and to analyze it effectively through research, readings, and the writing of a group paper.

To be successful, you must attend and be prepared for each class. Additionally, you must meet the requirements of the travel segment of this course. Meeting these and the following course requirements will result in your successful performance in this course.

During this course, students will complete the following:
  • Readings from the text
  • Readings from the UMass Library, websites and articles on various topics related to Irish business, history and culture
  • Three 2 page doubled spaced written assignments, due at the next history/culture segment (approximately every two weeks).
  • Research project designed to analyze a topic of the group’s choice related to business in Ireland, with the written paper due beginning of May
  • Journal reflections during our travels to Ireland, handed in upon our return
  • Active participation in class discussions and engagement in learning during our travels in Ireland
The group will be housed in shared aparthotel accommodations. Each student will have their own private bedroom and bathroom. Up to five students will share a kitchen and living room.

  • Kilmainham Gaol
  • Trinity College/Books of Kells/The Old Library
  • Business Visits

Northern Ireland (3 days/2 nights) Includes:
Visits to the following:
  • Guided city tour with a focus on the history and Troubles of Northern Ireland
  • The Giant’s Causeway
  • Game of Thrones Experience
  • Hurley-making demonstration
• Three (3) group lunches and one (1) group dinner
• Shared hotel accommodations for students. Includes breakfast.
• Roundtrip bus transportation

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 program director, Dr. Catherine Lowry ( for more information regarding the academic components of the course. For application questions, please contact Mike Romero (