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  • Locations: Belfast, United Kingdom; Dublin, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Restrictions: DPU applicants only
  • Click for Tuition + Program Fee: Spring Break
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Recommended GPA: 2.5 Living Arrangements: Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Liberal Studies Domain: EL, Global Business Perspective
How COVID-19 could impact this program or your study abroad plans: Please see the Study Abroad COVID-19 page for more information.
Program Description:

This program will examine the recent economic and financial history of Ireland and Northern Ireland, with a focus on how the United Kingdom’s plans to leave the European Union (aka Brexit) will affect their economies. Students will be able to learn about the causes of Ireland’s economic success as well as its troubles during the financial crisis, how the government managed the crisis, and finally, how business has responded to the challenging economic environment in which they operate. They will also learn about the history and politics of Northern Ireland and its relationship to both Ireland and the UK. In both Dublin and Belfast, students will be able to discuss these issues with bankers, government officials, academics and industry leaders who are trying to lead their countries to a better future.

The program begins in Dublin with a city tour, where students will see many of the city’s highlights including St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College and the Old Parliament House (Bank of Ireland). Students will visit a variety of businesses and institutions in Metropolitan Dublin. We then take a bus to Belfast, stopping at the ancient burial grounds of Newgrange and Knowth (both precede Stonehenge by 1000 years) on the way. In Belfast, we will visit the new Titanic Museum as well as meet with government and industry officials to understand how the Belfast economy is evolving. There will be time on the weekends for independent exploration of each capital city.


The Program Director is Dr. Thomas Mondschean, Professor of Economics. Dr. Mondschean teaches graduate/undergraduate international economics and specializes in the research of commercial banking and financial systems. He has traveled extensively and has led many Study Abroad Programs including programs to Ireland, Singapore/Malaysia, Krakow and Budapest/Croatia. He has also taught in MBA programs in Hong Kong, Bahrain, and the Czech Republic.

The group meets both before and after the program.
Course ICS 350 (Undergraduate)/ IB 750 (Graduate): International Business Seminar
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Winter 2021
Liberal Studies Domains: Global Business Perspective & Experiential Learning (EL)
Taught by Dr. Thomas Mondschean
Course description This foreign study course is meant to introduce the student to the world of international life and business as it is today. The course provides students the opportunity to visit and study foreign commercial enterprises on-site. Additional emphasis is placed on understanding overseas cultures, self-reference criteria, and the fact that people around the world can maintain/develop hopes and dreams within their own lifestyle even though it may differ from others'.
Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.

Students stay in hotels in double-occupancy rooms.

All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.


If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require travelers to obtain visas. In that case, contact the local consulates or embassies of the countries you will be visiting for up-to-date instructions on how to apply for them. As of this publication, students on the Ireland program who are US citizens DO NOT need a visa. Please note, however, that visa requirements can change. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes to the visa requirements as they become available.

Here are some helpful tips from former students who have participated in this program:
  • Be well-rested before the trip, there are a lot of activities that you’ll want to be fully attentive for.
  • Experience the touristy day life and the local night life, and talk to as many people as possible.
  • Pack very warm clothes, as it does get very cold.
  • The main mode of transportation in Ireland is walking, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes!
  • Don’t forget to try the Fish N’ Chips.
  • Bring a global electricity adapter, as the outlets are different than in the United States.
  • Get to know your peers and be flexible when it comes to your schedule.
  • Learn as much as you can before you come here about the Troubles (Irish history about the conflict between Nationalists/Unionists, Catholics/Protestants) and other important topics involving the culture so you can get the most out of the trip.
  • Save money for extra things that the program fee doesn't cover: most meals, souvenirs, night life, and taxis, etc.
  • Obtain the location's currency at an exchange or bank beforehand so you have some of the local currency on arrival.

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Admissions Notification Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2021 11/01/2020 12/01/2020 TBA TBA