Office of Study Abroad and Outreach

Business Practices and Culture of Ireland

Business Practices and Culture of Ireland

Visits to Dublin-based businesses Guinness and Butler's Chocolates give you insights into their business practices. Lectures by Dublin Business School faculty expand your understanding of Irish business strategies and management techniques.

Program Details
Location(s)  Dublin, Ireland
Term   Spring 2018
Credit   BAT 300/600, 3 sh
Class Sessions January 19, February 9, March 2 & 30, 2018, 2:30-5 pm Riverfront Hall 239 (WIU-QC), Stipes 201 (WIU Macomb)
Travel Dates May 19-26, 2018
Housing   Hotel
Passport Required
Program Eligibility
GPA 2.5
Grad credit Yes
Non-WIU   No
Pre-requisite Completed 45 Semester Hours
Student Year Junior, Senior

About Program

What you will learn

Discover the importance of international trade while meeting international firms based in the US and Ireland and firms doing buisness exclusively in Ireland.  You'll learn about Irish business strategies through guest lectures from Dublin Business School faculty.  Special focus is given to the similarities and differences in US and Irish interpersonal relationships, business behaviors and communication styles.


Entry Requirements

Passport required—Must be valid until at least November 30, 2018

Visa required if not a US citizen


Health Insurance

You must have international health insurance for the time you are on your program. Only two options are approved to meet this requirement:

  • WIU student health insurance
  • A supplemental policy (Patriot Travel Medical) purchased through IMG
Health Precautions

Walking/mobility - Expect to walk up to 5 miles/day.  It is not consecutive but scheduled throughout the day, sometimes over uneven, hilly terrain and up/down flights of stairs.

Environmental - Excursions and some portions of the class will be conducted outside. Sun protection is strongly recommended.

Dietary - Some meals are included in the program cost. Contact Kim McDaniel if you have food allergies or other dietary restrictions.

Accessibility and accommodation may be very different than that found in the United States.  Please contact the Disability Resource Center for questions on the availability of accommodations for your specific situation.

PLEASE NOTE   It is your responsibility to request accommodation from the DRC; faculty and staff are not legally permitted to inquire about such needs.  Requests should be made as early as possible so there's sufficient time to arrange accommodations in your location.


Costs & Dates

Estimated Cost* $2,800-$3,200
Included in the program Round trip airfare from Chicago, in-country transportation, lodging (double occupancy), entry fees to scheduled sites, daily breakfast and 1 dinner
Application Deadline November 19, 2017
Application fee $75 due December 7, 2017
Non-refundable Deposit $800 due December 8, 2017
Second payment $1,000 due February 1, 2018
Final payment* $1,000-$1,400 due March 1, 2018

* Costs are subject to change based on student enrollment

WIU reserves the right to adjust the cost or arrangements of this program due to insufficient enrollment or circumstances beyond the University's control.  For details about this or individual withdrawals, see Cancellations and Withdrawals.

Important Dates

Passport copy deadline: February 1, 2018.  Failure to meet this deadline will result in removal from the group flight and possible increased costs.

Pre-departure meeting: TBA, Spring 2018



Credit offered

BAT 300 - Option for Gen Ed Multicultural Studies credit.  This section is designated a Global Issues Course.

BAT 600 - May count towards graduation requirements for Master's of Business Administration

Please check with your academic advisor for more information on how this Course fits your specific academic needs.


Class sessions

Active class participation, including contribution to discussions and attendance, is expected in all phases of the Course.  You are responsible for completing pre-departure assignments including readings and discussion participation, attendance and active participation during on-site visits, guest lectures and activities, and post-return assignments.  Questions about course content should be directed to Dr. Susan Stewart.




Contact Us

Kim McDaniel
For Faculty Led

Horrabin Room 8


Dr. Susan Stewart
Faculty leader

QC Riverfront Hall Room 211J

309-762-3999, ext. 62258