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  • Locations: Cork, Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Freshman Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Ahaji Schreffler
Program Description:
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Drexel Summer Intensive in Ireland:
Corporate Strategy

Dublin Skyline

Program Overview

This program is offered exclusively to first year students in LeBow College of Business. Students will participate in a spring term hybrid course followed by an Ireland intensive at the start of freshman summer vacation term.

Corporate Strategy in Ireland will enable students to explore business from a global perspective. In a post Brexit world, study in Ireland is extremely relevant. The course includes research on the economic and cultural environment of Ireland.  In Ireland, students will experience the cities of Dublin, Cork, and Galway where they will engage in academic work with University College of Cork, visit multinational organizations and explore the operation of businesses with international headquarters.  Prior to departure, students will engage in coursework that will study the economic, political and cultural climate in Ireland and Europe and its impact on multi-national corporate strategy.

By participating in this program, students will:

  • Interact with management of international firms, and recognize the impact of overseas operations on organizational outcomes
  • Recognize the impact of Brexit on the European Union, and Ireland’s specific relevance
  • Appreciate similarities and differences in higher education through their interactions with faculty and students from University College of Cork
  • Develop teamwork and communication skills through the discussion and facilitation of site debriefs
  • Understand and appreciate Ireland and its unique culture in the context of global awareness


Eligibility: LeBow first year students with summer 2020 vacation term.

Credit/Registration: Students will be registered for BUSN T280: Corporate Strategy 4 credits as part of their spring term course load. Students must leave room for 4 credits in their credit load when registering for spring term, or will be billed for credits exceeding the 20 credit maximum.

Instructors: Susan Epstein and Beth Buckman, Clinical Professors, LeBow College of Business

Program CalendarCork Campus Picture

Spring Term: Hybrid pre-departure course with 6 face to face class meetings as well as BBLearn modules and assignments.

Ireland Arrival: June 21, 2020
Ireland Departure: June 28, 2020
*Students may extend their travel independently before or after program dates and are fully responsible for all arrangements on those days.

Itinerary Highlights

Day 1:
  Sunday, June 21, 2020: Arrive Dublin
Afternoon Walking tour of Dublin (depending on student arrival times)
Students will be given the opportunity to explore the city, its culture, and its people as an introduction to the week’s activities
Group dinner and Orientation (discussion of agendas/expectations/ground rules)
Day 2:  Monday, June 22, 2020: (Dublin)
Morning Corporate site visit TBD
Afternoon Group Lunch and Guinness Storehouse Tour
Students will tour Guinness Storehouse, home to the distinctive Guinness Brewery since 1759.  The tour includes a study of the brands history that has endured for over 250 years.
Day 3:  Tuesday, June 23, 2020: Dublin/Waterford/Cork      
Morning Travel to Waterford
Mid-Day Group lunch and Tour Waterford Crystal Factory
Students will gain a more contemporary perspective of the country by touring the new Waterford Crystal manufacturing plant and studying its strategy perspective.
Late Afternoon –Travel to Cork 
Day 4: Wednesday, June 24, 2020: (Cork)
Morning UCC Faculty Lecture and Introduction to University
Students will engage with faculty and students at University College of Cork and gain perspective on some commonalities and differences of international study.  Students will be given an overview of commerce in Ireland from a UCC faculty member.
Afternoon Blarney Castle
Students will gain insight into the Ireland’s cultural history while  tour this medieval fortress, and of course, kiss the Blarney Stone!  
Day 5: Thursday, June 25, 2020 (Cork/Galway)
Morning Self guided tour of City Center Market and Cork City
Afternoon Corporate visit Dell/EMC
Student will visit EMC Cork, a Dell Technologies Company, and be given a tour of the facility, as well as gain insight into how the company manages its international operations.
Late Afternoon – Travel to GalwayICA Ireland Dell EMC Logo
Day 6: Friday, June 26, 2020 (Galway)
Morning Leadership Institute
Afternoon Corporate Site Visit TBD
Group Dinner
Day 7: Saturday, June 27, 2020  (Galway)
Full day cultural visit:  Cliffs of Moher and Aran Islands
Day 8:  Sunday, June 28, 2020
Early Morning to Airport
Return flights to US

Program Fee $1,480

Due March 1, 2020: $500 Advance Payment
Due May 1, 2020: $980 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.
This program fee has been subsidized by the Office of Global Engagement.

Included in Program Fee:

  • Accommodations in Dublin, Cork, and Galway
  • Local transport, including intercity trains
  • Entry fees for tours and activities
  • 3 group meals
  • Emergency Assistance On Call insurance

Not Included in Program Fee (Estimated):

  • Round trip airfare to/from Ireland ($1200)
  • Most meals ($250)
  • Airport transfers ($50)
  • Spending Money ($200)
ICA Financial Aid: Students may request an Adjusted Cost of Attendance by submitting the ICA program fee and estimated out of pocket expenses listed above to Drexel Central (via askdrexel). Doing so could make students’ eligible for additional financial aid.  Students may also be eligible to apply for Drexel's ICA Scholarships.

More Information

  • US citizens are not required to obtain a visa. Other nationalities should confirm on the Ireland Embassy website whether a tourist visa is required for entry:
  • A recommended flight itinerary will be provided after acceptance into the program.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.