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  • Locations: Belfast, United Kingdom; Cork, Ireland; Dingle, Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland; Tullamore, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Early Fall
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Affiliated Department: School of Business Foreign Language Required: None
Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English UW Credits: 5
Estimated Program Fee: 3600 UW Program Director: Chris Milliken, Leta Beard
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Ruby Machado Shields UW Program Staff Email:,
Program Information:

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Location Dublin, Ireland
Academic Term Early Fall
08/24/2019 - 09/14/2019
Estimated Program Fee $4,375
Credits 5
Prerequisites None
Program Directors Leta Beard |
Chris Milliken |
Program Manager Ruby Machado Shields|
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2019
Information Sessions January 9th, 5:30-6:00 | PCAR 593 
January 14th, 12:30-1:00 | PCAR 593 
General This program allows students to meet with business executives to learn about the similarities as well as differences of conducting business in a global environment. It also allows students the ability to learn about Irish history, culture and understand why so many multinationals have located their European headquarters in Ireland.
Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Note that there are strict rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area that may impact a student's ability to travel within the region before or after their program, or to attend two subsequent programs in this area. It is critical that the student reviews the information and scenarios here to learn more about Schengen area visa requirements.

Program Description

Was it the luck of the Irish that transformed its economy from a third world nation in the 1980's to a powerhouse first world nation thirty years later? Not at all. In the 80's, Ireland's average income level was 30 percent lower than the European Union (EU). Twelve years ago it was 40 percent above the EU. Ireland's past years of very high inflation, double-digit unemployment and huge government debt that reached 100% of GDP was dramatically changed by what is called "The Celtic Tiger." To turn things around, the Irish government cut spending and reduced its tax rate to provide an excellent climate to attract new businesses from around the world. It was also successful in soliciting billions of Euros from the European Union to help build its infrastructure. Because of this business model, the economy of Ireland boomed. High- tech, financial services, construction and pharmaceutical companies all jumped at this new opportunity and located their factories and European headquarters in Ireland. Until the 2008 global financial crisis, Ireland was at the top. Then everything changed. Banks crashed, unemployment rose to 15%, housing prices dropped by 50%, businesses and individuals declared bankruptcy. Initially the outlook looked bleak for a speedy recovery. The Irish however have lived through worse conditions and were willing to work hard to implement fiscal programs to recover from the financial crisis. In fact, The Wall Street Journal described the "Irish Comeback" as an example of how other indebted countries should respond to their financial problems. This comeback is referred to as the "Celtic Phoenix."

Students will focus on studying the "Celtic Tiger" model and analyze its somewhat short lived effectiveness. They will also learn about the steps that the Irish took to revitalize themselves and came back fiscally strong. We will meet with business executives from about fifteen different companies to hear firsthand about living and working in the Celtic Tiger era and learn what their companies did to turn things around. We will also learn about the challenges and opportunities that US Multinationals face while operating in a global environment. By also visiting traditional Irish companies, we will be able to compare the business similarities and differences of local versus global companies. Because of the importance of Ireland's history on its people and culture, we also visit Northern Ireland. This part of the trip has a huge impact on the students. We learn about the troubles and visit the famous murals of Belfast. We write on the 30 foot "peace wall" that still separates the catholic and protestant neighborhoods. We meet with the curators of the Irish Republic Museum as well as travel down the famous Shankill Road where it is said to be more British than in England. We will also learn about and discuss the impact that Brexit will have on either connecting or separating Northern Ireland from the Republic. By traveling the entire island, staying in a variety of hostels, bed and breakfasts and hotels, students will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the locals. Several "surprise" activities are planned to also enhance the learning experience. For example, we go on a traditional musical tour and experience traditional Irish dancing. We plan to work and play hard.

Listed below are some quotes from students:

"Studying abroad with Leta this past summer went beyond my expectations. This trip offered me a chance to learn about conducting business internationally, the Irish culture, and people and really dive deep into a true study abroad experience. I recommend this trip to anyone who is looking for the ultimate study abroad experience" Shivani

"Leta led an amazing trip full of surprises and great experiences. We visited a variety of businesses, both small and large, and met with several executives. She has truly put together an experience that I will never forget, as I learned so much about myself, Ireland culture, and so many different business practices." Jenna

"Going to Ireland was the trip of a lifetime. The surprise events, group dinners, and traveling with new friends were experiences I will never forget. If you have the chance to go on this, I 100% recommend you do!" Lucas

"Going to Ireland with Leta Beard was one of the best decisions I have made in college. Leta has amazing connections in Ireland and makes sure you get the most for your money. The trip is full of surprises, building life-long friendships, and learning about the Irish culture." Kai

"This program was my first time visiting a European country. My experience was filled with a lot of fun memories, cool surprises, and great company visits. We had the opportunity to network with so many influential global business men and women who have helped start and build popular American companies, in Ireland. I had the time of my life exploring Ireland with Leta and the rest of the group, and if you have the chance to go, this is definitely something you don't want to miss." Sachi

"I cannot begin to express how much this experience helped me to grow as an individual. I learned a lot about myself by traveling around with this group and Leta especially, really changed this experience for me and made me feel like I was a part of a family. This was truly an essential part of the trip for me because having that comfort of a close group really helped me to step out of my comfort zone and shaped me as a leader. Also, it was so fascinating to visit these different companies and get the chance to ask corporate officials questions that really helped us grow as young business professionals. This trip was beautifully organized between company visits and sightseeing and something I will never forget." Hannah

The trip meant the world to me. It brought me out of my bubble here in the United States. Prior to the trip, I was nervous to experience something new, but it turned out to be the greatest learning experience I could ask for. I would consider moving abroad to work after college." Kyle

"This exploration seminar was my first time leaving North America and it was the perfect introduction to traveling abroad. The balance between informative company visits and fun group activities was ideal, allowing the group of students to become closer while immersing ourselves in Irish business and culture. Leta's connections and knowledge of Ireland made for memories that I never thought I'd have the opportunity to make." Cody

View Chad Klansnic's video from the 2017 Business Ireland program.





Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Dingle, Galway


Students will be housed in hostels, small hotels, and bed and breakfasts.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

There are no pre-requisites. There is a fair amount of walking and hill climbing on this trip.


5 UW Quarter Credits


IBUS 490 or JSIS 394: International Business (5 credits)

The course will first meet for two weeks on campus so students can learn about the history, economics, social and cultural norms as well how business is conducted in Ireland. The purpose is to study the success and failure of the Celtic Tiger model and will experience firsthand the impact it had on businesses and the country. Students will then learn about the Celtic Phoenix and how Ireland was able to pull itself out of the 2008 global crisis. We meet with executives from about 15 different multinationals and traditional Irish companies. We also study Irish history and visit Belfast to learn about the "Troubles". Cultural visits are also planned.

Learning goals include:
This Exploration Seminar will allow students to: Acquire an understanding of the similarities and differences of conducting business in Ireland. Compare and contrast how Irish companies market their products/services. Learn about and discuss the effectiveness, failure and resurgence of the Irish Economic models -"Celtic Tiger"and "Celtic Phoenix" . Learn firsthand about the future impact of Brexit. Appreciate the current economic recovery program. Understand historical, government and economic issues. Learn and appreciate the behavioral norms, social and cultural values of Ireland. Experience Ireland through staying with locals, and touring historical and cultural sites. Develop and deepen their intellectual curiosity. Become better global citizens Represent the University of Washington in a professional manner to potential business partners.









Leta Beard
Senior Lecturer, Marketing and International Business

Leta Beard is an award winning Senior Lecturer in the Marketing and International Business department of the Foster School of Business. In addition to her 23 years of teaching experience, she has 12 years of industry experience working for AT&T Network Systems (Lucent Technologies). A few of the teaching awards she has won are: 2015 UW Distinguished Teaching Award, International Business Faculty of the Year 2017, Marketing and International Business Faculty of the Year- 2016, 2013, 2010 and 2006. Some of the courses she teaches are: Marketing Principles, Strategic Marketing Management, Retailing, Global Business Perspectives, and Tribal Gaming, In addition to teaching undergraduates, she teaches in the Professional and Continuing Education, Executive MBA, and Business Consulting and Development programs. From an international perspective Leta has lived and studied in Mexico, taught in Vietnam, Italy and China. She has led MBA study tours to Argentina, and Puerto Rico, coached International Case Competitions (Montreal, Singapore, Auckland (2) Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Vancouver (2), Portugal and Spain and Serbia). For the past 11 years, Leta has also led this study abroad program to Ireland.

Chris Milliken
Professional Staff, Foster Career Services

Chris Milliken spent 12 years in corporate recruitment role recruiting students for internships and new grad development programs. His resume includes such firms include Amazon, LinkedIn, Accenture, BP and Hilton. During his time at BP, Chris coordinated and led an international fieldtrip for students from 5 regions of the world to explore the oil and gas industry and culture aspects of each region. This included marketing, selection, coordination and executing logistics for these trips. Chris is passionate about global career development and creating community communities for students and industry.


Chris Milliken spent 12 years in corporate recruitment role recruiting students for internships and new grad development programs. His resume includes such firms include Amazon, LinkedIn, Accenture, BP and Hilton. During his time at BP, Chris coordinated and led an international fieldtrip for students from 5 regions of the world to explore the oil and gas industry and culture aspects of each region. This included marketing, selection, coordination and executing logistics for these trips. Chris is passionate about global career development and creating community communities for students and industry.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,375

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • $325 Foster Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (Average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1000)
  • Food (Approximately $25 )
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 11, 2019

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW Study Abroad administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Below are some ways to find additional support.

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure online orientation provided by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You will be able to access the online orientation through your study abroad application once you have been accepted to a program. Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once you have submitted a contract. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy will be included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal application is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a withdrawal application to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.