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Study Abroad and Intern in Ireland!

Offered Fall, Spring, & Summer Terms

Ireland is a charming country brimming with breathtaking scenery, music, and a rich and complex history. Dublin is a center for domestic business and is rapidly gaining popularity in the international business environment. Students have the opportunity to live in the capital of Ireland, while completing courses and an internship placement. This program is ideal for UF students pursuing a business major or minor, or non-business students interested in completing upper-division electives in a beautiful European city. Non-UF students may also apply.

The City: Dublin, Ireland

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As the capital and largest city in Ireland, the city of Dublin offers the amenities of a culturally rich city. However, a small population of 1.5 million, gives Dublin the welcoming atmosphere of a small town. The citizens of Dublin are renowned for their friendliness, and they are also young: One in twelve Dubliners is a student. As a result the city is abuzz with activity and visitors will be enthralled by the numerous restaurants, art galleries, museums, theaters, shops and music venues.

Heavener's Dublin Partner: FIE

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FIE assists in coordinating the UF in Dublin custom program. With offices in Dublin and London, FIE is a non-profit international education organization that provides customized partnership programs for undergraduates. Since establishing in 1998, FIE has set high standards in delivering academic programs abroad. They are a forward-thinking organization with a mission that expresses their passionate belief in higher education. FIE’s specialized academic programs allow visiting students to maximize the value of their stay, gaining theoretical knowledge, practical skills, life experience and international perspective.

FIE also maintains a relationship with Dublin Business School. FIE Dublin offices are located within the student residence building in The Liberties, a vibrant and hip area on the west edge of central Dublin just south of the River Liffey, near the Guinness Storehouse and within walking distance to Dublin Business School. Classroom facilities are located both within the student residence and at Dublin Business School.

Program Benefits

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  • Take courses to meet UF degree requirements while experiencing an exciting new culture
  • Gain professional experience through an internship placement
  • Study & live alongside other UF students
  • Participate in cultural activities & excursions
  • Ease of applying Bright Futures, Florida Prepaid, & other financial aid to program costs

Program Eligibility

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  • Students must have a minimum 2.5 UF GPA and be in good standing.
  • Students must have completed two full semesters at UF by program start. Students should avoid studying abroad in their final semester.
  • By application deadline, students must have a passport that is valid through at least six months after program end date.
  • After acceptance into program, students should be prepared to submit relevant documents for internship placement.
  • Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 is required by FIE.

Application Deadlines

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  • Fall: May 15
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: February 25

Program applications are located on the UF International Center website. Students are not accepted into the program until they submit their application and non-refundable deposit to the UF International Center. Please note that the program operates on a first-come, first-serve basis, though the program rarely reaches full capacity prior to the application deadline.

Program Dates

  • January 5: UF courses begin
  • January 11: UF Drop/Add ends
  • February 1: Students arrive in Dublin
  • February 2-5: CAPA/Griffith College Orientation and Welcome Activities
  • February 7: CAPA/Griffith College classes begin; Internships begin
  • March 14-18: Mid-semester break
  • March 17: Irish Bank Holiday (St. Patrick’s Day)
  • April 8: Last day to withdraw from UF courses
  • April 18: Irish Bank Holiday (Easter Monday)
  • April 20: Last day of UF classes
  • April 23-29: UF Final Exams week
  • May 2: Irish Bank Holiday (May Day)
  • May 6: CAPA/Griffith College courses end; Internships end
  • May 16-31: Griffith College Final Exams week
  • June 1: Program ends – students vacate residence by noon
  • May 9: UF courses begin
  • May 10: UF Drop/Add ends
  • May 26: Students arrive in Dublin
  • May 26-28: FIE Orientation and Welcome Activities
  • May 30: FIE courses begin; Internships begin
  • June 6: June Bank Holiday
  • July 29: Last day to withdraw from UF courses
  • August 5: FIE courses end; Internships end
  • August 5: Last day of UF classes
  • August 6: Program ends – students vacate residence by noon
  • August 24: UF courses begin
  • August 30: UF Drop/Add ends
  • September 14: Students arrive in Dublin
  • September 14-18: FIE Orientation & Welcome Activities
  • September 19: FIE/DBS courses begin; Internships begin
  • October 31-November 4: Mid-semester break
  • November 21: Last day to drop UF courses
  • December 10-16: UF Final Exams week
  • December 16: FIE/DBS courses end; Internships end
  • December 17: Program ends – students vacate residence by noon

All dates except arrival, departure, and UF dates are tentative.

Terms of Agreement

Students must withdraw from their study abroad program on or before the following dates to avoid fee liability:

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  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: April 1

Students become financially obligated for the full cost of their study abroad program after these dates. Only in extreme circumstances (e.g., serious personal injury, family emergency, etc.) will a student be allowed to petition for withdrawal prior to the start of the program. Petitions will be reviewed by the Assistant Dean and Director of the Heavener School of Business.

Academic Structure

(12-17 credit hours)

All students are required to take the Irish Life and Cultures course offered by FIE, participate in a 3-credit internship and internship seminar offered through FIE, and take at least two other courses (FIE/DBS courses and/or online UF business courses).

FIE Required Courses (3 transfer credits each)

  • Irish Life and Cultures
  • International Internship Course

2-3 Other Courses

No more than two courses per category below

  • FIE/DBS Courses (3 transfer credits each)
    • FIE/DBS course options
    • FIE/DBS’s Global Business course is equivalent to UF’s GEB 3373 course. Accounting majors are not eligible to take this course through FIE/DBS.
    • FIE/DBS courses should ideally be in accordance with the streams as listed for scheduling purposes
  • Online UF Business Courses (4 UF credits each)

These courses follow the UF fall and spring calendars.

    • BUL4310: Business Law
    • ENT3003: Principles of Entrepreneurship
    • GEB3373: International Business
    • MAN3025: Principles of Management
    • MAN4504: Operations Management
    • MAR3023: Principles of Marketing

(10-14 credit hours)

All students are required to take one course offered by FIE, participate in a 3-credit internship and internship seminar through FIE, and take at least one online UF business course.

FIE Courses (3 transfer credits each)

  • International Internship Course
  • One other FIE course
    • Irish Life & Business
    • International Business
      • Equivalent to UF’s GEB3373 course. Accounting majors are not eligible to take this course through FIE.

1-2 Online UF Business Courses (4 UF credits each)

These courses follow the UF summer C calendar.

  • BUL4310: Business Law
  • ENT3003: Principles of Entrepreneurship
  • MAN3025: Principles of Management
  • MAN4504: Operations Management
  • MAR3023: Principles of Marketing

Program Costs

Program Fee

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  • Spring 2022: $15,725
  • Summer 2022: $11,250
  • Fall 2022: $16,700

Program fee includes all academic expenses (tuition/fees), orientations, co-curricular activities within Dublin, excursion(s) (two for fall/spring; one for summer), housing/utilities, LEAP card (public transportation; only provided for students whose internship location necessitates it), international travel medical insurance, and 24/7 emergency support. The $425 deposit paid at the time of application is included in the above figure.

Other Estimated Expenses

In addition to the Program Fee, which is billed by UFIC and due before the program begins, students can also expect to incur the following out-of-pocket incidentals at various stages before or during the program:

  • Passport (if needed): $165
    • $225 if Expedited Service
  • Flight: $600-$1200
  • Textbooks/Supplies: $100-$350
  • INIS Registration: $370
    • Fall and spring programs only
  • Phone: $15-$50/month
  • Meals: $250-$1100/month
  • Other personal expenses: $100-$1200/month
    • E.g., shopping, leisure, travel, etc.
  • COVID-19 Test (Pre-Departure, for US re-entry)*: $50-$150

The above figures are general estimates. All incidentals, except the passport and INIS Registration, will vary between students depending on circumstances and preferences. Students are strongly encouraged to devise a budget for meals and other personal expenses in-country. The currency in Ireland is the Euro (€).

*Information regarding COVID-19 testing requirements as stipulated by the Irish and/or US governments are constantly evolving. UF and/or FIE will keep you apprised of the most up-to-date information in communications during the pre-departure phase and during your time abroad. Students will be responsible for arranging their necessary tests, if applicable.

Internships

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All students are guaranteed a non-paying internship as part of the program. The internships are designed to be holistic professional development experiences that equip students with skills necessary to compete in today’s globalized marketplace. Students do not source their own internships or choose the exact company/organization at which they will work. FIE oversees the internship placement process and provides the necessary support, services, and supervision to ensure that students succeed. To help facilitate the placement process, students submit a portfolio of documents – CV, Personal Statement, and Industry Area choices – after completing the UF in Dublin application and being accepted into the program.

A broad range of industry areas are available. Placements are almost always in start-ups, SMEs, or non-profits. The internship sites are located in the greater Dublin area, so students should expect to commute, as is typical in and around the city. Placement information is typically provided approximately two weeks before the internship begins, with non-competitive interviews usually held with the company or organization around that time.

Students are encouraged to keep an open mind with respect to their placement. The most successful interns possess the following qualities:

  • Adaptability, flexibility, & creativity
  • Strong work ethic & communication skills
  • High level of initiative & self-motivation
  • Enthusiasm & commitment to ongoing learning

Check out FIE’s Dublin Internship webpage for more information.

Housing

Housing and utilities are included in the cost of the program. Students will live in shared apartment-style student residences. Residences are located at the Binary Hub, a newer, purpose-built student residence in The Liberties area of Dublin. FIE Dublin offices and some classrooms are in the same building.

FIE oversees the housing assignment process. To help facilitate that, students submit a housing/flatmate questionnaire after completing the UF in Dublin application and being accepted into the program. Students will be informed of their housing assignment approximately 30 days before arrival. Students arriving within the designated arrival window (to be provided during the pre-departure/preparation phase) will be met at Dublin Airport and transported to the student residence.

Students can expect the following from the residence:

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  • Single bedrooms
    • Apartments range in size but on average are 4- or 5-bed
    • Apartments may be co-ed
  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Living area & fully-equipped kitchen
  • Laundry facilities
  • Fitness room
  • WiFi
  • Security systems & live-in Residence Life Supervisors

Check out FIE’s Housing webpage for more information and photos.

Outside the Classroom

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Dublin is a friendly, laid-back city with plenty of places to enjoy and explore. FIE provides many co-curricular and extracurricular activities around Dublin. Note that FIE staff also shares regular recommendations for activities and events with students. We encourage students to do some research, think about how best to spend their free time, and try to connect with locals whenever possible! Check out a few resources below:

Pre-Departure Preparations

In addition to regular advising during the application process, Heavener International Programs hosts a series of sessions for program participants that are designed to offer support and manage student expectations:

  • First Meeting: Typically held within a week of the study abroad application deadline, students meet others in the participant cohort and begin networking. Cultural resources are reviewed and further pre-departure tasks are clarified.
  • Pre-Departure Session: Typically held two weeks prior to the end of UF classes the preceding semester, final preparations (e.g., packing, finances, phones, etc.) are reviewed. Arrival information, daily life, health & safety, and more are also addressed.
  • Study Abroad Survival Session: Typically held the Reading Day of the preceding semester, students are led through a series of activities about cultural adjustment, global fluency, and comfort zones. Advisors also address any additional fears or concerns regarding travel or program elements.

Exact session dates and times are provided upon formal acceptance into the program. Students also complete an online Pre-Departure Module designed and overseen by the UF International Center, and receive regular communication from Heavener International Programs and FIE each step of the way. Lastly, students are provided with a Heavener International Program Pre-Departure Guide approximately 2-4 weeks before departure. Please email us if you would like to see samples of any pre-departure materials.