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Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Ireland


Limerick, Dublin, Ireland

Program Description

This program gives students a chance to expand their entrepreneurial mindset and realize the importance of innovation as a critical component of business success. Students will explore how innovation and entrepreneurship are helping to revitalize a rapidly growing Irish economy. According to the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship monitor, one in every 23 people in Ireland, aged 18-64 years, is a new business owner."

Students will experience first-hand how business is conducted in a foreign country, investigate the similarities and contrasts that exist with business practices and principles in the United States, and examine how culture and globalization effect innovation, entrepreneurship, and creation of new ventures. This program will allow students to visit businesses ranging from small start-ups to large international tech companies, and will focus on the role of innovation and entrepreneurial thinking in the development and continued success of these companies.

The program is based in Limerick, one of Ireland's fastest growing cities and one that is currently undergoing an economic renaissance, including significant entrepreneurial activity.

Students will also spend a number of days in Dublin, Ireland's capital city and its economic heart. The time in Dublin will include visits to a business incubator, small business start-ups, and the campus of a major technology company. Additionally, the program will include day or overnight visits to cultural sights in order to provide a sense of the Irish cultural context in which businesses compete.

Location Description

Ireland is a friendly, welcoming English-speaking country. One of the program directors is Irish and will be able to provide unique insights into the culture, history and economic activity of the island.

Students will visit at least three of the four provinces of Ireland (Connaught, Leinster, Munster and Ulster), and will be given many opportunities to explore businesses, entrepreneurial ventures, and cultural sites in both rural and urban settings, through field trips, interaction with Irish citizens, and unstructured time for personal exploration.

Students will enjoy traveling throughout the country, from the bustling metropolitan city of Dublin to the beautiful and idyllic countryside of the "Emerald Isle."


Ruairi Walsh | | Management


The primary housing will be in student accommodations at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick. Each student has his/her own room, with two shared bathrooms per 5/6 rooms. The accommodation includes kitchen facilities (with complimentary self-serve continental breakfast), wifi, and laundry and is centrally located to the city center and amenities. On field (day or overnight) trips accommodations will vary between hostels, student accommodation at colleges/universities and bed & breakfasts. On away trips, students will be required to share rooms.

Meals will be provided for in one of two ways. A student meal plan, including breakfast and a substantial lunch will be arranged while students are in Limerick. Students will be given a stipend for their evening meal. On field trips, some group meals will be included and stipends will be given when group meals have not been arranged.

Additional Items to Consider

Specifics of itinerary still under development. Co-directors spent a week in Ireland in June meeting with potential partners for site visits, etc. Details of several of these visits have yet to be confirmed.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.5

Prerequisites: COB 300 for MGT or other COB majors or MGT 310 for Entrepreneurship minors

Junior or senior standing

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • Resume
  • Interview with Program Director may be required
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

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Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


MGT 498: Special Topics: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Ireland (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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