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Galway, Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Ireland

Program Description

Students who enroll in this program will be exposed to global cultures and international business experiences.  You will become a well-informed world citizen by immersing yourself in foreign cultures, establishing a global perspective on business, and understanding career possibilities within the business world. You will visit historical and cultural landmarks in Galway, Cork, Belfast and Dublin Ireland, as well as, visit internationally-recognized businesses to understand better how they compete in a global market and the importance of information systems within their organizations. You will have the opportunity to network with high-ranking representatives from these firms to establish professional connections and gain a better understanding of the skills and experiences employers are looking for within students to be considered a top ranking candidate.  The mission for the overall experience is to provide an immersive approach to learning about Computer Information System concepts, the design and use of these systems, and the resulting impact of CIS on our personal and professional lives.

COB 204 in Europe will allow you to earn credit for COB 204 - Computer Information Systems while immersing yourself in European business and culture.

Location Description

National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway has been around since 1849. Galway is located on the west coast of Ireland and is well located for visits to Connemara, the Burren, and the Cliffs of Moher. Galway not only provides fantastic scenery but has a very active city center and many local tech companies for us to visit.  You may have seen parts of the town in Ed Sheeran's video '"Galway Girl".  During our stay here, we will also take the opportunity to participate in Gaelic Games via the Gaelic Games Experience and see Trad on the Prom, an internationally recognized concert in residence only available in Galway!

Cork is known to the locals as the "second capital", and is full of history and artistry. While at this location, we will be able to visit Blarney Castle, home of the Blarney Stone, the Ring of Kerry, and take in local music from their active city center.

Dublin will serve as our arrival and departure point for Ireland, as well as the hub location for when we visit Belfast and surrounding Northern Ireland locations for a shorts excursions.  While in Dublin, we will be staying at UCD, a college that is similar in size to JMU, with similar amenities such as restaurants, grocery store, and recreational facilities on site.  While in this location, we will be able to visit local venues, such as the Book of Kells, the Guinness Storehouse, and the vibrant city center that has many local and international business.

Belfast, in Northern Ireland, is rich in history as the birthplace of the Titanic, as well as, plays a key role in pop culture with providing several nearby sites that are used for filming Game of Thrones, such as Giant's Causeway and Castle Ward. Our excursions to this location will offer the opportunity to see how technology and business processes have evolved in an area known for shipbuilding and linen manufacturing. 


Shawn Lough | | CIS/BSAN


You will stay in student housing at the host universities, as well as, hotels for any group multi-day excursions.

You will be given a weekly stipend for meals. We will also have group meals paid for by the program budget.

Additional Items to Consider

This is a perfect opportunity to complete a lower-core College of Business requirement in 3 weeks while immersing yourself into a cultural and career enhancing experience which is not achievable in a traditional COB 204.

Due to the high volume of students taking COB 204 I anticipate the selection process to be highly competitive. If your application is selected as a finalist you will need to complete an interview with me, Shawn Lough, Program Director.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 3.0 

This program is intended for any College of Business major.

COB 204 is usually taken freshman or sophomore year.

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. 

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


COB 204: Intro to Information Systems (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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