The programme will be delivered in line with government and public health guidelines. We anticipate that students will join us in Dublin for this programme, where we will deliver an in person programme, with possible hybrid elements that may be required by government and public health guidelines. However, it will also be possible for students to complete this programme remotely from their home country.
We will contact students in April to confirm whether they are planning to participate in the programme in person or remotely.
This programme is open to undergraduate students of all academic disciplines!
We will be working with a range of organisations on this programme including SMEs, family businesses, large charities, and smaller local charities. The projects and the organisations will be confirmed prior to the start of the programme when the Faculty have screened all the projects and participants for suitability.
You will receive information about your project and company approximately two weeks prior to the start date of the programme.
Yes. All students on the programme will be working with Irish SMEs (Small-Meduim Enterprises), NonProfits and Charities.
Your project will be based in the Quinn School of Business. All the organisations we work with are based in Ireland and restrictions allowing, we will endeavour to accommodate site visits for students.
No. This programme is an academic programme and the embedded consultancy project is experiential and learning based.
We expect students will all be based in Dublin however we will keep in touch regarding COVID-19 travel restrictions in the coming months.
We recommend that students stay in the UCD on-campus residences during the programme. Typically, students will be housed together in UCD residences for the duration of the programme.
UCD residences offer private, individual bedrooms with shared bathrooms (shared between 2) and living spaces (shared between 4). UCD residences are mixed-sex residences. Requests to share with specific individuals cannot be facilitated.
Students will be invited to reserve their on-campus accommodation via an online booking system in April. Accommodation is charged on a per night basis, and costs are not included in the tuition fees. Students can expect accommodation costs in the region of €1,100+ depending on how many nights they will stay. The costs per night will be confirmed in April in advance of the booking system opening.
Further information about UCD on campus residences can be found here.
As of February 2021, anyone entering Ireland must have a negative COVID19 PCR test before they can enter the country. Following this, people are required to restrict their movements for 2 weeks.
If these instructions remain the same in May 2021, students will need to take a COVID test which has a negative result within 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland. Upon arrival at University College Dublin, students will check into their accommodation with other students who also arrived on the same date. Students who arrive together will complete their period of restricted movement together. All classes will be online for the beginning of the programme.
Students undertaking this programme remotely will participate in the academic programme virtually via synchronous and asynchronous components. In practice, this means remote students will typically attend one live class and one pre-recorded class daily.
For example, during week 1 and 3, the Ireland's International Business Environment course will run in the afternoon Irish time so students in the US can log on in the morning (US time) and participate in the class live. Students will watch back the recordings of the Summer Consultancy Project class, which will be held during morning Irish time on those weeks, and recorded for those participating remotely. During weeks 2 and 4 the classes will change so students will have the chance to participate live in the Summer Consultancy Project and will watch back the recordings of Ireland's International Business Environment course.
All classes will be recorded and made available to students so they can watch and rewatch lectures.
Students will be working in groups assigned with timezones in mind. At the moment, it is expected that remote students will be grouped together and in-person students will be grouped together.
There will be a complimentary virtual cultural programme available to all students participating in the Irish Consultancy Experience remotely. It will feature a series of informal seminars and interactive sessions about different aspects of Irish culture, including music, history, storytelling, sport, dance, literature, film and food.
The virtual programme itinerary will be confirmed at a later date.
Should the 2 week restricted movement period be still in place in May, we will have the excursions in the latter half of the programme, for those attending the programme in person.
Where possible, we plan to include evening and weekend activities and excursions, offering cross county and Northern Ireland trips. This will be subject to restrictions at the time of travel.
The Centre for Study Abroad has been running successful Covid restriction compliant Cultural Programmes for Fall and Spring Study Abroad students. We will utilise their experience and newly gained expertise is designing our programme. All activities will follow public health guidelines. UCD has a COVID protocol which is available here.
The tuition fees remain the same for the remote and in person programme. Students participating remotely will not have to budget travel costs.
There is an early bird discount available to students who sign up and confirm their participation by paying a portion of their tuition fees by April 2, 2021.