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  • Locations: Belfast, United Kingdom; Dublin, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Maymester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
CU Denver Faculty-Led Global Study
Minimum GPA:
Class Eligibility:
Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students
Academic Department:
Business, Entrepreneurship, Management
Number of Credits:
Program Advisor:
Jessica Tharp
Course(s) Offered:
ENTP 4028/6028, INTB 4028/6028
Faculty Leader:
Jan Rutherford
Business School
Program Description:


  • Visit the Dail (Irish Parliament), where you will be amazed at how American culture, and particularly Presidents Kennedy, Reagan and Clinton were so revered!
  • Learn about Irish culture, politics, business, and economics from the finest conversationalists you’ll find!
  • Study leaders who urge students to take risks, and use the Irish experience as turning point for your career
  • Ireland is a gateway to continental Europe - great test market for exports and pilot projects


What will it take to put the US and Europe back on track? The unique circumstances that created the Celtic Tiger of the 1990’s, with the challenges of the 2000’s Great Recession, provides a tremendous opportunity for students to study leadership and entrepreneurship at the hub of global expansion. Students will be immersed in the culture of the Republic of Ireland in Dublin with excursions to Belfast in Northern Ireland. Students will gain key insights on cultural differences; what they mean, where they come from, and understanding one’s own cultural characteristics. Students will work in teams on a specific project in Dublin or the surrounding area.

Through real projects, students will gain a first-hand overview of key leadership principles for creating strategy and managing teams in new and international ventures. We will also introduce leadership concepts critical to gaining true organizational commitment, and focus on case studies relevant to international business and entrepreneurial issues. With a project-based exploration of international entrepreneurial opportunities, students will examine the principles of strategic planning, and how visionary leadership is required to develop an organization that executes a global strategy through measurable goals and objectives.


Course Information

  • 3 Credits
  • INTB 4028/6028 or ENTP 4028/6028
  • Course Requirements

    • Personal Essay
    • 3.0 GPA
    • Letter of recommendation
    • Phone interview for undergrads


    Shared accommodation



    • Includes: tuition and fees, shared accommodations, some meals, ground transportation, & health insurance
    • Not Included: Airfare, most meals, personal expenses

    Faculty Leader


    This program is directed by Jan Rutherford. Contact him at

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Financial Aid

    CU Denver students may be able to use their existing financial aid for Global Study programs. Note that Winterim programs are considered part of spring term financial aid. For more information and to discuss your personal aid package, schedule an appointment with the Financial Aid Office.


    CU Denver Global Study Scholarship

    CU Denver students participating on a CU Denver Global Study program during the Maymester, Summer, or Winter terms are eligible to apply for this scholarship from the Office of Global Education. Awards range from $500- $1,000. Apply here.

    CU Denver Global Study Scholarship

    We encourage you to seek additional scholarships for which you or your program may be eligible. See if your academic department or college/school offers study abroad scholarships, or visit the following websites to learn about external funding:

    Student Testimonials

    Kerry Jones, MS, Quality Engineer at Terumo BCT ?

    “Ireland was a fantastic experience. There is no other opportunity to experience the people, the culture and learn the views of a different land than to meet them, work with them and learn from them. This class was by far the most??? valuable and memorable course in my MBA career and se??t a different and exciting course for my career goals for the type of leader I want to become.”

    Lia Schoepke, Program Manager of Weigh and Win at incentaHEALTH

    “Leadership and Entrepreneurship in Ireland” hardly speaks to the experience gained and lessons learned during our time in Ireland. The exposure to various leaders, the application in a real-world setting, and the benefits of collaboration with your teammates all provided invaluable experience. This course is the perfect blend of graduate-level coursework, combined with the majesty of the Green Isle. I treasure the connections I made throughout the trip, and highly recommend the opportunity!”

    Bradd Williams, Director of Business Development at DaVita

    “Our trip to Ireland was a learning experience I will never forget and reference often. I learned how to be a better leader and truly understand what it means to lead a team. The speakers, atmosphere and learning experience in Ireland was certainly the best class I took in the CU Denver MBA program.”

    Jill Lohmiller, Owner/Business Consultant, Figure 8 Marketing & Media

    “The Leadership and Entrepreneurship in Ireland program was an ideal way to experience business abroad first-hand. The mix of panel discussions with business leaders, coupled with the ability to work on a real-world projects with local entrepreneurs, made this a unique and impactful experience. Jan’s connections in Ireland are second to none, and his comprehensive knowledge of culture and business provided insight that has helped me excel in my career.”

    Jason Bowers, Principle Data Engineer at Verizon Wireless

    “When I reflect on my MBA, the experiences studying in Ireland and China are at the top of the list. The Ireland study abroad course is life changing and a golden opportunity to learn, grow, and meet some amazing people. The value of the connections you make, alone, is worth the price of admission. Expect to interact with Irish people of the highest pedigree with entertaining and inspiring stories that you can draw on for a lifetime.”

    Kristi (Garber) Thompson, Strategic project management and marketing leader??

    "The Leadership and Entrepreneurship in Ireland course was the highlight of my MBA experience! Meeting and learning from high level international government and business leaders, completing a team project for an Irish start-up company, and interviewing a highly successful leadership team developed business skills and expanded my professional network - both in the U.S. and abroad - far beyond what I expected. Even more valuable than these things though, was what I learned about myself. Leading others requires getting to know oneself, and this course provided the framework and focus to do exactly that. My experience in Ireland made me a better leader, a better teammate, and a better all-around person. And as a bonus, it was a blast! The leaders, people, places, experiences...I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. My advice - prepare to suck every last drop out of the trip, and go - definitely go!"

    This program is currently not accepting applications.