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Faculty-Led: International Economic Experience: Ireland as a Hub for Transnational Business
Dublin, Ireland; Kilkenny, Ireland; Limerick, Ireland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Program Description:
Program Description:
International Economic Experience: Ireland as a Hub for Transnational Business
Dublin, Kilkenny, and Limerick, Ireland


Professor Name: Dr. Ludmila Leontieva
Total Estimated Cost: Approximately $2,920 + Tuition (for 3 credit hours) + airfare (Scholarship of $ 2,500 available to Business majors)                                           

Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior, Senior, 2.5 minimum GPA; Graduate Students
Course and Credits: ECON 42187/ECON 52187, 3 credits
Program dates: May 18 – May 31, 2019
Application deadline:  March 1, 2019

ECON 42187/ ECON 52187 International Economic Experience: Ireland as a Hub for Transnational Business

KSU Sponsoring College: Business Administration

Course Description:
This course is designed for students to understand the impact that international trade agreements, off shore financial structures (including tax havens), infrastructural development and entrepreneurship have coalesced in Ireland to make that country, in spite of its small size, a dynamic player in both the European Union and the global economy. It will be advantageous for American economic and financial interests to understand what happens in Ireland and how one benefits from this knowledge. Students enrolled in this program will have a greater awareness about not only Ireland and the Irish culture and people, but also have a “hands-on” set of skills and contacts that could benefit their careers.

Brief description of the program:
Students will attend pre-field trip briefings, meet with Irish scholars, entrepreneurs, officials and financiers while in Ireland, attend Kent State sponsored lectures and record in a journal the critical information learned from these meetings and lectures. Students will also be asked to write a short piece on how the knowledge gained in this international business experience could be of help to them as they continue with their careers. This could include academic endeavors, future contacts in business or simply as a reference to some best practices that Irish institutions practice that could be used as a benchmark for the student’s future careers.
Students will do site visits and experience the rich history and culture of Ireland.

Student Testimonials:

“ This trip has literally changed my life, both in terms of business, education, and my personal life. This trip opened my eyes to what the world has to offer and the scale of what this world really holds”
                     -- Stephany Dunn

“I had an indescribable time in Ireland. For starters, getting real business experience outside of the classroom, confirmed my passion for economics, and I’ve never had more confidence and excitement to pursue my career. During our business meetings I felt interested, comfortable, and most importantly I felt like I was contributing and stimulating the discussion. Through this trip I was able to realize that I have a lot to offer to the world and for that I am eternally grateful.”
                             --- Paul Flowers II


When:  05/18/2018 – 05/31/2018

Program highlights & Itinerary:
May 3: Meeting & Class Discussion
May 18: Flight departure for Dublin

May 19: Arrive Dublin (DUB), transfer to our hotel. Evening welcome dinner.

May 20: Formal tour of Dublin in the morning. After lunch, a seminar, at our hotel conference room, about Ireland, its role in the European Union and basic background on business and banking issues.
May 21: Meetings arranged by IDA Ireland that exemplifies their motto: “What makes Ireland great, makes Ireland great for business”
May 22: Continue with our meetings (Guinness Enterprise Center) plus a seminar in which students develop their own thoughts about how one would best use Ireland as an economic partner, model or benchmark.
May 23: Transfer to Kilkenny. Meetings with local entrepreneurs and members of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Dinner at Pembroke Hotel
May 24: Visit  Castlecomer, a former coal mining town, to learn how a town fought back from recession and emigration to create local employment. Presentation from Castlecomer “Enterprise Town” Group                Meet the CEO of Asgard, an Irish company, the leader in Biotech Cleanroom Design for the Bio Pharma and Pharma Sector.  Lunch at the Castlecomer Discovery Park.
May 25:  Continue with Kilkenny activities. Kilkenny Castle, a tour of the Kilkenny Design Center and the National Crafts Gallery. 
May 26: Day tour to Cork and Cobh. Visit the Maritime Heritage Center in Cobh. Dinner at Pembroke Hotel, Kilkenny
May 27: Visit global businesses in Kilkenny. Visit Glanbia, one of the world’s top performing nutrition companies.  Lunch at CakeFace patisserie, visit the Lab and meet the owners.
May 28: Transfer to Limerick. Overnight in Limerick. Tour King John’s Castle.
May 29: Tour to the famed Cliffs of Moher and the interesting limestone geologic region, the Burren.
May 30: Day on your own to explore Limerick city. Afternoon to Bunratty Castle. This evening we will say goodbye to Ireland with a group “Medieval Banquet” at Bunratty Castle
May 31. Transfer to Shannon Airport for the return flight home.


  • Requirements: Sophomore, Junior, Senior,  2.5 minimum GPA
  • Pre-requisites: Instructor Approval
  • Maximum capacity: 20

Program fee includes all instructional costs, entry fees, cultural activities and transportation costs.

In all 3 cities, hotel accommodations (double occupancy) will be provided with private baths. Breakfast will be provided, 4 dinners and 2 lunches.  Other meals are the students’ responsibility.

Please visit the CDC travel page for information about any vaccinations you may need and health and safety tips for traveling to your destination.
If vaccinations or medicines are needed according to the CDC, please make arrangements with the DeWeese Health Center as soon as possible for immunization appointments.  Appointment openings are limited and they may have to order your vaccine, which takes time.  Plan accordingly.


Detailed cost breakdown:
  • OGE Application Fee: $60
  • OGE Health Insurance: $24
Detailed cost breakdown:
  • Tuition: In-state - $1,368; out-of-state - $2,475
  • Program fees: $2,920
  • Flight: 1,200 (estimated)
  • Estimated personal expenses: $500
  • Total Estimated Cost: In state - $5,988; out-of-state - $7,095
  • Scholarships of $2,500 available to Business majors

  • Application deadline: March 1,  2019
  • Payment deadline: February 1 (deposit $1000), March 1 (final payment)
  • Withdrawal deadline: March 1, 2019

Faculty name and contact info: Dr. Ludmila Leontieva
Phone:  330-888-6333
Office location on campus: 465 College of Business Administration

Brief Bio: Dr. Luda Leontieva has 18+ years of college-level teaching experience at universities in Ohio and Georgia, and has taught economics and mathematics at different levels, from fundamentals to graduate courses. Most recently, Luda has been teaching a variety undergraduate and graduate courses at Kent State University.  Coming from her international background and experience working in an exchange program, Luda is always interested in creating new study abroad courses.  She created an immensely successful study abroad program to Ireland in 2017.


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