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A Cabrini student with local students during a study abroad trip

Northern Ireland Summer Abroad

Cabrini’s affiliation with the University of Ulster makes it possible for students to spend six weeks—June through August—in Northern Ireland, earning college credits.

Students will live in the block housing on the Magee Campus located a short walk from Derry City (2013 UK City of Culture).

The six-week summer study abroad program is designed for students who wish to gain:

  • an understanding of the mechanisms of an international business operating in Northern Ireland
  • an in‑depth understanding of the Irish culture through a classroom and immersion experience

Students enrolling in this program will take a 4.5-credit,  Irish Studies class taught by University of Ulster faculty and a 3‑credit, International Business class.

Students will attend classes for three-hour sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for a total of six hours a day of contact time. Students will receive a Cabrini transcript for the completed coursework.

The program is open to Cabrini students of all majors and to students from all SEPCHE institutions.

For further information, please contact Erin McLaughlin, PhD, in the Business Department (610.902.1019, erin.m.mclaughlin@cabrini.edu).

Irish Studies Course – 4.5 credits 
One or more full-time University of Ulster faculty members will teach the Irish Studies class.

In addition to the in‑class contact time, students will engage in a one‑week immersion Gaeltacht located in Gweedore, County Donegal.

Students will:

  • live with an Irish-speaking family
  • become immersed in their culture
  • take part in old Irish customs, traditional music sessions, theatre, and Gaelic sporting events

The week will culminate with a traditional Irish Ceili.

Students will receive a certificate in Irish Studies after the successful completion of the course.

International Business – 3 credits 
A Cabrini faculty member will teach the International Business class. In addition, a guest lecturer will provide one week of course instruction.

This course will look at both the political and economic implications of globalization from the perspective of the Northern Irish business. This course will also look at the regional economic integration while specifically focusing on the European Union.

In addition to the in-class contact time, students will also have the opportunity to participate in a short internship experience.

Students will develop and demonstrate necessary business skills to effectively work in an international environment, as well as an understanding of intercultural communication through the experience of studying abroad. 


Students will live in the block housing on the Magee Campus located a short, five-minute walk from Derry City, once named a UK City of Culture.

This housing accommodates three to five students in shared apartment-style living. While in Donegal during the last week, all students will live with a single family.

Gweedore is a popular Gaeltacht, and families in this area have equipped their houses to accommodate students.


  • Students will be responsible for airfare and food/spending costs while in Ireland.
  • Students must submit a $1,000 nonrefundable deposit to Erin McLaughlin, PhD, by Feb. 15.
  • The total cost of the program is $6,275 for summer 2017.
  • This price includes the 7.5 credit tuition, accommodation, and immersion trip.
  • Full payment must be submitted by May 1.

A $1,000 scholarship award from Pearse Construction is available to Cabrini students of any major in good academic standing who wish to study during the summer in Ireland.

The Ireland Study Abroad experience is open to all Cabrini students who: 

  • are in good academic standing.
  • expect to graduate in August 2015 or later.
  • have a GPA of 2.50 or higher at the time of application.

Students interested in this program should begin the planning process by contacting Dr. Paul Wright (Asst. Provost for International Affairs; Study Abroad Coordinator) at 610.902.8270 or paul.wright@cabrini.edu. His campus office is in the Mansion, 2nd floor.