Academic Director: Dr. Brendan Kennelly

Course Overview

Expand your professional work experience and increase your knowledge of international business and economics with this new and exciting summer school in business including specialist courses in economic policy in Ireland and international cross-cultural managment. The summer school in Business will consist of two courses, delivered in parallel providing students with a multi-disciplinary approach to studying business and developing the skills to work within an international business setting.

Course Modules

Each course is worth 3 Semester Credits/6 ECTS Credits per course.  Students choose courses from the following:

Course I: Economic Policy in Ireland (SS1153)

This course is designed to provide students with the analytical and historical foundation for studying contemporary public policy issues in Ireland. It begins with a brief overview of how the Irish economy has evolved in the past 25 years and identifies and outlines a series of key public policy issues in areas such as health, housing, the environment, and social protection.  It proceeds to develop an economics framework for analysing these issues which covers the concepts of efficiency, equity, market failure, welfare state, and cost benefit analysis. This framework is then applied to the various public policy issues identified earlier in the course. The course will include a field trip to Dublin to meet key policy advisors and analysts.

Prerequisite: students will be required to have completed a course or related course in the Principles of Micro-economics.

Course 2: International & Cross Cultural Management (SS1155)

This module examines how national culture impacts the conduct of business, organisations and people management in a comparative global context, by increasing awareness and understanding of the skills required by managers seeking to work abroad as international executives. Are the pressures of globalisation resulting in the convergence of management practice across cultures or is there evidence to suggest that cultural divergence shapes management practice? This module will be of great interest to students wishing to understand the impact of national culture on managerial practice within and across cultural divides; and managing and working in cross-cultural teams.

Each course consists of lectures, tutorials, short case studies and industry visits. Assessment will be in the form of essays and a written examination. The course will be delivered by staff at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Public Policy at NUI Galway.

Entry Requirements

The programme is aimed at students who have completed a minimum of one full year at University or College level before being admitted to the programme. Students should also have attained a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).  


Arrival: Monday 21st June (classes commence Tuesday 22nd June), departure Tuesday 20th July, 2021.

Programme Credits and Fees

Fees: €2150

Accommodation: TBC


Apply Online

Please refer to our step-by-step guide & tips for applications on our dedicated How to Apply page. If you have any questions on the application process, please contact the course administrator at:

Further Information

Dr. Brendan Kennelly
Academic Director
Tel: +  353 91 493094

Ms. Nuala McGuinn
Director International Summer School
Tel: + 353 91 492146


  • Summer School Brochure 2021

    Summer School Brochure 2021 PDF (3MB)