Academic Director:  Dr. Brendan Kennelly

Course Overview

Expand your experience and increase your qualifications with this new and exciting array of courses in business including specialist courses in economic policy in Ireland and international cross-cultural managment.  Located in Galway, on the west coast of Ireland, this summer school will consist of two courses, delivered in parallel and 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 two courses from the following:

Course I:             Economic Policy in Ireland.  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.

 Course 2:            Current Issues in the Global Economy: An Irish Perspective.  This course provides a survey of contemporary global macroeconomic policy issues from an Irish perspective. The course begins by locating Ireland’s economic experience within the broader historical process of globalisation. The course then analyses the political economy of globalisation, with particular attention to globalisation backlashes. Students will also learn to contextualise current policy challenges for Ireland in the light of the broader globalisation process. Issues such as Brexit, taxation of multinational firms, migration and trade will be discussed throughout the course. The course will include a field trip to Dublin to meet key policy advisors and analysts.

Course 3:            International & Cross Cultural Management.  International managers operate in a dynamic global environment and contemplating cultural difference and similarity is a central theme in International Management & Business. 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.


A limited number of 4-week internships will be available to students who wish to extend their stay in Ireland. Internships will be available prior to course commencement from mid-May 2020.

Entry Requirements

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


15 June 2020 – 14 July 2020


Apply online at:

Application deadline: 17 April 2020

Further Information

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

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




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