Dublin/Berlin Summer Seminar

Registration now open!
The 2018 seminar will be held from May 28 - June 12, 2018.

Open to UNC and non-UNC students.
Read highlights from 2017.

This two-week summer seminar will focus on the ways information gathering, dissemination, privacy, and security affect business. By participating in business visits, students will closely examine the juxtaposition between multinational tech companies and the entrepreneurial start-up scene. Berlin visits include: Deutsche Bank Innovation Lab, Microsoft Accelerator, Spoonflower, SAP and SAP's Data Space, and Chaos Computer Club. Dublin visits include: Sage, Google, the Guinness Enterprise Center, and the Insight Center for Data Analytics. The program provides ample time for networking and serves as an excellent avenue for career exploration. The program is also in partnership with University College Dublin and Humboldt University of Berlin. It will be offered for 3 hours of academic credit. 


For the best understanding of program activities, please see the 2017 sample schedule. Business visits may change in subsequent years. 

Our program will begin in Dublin, Ireland, with the arrival of students on May 28, 2018. In Dublin participants will visit 4 businesses and partake in lectures from Irish information professionals. 1 day will be spent at University College Dublin’s iSchool, and 1 cultural activity will be included. On June 5, 2018, participants will travel by plane to Berlin where they will visit 4 Berlin-based global companies. There will also be an organized daytrip to Potsdam, which includes a visit to Sanssouci Palace and park (a UNESCO world heritage site). Participants will also spend a day on Humboldt University’s campus, hosted by their iSchool, and take part in an Alternative Berlin walking tour (which examines the subculture of Berlin and the street art scene). Some free time will be built into the program so that participants can explore Berlin and Dublin and other cultural institutions of their choice. The weekends will be (mostly) free with optional planned excursions. The program will conclude on June 12, 2018.  

In 2018, participants will be accompanied by Professor Paul Jones. Jones is director of ibiblio.org, a 20+ year project that facilitates legal sharing on the internet. Jones also holds an appointment as Clinical Professor in University of North Carolina’s School of Media and Journalism. In the past, Jones has led SILS programs in both Prague and London. Participants will also be accompanied by staff from IES Abroad, and faculty from University College Dublin and Humboldt University in Berlin.


May 28 – June 5, 2018: Dublin, Ireland
The IES Abroad Dublin Center occupies a red-brick Victorian building which originally housed a post office. It has now been completely renovated to include classrooms, a library, and student lounge. Ideally situated, the Center is walking distance from St. Stephen’s Green and Trinity College.

June 5, 2018 - June 12, 2018: Berlin, Germany 
Activities will be centered around IES Abroad’s Berlin Center. Located in Mitte, a central district of Berlin famous for its numerous restaurants and stylish boutiques, the Berlin Center is only a 5-minute walk from Humboldt University, Brandenburg Gate, and German Parliament.


Cost of the accommodations are included in the price of the seminar.

May 28 – June 5, 2018: Dublin, Ireland
Binary Hub Apartments 
Bonham St, Dublin 8, D08 R596

Students will be housed in local IES Abroad Apartments. Apartments will be shared but rooms will be private. Meals will not be provided during the Dublin stay, but kitchen facilities are available and a market is closeby. 

June 5, 2018 - June 12, 2018: Berlin, Germany 
Meininger Hotel Berlin Mitte "Humboldthaus"
Oranienburger Straße 67/68, 10117 Berlin

Rooms will be shared. Breakfast provided daily and wi-fi available. 

Academic Credit

The seminar is available for three (3) hours of credit from UNC SILS. A syllabus can be found here. If you are not a UNC SILS student, it will be your responsibility to ensure the course can count for credit at your home institution/department. 

Please indicate your wish to enroll for credit when you register. If you decide to take this seminar for credit, the UNC at Chapel Hill Cashier's Office will bill you approximately $300 additional. Contact the SILS program coordinator if your institution requires further information about the course. 

Cost and registration

Registration now open. Registration deadline: March 1, 2018. The seminar tends to fill quickly. We encourage early registration in order to avoid disappointment.

Program is open to UNC undergraduates and UNC and non-UNC graduate students. The program is also open to professionals. Program payment can only be made by credit card (Visa or Mastercard). Payment in full is due at the time of registration. 

The cost for the 2018 seminar (no increase from 2017):

  • Shared accommodation (roommate): $4,750
  • Single accommodation: $5,350 (The single accommodation option will provide a private room with attached bathroom at the Berlin hotel. In Dublin, all students have private suites with doors and private bathrooms/showers, but share a common space within their apartment. The increase in the single accommodation option will account for the private room in Berlin.)

The registration fee for participants covers the following:

  • Airport pickup in Dublin on arrival 
  • On-site orientation in both cities
  • City bus tour of both Berlin and Dublin
  • Welcome Lunch and Farewell Dinner and ceremony
  • All housing in Berlin and Dublin
  • Breakfast in Berlin and a few other meals throughout the program
  • All instruction, 8 organized business visits, and lectures
  • All on the ground transport during daytrips and site visits
  • In-program flight from Berlin to Dublin (program does NOT include airfare to or from the US)
  • Access to libraries and IES facilities
  • Health insurance and 24/7 emergency support

What's not included? Program cost does not include airfare to or from the US. Flights are to be booked separately and individually. For safety purposes, all participants are required to have a working cell phone during their time abroad. The cost of a phone or international plan is not included in the program cost. 

Estimated out of pocket expenses chart

If you decide to take the seminar for credit, an additional $300 (approx.) will be billed to you by the UNC Cashier during spring semester.  

We anticipate that this seminar will fill quickly. If you are interested, please register as early as you can to avoid disappointment. However you must WAIT until registration has been finalized before purchasing your airfare. If you need to purchase your plane ticket prior to March 1, 2018, or if you have additional questions, please contact Tammy Cox

Cancellation policy

A monetary penalty will be charged to those cancelling their registrations. Cancellation requests received on or before January 31: 75% penalty. Requests received after January 31: no refund