Information and Computer Science in Dublin: From Startups to Silicon Docks


Open to UNC and Non-UNC Students

This 10 day 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. We are currently working on the schedule but in the past Dublin visits included: Google, Sage, Guinness Enterprise Center, Digital Repository of Ireland, and the Insight Center for Data Analytics. The program provides ample time for networking and serves as an excellent avenue for career exploration. It will be offered for 3 hours of academic credit. 

Dublin city scence


Students will visit 4 or more Dublin-based global companies and will have the opportunity to attend guest lecturers. There will also be an organized guided city walking tour with lunch upon arrival, organized, as well as some free time will be built into the program so that participants can explore Derlin and other cultural institutions of their choice. In 2020, participants will be accompanied by Professor Paul Jones. Jones is director of, a 25+ 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 Information and Library Science. Jones has led SILS programs in Dublin, Berlin, Prague, and London. Participants will also be accompanied by staff from IES Abroad

Academic Credit

The seminar is available for three (3) hours of credit from UNC SILS. 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

Register for Dublin Here! The registration deadline is March 2, 2020. The seminar tends to fill quickly so we encourage early registration in order to avoid disappointment.

Program is open to UNC undergraduates and UNC and non-UNC graduate students. 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 2020 Summer Seminar: $3900

**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.  

What's Inlcuded: The registration fee for participants covers the following:

  • Housing (IES Abroad will arrange housing for students in shared apartments. Each students will have their own ensuite bedroom. 
  • Breakfast 
  • On-site orientation
  • Guided city walking tour with lunch 
  • Business visits and lectures
  • Access to libraries and IES facility
  • All on the ground transport during daytrips and site visits
  • Cultural activities
  • Health insurance and 24/7 emergency support
  • Farewell lunch 

What's not included? Program cost does not include airfare to or from the US and most meals. 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

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 2, 2020, or if you have additional questions, please contact Shirley Parker.

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.


Banner photo at top of page: "Sphere With Sphere," a bronze globe situated outside the main library at Trinity College Dublin. Image by Picography from Pixabay