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  • Locations: Dublin, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer 1st Session
  • Restrictions: Babson applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Class Status: Undergraduate Program Type: Babson-Sponsored, Elective Abroad
Eligible Populations: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel
Academic Highlights: International Business, Management
Program Description:
[Immerse yourself into the creative processes, systems, cultural norms and institutions that have led Ireland to gain the reputation and standing as one of the most innovative economies in the world. Students will directly engage and interact with Irish entrepreneurs and members of the creative ecosystem..]

MOB 3507 An Irish Journey: Leadership, Collaboration & Innovation
in the Creative Ecosystem in Ireland

UG Ireland Elective Abroad

Jack McCarthy, Senior Lecturer

Summer 2021


Important Dates

Information Session

Information Session Dates



Application Deadlines

Application Opens


Initial Application Deadline


Rolling Application Opens


Rolling Application Deadline


Mandatory Course Dates

No partial participation is allowed.
Admitted students must participate in ALL program activities.



Pre-Departure Class #1 (Updated)

Pre-Departure Class #2


Course Travel: Summer 2021
Class Dates: Summer 2021


Deliverables due within a week after final day of course

Academic Overview

Course Description

This course will provide undergraduate students a unique opportunity to experience and examine the current economic, social and political trends in the creative ecosystem in Ireland. We will directly engage and interact with Irish entrepreneurs, business executives, artists, performers, athletes and historians to strive to understand the ways in which creativity and innovation occur, flourish and extend far beyond the boundaries of this relatively small island nation. Our goal will be to immerse ourselves into the creative processes, systems, cultural norms and institutions that have led Ireland to gain the reputation and standing as one of the most innovative economies in the world.

Faculty Video

To learn more about the course, watch the faculty's Brainshark presentation (forthcoming).


Course Information

Course Type

Advanced Elective


4 credits


Sophomore, Junior, or Senior.

Student must be, and remain, in good academic standing with the college for duration of the course.

Student must be in good standing with the Office of Community Standards by time of travel.



Course Documents

Syllabus  |  Itinerary  |  Information Session Materials

Academic Accommodations

Students requesting accommodations due to a disability should visit the students with disabilities abroad page for more information.

Course Logistics




  • Students will be staying in 3-4 star hotels in Dublin during the course in double occupancy rooms.
  • Students are housed in double rooms based on the same gender/gender identity.
  • Students interested in requesting housing accommodations on an Elective Abroad, should visit the students with disabilities abroad page for more information.


International Flight (Not Included in Program Fee)

Students will be responsible for booking their own international flight to/from Dublin (DUB). A recommended international flight itinerary will be provided to students registered for the course. Students are responsible for booking their own flight AFTER the course has been confirmed to run (i.e. participant minimum number is reached). The international flight cost is not included in the program fee. 

  • Arrival Airport Code: DUB
  • Departure Airport Code: DUB

Local Transportation

The program fee includes the following transportation: charter bus.


Students should also expect to pay for additional individual transportation around the city and to do significant walking.


  • Breakfast will be provided at the hotel.
  • The following meals are also included in the program fee: welcome and farewell dinners.
  • Students are responsible for paying for most lunches and dinners on their own.
  • Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other dietary restrictions are encouraged to contact their Program Manager prior to committing to the course to discuss any questions or concerns.
Electives Abroad Cost Elements

Estimated Total Cost:  $TBD + Tuition (4 credits)

Program Fee: $TBD

  • Included: Accommodations, breakfast, ground transportation, planned program meals and cultural excursions.
  • Not included: Tuition, international flight, visa costs, additional meals, and personal expenses. 
  • Payment: The program fee is paid to the Glavin Office.
  • Cancellation Policy: All students who confirm their placement and later withdraw from the course are subject to the Elective Abroad cancellation policy. Please review this policy to understand any additional financial obligations.

Babson Tuition: 4-Credits

  • Summer Session tuition is paid directly to SFS and is billed at the 2020-2021 credit rate ($1,692 per credit). Each Elective Abroad is 4 credits. Summer tuition is separate from fall and spring tuition charges, however, you may qualify for a tuition adjustment in a future year.
  • To discuss tuition or your financial situation or to learn about grant opportunities, visit Student Financial Services.

Travel & Meals: $TBD

  • Airfare (Individual estimated to/from BOS): $TBD
  • Estimated Additional Meals: $500
  • Estimated Incidentals: $400
    • Incidentals and additional meals (lunches and dinners) are based on estimated expenses from the 2018-2019 course to Japan.
    • Expenses may be higher or lower depending on student's meal preferences.
  • Visa (if applicable)
    • All students are asked to research the visa requirements for their nationality to travel to Japan (including countries transited through) before committing to the course.
    • Students are responsible for securing visas (as needed) before travel.

Grants & Scholarships

Contact Information

Lead Faculty

Jack McCarthy  

Professor Jack McCarthy

Dr. Jack McCarthy joined the faculty at Babson College as a Senior Lecturer in Management beginning with the Fall 2018 term. He teaches, conducts research and consults in leadership, creativity, entrepreneurship and global sustainability.

Previously, he was an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Questrom School of Business at Boston University, where he taught courses on leadership, team dynamics and ethical decision-making in the undergraduate, graduate and executive programs. He was also the Director of the Humphrey Fellowship Program at Boston University, a global cultural exchange and leadership development experience comprised of exceptional professionals from developing nations to study and work for a year in the US under the Fulbright initiative. In addition, he served as faculty director for the school's core undergraduate Organizational Behavior course, which achieved significant grant funding in recognition of its many innovations in teaching and learning. He also served as the Director of the Executive Development Roundtable at Boston University, a research center and consortium on leadership development, from 2007 to 2017.

A creative and dynamic teacher, he was awarded the school-wide 2012 Broderick Prize for Excellence in Teaching at the Questrom School of Business. Having taught for four summers in residence in China, he also received the 2009 and 2014 Faculty of the Year Award from the International MBA Cohort at Boston University. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Business at the University of New Hampshire, where he launched and led the undergraduate business program at the university's urban campus in Manchester, NH and was the recipient of the college-wide 2005 Teaching Excellence Award.

His work has been published in leading journals and he is a frequent speaker and consultant in the US and abroad on global leadership and leading positive change. He recently participated in leadership development initiatives with NGO managers in Ethiopia, visited Israel on a faculty study tour on innovation, served as a visiting scholar at Dublin City University in Ireland, and taught MBA and executive courses in Beijing and Shanghai, China. With over fifteen years of industry experience in corporate finance as an analyst, manager and senior executive in operating divisions of several Fortune 100 companies prior to his career transition into academia, Dr. McCarthy draws heavily upon his real-world management and leadership experience in his teaching, research and consulting. He also served for 2016 to 2018 as President and Chairman of the Board for Captiva Cruises, Inc., a family-owned ecotourism business located in Florida on Captiva Island, dedicated to a mission and 30-year legacy of environmental education and conservation.

Dr. McCarthy was a member of the Boston University Provost's Arts Council and served on the School of Theatre's Academic Outreach Committee to support and encourage creativity, innovation and the arts in management education and leadership development. He was a member of the faculty advisory boards of the Global Development Policy Center and the Human Resources Policy Institute at Boston University. He holds an MBA from Babson College and a DBA from the Questrom School of Business at Boston University. A native Bostonian, and an alumnus of The Boston Latin School, Jack is an avid Boston sports fan and still plays competitive ice hockey, although at an increasingly less competitive pace.


Program Manager

Alex Nesbeda  

Alex Nesbeda

Alex Nesbeda, Senior Program Manager for the Short-Term Programs team, manages the programming for Electives Abroad & Away, International Consulting Experience, and the Global Entrepreneurship Experience for the undergraduate and graduate student populations. She is the program manager for undergraduate Electives Abroad in Japan, Germany, Uruguay/Argentina, Ireland, and Italy/Greece; the graduate Elective Abroad in Italy; and the MSEL Global Entrepreneurship Experience in Tanzania and Israel. She also handles the risk management for the Affordable Design and Entrepreneurship (ADE) program.


Course Administrator






This program is currently not accepting applications.