Cornell University

ILR/UCD Semester in Dublin Program

119 Ives Hall, 607-255-2266

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The ILR/UCD Semester in Dublin Program is unique among study abroad options at Cornell.  It is the product of careful planning and close collaboration between two internationally renowned schools devoted to understanding and illuminating issues of work and workplace relations.  The ILR School at Cornell University is widely regarded as the finest institution of its type in the world and the Quinn School of Business at University College Dublin is one of the largest and most dynamic undergraduate business programs in all of Europe. 

Students enrolled in the ILR/UCD Semester in Dublin Program will earn ILR credits through both required and elective coursework especially designed by ILR and UCD faculty members to afford an in-depth understanding of the most urgent and compelling issues of work and workplace relations affecting the 27 countries of the world’s largest trading block, the European Union.  Students will also take a highly-praised course in Irish history and culture that is specifically designed to provide a frame of reference for international students seeking to understand the vibrant and dynamic nation that Ireland is today.

The ILR School strives to provide the knowledge, skills and tools necessary for students to successfully prepare and participate in the ILR/UCD Semester in Dublin Program.  We require several pre-departure orientations, including a research meeting with ILR librarians, so your student will be able to access all research materials currently available at the Catherwood Library.  We also provide referrals to relevant university offices including the Office of Financial Aid, the Bursar's Office, Disability Support Services, the Office of Student Services, and the Office of Career Services, among many others.

In addition to the support services offered by staff at the ILR School, we have arranged for our students to have their own academic liaison while at University College Dublin.  Dr. Roland Erne, a professor of Industrial & Labor Relations at the Quinn School of Business, will provide academic support to our students during their semester in Dublin.  UCD also has a well-staffed study abroad office, headed by Ms. Nuala Corr, that will see to any programmatic and personal needs that students require assistance in meeting.

Once your son or daughter is in Dublin, s/he may experience some typical adjustment problems or culture shock.  All students regardless of their previous travel experience, maturity level, or preparedness may suffer some degree of culture shock.  During the early days or weeks of their semester in Dublin, your student may experience periods of frustration, anxiety, and even depression.  This is a very common reaction that you should anticipate.  Keep in mind, that your student is more likely to call or e-mail during these low moments than when things are going well.  This may result in the family having a more negative impression of the situation than actually exists. 

We encourage you to communicate with your student and provide support when needed, but also anticipate these moments and understand them as part of the normal acclimation process.  For more information on "Pointers for Parents," we recommend a great article by CIEE, a leading US non-governmental international education organization.

We invite you to review this website in detail so you will have a complete understanding of the program.  If you have any questions after reviewing this information, please do not hesitate to contact Brigid Beachler, Associate Director of the ILR/UCD Semester in Dublin Program by phone at:  607-255-2266 or e-mail at:  We look forward to working with you and your student over the next several months!