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Study Abroad: Business in Ireland

Business in Ireland

May 2022

“Explore this incredible country up close!” – Dr. Linda Hain, Program Director for Ireland 2022

Announcement for 2022 Passports

It now takes 18-24 weeks (that's about 6 MONTHS!) or longer to apply for a Passport; if you are using the routine service, then expect to receive a Passport within 18-24 weeks. There is an expedited process for a Passport, which now takes less than 18-24 weeks, however that time is uncertain, please note that for the expedited service their are additional fees. The official U.S. Passport website relays that it takes 10-12 weeks to get a passport, however this information is outdated and has not been updated. The Passport Agency has over 2 Million passports that are still being processed at this time.

We highly encourage students looking to study abroad endeavor to expedite or start your Passport process as soon as possible if you are planning to go abroad in 2022. This is for all passport holders (i.e. if you are looking to renew your passport or obtaining your passport for the first time). View our Passport and Visa webpage to learn more.

Based on current information reported about the Passport Agency regarding passport deadlines, students should endeavor to apply or renew your passport by the following:

Non-Expedited (no additional rush fee): Submit the passport application by September 15, 2021

Expedited (an additional rush fee): Submit the passport application by October 15, 2021

This means that your application and application fees etc. should have already been sent to the Passport Agency by the dates listed above. This however may not guarantee your passport arrives in time for the February 24 deadline to submit your passport information to the Study Abroad Office. Without your passport, you will not be able to attend a program.

Students who apply for a passport after these dates should reconsider attending a study abroad program.

Passport Operations in Response to COVID-19

Program Information

Destination: Ireland

Area of Study: Business

Term to Study Abroad: May-Term 2022. The study abroad program will depart during the Maymester period between the Spring and Summer semester. This period will not interfere with Spring and Summer course schedules. Please note that the coursework associated with the Maymester study abroad trip takes place throughout the first short session of Summer semester. The trip dates are part of the course for the first short summer academic session.

Program Dates Abroad: May 10-20, 2022

Program Type: his is a faculty-led program with a Clayton State faculty member.

Program Fee: TBA

Courses Offered:

  • MGMT 6105 - Global Experience
  • MKTG 3420 - Global Business
  • MKTG 4420 - International Marketing

Credit Hours: 3 credit hours per course

Majors: Business, Minor Prerequisites, and Undeclared/Undecided

Program Description: May the road rise up to meet you on this exhilarating Maymester program to an island nation rich with Gaelic and Celtic traditions.

Learn the complex history of Ireland, the business culture and how the impact of geopolitical changes have affected this country.

Discover Irish culture with tours to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest surviving university and one of seven ancient universities founded in Great Britain and Ireland. Visit capital city Dublin to view the illustrations and ornamentation of one of the most extravagant and complex illuminated manuscripts, the Book of Kells. In addition, learn about the legend of the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle. Your travels will be highlighted with local site visits to various companies to enhance your understanding of business. This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Dr. Hain and Dr. Thompson, led the 2019 program to Hungary and the Czech Republic for the College of Business with undergraduate and graduate students. Visit the 'Testimonial' tab to view the student testimonials of their incredible experiences abroad with Dr. Hain and Dr. Thompson from their previous programs or check out the video testimonials to hear from a student about their time abroad!

What is included:

  • Includes roundtrip airfare from Atlanta
  • All ground transportation while in Ireland
  • All lodging
  • Planned group tours
  • Most breakfasts
  • All taxes/fees
  • Student program fees also include faculty travel costs.
  • Emergency medical insurance with CISI

What is NOT included:

  • Most meals
  • Clayton State tuition: Tuition is separate from the study abroad costs and other associated fees. To learn more about tuition costs and fees, visit the Bursar's Tuition website to learn more
  • Passport/Visa fees*
  • Some/most meals on travel days
  • Personal expenses (including self-pay tours)
  • Healthcare Clearance Form (physician and medical fees*)
  • Travel interruption insurance (learn more about Travel Insurance )

Estimated Costs: Note that your program fees and tuition are separate costs. Program fees are the fees that pay for what is included in the program costs. Prepare for spending money and for additional meals. Speak to your Program Director for more details.

Academic Course

  • Once students have made their second program payment, the Program Director will begin enrolling students in the study abroad course.
  • This study abroad program will provide students with one academic course that offers 3 credit hours towards a student's graduation requirements.
  • Students must be registered as part of the academic course in order to attend the program.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Non-Credit Seeking Students, Alumni, Spouses, and Children are restricted from attending a study abroad program at Clayton State University, which is in accordance to the University System of Georgia (USG) regulations. Only credit seeking Clayton State students are eligible to attend a study abroad program.

Contact Us

Program Director Contact Info

Name: Dr. Linda Joie Hain, Assistant Professor of Marketing


Phone: 678-466-4547

Office: College of Business - Office T276

Study Abroad Advisor Contact Info

Name: Sasha Cokuslu, MBA


Phone: 678-466-4092

Office: James M. Baker University Center (Main Street) Suite 204

Application Process – How to Apply

This page will inform you on what documentation is required for the application process.

The following documents are required to secure your spot on the program.

Our office recommends that students follow the steps listed below as they are formatted to ensure that students are eligible to attend a study abroad program.

Steps to Apply

  1. Do you have a passport or need to renew your passport? If you need to do one of these things, then this must be done ASAP. Due to high wait times with the Passport Agency, this needs to be done before applying for a program. Check out our Passport & Visa page to learn more about when you should get started.
  2. Read and complete the COVID-19 Informed Consent Form. See below for the link to the form.
  3. Submit your Application Contract for the study abroad program. See below for more info and the link to the form.
  4. Required Program Advising for Current Applicants. Applicants are required to schedule an advising appointment after applying for a study abroad program. Applicants will meet with the Study Abroad Manager and discuss some of the vital program information. Book your appointment on our Booking Appointment page and select the meeting ‘Required Program Advising for Current Applicants’.
  5. Complete the Course Selection Form. See below for more info and the link to the form.
  6. Complete the Health Clearance Form. See below for more info and the link to the form.
  7. Submit a Copy of your Passport. See below for more info and the link to the submission form.
  8. Pre-Departure Orientation: Do not forget to RSVP and attend the Pre-Departure Orientation, which is coming up on February 18, 2022. See the Orientation tab for more info and how to RSVP.

This page will provide participants with quick links to download and/or submit program documentation. Adhere to the deadlines and note that students can submit their documents before the required deadlines.

Failure to submit the necessary documentation may dismiss you from the program.

Required Application Documents & Steps to Succeed

To access the Clayton State Study Abroad Portal, students will be required to login with their Clayton State username and password credentials.

All of the following documents are required for all participating study abroad students. Failure to complete these documents may be a dismissal from the program.

Ireland Application Contract

Applications are currently unavailable at this time

The Application Contract is required for all participating study abroad students. Please read and review over this document carefully as this document will detail your program and Clayton State University’s policy and procedures.

Students must apply FIRST before you are able to make a program payment.

Access the Application Contract

Final Deadline: Thursday, January 27, 2022

Course Selection Form

The Course Selection Form helps to determine if the academic course meets a students graduation requirements and to aid students in better understanding how Financial Aid applies to study abroad. If a student chooses to Pay-Out-of-Pocket for their program, they are still required to meet with the Office of Financial Aid to understand how any and all aid distribution applies to students. If the academic course does NOT meet your academic requirements to graduate then please note that Financial Aid may not be able to cover the academic course tuition and fees. Please consult with the Office of Financial Aid to learn more.

The Course Selection Form requires that you meet with the Program Director, your Academic Advisor, and a Financial Aid Counselor.

Access the Course Selection Form

Submit the Course Selection Form

Due Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022

Health Clearance Form

The Health Clearance Form is an important and vital document for a study abroad program. This document allows the Study Abroad Office and your Program Director to note if a student has been medically cleared to travel by a healthcare practitioner. In addition, this document allows students to inform our team if you have any allergies, dietary requirements, and more so that we can better assist students as they prepare to go abroad.

At Clayton State, our first and most important priority is keeping students healthy and safe abroad. Please read and review over all of the information presented for the Health Clearance Form, in addition, any information regarding your health and safety abroad.

*See the Health Clearance Form (on page 2) and the Pre-Existing Conditions link to learn more about this step.

Here is a helpful guide on how to complete the Health Clearance Form.

Access the Health Clearance Form

Submit the Health Clearance Form

Pre-Existing Conditions / Continuation of Care Forms

Due Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Submit Your Passport

A copy of your Passport is required as part of the pre-departure process. This document must be turned in as soon as possible in order to organize airfare and travel abroad.

At present, passports are now taking anywhere from 18-24 weeks or longer to process. That is about six (6) months or longer ! If you want to receive a passport sooner, then it is currently taking a little less than 18-24 weeks and this is called the expedited service , which has an additional fee involved . If a student does not have their passport by the necessary deadline then this may prevent the student from traveling abroad. Think of this document as your international travel pass. Just as you have a driver's license here in the States for identification purposes, a Passport is your personal identifier overseas; if you don't have a passport then you cannot travel abroad.

Review our Passports and Visa webpage or the program 'Overview' tab above for more information.

Submit a Copy of Your Passport

Due Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022

COVID-19 Informed Consent Form

The COVID-19 Informed Consent Form is an acknowledgement of travel risks due to COVID-19. Please also refer to your programs Application Contract, Clayton State’s COVID-19 response page, and to the Resource tab on your programs webpage for more information.

Access the COVID-19 Consent Form

Submit the COVID-19 Consent Form

Due Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022

Pre-Departure Orientations (PDO)

Orientation is an integral part of preparing students to study abroad overseas with Clayton State University. Failure to attend the study abroad orientations is an automatic dismissal from the program. Students MUST ATTEND both orientations (there are TWO) to participate in the study abroad program. The PDO is held with the Study Abroad Office, while the second orientation will be held with the study abroad Program Director. Each orientation is conducted separately and at different intervals, covering separate topics spanning multiple topics to be aware of while abroad.

The Pre-Departure Orientation with the Study Abroad Office is only for students who have completed the following:

  1. Your Program Director has approved your Application Contract.
  2. You made your first payment to the Bursar Office.
  3. Only for students attending a Maymester program.

Register for the PDO

Hosted by the Study Abroad Office on Friday, February 18, 2022, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Location: TBA

Room Location: TBA

Parking Recommendations: TBA

At this meeting, have the chance to connect with your fellow study abroad peers traveling on this program. In addition, this event will be providing food, games, and prizes.

Register for the Study Abroad Orientation by or before Monday, February 7, 2022.

Register for the PDO

Orientation Note

The PDO is a hybrid orientation and some elements will be featured in the D2L for your particular program. Certain sections of the online orientation must be completed before attending this live event. After making your first payment, students will be notified of their enrollment in the D2L online orientation and will need to complete the Before Departure Online Orientation. This will assist students with the information covered at the live orientation on Friday, February 18. This orientation focuses on an encompassing view of study abroad discussing safety measures, security, behavior, academics, financial aid, and other aspects geared around the before, during, and after a program. In addition, students will be provided program resources and guides to assist in preparation to travel abroad.

Program Director Orientation To Be Announced

To learn more about the Program Director's Orientation please contact your programs faculty and program director. The Program Director Orientation is conducted about two months prior to the programs departure date

This orientation focuses on specific features of the program such as the course syllabus, program assignments and grading, program itinerary, lodging, roommate assignments, what to pack for your program and more.

Payments and Withdrawing

Study Abroad Payments

  • Coming Soon!

Maymester Payment Policy

Total Cost of Ireland Program: TBA

  • First Payment and Deposit: Thursday, January 27, 2022, of TBA.
    • *Reserve your spot on the program by making your first payment.
  • Second Payment: Thursday, February 24, 2022, of TBA.
    • *After your second payment is completed, the student will be enrolled in the academic course by the Program Director.
  • Final Payment: Wednesday, March 23, 2022, of TBA.
    • *Pay close attention to the Add/Drop period for the Summer Semester and the programs withdrawal deadlines. Tuition payments will be due in late April. See the Academic Calendar.

Tuition Payments

Tuition payments are NOT included with the study abroad program fees and are separate associated fees to the program expenses. The study abroad program fees pay for the program expenses such as airfare, lodging, tours and so forth while abroad. Tuition pays for the academic course that is associated with the program. To learn more about tuition costs and fees, visit the Bursar's Tuition website.

Online Payments

Coming Soon!

Maymester Refund Policy

  • Withdrawal on or before Tuesday, February 11, 2022: Complete refund excluding the non-refundable deposit of $250.00 and any expenses paid towards the program fees.
  • Withdrawal on or after Thursday, February 24, 2022: Costs for airfare, rail, admissions, and hotel(s) (including any cancellation penalties or charges imposed by the airline, hotel, or other prepaid expenses) and all administrative fees incurred are forfeited: the remainder will be refunded, excluding the non-refundable deposit of $250.00.
  • Withdrawal on or after Wednesday, March 23, 2022: All costs are forfeited; no refunds.

Refund Request Form

Withdrawal Form from Study Abroad


If you are considering dropping the academic course and withdrawing from the study abroad program, refer to the Academic Calendar for the current semester to review the add/drop dates, withdrawal dates etc. Make sure these dates do not interfere with your withdrawal process from the study abroad program. If you have questions or concerns, speak with your Academic Advisor and Program Director. Access the Academic Calendar.


STUDENTS MUST MAKE SURE THAT THE REQUIRED HEALTH CLEARANCE FORM HAS BEEN APPROVED AND CLEARED. IF YOUR HEALTH CLEARANCE HAS BEEN DENIED BY YOUR PHYSICIAN PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE WITHDRAWAL DATES. Students must complete the Health Clearance Form before Tuesday, February 15, 2022, in order to receive a refund, excluding the non-refundable deposit of $250.00 and any expenses paid toward the program fees.

How to Make Payments to the Bursar

Coming Soon!

Study Abroad Requirements

  • Must be 18 years or older to attend a study abroad program.
  • Must be in Good-Academic Standing with a recommended GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Study abroad is a mandatory requirement for MBA students focusing on the International Business concentration. Study abroad is required for students in this concentration in order to meet their graduation requirements. Failure to attend the program will jeopardize the student’s graduation deadline.
  • Be aware that some Financial Aid requires that a Study Abroad Program Must Fill the Students’ Academic Course Requirements or Course Electives. Please speak with a Financial Aid advisor before applying for the study abroad program.
  • Currently have or in the process of obtaining a Passport for international travel.
  • If you are in your senior or final year as a student, students will have limited options or none at all in regards to study abroad opportunities.
  • Health Clearance Forms must be completed before the second program payment if the student needs to withdraw from the study abroad program. See the Health Clearance Form for more details.
  • Note: Tuition is separate from the study abroad program fees.
  • Meet with your Academic Advisor: Discuss your interest in the study abroad program and request information about your required course credits to complete your degree at Clayton State. Locate which desired study abroad program could fulfill your academic course requirements.

International Student Requirements

  • International students who hold F-1 visas must contact the Study Abroad Office and International Student Services to discuss if the international student requires a visa prior to departing the United States.
  • Some countries may not require a travel visa, however, if they do, please note the following:
    • There are certain documents the Study Abroad Office and the Program Director must provide to students to submit to the embassy or consulate to obtain the travel visa.
    • International students must begin this step immediately as the process can be time consuming when working with a foreign embassy or consulate to obtain the necessary travel visa. It is imperative to begin this process immediately to determine whether the visa can be obtained before departure.
    • If the travel visa cannot be obtained before departure then this may disrupt the student’s attendance on the study abroad program.
    • It is the student’s responsibility to work with the foreign embassy or consulate to obtain the travel visa before the programs departure date.
  • International students will need to meet with the Director of International Programs, Ryan Packard to inform him of your study abroad travel plans. He will assist with updating the immigration and visa documentation for your exit and entry into the U.S.
  • International students must have their I-20s signed by Ryan Packard, the Director of International Programs before departing the country on a study abroad program. Failure to do so may cause exit and re-entry issues for students traveling to and from the United States.
  • The Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) does not pay for study abroad programs. If you have questions or concerns about this process, refer to the SACM contract or speak with your SACM advisor.

Visa Procedures

Review our Passport & Visa webpage to learn more about visa procedures and your next steps.

Visa Procedures

Submitting a Visa Copy

International and non-permanent resident students must submit a copy of their travel visa (if applicable for travel) to the Study Abroad Office once the document has been applied to the student’s passport. To learn more and submit the document, login and visit the Study Abroad Application Portal.

Submit Travel Visa

Non-U.S. Citizens

  • If you have a U.S. Permanent Resident Card, please take this document with you on the study abroad program. In addition, please make sure that this document does not expire while you are abroad.
  • To avoid any concerns returning to the U.S., please make sure you have all of the necessary re-entry papers.
  • If you have any questions about traveling in relation to the study abroad program, please speak to the Study Abroad Office or Ryan Packard, the Director of International Programs for additional assistance.
  • In addition, please see the section above in the International Student Requirements pertaining to the travel visa as this may also pertain to your attendance on the program.

Contact Us

Students can send their concerns to the email.


COVID-19 & Travel

As COVID-19 travel restrictions change it is important for students to remain updated on the travel requirements to their destination by visiting the appropriate embassy or destination country health site.

Ireland Entry & Exit Requirements

  • U.S. citizens must have a valid passport to enter Ireland. Passports must be valid for at least six months beyond your departure date. As this requirement is subject to change at any time without notice, we recommend at least 6 to 9 months' validity.
  • A visa is not re­quired for visits up to 90 days.
  • Non-EU visitors must obtain a stamp in their passport upon initial entry into a Schengen country.
  • One page is required for the entry stamp in your Passport.
  • If you are not traveling with a U.S. passport, please check with the Ireland Embassy for the requirements based on your nationality.

Entry Requirements

Health Information

  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all travelers be up to date on routine vaccinations such as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine, varicella (chicken pox) vaccine, and your yearly flu shot before every trip. These are only recommendations.
  • Consult with a healthcare practitioner or the UHS about what vaccines and medicines you will need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you will be doing, and if you are traveling from a country other than the U.S. Please see the Health Clearance Form to assist with your visit.
  • Please consult your physician for additional information and recommendations based on your individual circumstances.
  • All students attending a study abroad program with Clayton State University must complete the Health Clearance Form and be cleared to travel. See the form for more details.
  • Students should take their time while filling out the Health Clearance Form.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to self-report & disclose current information, medications, or any conditions that might require assistance or resources abroad. The more the Program Director and Study Abroad Office are aware of, the more we can prepare and be informed to assist students while traveling overseas. In addition, consulting your primary care physician or the UHS can assist with any medical recommendations or health concerns you may have.
  • Example: If you require an Epi-Pen for a food allergy, this information is important for the Program Director to note in case they need to avoid the substances in your food throughout the program, especially for any preplanned meals. This would be something that you would want to mention on your Health Clearance Form.

Consult the CDC Website

Meet with the UHS

To complete the Health Clearance Form, meet with your primary care physician or with the University Health Services (UHS) on campus. Make an appointment with the UHS and don't forget to take your Health Clearance document with you!

University Health Services

Upon Return from Abroad

Returning students will be sent a program evaluation. This evaluation allows the Study Abroad Office to note important factors of the program and student experiences as well as monitor any improvements that can be made as our programs move forward.

In addition, check out the Returned Students webpage to learn more about the returnee resources. We offer a Returnee Handbook and Professional Video Development Series. Stay tuned for more and check out our website in the mean time.

Additional Information to Note

Scholarships: Concerned about paying for study abroad? Did you know that the Study Abroad Office offers the STARS Scholarship for study abroad students at Clayton State? Learn more by visiting the STARS Scholarship web page. Also check out the many study abroad scholarships available for students at our Financial Aid and Scholarship web page!

Passports and Visas: Need assistance with obtaining a Passport and/or Visa? Learn more about Passports and Visas on our web page.

Identity Abroad: Clayton State University study abroad students reflect the diversity of students attending Clayton State. If you would like to view our resources on Identity Abroad, please visit our web page.

U.S. Department of State Traveler's Checklist

Ireland State Department Website

Student Testimonials

These students attended Dr. Hain’s program to Hungary and the Czech Republic in a previous year. Here are some of their thoughts about their experiences abroad.

“Very rewarding. Made me appreciative of my home but also empathetic to other cultures and their lack.” - Anonymous, Hungary 2019

“The camaraderie, definitely. Getting to know students from other programs was great and getting to know the professors in a less formal environment was awesome too.” –Anonymous, Hungary 2019

“Very rewarding. Our two program directors worked so hard and did such an amazing job. We did so much in such a short time, I cannot even describe it. From a finance perspective, which was my biggest concern about doing this/any study abroad, I would say this trip is worth every penny that you put in and more.” –Anonymous, Hungary 2019

“I was able to meet and network with people that I would have never met without the program. Furthermore, the cultural and business experience overall was great.” –Anonymous, Hungary 2019

“The study abroad program was very rewarding because of I was able to take in a new culture. I was fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. Experiencing new folds, customs, traditions, and the social atmosphere in general was very different from my normal lifestyle.” –Anonymous, Hungary 2019

Interested in what previous students have to say about their study abroad experience? Check out our student testimonials and hear from past participants about this exciting, life changing opportunity, in addition take a look at some of our video testimonials to hear directly from our past participants!

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