Learning Communities Abroad Summer Internship

Dublin, Ireland

Location: Dublin, Ireland

The Learning Communities Abroad Program (LCA) provides select members of the freshman class the unique opportunity to complement their classroom learning through an 8-week, 6-credit summer program based in Dublin, which includes a 3-credit academic course and a 7-week long internship. Internship placements are determined by students' academic, professional and personal interests.


Students are required to take both courses for a total of six credits:

ENG 2490: Contemporary Ireland: Identity, Literature and Culture will be taught by Dr. Jennifer Joyce, the Assistant Director at the Villanova Center for Irish Studies and an Assistant Professor in the Augustine & Culture Seminar Program and English. This course will explore various forms of expressions of Irish identity through the Arts. We will analyze and respond to traditional and contemporary Irish culture through literature, music, visual art, and performance art, enabling us to understand Ireland from past to present, recognizing traditional influences and departures from it in contemporary Ireland. The aim of the course is to complement and to enrich the study-abroad experience, giving students the opportunity to think critically and reflect, in writing and in presentation, on their intercultural education. Readings will explore personal, social, and political Irish identity today, as well as the cultural impact of Ireland in the U.S. and in the global context. Additionally, students will emerge with a deeper insight into the arts in Ireland.

For assessment, students will write a number of short response papers as well as longer, critical papers, in consideration of the texts, class discussions, and intellectual excursions; they will have field quizzes during trips, a presentation, and a cumulative paper reflecting on the overall coursework and life in Dublin. 3 credits. *Irish Studies Attribute

LA 1904: Global Internship is the course which will 'house' the academic work placement (internship). This course links the practical experience of a work placement abroad, and the professional development skills therein, with a capacity to reflect on the experience in a rigorous academic manner. Its approach is to pose a series of prompts that students must adapt and apply as they see fit to their internship experience. The aim is for students to test their personal observations of the workplace and its place in the broader Irish, European and global contexts against a range of other sources, for example from think tanks, the media and governmental sources.

While students are strongly encouraged to take an intellectually independent view in their papers, they must also be aware of broader opinion on a given topic and be prepared to refer to other arguments and data in relation to their own thinking. The overall objective is to write a persuasive research paper (rather than an impressionistic journal) in which the work placement experience will count as an important ‘source’, albeit one amongst many. 3 credits.

Students’ housing is currently being booked. Please check back for updates.

In addition to the on-campus interviews, students will participate in both an on-campus and on-site group orientation. The on-site orientation will cover such topics as guidelines for the program, cultural adjustment, housing, emergency procedures, student life in Ireland, travel, and required cultural visits and academic courses. This program orientation will also prepare students for their work placements by managing student expectations about their placements and advising students on their confirmation interviews. Students will also receive a handbook, which includes information on Dublin, economical options for dining, travel, and cultural activities.

An on-site confirmation interview takes place with the work placement supervisor, with EUSA staff coaching students in interview techniques and country-specific business etiquette. (In the unlikely event of an unsatisfactory interview, a new placement will be made available for the student). A mid-point program review will take place between each student and a EUSA staff member, and work placement supervisors will provide written assessment at the end of the program.

EUSA’s Dublin office provides management and support to students for the duration of the program. A EUSA program director and the VU Faculty Program Coordinator will be the principal contacts for students on issues of housing, safety, culture, and social life in the city. In addition, the program will have a VU student Resident Assistant (RA) living with the students. The program director will be available via regular office hours, outside the students’ normal work schedules, to answer questions and resolve problems and will also be available to students 24 hours per day via cell phone for medical, legal, or other emergencies.

EUSA will arrange a group pick-up for students at the airport at the beginning of the program.

25 May to 21 July, 2018

25 May 2018: Arrival, Group pick-up from airport
*Departure from US on 24 May

25 May: Class meeting, introduction to course; Dublin walking tour; afternoon tea

Saturday, 26 May - Friday, 1 June: Class meetings, EUSA Orientations and on-site interviews

Saturday, 2 June: Kilmainham Gaol and Glasnevin Factory

Sunday, 3 June: optional Giunness Factory Tour

Monday, 4 June: Public Holiday; class

Tuesday, 5 June: Internships begin

Tuesday, 5 June - Thursday 19 July: Internships are Monday - Thursday, with class on Fridays

Saturday, 9 June - Sunday, 10 June: tentative weekend to Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Students should not plan personal travel)

Saturday, 16 June: Bloomsday parade and celebration in Dublin. (Students should not plan personal travel)

Sunday, 17 June: Critical Paper #1 due

Saturday, 30 June - Sunday 1 July: Visit to Wexford and Kilkenny. (Students should not plan personal travel)

Saturday, 7 June - Sunday, 8 July: Windmill Lane Studios and visit to Dublin castle. (Students should not plan personal travel).

Saturday, 14 July - Sunday, 15 July: Weekend to Galway; Cliffs of Moher, Connemara. (Students should not plan personal travel)

Thursday, 19 July: Final day of internship

Friday, 20 July: Final class meeting

Satuday, 21 July: Depart Dublin

*Please be aware that all dates are subject to change, and that this is a preliminary schedule.


The program application can be found on Passport Villanova.

Application Process and Requirements

  • 3.0 Overall GPA Required, GPA will be based on mid-term reports. Once your mid-term grades are available, please forward to Dr. Joyce.
  • The program has a limit of 15 students.
  • Admission is rolling, and based on the strong level of interest, we expect the programs to fill quite quickly. 
  • Early Admission deadline is Friday, December 15, 2017.
  • The FINAL deadline for applications is Friday, January 26, 2018, though programs may be full prior to this date. Once students submit a complete application in the Passport system, which includes an interview with Dr. Joyce, they will be notified of the status of their application within 2 weeks.

  • Once accepted, students will be required to submit a $850 non-refundable commitment fee. This commitment fee will be due within two weeks of receiving the acceptance letter. Final invoicing for the program will be assessed in early-April, with the program balance due no later than May 1, 2018.

  • Students interested in business work placements must have completed one business-related course, preferably in business. Placements within business include: HR, Financial Recruitment, Economics, Company Finance/Accounting, Corporate Finance, Venture Capital, Banking, Marketing, Operations (Logistics, Supply Chain Management)

  • Students interested in finance placements must have completed at least one University course in Finance.

For Further Information, feel free to email: abroad@villanova.edu.

NOTICE: Villanova University reserves the right to modify or cancel the program if circumstances warrant.

Program Costs

Dublin: $9,900 (2018) *This is a preliminary fee, and is subject to change. The final program fee will be updated by mid-fall semester.

For a detailed breakdown of the expenses, click here.

Cost includes tuition, room, work placement, orientations, cultural exploration activities program, and airport pickup/drop-off for students flying on group-designated flight (or arriving within 2 hour window of group flight).

Airfare, meals and personal expenses are not included in the program and are the responsibility of the student.

Upon acceptance, student will have 2-weeks to submit an $850 non-refundable commitment fee. Program balance is invoiced directly to the VU student account during the first week of April, with final balance due May 1.

Students interested in financing should first review the OEA Scholarship Page

Should there be a need to secure additional funding through loans, Villanova University students should contact the Office of Financial Assistance.

Students with a Federal Pell grant should consider applying for the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship!

Students should also consider our partner EUSA's Live, Learn, Intern Abroad Scholarship.

Villanova University has the right to make cancellations, substitutions, or changes in case of emergency or changed conditions, or in the interest of the program.

Faculty Coordinator

Dr. Jennifer Joyce
Assistant Director, Center for Irish Studies. Assistant Professor, Augustine & Culture Seminar Program and English
St. Augustine Center 84
(610) 519-8953

  • Orientation and classroom activities, prior to departure, will allow students to better prepare for their time spent in London, while also helping create the community and personal relationships within which our students will be participating while in London;
  • Take a 3-credit Humanities course during your abroad experience so that you thoughtfully prepare and process your international experience. This course may fulfill a Humanities or free elective requirement;
  • Test career assumptions early in college through a 3-credit tailored international work placement:
  • Stimulate greater intellectual curiosity for study abroad earlier in your college career, and provide time and financial savings for an additional period of study abroad during your remaining years at Villanova;
  • Challenge pre-conceived notions of the world by being engaged in a foreign culture;
  • Start building a resume which makes students more competitive for future employment.

Placements will be organized by long-time Villanova partner, EUSA – Academic Internship Programs. EUSA is the largest independent work placement provider in Europe, placing approximately 2,000 students each year in a wide-range of professional practice situations. Specifically, Villanova currently works with EUSA for two summer programs and two customized semester programs.

As with other work placement programs, Villanova University students will have access to professional practice work placement opportunities spanning a wide variety of industry sectors in Europe. EUSA secures appropriate work placements based on the skills, interests and professional goals of the student, as well as the project needs and work cycles of the work placement supervisors.

EUSA ensures that students are matched to work placements that directly reflect or relate to their courses of study to ensure quality and academic relevance of the placement. The companies and organizations that make up the list of approved work placements are carefully and regularly monitored by site visits and student assessment. In addition, EUSA staff members will come to Villanova’s campus in the spring to conduct individual interviews, and provide information beforehand on the preparation of a placement essay and a resume appropriate to the UK.