Lá Déag: Day Fourteen – It’s not Goodbye, It’s see you later

Pitt Study Abroad Plus3 Transfer program was an amazing experience professionally and personally. Professionally I was able to become a more confident businesswoman. Being able to tour the companies helped me gain insight into international companies and how to engage in their different work styles. Learning about Ireland’s impact globally was new to me and…

Lá déag: Day Thirteen​ – A Presentation To Remember

Our last couple days were spent in Dublin creating presentations for Dean Audrey about our study abroad trip to Dublin. My presentation was about Croke Park and how it ties to Irish culture and business. I believe that future Plus3 Transfer programs should continue to have Croke Park as a site visit because it is…

Lá déag: Day Eleven – Baby don’t Herd me

Today was one of my favorite days during my study abroad trip. We took a visit to Kilkenny city. I got to explore Kilkenny Castle which was stunning! It was built in 1195 by Vikings. I visited St. Caince’s Cathedral and took a tour of the artifacts inside. I then climbed St. Caince’s tower and…

Lá Deich: Day Ten- Irelanded at Enterprise

Today we visited Ireland based companies called Food Cloud and Enterprise Ireland. FoodCloud is a social enterprise that connects businesses with surplus food to local charities and community groups in Ireland. One of the CEOs, Iseult Ward, was listed as a social entrepreneur in Forbes 30 under 30. Even though this site was a small…

Lá naoi: Day Nine – Amazon was Prime

Today, we had a site visit at Amazon. You would think Amazon would have a similar atmosphere as Google, but it was actually very different. As soon as we entered the building we were told no photos (not even of the lobby) and had to sign liability waivers. We also had to be escorted to…

Lá seacht: Day Seven- I want to see Moher

Today was the day I’ve been waiting for the entire trip to see: The Cliffs of Moher. There are no words that are able to describe this masterpiece of nature in its purest form. I was blessed to have such great weather today, with the sun shining and the wind barely blowing. As I was…

Lá sé: Day six – Food For Thought

Today we had a site visit at Bord Bia! Bord Bia is an Irish agency which he aims of promoting sales of Irish food and culture to different countries and in Ireland itself. It acts as a link between Irish producers and their customers worldwide. The name Bord Bia itself is Gaelic for “Irish Food Bord.” The…

Lá a Cúig: Day Five – Utilizing My Strengths in Ireland

Communication: This means I like to explain, to describe, to host, and to speak in public. I have been using this strength to meet new people on this trip and meet locals.  This allows me to have a deeper understanding of Ireland’s culture by talking to Irish people and learning more about their passion for…

Lá a Ceathair: Day Four – There are no Frogs in Croke Park

Today I had the opportunity to be the ambassador for my class at the historic Croke Park. A little background first, Croke Park is the largest sporting and cultural park in Ireland, 3rd largest in Europe. The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) has hosted and catered to Irish sport & history as well as to major…

Lá trí: Day three – A Neat Whiskey Tour

On the 3rd day of Dublin, we began the site tours that we will be doing every day for the next two weeks. Our first stop was at Pearse Lyons Distillery, a history tour of Dublin’s booming technology industry, and ended the day touring Google’s European Headquarters. When I look back at my study abroad…

Lá dhá: Day two – Lads on Tour

Our 2nd day in Dublin included a historical walking tour where we learned about the history that shaped Dublin- also known as the black pool in Gaelic – into the city they are today. Some of my favorite parts of the tour were seeing “Dublin’s Castle” and “The Dubhlinn Garden.” Our tour also included an…

We have Lift Off! Lá a haon: Day One

After a full day of travel, we finally arrived in the beautiful city of Dublin. Our amazing tour guide, Hayley, greeted us at the gates with a warm welcome. After an exhausting flight, it was to my surprise being picked up in a “Collins Travel” bus. Honestly, doesn’t get much better as far as transportation…

Irish I was in Dublin

Hello! My name is Madeline Collins. I am currently a Junior at the University of Pittsburgh pursuing a degree in Marketing and also a minor in Theatre Arts. I am currently the Philanthropy Chair for my sorority and have a marketing internship with Pitt Athletics. I love spending time with my pug (Zelda), trying different…

Meet Plus3 Transfer Ireland 2018!

Welcome to the Ireland Plus3 Transfer Study Abroad Program! During their two week program in Dublin, Ireland, students will explore globalization through the Technology and Innovation industries. Plus3 Transfer participants will have the chance to be immersed in Irish culture during the trip. The main academic portion of the Plus3 Transfer program features visits to…