Thank you, Ireland!

During our last full day in Ireland, we went to Microsoft for our final site visit for our study abroad trip. Their headquarters has a modern open concept design. The employee population is very young and diverse which makes the work environment extremely interesting and fun. Overall, I have loved my time studying abroad in…

Investing in Ireland with the IDA

Yesterday, we presented our final group projects about some of our site visits over the course of the last two weeks. Unfortunately, this means we are almost done with our study abroad trip, sad. On the bright side, I am leaving Ireland with great memories and new friendships that I would not have experienced without…

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

Hello everyone! Today we spent our morning touring the European HQ for Workday Inc. This company sells cloud-based applications for human resources and finance. They provide software as a service (SAAS) model, allowing many different functions to be housed under one roof. Their Dublin office is extremely diverse with about 1000 employees and more than…

What’s Up, Doc?

On Monday we the first place we visited was Trinity College, the architecture of the buildings were fantastic. My biggest question was if tourist walk in-and-out of the courtyard constantly, because if so, that would be annoying to me if I attended this college. At Trinity, we met Dr. Darren Kelly and he gave us…

Howth Sweet It Is (To Be In Love with this Town)

On Sunday we traveled by bus and train to an area called Howth, a fishing town east of Dublin. It was very easy to get there since all we did was take a bus and then, of course, a train. CAPA, the organization teamed up with the Pitt for this study abroad trip, gave us…

I Wish We Had Moher Time in Ireland

Yesterday, we took a day trip across Ireland; we traveled from Dublin, on the east coast, to Galway, on the west coast. Around 7 a.m. we left Dublin on a tour bus and began our road trip. We made many different stops along the way to Galway so the drive did not feel long. Throughout…

Brainstorming at Eaton

Hey again! Today, we had class at Griffith College for the first time and went on a site visit at Eaton, a power management company headquartered in Dublin. This site visit, however, was unique to our previous ones. During our time with Eaton, we were divided into three teams and asked to solve a mini…

Dublin, at First Glance

On Thursday we went on two site visits; in the morning we visited a non-profit called FoodCloud and after lunch, we toured Croke Park, the third largest stadium in the EU. My first 48 hours in Dublin have been jammed packed with awesome events and very little sleep. I am hoping tomorrow will be our…

Welcome to Dublin… Finally.

This morning we finally made it to Dublin. Our CAPA contacts greeted us at the airport and brought us to our living accommodations. An hour later we arrived at our first site visit, Enterprise Ireland. This government organization funds the development and growth of Irish born start-ups and exports these companies around the world. The…

We got a situation… a hostage situation

Hello everyone! As we continue to wait to fly to Dublin from Charlotte, our group decided to participate in some teambuilding. Chris and Liz found an escape room called Breakout at Carolina Place, a local shopping mall in Charlotte. We divided up into three teams of five people and entered the different themed rooms. Our…

Hey Baby!

Around 9:45 a.m. on Saturday our bus left the University of Pittsburgh campus for Pittsburgh International Airport. The ride was quick and smooth, and our flight was scheduled for 1:50 p.m. so we had time to kill. A few of us went to TGIF to grab a quick bite to eat before our plane departed….

Ireland, Ready or Not, Here We Come!

Hello everyone! My name is Matthew Reilly and I am from Northborough, Massachusetts, a small town approximately 45 minutes west of Boston. Throughout my life I have always been a huge sports fan; I love all Boston sports teams, so yes that includes the New England Patriots. Since my parents both grew up on Long…

Meet Plus3 Ireland 2019!

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 through the trip. The main academic portion of the Plus3 Transfer program features visits to…