CIS Abroad Blog

Site Visit with Education Ireland

Joe Debiec, Vice President of Program Operations, will be spending a week in Ireland on a site visit with Education Ireland. Follow along as he recaps each day reconnecting with International Education colleagues and seeks new partnerships with some of the best Irish institutions.

On April 1st I will fly from Boston to Dublin to begin a week-long visit to many of Ireland’s best universities.  I’m excited to travel internationally for the first time in 2+ years! My last time abroad was in 2019 when I led a group of study abroad professionals on a site visit in Japan. Over the past 2 and a half years I've traveled throughout the U.S. but have not crossed any international borders. To say that I am excited to be ‘exercising my passport’ is an understatement!

I've been wanting to expand CIS Abroad’s STEM and Business offerings globally for years now. I’ve had my eye on several Irish universities. I’ve also been interested in expanding short term (Summer) offerings in Europe, particularly in Engineering.  I look forward to participating in this site visit!

Visiting the Top Irish Universites

Over the next week I will visit University College Cork, University of Limerick, National University of Ireland - Galway, Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin. Furthermore, We're excited to develop more partnerships that will allow more students to study abroad on the Emerald Isle.  

We're looking to partner with a university with outstanding academics, accessible quality housing, and short term study abroad offerings. Specifically academic disciplines that we’ve seen growth in over the past 5 years including Business, Lab Science, and Engineering. We’d also love to see some creative experiential learning academic options for students, too.  

I hope that my colleagues will share with me what they love about the Irish universities that I'll be visiting. I’ll post throughout this site visit as I learn, explore, adventure and connect. 

More to come soon from my Site Visit! New stop, Dublin…..