International Construction Management in Ireland

International Construction Management in Ireland 

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The construction industry is becoming increasingly global. A decline in domestic construction markets and increased foreign competition on U.S. soil are forcing American construction companies to look internationally for work. These opportunities require that students broaden their awareness of the construction methods, contractual delivery systems, and cultural issues affecting companies within these potential international markets. The International Construction Management in Ireland program, named in memory of the program’s founder, Building Construction Management (BCM) faculty member Michael O’Dea, aids in this endeavor by bringing Purdue University students face-to-face with Irish constructors, engineers, educators, and students and exposing them to the  methods/systems utilized by the construction industry of Ireland. Study Abroad students attend lectures on the Irish construction industry given by faculty members of the Dublin Institute of  Technology (DIT) and the National University of Ireland-Galway. The knowledge obtained in these lectures is supplemented with visits to current construction sites and historical buildings/structures around Ireland.

The international experience doesn’t end there as students won’t just communicate with Irish nationals. Ireland is a popular travel destination for many European travelers. The Hostel accommodations reserved for students provide them with opportunities to interact with college aged students from many nations.

Students accepted into the program will be required to attend required class meetings during the month of April 2019. These meetings will consist of general discussion of Ireland topics and
research related to the upcoming trip. During the trip, students will be required to document their trip via a Daily Trip log (based on a structured format provided by the instructor). Furthermore,
upon completion of the course, students will also be required to provide a written report of a trip-related topic chosen by the instructor. The International Construction Management in Ireland
Study Abroad program is open to undergraduate and graduate students at Purdue University. The graduate students will register under the BCM 59900 –Individual Study of International
Construction Management in Ireland designation. Any graduate student in the course will have to conduct research on a topic approved by the program leader and write a high-quality paper
appropriate for publication in related conference proceedings or research journal.


Preliminary  Itinerary

Monday, May 6th

          Travel to Dublin

Tuesday, May 7th

          Arrive in Dublin

          Guinness Brewery Tour

          Dinner at O'Neils Bar Carvery

Wednesday, May 8th

          Dublin Institute of Technology - lecture on Irish Construction Industry

          Construction Job Site Tour

          Lunch at DIT

          Construction Job Site Tour

          Walking Tour of Dublin

Thursday, May 9th

          Trinity College - Tour Book of Kells/Long Room

          National Museum of Ireland Tour

          Train to Cork

          Visit University of Cork

          Dinner at Reidy's Wine Vaulty Pub

Friday, May 10th

          Jobsite Visit with Jacobs Engineering

Saturday, May 11th

          Bus Tour to Ring of Kerry

Sunday, May 12th

          Bus Tour to Blarney Castle/Cobh

          Tour Blarney Castle/Blarney Stone

          Cobh Heritage Museum

          Visit St. Coleman Cathedral

Monday, May 13th

          Train to Limerick/Bunratty

          Free time

Tuesday, May 14th

          Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

          Durty Nelly's Pub

          Traditional Medieval dinner

Wednesday, May 15th

          Chartered bus to Galway with sightseeing stops along the way: Leamenagh Castle, Caher Connell Stone Fort, Poulnabrone Portal Tomb, Blackhead, Ballyryan, Cliffs of Moher, Cork Screw Hill

          Lunch at O'Connor's Pub in Doolin

          Tour Galway City Centre

          Music Night at King's Head Pub

Thursday, May 16th

          Visit NUI-Galway

          Construction Job Site Tour

          Dinner at King's Head Pub

Friday, May 17th

          Trip to Aran Islands

          Music Night at King's Head Pub

Saturday, May 18th

          Galway Bus Tour to Dublin with sightseeing stops along the way: Ross Emily Friary, Cong Village, Connemara region, Killary Fjord, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Gardens, Inagh Valley, Maam Cross, Oughterard

Sunday, May 19th

          Free time in Dublin

Monday, May 20th

          Gothic Cathedral Construction lecture

          Tour Dublinia & Christchurch Cathedral

          Jameson Distillery Tour

          Dublin Castle Tour

          Last pint at Brazen Head Pub

          Dinner at F.X. Buckley

Tuesday, May 21st

          Travel to U.S.


Contact program leader James Jenkins via email with your questions.

Program flyer

Department Location Duration Professor
Construction Management Technology
Engineering Technology
Technology Leadership & Innovation
Ireland Maymester James Jenkins