Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship in Dublin

Key Information


Application Deadline: 05/06/23 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Employability trips, Extra-curricular opportunities

Ref: 10007706


Departure Date: 03/12/23

Return Date: 06/12/23


£350: the estimated cost for flights and accommodation (excluding DMU Global funding). Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, visits, food and drink, visa (if applicable)


DMU Global Bursary: £150


Accommodation: Shared rooms in a hostel/hotel booked by DMU

Travel: Flights booked by DMU (students travel as a group)


General Enquiries: Global Mobility Office -

Trip Lead: Simon Baines -

How to pay

Payment details: Students will be required to pay £200 as a contribution towards the cost of travel and accommodation after being offered a place on the trip. The DMU Global bursary will be deducted directly from the overall cost of the booking.


All undergraduate students that will be in their second or third year of study in the 2023-24 academic year are eligible to participate on this opportunity. In particular, we are looking for students with a demonstrable interest in freelancing and self-employment, or those that have a business idea that they would like to launch or grow. There are a maximum of 30 places available, with a minimum of 10 participants required for this opportunity to take place. Students are recommended to check the eligibility criteria before applying.


Trip description

The purpose of this trip to Dublin is for students to learn about self-employment, freelancing, start-ups and entrepreneurship in the Republic of Ireland. There are currently about 2,500 startups and about 200 global high-tech companies operating in Dublin.

This trip will give students insight into how Ireland is an ideal country for those who want to implement their business projects. Various state support programs, low taxes, and simple procedures for obtaining a startup visa all contribute to Ireland being rated as one of the most attractive countries for entrepreneurship every year.

The trip will include site visits to businesses, Q&A’s with DMU alumni, business networking opportunities and group activities. By hearing first-hand from fellow students, as well as entrepreneurs, business founders and DMU alumni, and engaging in interactive group activities, students will develop a range of transferable skills including confidence, teamwork, communication and networking as well as gaining knowledge of the concepts of self-employment and freelancing.

Learning objectives

Participating in a DMU Global opportunity can help you develop a range of employability skills and competencies that enhance your studies. Through participation in this trip to Dublin we expect that students will:

  • Gain insight into enterprise and start-up activity in the Republic of Ireland, gaining a range of entrepreneurial skills and knowledge as a result
  • Develop employability skills, around areas such as networking, communication, teamwork and confidence
  • Gain a better understanding of self-employment and freelancing in a global context

All students will be required to participate in a short series of workshops before and after the trip that focus on the development of a range of skills related to the topic of entrepreneurship.

Cultural activities

Dublin is a cultural hub with many exciting experiences! Students will have free time to explore the historical and cultural sites of the city. Recommended visits include the Kilmainham Gaol (jail), a walk around Phoenix Park and a trip to the Guinness Storehouse.

A visit to the National Museum of Ireland is also recommended to learn about Irish history, as is Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells, considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful libraries.

Visa Information

Due to various external factors and an unprecedented demand for international travel, there are significant delays in visa processing, as well as very limited availability of application appointment slots for some countries and embassies.

We recommend that you take all appropriate steps to secure a visa as soon as practically possible, and to notify DMU Global if you face any issues. It is your responsibility to meet the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to. Failing to do so may mean that you’re liable for the costs incurred to the university (including repayment of the DMU Global bursary).