WIP: England & Ireland

Information and Application

Program Objectives

Through this Wharton International Program (WIP) course, students will:

  • Gain an understanding of England’s and Ireland’s business and cultural environments
  • Achieve a working knowledge of business practices in England and Ireland through university lectures and direct interaction with business leaders
  • Enhance their intercultural awareness and communication skills
  • Earn 0.5 CU upon successful completion of the trip and course requirements

Program Information and Expectations

Students will be selected to participate in this short-term global course through a competitive application process. All Penn undergraduates are eligible to apply, but preference is given to Wharton students. Applicants must be in good academic standing. Students may only participate in a maximum of two WIP courses during their tenure at Penn. Seniors are not eligible to apply for May WIP courses. WIP courses must be taken for a letter grade.

Professor Sara Jane McCaffrey and Lee Kramer, Director of  Student Life, will lead the program. They will be in residence with the students throughout the program. Please note that students are subject to Penn’s disciplinary guidelines while abroad on a Wharton-sponsored program.

Course Requirements

Participants will be required to attend two pre-trip classes, which will provide an introduction to England’s and Ireland’s business and cultural environments. Students will conduct research and prepare case studies that they will present at the second pre-trip session. While abroad, students are required to attend all scheduled lectures, business site visits, and cultural tours. A 10-page paper will be due approximately one month after travel is completed.

Business-Site Visits

This WIP course is designed to introduce students to businesses in England and Ireland. Through site visits and meetings with senior managers and/or government officials, students will gain an understanding of how business operates in England and Ireland.

Cultural Events and Excursions

Students will have many opportunities to learn about English and Irish culture. Several events and excursions designed to increase global awareness and intercultural communication will be scheduled (and are included in the package price).

Program Deadlines, Fees, and Logistics

Program Dates and Deadlines

Completed Application Due Sunday, October 27, 2019
Notification of Students Friday, December 6, 2019
Payment Due Spring 2020 Bursar bill
Departure Monday, May 18, 2020
Return Friday, May 29, 2020

Program Costs

The program fee for this WIP course is $1,800.

This fee covers course supplies, most meals, lodging for the duration of the program, ground transportation, business site visits, cultural excursions, and fees for services (interpreters, guides, etc.).

The fee does not include:

  • International airfare (see below)
  • Some meals
  • Personal phone, email, laundry
  • Travel documents (passports, visas, photos, etc.) – more information follows this section
  • Health insurance
  • Personal spending money
  • Incidental expenses not included in the fee (snacks, outside entertainment, etc.)

Financial Assistance

Students receiving financial aid from Penn may be eligible for financial assistance for WIP. Please note that financial assistance for WIP is coordinated and administered through the Student Financial Services via loans/grants. Your financial assistance for WIP will be included in your letter, should you be accepted into the program.

If you are requesting assistance, please check the box on the WIP application. We will notify you about your financial assistance package upon admittance to the program.

If you do not qualify for Penn Financial Aid but you need financial assistance to cover the costs of the program and flight, the Student Federal Credit Union offers student loans for these types of programs.

Travel Logistics

  • Airline Tickets: All WIP participants must travel to/from England/Ireland together. A special group rate of approximately $889 has been coordinated with a third-party vendor. Further information and instructions about this will be emailed to you if you are selected to participate in the program.
  • Accommodations: Living arrangements in England/Ireland will be made for all participants. Rooms will be double occupancy.
  • Documents: Participants are responsible for obtaining the necessary documents for travel abroad. A valid passport is necessary for international travel. A passport should be obtained as far in advance as possible and must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of travel.
  • Language Competency: Tours and events will be conducted in English.
  • Insurance: All participants must show proof of current health insurance coverage before departing on the program. University of Pennsylvania health insurance is valid abroad.
  • Land Transportation: Participants will travel by private coach to all business, university, and cultural sites.
  • Meals: Participants will be eating foods of the region and should keep in mind that it could be difficult to accommodate some dietary needs or restrictions. Please contact the Wharton International Program Director if there are any questions.
  • Penn Travel Medicine: The providers at Student Health Service are familiar with the health concerns in England/Ireland. They stay current about disease outbreaks around the globe, and about new means of prevention and treatment of diseases that are of concern to travelers. Please visit www.vpul.upenn.edu/shs/ to ensure that you are prepared to travel abroad.

Cancellation Policy

The Wharton School reserves the right to cancel a WIP for any reason before the departure date. Participants will be notified as soon as possible and all fees refunded in the case of trip cancellation.

Please note: If a participant cancels prior to January 19, 2020, one-half of the fee will be refunded. On or after January 19, 2020, the entire fee is non-refundable.


Program Contact

Lee I. Kramer, Director, Student Life
Wharton Undergraduate Division