If you have questions about this program, email the program leader listed below.

Medical Device Development and Manufacturing Tour in Ireland

Program Details

The arrangements for the travel, housing, meals, excursions and course content of this program have been made by the leader. Questions about this program can only be answered by the program leader listed below.

Program Type Departmental
Program Location Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Ireland
Course # SA 10517
Duration Spring Break
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring Break 2024 03/09/24 to 03/17/24

Program Leader

Name Aaron Lottes
Email lottes@purdue.edu
Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed

Program Description


Deposits are due at the end of October. At this point we will review and determine if there are any additional spots available for those on the waitlist.

You may also want to consider BME Maymester programs including Japan that I am leading with Yunjie Tong: https://www.studyabroad.purdue.edu/programs/flyer.cfm?flyer=1671
or the programs in Scandinavia, France, and South Korea


Ireland is a global MedTech hub, home to 18 of the world's top 25 medical device manufacturers and the second-largest country for exporting medical devices in Europe. Further, Ireland is also a key international partner for Purdue and many of the prominent MedTech companies in Ireland are based in Indiana and strong partners of the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering. This spring break course will provide international exposure to medical device design, manufacturing processes, business practices, and culture.

**Please note that you must be able to leave campus on the group shuttle to O'Hare at 3:00PM on Friday, March 8.

Planned itinerary: (subject to change due to availability)

March 8- 3:00PM shuttle to O'Hare airport for 7:40pm flight to Dublin (group flight included)

March 9-9:00AM-Arrive Dublin Airport -Driver takes group directly to Galway, check into Galway Hotel, orientation, Galway City Tour, Dinner on your own

March 10-Connemara Day tour and Kylemore Abbey, lunch on your own, Welcome Dinner

March 11-9:00am Fort Wayne Metals in Castlebar, lunch included at FWM, Free evening

March 12-Morning-Boston Scientific in Galway, Afternoon visit to National University of Ireland in Galway-Free evening

March 13- Merit Medical visit, Transport to Limerick via the Cliffs of Moher stop, check into Limerick hotel, free evening

March 14-Cook Medical visit, lunch provided at Cook, tranport to Cork with stop at Blarney Castle, check into Cork hotel, Free evening

March 15-Gilead Sciences visit- Rest of Day activities TBD, Free evening

March 16-Early Transport back to Dublin, EPIC Irish Emigration Museum, Guinness Storehouse, check into Dublin hotel, Farewell meal at Taylor's Three Rock with traditional Irish Dance

March 17-Enjoy early morning St. Patrick's Day festivities, 11:30-Depart for airport, 3:20 group flight back to O'Hare, 6:55pm arrival, Group transfer back to Purdue Memorial Union










Academic Credit

Earn 3 credits for BME 49500 (or 59500 with instructor approval)  Students in Engineering schools must check with their academic advisors to see how this can be used in their plans of study. 


All engineering majors and other majors with a relevant connection to the design, development, and use of medical devices are eligible.

Open to all undergraduates. Graduate students may also be considered and could earn BME 59500 credit.

Depending on the number of aplications received, preference may be given to Biomedical Engineering and upper level students.

Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

Estimated cost is $4,600:  This includes round trip airfare, housing, Breakfast daily, a few lunches, Welcome and Farewell dinners,  all ground transportation, all activities and excursions on the itinerary with entrance fees, Academic credit, and international health insurance. 

Additional Costs:  passport, some meals, personal excursions, and personal spending money. 

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full. Up to 20 spots are available. 

When applying, please include one sentence indicating why you would like to join this program.

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.