The International Selling Programme

The International Selling Programme is Enterprise Ireland's proven export sales development programme targeted exclusively at maximising export sales for Irish companies. This customised, practical programme is delivered by Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) in partnership with a panel of world-class experts and practitioners. 

Participation on the programme will deliver real and immediate impact both for you as an individual and for your company. The programme enhances the ability to access new markets and accelerates export sales growth.

Since the programme was established in 2006, over 700 CEOs, managing directors, sales directors and senior business development executives have successfully completed the International Selling Programme.

As you look to build your presence in export markets or to diversify into new markets, the International Selling Programme will give your business the competitive edge you need to succeed.

The next International Selling Programme will commence in September 2019.

Register your interest in applying for the 2019/2020 ISP:

Register here

For more information on all Enterprise Ireland’s management development programmes and access to eLearning resources, please access our online learning portal eiLearn.


The International Selling Programme - What is involved?

Programme Structure

The Programme comprises of eight two-day modules delivered in the following format:

  • Start date: September, 2019 – 9 months duration

Each module is accompanied by practical, company-specific assignments and throughout the programme, you will develop an international sales plan to execute within a chosen export market.

On successful completion of the programme, participants are awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in International Selling or a Diploma in International Selling (CPD).


Supporting Company Development

Other team members within participating companies can access a suite of learning elements which support a company wide approach to developing sales capability which include:

  • access to a half day workshop to attend with participants.
  • live webinars on sales related topics.
  • library of customised eLearning materials accessible on Enterprise Ireland’s eLearning portal.


Advisory Support

You will also be assigned a sales practitioner to work with you and your company as a Programme business adviser, helping you to implement Programme learnings and achieve an immediate impact on your sales ability.


Am I eligible? Who should apply?

The International Selling Programme is for manufacturing and internationally traded services companies currently exporting or with advanced plans to do so. The proven tools you will master are relevant to any growth orientated company.

Participants should typically spend a minimum of 30% of time in a sales role and must be at the level of:

    • MD/CEO
    • Sales/Commercial/Marketing Director (or other Director Level)
    • Sales/Commercial/Marketing Manager
    • Consideration may be given to Business Development Executive/Technical Sales Lead depending on their role
    • Company Directors from non-sales specialisms may also be considered

The 2019/2020 programme is open to companies that are utilising the International Selling Programme to support growth in any export market globally.





The Programme fee is €12,100 per participant per Enterprise. This includes Executive and CEO participation and the assignment of a Business Adviser. Participation on the programme is supported by Enterprise Ireland (eligibility criteria apply) at the following rates:

Enterprise SizeGrantCost to Company
Large Enterprise50%€6,050
Medium Enterprise60%€4,840
Small Enterprise70%€3,630

For a full definition of Enterprise Size, please refer to SME Definition. Companies must be eligible Enterprise Ireland clients or clients of a participating agency to avail of funding support.

Note a decreased rate of funding may be applied where companies are availing of the programme for more than 3 participants.


How do I apply?

Register your interest in applying for the 2019/2020 ISP:

Register here

Once we receive your Expression of Interest, we will notify you as soon as the application process opens in early 2019.


More information

The brochure for the International Selling Programme 2019/2020 will be available in early 2019. In the meantime you can view the brochure for the current programme:

Download the International Selling Programme Brochure 2018/2019 



To find out more, please contact:

Mariam Dadabhay

Programme Manager

Enterprise Ireland

+353 1 727 2764

Mariam Dadabhay

or contact DIT Programme Team