The World Endeavors Summer Study in Northern Ireland – Queen’s University Belfast offers students the chance to take an intensive course in Irish studies at the prestigious and historic Queen’s University Belfast. Students gain a richer, deeper understanding of Irish culture, particularly the unique atmosphere of Northern Ireland, while experiencing life in the fascinating city of Belfast. Outside the classroom, students have the opportunity to meet with representatives of Northern Ireland’s political parties, who help students learn more about the tumultuous history and current political issues of Northern Ireland. The program includes travel opportunities to sites such as the Stormont Parliament Buildings, Clifton Street Cemetery, Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, and the historic city of Londonderry, where students visit the Tower Museum and the Museum of Free Derry and take a tour of the murals and city walls. For students who wish to travel independently, Belfast is conveniently located for day and weekend trips.
Queen’s University Belfast is a great fit for students who want to experience the British Isles in a place slightly off the beaten path. As part of the United Kingdom and as part of Ireland, Northern Ireland is a fascinating place to gain insights into both. Hard-working students are drawn to Queen’s high academic standards. The summer program attracts a variety of participants of all ages and from different backgrounds with their programs focused on conflict transformation and driving change through education. The diverse group includes university students, teachers, professors, and those who are interested in immersing themselves in the Irish culture.
Belfast has reinvented itself in recent years to become one of the most up-and-coming cities of the United Kingdom. The city center has seen massive redevelopment, and locals and tourists alike now flock to the city’s museums, concert halls, and art galleries. Known as a center of higher education, Belfast caters to students from all over the world, and the lively, diverse student presence helps to define the creative and friendly local culture. There’s history to see here, too, as Belfast has long been an industrial and economic center of the United Kingdom. An abundance of charming local restaurants, cafes, and pubs keep the social life of Belfast interesting, while just outside the city are the beautiful hills, valleys, and coastline of Ireland.
Students spend four week at Queen’s University Belfast, immersing themselves in a unique academic and cultural experience, and pursue their interests in one of three tailored summer school programs.
Perfect for students who are interested in a comparative international perspective on conflict transformation and social justice, drawing on the experience of conflict in Ireland where the School is delivered. This program studies conflict transformation through both theory and practice as students learn about case studies including Northern Ireland, South Asia, the Middle East, South America and the Balkans. They will study past interventions and policies, how religion impacts peace building, and elements in the process, such as negotiation and dialogue and the roles of victims and perpetrators of injustice.
Areas of study include:
- Conflict Transformation in a Local and Global Perspective
- Religion and Peacebuilding
- Intervention and Integration
- Transitional Justice
- Human Rights and Social Justice
- Cross-border Co-operation
- Discourses and Dialogue in Conflict Transformation
- Representing and Dealing with the Past
- Research Methods and Ethics in Conflict Transformation
- Policing and Securitization
Ideal for students who want an immersive experience studying the history, heritage, culture, politics, language and literature of the island of Ireland, with a unique Irish-British perspective. During the course of the program, students will take field trips around Northern Ireland, including visits to St Patrick’s birthplace, Downpatrick, the poet Seamus Heaney’s Homeplace, and to the city of Armagh, Ireland’s ecclesiastical capital.
Areas of study include:
- The history of the people on the land
- Ireland’s place in the world
- The extraordinary and powerful history of migration and diaspora
- The turbulent, intertwined and sometimes creative relationships between Britain and Ireland
- The specific part played by the north, particularly Belfast and Derry/Londonderry, in our history
- Language, literature, music, dance and art
- Conflict and peace
- Heritage, identity and varieties of Irishness
This program is designed to inspire students to view learning as a catalyst for transformation, and is suited to students who are interested in how education can be used as a tool for change. It draws on the variety of local educational practices from faith schools, to the internationally recognized Shared Education Programme to Irish language schools to help students hear firsthand about different educational contexts and disciplines, and research on them. Students will have the opportunity to meet education partners and stakeholders in Northern Ireland, and see their study in practice through visits to informal educational settings.
Topics of study include:
- Northern Ireland and the local and global platform: including sessions on higher education, Northern Ireland culture and dealing with social and religious differences throughout our unique history and in current times.
- Education through Evidence and Social Innovation: including sessions on children’s services, early intervention and prevention, conducting RCTs and a range of rigorous educational research approaches.
- UNESCO sessions: including sessions on curriculum in divided and conflict-affected societies, engaging young people with controversial political issues, models for promoting intercultural education and maximising intergroup contact through schools in divided societies.
- Education for all: including sessions on epistemic justice and special needs education, inclusive education for children and young people with disabilities, mental health needs of children in care and the implications for schools, student voice and youth justice.
- Education Studies and leadership in the 21st century: including sessions on literacy, technology and society, higher order thinking skills, learning dispositions, theories of learning, assessment, the outdoor classroom and educational leadership.
Participants who successfully complete the four-week course will receive 5-6 US academic credits.
The World Endeavors process is designed to take the guesswork out of academic credit and credit transfers. Our experienced advisors work with each student and his or her academic advisor before the program begins to ensure students earn the credit expected for courses taken abroad.
Single, furnished, self-catered student accommodations are provided. Students applying on time are likely to be accommodated in a university residence hall as preference is given to international students in the allocation of University accommodation. All university housing is within walking distance of the main campus. Students have access to kitchen facilities to prepare meals, and there are also many restaurants and cafés nearby. Reasonably priced meals are available at the university’s Student Union.
FOUR WEEK PROGRAM: June 24th – July 21st, 2018
– Application Deadline: March 15th, 2018
Program dates listed are for reference only and are subject to change. Please wait until after acceptance and you have received the confirmed dates to book any flights.
|Summer Study In Northern Ireland (Queen's University Belfast)||$5,490|
- Onsite coordinator
- Academic transcript from Queen’s University
- Student housing accommodations
- Breakfast daily
- Onsite orientation
- Field Trips
- Welcome Event and Social Program
- Travel medical insurance
- Visa support
- Student services and learning support
- Airport pick-up and welcome
- Pre-departure guidance and handbook
- Advice on how to get a local phone number
- 24/7 emergency phone support
- Re-entry support and alumni services
OTHER BUDGET CONSIDERATIONS
- Round-trip transportation to Northern Ireland
- Housing security deposit (refundable)
- Additional Meals
- Visa expenses
- Optional trips and excursions
- Textbooks and other course materials
- Daily transportation
- Personal expenses
Congratulations on your decision to embark on a life-changing experience abroad! We look forward to working with you to make your trip memorable and meaningful.
For most applicants, the first step is to contact a World Endeavors advisor. Our advisors are available to answer questions and offer guidance along the way. With our help, you may be surprised at how easily your dream of going abroad can become a reality.
Enrollment in the World Endeavors program begins formally with an application. Due to visa requirements and other processes involved in coordinating international programs, participants are encouraged to submit their applications as far in advance as possible. We recommend that applications be submitted prior to the program application deadline. If your intended program's deadline has passed, contact World Endeavors for more information.