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|Spring||2019||09/15/2018 **||Rolling Admission||02/01/2019||05/10/2019|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Does the signing of a peace settlement bring about peace? If so, Northern Ireland has been a "post-conflict" society since 1998. The causes and natures of the Troubles, the violent conflict that raged in Northern Ireland for 30 years, are compelling, but what's the point of investigating this if it's all over?
Throughout this semester-long International Conflict Research Conflict Research Institute-affiliated program students wrestle with challenging questions: Why is peace so fragile 20 years after political agreement? Can justice, truth, and forgiveness be accommodated? How can democracy be rebuilt in a fractured landscape? In a society where barricades known as "peace walls" still separate communities, students critically examine the work of conflict transformation.
Students live, work, and study in Derry/Londonderry. There and in Belfast, Dublin, the north Antrim coast, and boarder areas, students meet with community members directly impacted by violence, who are now working to build peace and a shared society. Individual internships during the middle of the semester allow students to be actively involved in the ongoing work of peacebuilding and community development. Past internships sites include Children in Crossfire, the Rainbow Project, and the Playhouse Theatre.
A seven-week internship in Derry/ Londonderry allows students to be directly involved in efforts of social change toward a peaceful future. The diverse perspectives gained at the internship will help students explore how society is progressing and analyze the cultural traditions and resources available for building a sustainable and inclusive democracy. Internship sites ultimately provide an opportunity to do meaningful work that makes a difference. Some organizations are grassroots with a local focus while others are international in scope.
Field seminars focus on human rights, equality, conflict transformation and education for democracy and help you see in action the tools used to transform conflict. Each student also carries out an independent study project on a topic of personal choice, which includes field research.
Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)
- Area/Ethnic Studies
- Conflict Studies
- Criminal Justice / Corrections
- Human Rights Advocacy
- International Relations
- Journalism / Broadcasting
- Legal Studies
- Peace Studies
- Political Science/Politics
- Public Admin, Public Policy, Govt
- Social Policy
- Social Sciences
- Social Work
- Women's Studies
Please contact HECUA for current pricing, or check the website, here. Program fees include group transportation to field sites, planned group excursions, lodging, meals, local transportation, medical insurance, and administrative costs.
This Program is open to
Typical Living Arrangements
- Group living
Participants Travel to Northern Ireland
Independently or in Groups
Scholarships are Available
HECUA provides up to three $750 Scholarships for Community Engagement, two $1,500 Scholarships for Social Justice and four $4,000 Scholarships for Racial Justice for semester-length programs each fall and spring. More information about the application process for scholarships is available on the HECUA website, here, or by contacting the organization.
Application Process Involves
- Letters of Reference
- Online Application plus Application Assessment
More information at the HECUA Northern Ireland webpage >>>
HECUA. Gustavus belongs to the HECUA Consortium, so we are a part of the organization that offers this program. Any eligible Gustavus student is welcome to participate in this program.
Application process. Gustavus students will first apply for Gustavus approval through this website. Once approved by Gustavus to participate, you will then complete an online HECUA application as well. Note that Gustavus has a nonrefundable application fee of $70 (required for all Gustavus study away applicants), and that HECUA has a separate nonrefundable application fee of $50.
Advising at Gustavus. If you would like to speak with a Gustavus program advisor, please see our Advising page for more information.