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|Restrictions:||Gustavus applicants only|
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|Program Provider:||HECUA - Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs||Program Term(s):||Semester only|
|Minimum Class Standing:||Sophomore||Minimum GPA:||2.50|
|Prerequisites:||No||Previous Language Study Req?:||No|
|Language of Instruction:||English||Language courses offered:||None|
|Housing Options:||Apartment (Alone), Residence Hall||Areas of Study:||Anthropology, Celtic/Irish Studies, Communication, Culture, Education, European Studies, History, Humanities, International Relations, International Studies, Law, Peace & Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Pre-Law, Psychology, Religion/Theology, Service Learning, Social Policy & Administration, Social Work, Sociology, Women's Studies|
|Program Design:||Group based, Set Curriculum, Study Center, Theme based||Additional Program Options:||Community Engagement, Internship|
What are the root causes of the Northern Ireland conflict, commonly called "the Troubles"? What progress has been made towards building a sustainable peace? In a country where imposing peace walls still separate historically divided communities, how have citizens assumed crucial roles in conflict transformation? Students examine these questions, and more, over the course of this semester-long, seminar-style class, based at Ulster University in the city of Derry~Londonderry.
Students travel through Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as part of integrated learning experiences that connect classroom with community. Field visits to Belfast, Donegal, Dublin, the north Antrim coast, and border areas offer students unique opportunities to meet with community members and activists who have been directly impacted by violence, and who are engaged in building peace and a shared society.
An individual internship, woven into the curriculum, allows students to be directly involved in the ongoing work of peace-building and community development. In past years internship sites have included 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.
Click the link to read the reflection of Eileen McNulty, a 2015 program participant: "Why are you going to burn it down?"
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.