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  • Locations: Londonderry, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: HECUA 
  • Restrictions: Gustavus applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2022 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission 09/06/2022 12/17/2022
Spring 2023 09/15/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Partner: HECUA - Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs Click here for a definition of this term Program Term(s): Semester only
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.75
Click here for a definition of this term Prerequisites: No Click here for a definition of this term Previous Language Study Req?: No
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Language courses offered: None
Click here for a definition of this term Meet Language Reqt in One Semester?: No Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Apartment (Alone), Dormitory
Click here for a definition of this term 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
Click here for a definition of this term Additional Program Options: Community Engagement, Internship (with credit transfer)
Program Description:

 

HECUA_Northern_IrelandStudy the legacy of violent conflict and engage efforts to build a sustainable peace. Examine the role of citizens as agents of transformation.


Program Description

Throughout this program students wrestle with challenging questions: What does it mean to be a victim/survivor? A perpetrator? How can we heal after hurt? How do we reckon with the full weight of the past? Students critically examine the work of justice, reconciliation, and repair.

Northern Ireland has grappled for centuries with an ongoing identity-based conflict that divides neighbors, communities, and the country itself. This history is physically present in the form of imposing walls (some 400 years old, others much more recent), and a border that has divided the island of Ireland for 100 years. Deeply segregated communities are byproducts of the trauma caused by years of violence. The conflict and its legacy ripples out into the language, governance, and everyday life of Northern Irish citizens.

Students live, work, and learn in the city of Derry-Londonderry. There and in Belfast, and border areas, students meet with community members directly impacted by violence, who now work to share stories and foster healing dialogue. Individual internships allow students to be actively involved in the ongoing work of peace-building and community development. Past internship sites include Children in Crossfire, The Rainbow Project, and The Playhouse Theatre.Read more about Conflict, Peace, and Transition in Northern Ireland here!

Courses

  • Understanding the Politics of the Northern Ireland Conflict (4 credits)
  • Building a Sustainable Democracy (4 credits)
  • Northern Ireland Internship Placement and Seminar (two linked courses, 8 credits total)
Total: Four courses: 16 credit hours. 

Can it change?Internship and Highlights

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 sustainable and inclusive peace. Internship sites 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.

Student Testimony

This program influenced the way that I approach talking about conflicts and the historical implications of oppression. - Yasmin, Hamline University. To read more about student experiences in Northern Ireland, click here.


Program Fees

Click here to view current fees on our website. Fees vary by institution. group transportation to field sites, planned group excursions, lodging, meals, local transportation, medical insurance, and administrative costs. During the course of the program students are placed in student housing on the University of Ulster campus, and receive a food stipend.

Health and Safety

HECUA has been vigilantly and constantly monitoring the evolving conditions of COVID-19, including tracking updates from the Minnesota Department of Health, Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization, the US Department of State and other credible sources. Click here to view HECUA's most recent COVID-19 updates.

Eligibility

This program is open to any undergraduate students currently enrolled in a US college or university who have completed their first year of college and maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, although any applicant with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.5 will receive additional review. Prospective students are encouraged to contact hecua@hecua.org with any other eligibility questions.

Housing

  • Apartment/Flat
  • Group living

Scholarships

HECUA offers multiple scholarships to students each term. BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) students, first-generation students, and students from low-income backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Students are encouraged to discuss options with their home institution's financial aid office. Visit our website to learn more.
 


To Apply

If you're ready to apply or just want more information, we suggest that you connect with a HECUA Admissions Advisor at hecua@hecua.org.
 
  • Submit an online application to HECUA.
  • Submit an application to study off-campus through your home institution.
  • Contact hecua@hecua.org for more information.
Click here to apply.


More information at the HECUA Northern Ireland webpage >>>

Gustavus information

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.