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Program Overview

Program Overview

Discover how peace and prosperity can transform a culture and how conflict, politics, and policy have interacted with Irish culture to form today’s thriving society. Northern Ireland is a welcoming country that’s left discord behind. We’ll show you how it got that way through a combination of focused academics and up-close exposure to history and culture. Through cultural activities, excursions, and challenging and stimulating coursework at the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen’s University Belfast, you’ll explore the social, political, and cultural realities of a community once marked by intense conflict and sectarian violence.

Study abroad in Belfast and you'll:

  • Look at key contemporary issues in Northern Irish society, and develop a broad understanding of the history and politics of the state
  • Examine how contemporary political communities use the past to construct traditions, ideologies, and identities
  • Demonstrate multi-cultural leadership skills through participating in various group projects with British/Irish peers
  • Analyze the complexities of contemporary life in Belfast
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants
  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants

    For minority students from minority-serving institutions who demonstrate financial need based on estimated family contribution (EFC)

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    For students with a GPA or 3.8 or higher who excel in academic pursuits devoted to socially important areas of study

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $1,500 per student

  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships

    The Michael Stohl Research Scholarship is awarded to students studying for a semester or year who are self-identified as a 1st generation college student, demonstrate financial need, are a non-traditionally aged student, have a non-traditional background, and/or are planning to conduct research as part of the study abroad program. Preference is given to students from public higher education institutions. Awards range from $1000-$5000, depending on duration of study and financial need, and are applied toward the awardee's CIEE program fee.

  • CIEE International Relations, Political Science, History, Peace and Conflict-Resolution Merit Schola
  • CIEE International Relations, Political Science, History, Peace and Conflict-Resolution Merit Schola

    For high-achieving students focused on these academic areas

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

In studying at Queen’s University Belfast, you’ll have access to a full curriculum of liberal arts and sciences courses. Choose from classes ranging from anthropology, business, and engineering to English, mathematics, international relations, and biology.

Excursions

Exclusive CIEE excursions give you a deeper understanding of Northern Ireland’s past, present, and rich culture. We offer numerous opportunities to immerse yourself in Irish life – be it a personal tour of Belfast that’s part of a course in politics, an overnight trip to Dublin to explore historical sites and the cultural quarter, or kicking up your heels during an evening of traditional music! Through a series of daylong and extended excursions, you could visit castles, ancient burial grounds, the Titanic Quarter, 400-year-old battle sites, the South of Ireland, the ancient city of Derry, and the first purpose-built Protestant cathedral in the world.

Internships

Students on the Society, Conflict + Peace program have the opportunity to participate in an internship with a local community group or organisation. Depending on your interest (health services, education, conflict transformation, politics), you can develop skills that will serve you well in the future while you support local communities. Potential internships could include working for a local organisation that develops community-led peace-building initiatives, working for a number of Non-Governmental organisations who specialise in health services, education, and restorative justice, or interning at a local museum or for a political party. For further information on potential internships contact the CIEE Study Abroad Advisor for the UK. Please note, undertaking an internship while studying in Belfast requires a specific UK Visa, with additional costs. Students who do not acquire the appropriate Visa before they enter the UK will not be able to participate in an internship or volunteer opportunity.

Volunteering

Get involved, make a difference, and have some fun! As a CIEE volunteer, you can work with young Irish students and help organize events like the annual Queen’s University Belfast Got Talent showcase or the 5K Queen’s Parkrun, a weekly community event.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2016 (14 wks)
05/15/2016
09/12/2016
12/18/2016
$19,450

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$15,982
Housing
$3,050
Insurance
$118

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$2,600
International Airfare *
$1,200
Local Transportation
$150
Books & Supplies
$250
Personal expenses
$2,750

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2017 (19 wks)
11/15/2016
01/25/2017
06/04/2017
$16,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,333
Housing
$3,050
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$2,600
International Airfare *
$1,200
Local Transportation
$150
Books & Supplies
$250
Personal expenses
$2,750

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Academic year 2016-2017 (38 wks)
05/15/2016
09/12/2016
06/04/2017
$34,600

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$28,082
Housing
$6,100
Insurance
$118

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$5,200
International Airfare *
$1,200
Local Transportation
$300
Books & Supplies
$500
Visa Fees
$500
Personal expenses
$5,500
Expenses during break **
$1,500

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

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Eligibility
3.0 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 3.0
  • Minimum sophomore standing.
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Students select 3 classes at QUB, worth 5 U.S. credits (20 CATS credits) each, for a total of 15 U.S. credits per semester.

Students also have the option to take either the CIEE Core Course, Independent Research, or Internship. Each of these requirements is worth 3 U.S. credits, and electing to take one of them in addition to the three QUB classes will mean that the student will have a total of 18 U.S. credits for the semester.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students are required to take three QUB courses during the semester. In addition, students can opt to enroll in a CIEE course; either Culture and Conflict in Northern Ireland, Internship, or Directed Independent Research.

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About the City

About The City

Belfast has reaffirmed its place as a vibrant hub of industry, arts, higher education, business, and law. This storied city’s center has been transformed with new development around Victoria Square, the Titanic Quarter, and the Golden Mile. Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland. It is the seat of devolved government and location of the Northern Ireland Assembly. The city endured a period of disruption, conflict, and destruction known as the “Troubles,” but has undergone a sustained period of calm, free from the intense political violence of former years, and substantial economic and commercial growth.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Ray Casserly

Director, Global Institute – London

Ray Casserly holds a doctorate in ethnomusicology/anthropology of music from the School of History and Anthropology at Queen’s University Belfast. Aside from his previous teaching role at the Queen's University of Belfast, he is experienced in the organization and delivery of numerous cross-community and cross-border initiatives with various music groups in Northern Ireland. Ray continues to incorporate his musical interests into his research on the highly sensitive political issue of parades in Northern Ireland. His academic interests include music and conflict, communal memory, and identity in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Having participated in a study abroad program to the United States in 2005, Ray is readily available to offer assistance and support, based on his own personal experiences for American students fitting into a foreign culture. Supporting and connecting students to their host environment is central to Ray’s ambitions. He has interwoven his research and international education work by connecting CIEE students and faculty to key community figures and leading academics in the United Kingdom. These exclusive encounters for students provide the balance between theory and practice, and observation and engagement, and help develop a unique, holistic, and high-quality study abroad learning opportunity for CIEE participants.

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Erin Hinson

Resident Coordinator

Resident Coordinator Erin Hinson holds a bachelor’s degree in history of art and architecture from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in Irish Studies from Queen’s University Belfast. She is in the second year of her PhD in Irish Studies at QUB. Her current research examines how artefacts, through both production and use, facilitated the formation of identities within the Maze/Long Kesh compound prison experiences of the Ulster Volunteer Force and Red Hand Commando paramilitary organizations. Her primary research interests include artefact production, material culture, identity formation, and prison experiences in sites of conflict. Aside from conducting her doctoral research, Erin actively maintains associations from her previous study and work experiences with community organizations across Belfast and Northern Ireland. Living as an American abroad in Northern Ireland for the past three years, Erin is willing and able to provide support and assistance for American students adapting to study, work, and life in a foreign culture.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Founded in 1845, Queen’s University Belfast has a record of academic achievement that stretches back more than 150 years. With a student body of 24,000, Queen’s University is a broad-based, research-driven university with world-class research and international connections. The Institute of Irish Studies at Queen’s University Belfast was established in 1965 and is one of the leading centers for research-led teaching in Irish Studies. The Institute’s focus is on interdisciplinary studies in a wide range of fields, but especially in the social sciences.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

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Study abroad students are placed in University housing, located a short five-minute walk from campus. CIEE students are placed in either residence hall suites with bathroom facilities or in standard or twin rooms with shared restrooms. Shared kitchen facilities equipped with a stove, microwave, refrigerator, and cupboards are available. Community youth workers and residential assistants work to build community across all of the residence halls, and organize social programs to create opportunities for integration with local students. Meals are not included and are the responsibility of the student.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Belfast even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident director meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

A mandatory orientation session conducted at the beginning of the program introduces you to the country, culture, and academic program, and provides practical information about living in Belfast. You'll be introduced to the academic requirements of the university and shown how to make the best use of campus facilities and services. Each semester begins with a mandatory orientation session organized by CIEE in Belfast and continues into the first month. The orientation includes an introduction to Belfast, British and Irish society and culture, and excursions in and around the city. Queen’s University Belfast also provides an orientation for international students at the start of each term in which you'll participate. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. The on-campus student residences have Internet access in student rooms via an Ethernet connection and/or wireless connection, and the Queens' campus is wireless. Several on-campus computer labs are also available for your use.

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Culture

Culture

Cultural Activities and Field Trips

study abroad in Ireland

The CIEE core course includes co-curricular field trips, including an overnight excursion to Dublin, a day excursion to Derry city, and a series of exclusive seminars with local community and political representatives. These are an integral part of the course and are linked to classroom material. Other cultural activities and site visits include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The Apprentice Boys of Derry
  • Carrickfergus Castle
  • Northern Ireland Assembly
  • The Orange Order
  • Political Tours of the Bogside District of Derry and Londonderry
  • Political Tours of West and East Belfast
  • The Titanic Quarter
  • Transport Outdoor Museum

Weekend Homestay with a Belfast Family

CIEE offers students an optional weekend homestay program as part of the program. Weekend homestays are subject to availability.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Program

This study abroad program provides a unique opportunity for students interested in the political, social, cultural, and ethno-religious diversity of Ireland to engage with these issues in an exciting and ever-evolving environment at the Institute of Irish Studies at the Queen’s University Belfast. CIEE students choose three courses among Queen’s University courses and can opt to enroll in one CIEE course.

Academic Culture

Queen’s University has a vibrant academic environment, which supports its world-class innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration between research and education. Queen’s University combines the best of tradition with a progressive outlook. It is an institution with a world-class academic reputation as reflected in the award of its fourth Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2006. Queens is on the three-term system. Actual classes in the fall term end in mid-December but exams don’t take place until mid- to late January. Alternative assessment in mid-December is already a university-wide policy for study abroad students. The spring term takes place from early February through early June.

European lecture styles differ significantly from that in the U.S., and some U.S. students may find this to be an issue in terms of adjusting to a new educational environment. CIEE teaching staff and professors in other courses at Queen’s University are conscious of this and prepare students during orientation and throughout the semester. Class size is under 30 students for most classes. However, large lecture courses could contain up to 200.

Nature of Classes

CIEE classes are with other CIEE study abroad students only. Queens University courses are with CIEE, international, and Irish students.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

Grading System

Assessment is based on the individual’s overall performance, including essays and coursework and final examination papers.

Language of Instruction

English

Faculty

Courses are taught by faculty at Queen’s University Belfast.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

CIEE Courses

ANTH 3001 BCSP/HIST 3002 BSCP

Culture and Conflict in Northern Ireland

This course will take anthropological, political, and historical perspectives to look at key issues relating to Northern Ireland. The course will provide an overview of the history and politics of the Northern Ireland state. It will use anthropological understandings of ethnicity and nationalism to examine how British Unionism and Irish Nationalism developed. It will look in detail at the various political solutions which have been applied to 'the Province', with a particular focus on the Peace Process. It will examine the realities and legacies of the conflict since the signing of the 1998 Agreement. It will explore the development of cultural and political 'traditions' in particular examining change and continuity in Irish society. It will highlight how research is applied to Northern Ireland highlighting a range of current on-going projects being conducted at the Institute of Irish Studies. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

INDR 3003 BSCP

Directed Independent Research

CIEE supports qualified students who wish to pursue an academically rigorous independent research project while abroad. In order to enroll in a directed independent research project, students must submit a research proposal including a clearly defined research topic, explanation of research plans, description of preparation in the planned area of study, list of resources, tentative outline of a final paper, and suggested schedule of progress. Students complete a total of 135 hours of research and meet regularly with an advisor to complete an academically rigorous, ethically sound, and culturally appropriate investigation and final research paper. Approval for participation in Directed Independent Research must be obtained from the resident director and the student’s home institution prior to arrival on the program. Total hours: 135. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

INSH 3801 BSCP

Internship
The CIEE Internship provides immersion in the local work environment and helps build both practical skills and intercultural competence. Students will learn how to apply academic knowledge in a business setting, interact with co-workers, and compare teamwork and interpersonal interactions in different cultures. Students will work in local companies and organizations for a total of 100-120 contact hours. On-site experience is reinforced by a solid academic component with weekly seminar meetings and individual academic advising meetings, for a total of 15 contact hours. Total hours: 115-135. Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Queen’s University Courses

For a more comprehensive list of options, please refer to https://qsiscat.qub.ac.uk for further details. If you require more information, please contact the CIEE Study Abroad Advisor for the UK.

Courses available in the following areas:
Anthropology
Archaeology
Architecture
Aerospace Engineering
Biology Sciences
Biomedical Sciences
Business Studies
Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Science
Communications
Criminology
Drama Studies
Economics
Electronics
Electrical Engineering
Engineering
Ethnomusicology
English
Film Studies
Geography
History
International Studies, Politics and Conflict Studies
Mathematics
Music
Music Technology
Paleoecology
Planning
Philosophy
Politics
Psychology
Sociology
Social Policy
Theology

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