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  • Locations: Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Program Website: Click to visit
  • Program Costs: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/21/2020 03/06/2020 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Residence Hall
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Academic Area: Anthropology, Education, Gen Eds, Government, International Studies, Sociology
Credit Requirement: Currently Enrolled/Completing 24 Credits Type of GO Program: Partner, Traditional
Program Description:

Queen's University is one of the UK's leading universities and is an historic and attractive campus set in the leafy suburbs of Belfast, Northern Ireland. A 15 minute walk from campus, Belfast is a bustling, cosmopolitan city boasting a vibrant social life and rich cultural heritage and only an hour's flight from most major British cities. The university has over 17,000 students from over 80 countries and is ideal for students desiring a personal and friendly campus environment packed with student facilities and amenities (everything from nightlife to sporting facilities, restaurants and an art house cinema) - all within walking distance.  It is a great place to meet Northern Irish and European students and to experience Northern Ireland's lifestyle.  Belfast has been named "a city on the rise" and "the city of students" with millions of visitors each year, a rich maritime history, and one of the youngest populations in Europe.

The education buildings are all within about four blocks of each other and it takes no more than ten minutes to walk across campus. The student center is located right in the heart of the campus where you can get any help you need whether it be searching for a job, financial advice, food, computer labs, and more. The library is state of the art with lots of private study areas and additional computer labs. The sports center and gym are located about a 5 minutes’ walk past the library and through the Botanic Gardens. Accommodations are also a 10 minute walk from campus either through the Botanic Gardens or along the leafy suburban Malone Street.

For more information about Queen's University Belfast, visit the following website HERE. Or review the Belfast Student Guide
June 25, 2018 - July 20, 2018

If you choose accommodation as part of your package you will stay at Elms Village, Queen’s purpose built student accommodation. Your package is for 27 nights from Sunday 24 June 2017 until Friday 20 July 2017 inclusive– with arrival on the Sunday from 2.00pm and departure on the Saturday morning by 10.30am. 

Our rooms are en suite so students will have their own private space and private bathroom. Rooms are in blocks of 11 and you will share living and cooking facilities. Your package includes utility bills, internet service, 24-hour security, 24-hour reception, regular cleaning of communal areas, and a television in common rooms. A cooked breakfast is also included each morning.

Elms Village is located within easy walking distance of the University. Elms is a 15 minute walk from the main campus, and there is also a bus stop opposite the complex which can take you to the main campus, and further on in to Belfast city center.
There are three academic options:

1. Conflict Transformation Summer School
The program examines the theories and practices of conflict transformation from within local and global perspectives, including case studies of Northern Ireland, the Balkans, the Middle East, South Asia and South America, as well as evaluating how religion impacts upon peace-building. Students will learn more about how interventions and policies dedicated to conflict transformation have failed or succeeded. Students will be taught by expert scholars from a wide range of disciplines including Politics, Law, International Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, History, Psychology, Film and Theatre.

Areas of study include:
  • Conflict Transformation in a Local and Global Perspective
  • Religion and Peace-building
  • 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
2. Irish Studies Summer School
The program examines the history and influence of the island on the world and uses this to gain a greater perspective on the planet we share. The program includes a series of field trips to sites across Northern Ireland, including programme specific trips to the poet Seamus Heaney’s Homeplace, the birthplace of St Patrick, Downpatrick and the city of Armagh, the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland.

Students choose one focus:
  • History and Heritage: Classes specific to this strand include Medieval Ireland. Civil Rights in Northern Ireland, women's history in Ireland and the Great Famine.
  • Literature and Culture: Classes specific to this strand include the cultural history of the 'Titanic', an introduction to the Irish language and the study of the works of Irish writers and poets including Seamus Heaney, WB Yeats and James Joyce.
Areas of study include:
  • The history of the people on our 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 
3. Education For Transformation
The program is hosted by the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (SSESW). From faith schools to Irish language schools to religiously integrated schools to schools involved in the internationally renowned Shared Education Programme, the SSESW is at the heart of rigorous research conducted throughout our schools and those further afield which has informed policy and brought about systemic change in the local system and beyond. You will be taught by those who have lead led and developed the innovative research, change and transformation of the internationally renowned education system we have today.

There will be exciting opportunities to hear first-hand accounts of researching and teaching in different educational contexts and working within other disciplines (justice, social work, social policy) and in partnership with key stakeholders to include Governments, charities and NGOs. Students are also given the opportunity to meet with some of Northern Ireland’s stakeholders and education partners, with excursions to informal educational settings to put see our learning in practice.

Drawing on our experiences and research within Northern Ireland, the UK and from around the world, we will examine:
  • 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: to include sessions on children’s services, early intervention and prevention, conducting RCTs and a range of rigorous educational research approaches.
  • UNESCO sessions: to include sessions on curriculum in divided and conflict-affected societies, engaging young people with controversial political issues, models for promoting intercultural education and maximizing intergroup contact through schools in divided societies.
  • Education for all: to include 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: to include sessions on literacy, technology and society, higher order thinking skills, learning dispositions, theories of learning, assessment, the outdoor classroom and educational leadership.

Students can earn 5 credits. Students wishing to be considered for credit are required to complete an essay of 4,000 – 5,000 words (including bibliography) and when your work is graded you will be given a percentage mark. 


"I attended Queens University Belfast for their Summer Institute for Irish Studies and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life.  I traveled to Belfast by myself, not knowing what would lay ahead on my journey, but soon realized it was going to be once in a lifetime experience. The Institute is arranged perfectly for the novice traveler or a experienced traveler who has seen the world. The summer school has a wonderful balance of classroom instruction, class trips and free-time. The program gave me a glimpse into all aspects of Northern Ireland, including history, literature and geological foundations.  The class field trips looked at different parts of the city, museums and the natural landscape of the country.  
I was able to have a great deal of independence and free time while in this new area, but the comfort of knowing Queen’s Belfast has an international staff on-hand incase I needed any assistance.  Queens is centrally located in the city; it was just a short walk to the city centre where I could shop, get delicious food and enjoy local culture. One of my favorite things to do while in Belfast was to go St. George’s Market and get fresh baked-goods and locally made crafts.  The center of the City also offers various forms of transportation to allow for easy access to other areas of Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland or even different countries.  During the free weekends, I took trips to Dublin and Helens Bay.  There are so many things to do and see in Belfast that you may not want to leave the city!

The living accommodations while at Queens allowed me to to live with and become wonderful friends with those in the school. Elms Village was just a short walk to the main campus and centre city.  Elms Village is wonderful because it has a kitchen on every floor that allows for the opportunity to cook your own food or store snacks so I didn’t need to purchase food for every meal. There are numerous convenience stores and grocery stores within walking distance.
It is amazing to look back at the global connections and friendships I developed during the trip, many of whom I am still in contact with today.  The Institute allowed me to grow, both intellectually and as an individual.  I gained a new sense of wonder while at Queens and the desire to explore the world.  I would highly recommend this program to any student looking to expand their horizon and for an unforgettable, life-changing experience.  The hardest part of my entire journey abroad was having to go home." 
Sarah Tyler - Summer 2015