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  • Locations: Ballycastle, United Kingdom; Belfast, United Kingdom; Derry/Londonderry, United Kingdom; Dublin, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.8 Class Eligibility: Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Language of Instruction: English Program Type: Faculty-led, Study Tour
Academic Areas: English, Faith-Justice Scholarships: Center for International Programs
Program Description:
Identities in Conflict: Violence, Reconciliation and Community (ENG 444)  
Study Tour in Northern Ireland
May 24 - June 2, 2019

NIreland17(2017 tour) 

Course Information
Course: ENG 444 with Dr. Ann GreenDr. Green

  • English majors/minors
  • Faith/Justice minors
  • Gender Studies minors
  • DGNW Overlay
  • Writing Intensive Overlay
Course Description: "Identities in Conflict" examines the idea of “identity” in Northern Ireland (Protestant vs. Catholic vs. British) in relationship to identities in a U.S. context. We’ll look at the history of "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland, as well as the current conflicts over Brexit, consider how different identities appear in short stories, memoir, and novels, and reflect on the relationships between identity and conflict, violence and nonviolence, peace and reconciliation. We’ll also consider how community functions in literature and in our own classroom, as we build our own intentional community. During “Identities in Conflict,” you will write and reflect a lot on your own identity, your relationship to the world, and the books we read. This course is ideal for students from any major who are interested in Ireland, peace studies, community, conflict, or writing.

Eligible Students:
  • Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors with a preferred 2.8 GPA or higher
  • Students who need Writing Intensive or Diversity Overlay are encouraged to apply
  • Students with a strong interest in social justice
  • Students who are in good financial standing and who are not on academic or disciplinary probation
Credit: Upon acceptance, students will be registered for either ENG 444, for 3 credits, as part of their Spring 2019 Semester course load. Students will not be able to register themselves for the course.

Class time: TBD

Tentative Itinerarycorrymeela
Students will learn from community members and community partner organizations throughout their immersion in Belfast, Ballycastle and Derry.  In Belfast students will spend time learning about the marginalization of identities during the "Troubles" as well as the impact it has on today's society. Time will also be spent at Corrymeela, an ecumenical community committed to the work of reconciliation by providing a “safe and shared space” where people can meet as Protestants and Catholics, British and Irish, rich and poor, and through open dialogue and interaction grow in trust with one another.  More information about Corrymeela can be found on their website.  While at Corrymeela, the group will spend a day in Derry learning about the Bloody Sunday, the murals, and the peace and reconciliation efforts that have occurred after the "Troubles."

Program & Cost Information

Your Program Includes: 
Transportation: Round-trip, international airfare;  Ground transportation, as necessary
Accommodation: Shared accommodation for duration of program
Cultural excursions: See itinerary 
Meals:  During the duration of stay at Corrymeela & 2 meals in Belfast
Logistics: Premium for Geoblue Emergency Medical, Natural Disaster, and Political Evacuation Insurance; 24/7Assistance of on-site coordinator and CIP staff (U.S.) 

Estimated* Program Fee: $3,200
  • You must attend an information session to apply for this study tour. Application due date is: Wednesday, October 24th (please note the deadline has been changed)
  • There will be an interview process with all applicants after applications have been submitted.
  • Finalists will be notified by Monday, November 12th
  • Deposit: Non-refundable $300 due to the CIP office as part of application by November 15th, 2018
  • The remainder of the program fee will be due to the Office of Student Accounts in two payments in January & February 2019

Estimated Undergraduate Tuition: If this course is part of your normal course load (5 classes), there is no extra tuition fee. If this course is an overload course (a 6th course), students must pay overload tuition for the 3 credits.

The program fee does not include:
  • U.S. Passport ($135) or Renewal ($110), see below.
  • Daily, personal expenses & souvenirs
  • Some meals (Consider the Cost of Living Index)
  • Trip Cancellation & Interruption Insurance (Recommended, but Optional- students will learn more about how to purchase post-acceptance into the Study Tour)


Passport Information
Although a copy of your passport is not needed in order to apply for a Study Tour, it can take 6 weeks or more to obtain a passport. Upon acceptance, the CIP will need a copy of your passport. If your passport is expired or will expire November 2019 or earlier, please renew your passport right away. Passport information can be found on the State Department Website.
Country Information 
Review the following information for the UK: State Department & CDC information.

How to Apply:

In order to apply for this study tour, students must first attend a Mandatory Information Session on one of the following dates/times in Wachterhauser Seminar Room (2nd Floor PLC): 
  • Wednesday, October 10th at 12pm 
  • Thursday, October 11th at 11am
  • Wednesday, October 17th at 10am
  • Thursday, October 18th at 3:30pm
Questions? Or if you missed the information session dates and are still interested, please email Jill Welsh:

Once, you have attended a session, please return to this page to begin the application: 
  1. Click 'Apply Now' on this brochure and begin with your SJU login
  2. COMPLETE All elements of your application before the application deadline October 24th at midnight* (Please note that the deadline has changed)
  3. Upon completion of the CIP application, students will be required to complete an interview
    with members of the Faith-Justice Institute and English Department. You will be contacted after you submitted your application to schedule the interview. 
  4. The Faith-Justice Institute and English Department will select applicants after interviews. If selected, you must submit a $300 Confirmation Deposit to the CIP office by November 15th
*To access a previously started application, please click SJU login/register at the top right and login to view your application. Do not click Apply Now again.
Program Testimonial


Northern Ireland Study Tour from Emily Baumley on Vimeo.

Northern Ireland 2018
Related Scholarships
 CIP Study Tour Grant
Please apply for the Study Tour before applying for the Grant, due by 11:59pm October 15th. Find the grant application here.  In addition to our office scholarship, you can check with your Academic Department for scholarships or review our website information on Scholarships

Department Funding - If the cost of participating on this study tour is prohibitive, Please email Jill Welsh: as there may be some additional departmental funding available. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/24/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/24/2019 06/02/2019

** 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.