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  • Locations: Ballycastle, United Kingdom; Belfast, United Kingdom; Dublin, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: SJU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.8 Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Language of Instruction: English Program Type: Faculty-led, Study Tour
Academic Areas: Faith-Justice, Theology Click here for a definition of this term Scholarships: Center for International Programs
Click here for a definition of this term Visa Required for U.S. Citizens: No
Program Description:
THE 359: Religion, Violence and Terrorism - Study Tour in Northern Ireland
May 18 - May 27, 2020

Corrymeela 2018

Course Information
Course: THE 359: Religion, Violence and Terrorism - Study Tour in Northern Ireland with Dr. Paul Aspan   Paul Aspan Faculty Photo

  • Faith Justice minors
  • Diversity/Globalization/Non-Western Overlay OR Religious Difference GEP

Course description: We will explore the dynamics that give rise to many types of violence that emanate from or invoke religious traditions, convictions and practices.  We will proceed in the following movements:
  • We will study the research of world-renown experts who have done dangerous field work in studying this phenomenon, both in the United States and abroad.
  • We will utilize a variety of examples from around the globe to begin to understand the phenomenon of violence and terrorism generated in part or in whole by religious beliefs and practices.
  • We will use the particular case of Northern Ireland as a lens through which to understand the broader phenomenon of violence and terrorism, as well as non-violent militancy generated by religious beliefs.
  • We will learn not only about past history, but also about the current history and culture of Northern Ireland – and the Republic of Ireland – in order to act as responsible and engaged students of that history and culture during the study tour.
  • During the study tour, we will stay at the Corrymeela Community, Northern Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation organization; in the city of Belfast; and will tour the city of Derry/Londonderry. (Also see the Tentative Itinerary below).
  • As this is a service learning course, we will consistently engage in critical reflection.
  • The course will be taught primarily in a dialogic format, which will require consistent preparation of the day’s assigned readings (and/or viewings) on the part of students for each class.

Eligible students:
  • Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors with a preferred 2.8 GPA or higher;
  • Students with a strong interest in social justice;
  • Students with a strong interest in how religion affects society, for good and for ill;
  • 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 THE 359, for 3 credits, as part of their Spring 2020 Semester course load. Students will not be able to register themselves for the course.  Students will receive an email confirming their enrollment in the class.

Class time: TBD, but most likely a T/R, 75 minute class.

Danielle CritelliTour Coordinator: Danielle Critelli, Faith Justice Institute 

Tentative Itinerary

corrymeelaWe will learn from community members and community partner organizations throughout immersion in Belfast, Ballycastle and Derry/Londonderry.  Throughout our tour we will learn further about the formation, reification, and marginalization of identities both prior to and during the "Troubles," and how violence in the name of religious identities affects the shaping and reshaping of identities.  Corrymeela, located in the environs of Ballycastle, is 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.  Its fundamental mission is to foster open dialogue among these groups – and other groups estranged from one another throughout the world – and through those interactions promote the growth of trust in one another.  More information about Corrymeela can be found on their website.  While at Corrymeela, the group will spend a day in Derry/Londonderry learning about “Bloody Sunday,” the murals, and the peace and reconciliation efforts that have occurred after the "Troubles." 

Program & Cost Information
Northern Ireland Brochure Program Fee: $2,850*

Deposit: Non-refundable $300 due to the CIP office as part of application by October 18th, 2019 (Deposit will be refunded if your application is not accepted; but is non-refundable if your plans change). The deposit will be applied to your total program fee.

Upon acceptance, the remainder of the program fee will be due as follows:
  • $1,275 due to the Office of Student Accounts (can be paid online) by January 2020
  • $1,275 due to the Office of Student Accounts (can be paid online) by February 2020

*The program fee is based on 10 students participating. If the number of participants changes, the program fee may also change. 
Your Program Fee Includes: 
  • Transportation: Round-trip, international airfare between Philadelphia & Dublin;  Ground transportation, as necessary
  • Accommodation: Shared accommodation for duration of program
  • Cultural excursions
  • Some meals
  • Logistics: Premium for Geoblue Emergency Medical, Natural Disaster, and Political Evacuation Insurance; 24/7Assistance of on-site coordinator and CIP staff (U.S.) 
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)
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.

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 2020 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.

Northern Ireland 2018How to Apply:

Deadline has been extended to Nov. 15th!

Please begin an application by clicking the "Apply Now" button and contact Jill Welsh ( as soon as possible if interested in applying.  

  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 18th at 11:59pm.
  3. Submit your $300 confirmation deposit to the CIP office as part of application by November 15th, 2019* (*Extended deadline)
  4. Upon completion of the CIP application, students will be required to complete an interview with members of the Faith-Justice Institute and Theology Department. You will be contacted after you submitted your application to schedule the interview. 
  5. The Faith-Justice Institute and Theology Department will select applicants after interviews. Application decisions will be sent by email.
*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.

Belfast Peace MuralRelated Scholarships

Center for International Programs Study Tour Grant
Saint Joseph's University offers several scholarships from $500 to $1,000 for Saint Joseph's University students studying abroad on SJU faculty-led Study Tours. CIP awards these funds based on financial need and merit to help support SJU undergraduate students study abroad. Further information and an online application are available here. Application will open in Fall 2019.



Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.