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  • Locations: Londonderry, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: HECUA 
  • Restrictions: St. Olaf College applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Advisor or Instructor: David Schalliol Field of Study: Conflict Resolution, Internship, Political Science, Social Change
Department: OFFC Course Number: 266
Language of Instruction: English Program Host: HECUA
Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Housing: Apartments, Dorms
Program Description:



What are the root causes of the Northern Ireland conflict, commonly called "the Troubles"? What progress has been made towards building a sustainable peace? In a country where imposing peace walls still separate historically divided communities, how have citizens assumed crucial roles in conflict transformation? Students examine these questions, and more, over the course of this semester-long, seminar-style class, based at Ulster University in the city of Derry~Londonderry. 

Students travel through Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as part of integrated learning experiences that connect classroom with community. Field visits to Belfast, Donegal, Dublin, the north Antrim coast, and border areas offer students unique opportunities to meet with community members and activists who have been directly impacted by violence, and who are engaged in building peace and a shared society. 

An individual internship, woven into the curriculum, allows students to be directly involved in the ongoing work of peace-building and community development. In past years internship sites have included Children in Crossfire, the Rainbow Project, and the Playhouse Theatre


  • ?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 a sustainable and inclusive democracy. Internship sites ultimately 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.

  • Degree Level

    Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)

  • Subject Areas

    • Anthropology
    • Area/Ethnic Studies
    • Communications
    • Conflict Studies
    • Criminal Justice / Corrections
    • Education
    • Government
    • History
    • Human Rights Advocacy
    • Humanities
    • International Relations
    • Journalism / Broadcasting
    • Legal Studies
    • Peace Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science/Politics
    • Psychology
    • Public Admin, Public Policy, Govt
    • Social Policy
    • Social Sciences
    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Theology
    • Women's Studies
  • Program Fees:

    Please contact HECUA for current pricing, or check the website, here. Program fees include group transportation to field sites, planned group excursions, lodging, meals, local transportation, medical insurance, and administrative costs.

  • Experience Required


  • This Program is open to

    Worldwide Participants.

  • Typical Living Arrangements

    • Apartment/Flat
    • Group living
  • Participants Travel to Northern Ireland

    Independently or in Groups

  • Scholarships are Available

    HECUA provides up to three $750 Scholarships for Community Engagement, two $1,500 Scholarships for Social Justice and four $4,000 Scholarships for Racial Justice for semester-length programs each fall and spring. More information about the application process for scholarships is available on the HECUA website, here, or by contacting the organization.

  • Application Process Involves

    • Essay
    • Letters of Reference
    • Online Application plus Application Assessment
    • Transcript

This is a list of pre-approved GE credits.  If you want other courses to
be considered for GE credit, contact your St. Olaf Program Adviser:


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Academic Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017-2018 02/27/2017
03/16/2017 02/02/2017 05/12/2017
Fall 2017-2018 02/27/2017
03/16/2017 09/03/2017 12/08/2017
Fall 2018-2019 03/01/2018 03/22/2018 08/30/2018 12/08/2018
Spring 2018-2019 03/01/2018 03/22/2018 02/01/2018 05/12/2018

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