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Reconciliation and Peacebuilding in Northern Ireland

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Mural in Northern Ireland

Mural in Northern Ireland

This program is cancelled for the Spring Break 2014 term. 

Course:  THEO 360 (three credits) 
Instructors:  Dr. Mara Adams, Professor and Chair of Theology
Dates:  March 7 - 16, 2014.  (This course will meet for the first half of the Spring semester at days/times agreed to by all.)
Locations:  Dublin, Ireland and Belfast and Derry, Northern Ireland
Price:  $3,836 (tentative)

Program description

Northern Ireland is a young country that has been deeply affected by sectarian violence, which dates back to the 16th century. In more recent times, this sectarian violence has been known as The Troubles, and led to more than 3500 deaths. The Victims Commission of the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency estimates that number of people directly affected by physical injury, trauma or bereavement experienced during The Troubles is 500,000 people. This study abroad course examines why Northern Ireland remains one of the world's most complex places in which to achieve lasting peace and reconciliation. The course introduces students to basic theories about conflict resolution, restorative justice, reconciliation and the process of forgiveness, as well as the role that these all play in peacebuilding.

What is included
  • Course fees
  • Guest lectures
  • Round-trip transportation from the Quad Cities to Dublin
  • Ground transportation in Ireland and Northern Ireland
  • Accommodation
  • Continental breakfast
  • Most dinners
  • Tours and excursions
  • International medical insurance with trip delay coverage
What is not included
  • Passport fees
  • Personal baggage fees
  • Most lunches
  • Souvenirs and spending money

How to apply

Complete the online application and submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education by October 15.

  • Make checks payable to St. Ambrose University.
  • The application deposit is deducted from the total program cost.
  • If you are not accepted, or if the program is canceled, the application deposit is refundable.
  • If you are accepted, this deposit is non-refundable after October 15.

Payment deadlines

  • November 15: $750 commitment fee due
  • January 18, 2014: remaining balance due

Payment details

  • Submit $750 commitment fee to the Center for International Education.
  • Make checks payable to St. Ambrose University.
  • The commitment fee is deducted from the total program cost.
  • Failure to meet payment deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.
  • The commitment fee is non-refundable after November 15.
  • Please submit your final payment to Student Account Services by January 18.
  • The final payment is non-refundable after January 18.