Belfast was the center of attention and controversy between the early 1970’s until the peace accord of 1998. Since that time Belfast and the creation of the Northern Ireland Assembly has worked to further peace and reconciliation between the Scots Irish descendants who are generally loyal to the British throne, and the Irish nationalists who wish to see a united Republic of Ireland.
This program will provide students an experiential opportunity to see peace and reconciliation efforts through public policy and nonprofit social organizations. The program will be run in coordination with Politics Plus a nonprofit organization that is the outreach arm of the Northern Ireland Assembly. Course sessions would be held in the historic Stormont parliamentary buildings in addition to site visits and housing would be provided at Queen’s University Belfast.
The program will include meetings with a wide variety of government and public policy leaders in Northern Ireland; Attendance in a session of Parliament; tour of the Peace Walls; and visits to third sector organizations on the forefront of dealing with the peace process. “Studying abroad in Northern Ireland is a fantastic opportunity to explore innovative strategies of conflict resolution and to witness a new representative government. Professor Kachiroubas walks you through the history and the current challenges of The Troubles while applying your knowledge from SPS courses. You will hear first-hand from political parties, NGOs, and ordinary people who strive to heal a divided nation.” – Monica Cecero (2015 Student to Northern Ireland)
“I believe that the study abroad program in Belfast, Northern Ireland has played a pivotal role in my personal leadership development and my approach to serving others. In June of 2017 I traveled to Northern Ireland to learn about the Northern Ireland Peace Process—a process which resulted in a unique power-sharing government and which required a great deal of leadership among Northern Irish government officials. In meeting key players who work on a daily basis to maintain peace in Northern Ireland, I was able to learn the challenges and successes of negotiation and peacemaking. The lessons I learned in Belfast have provided me a more worldly perspective and the tools to become an effective and ethical leader among my peers, colleagues, and society as a whole.” – Elizabeth Johnson (2017 Student to Northern Ireland)
Nick Kachiroubas joined DePaul University’s School of Public Service in the summer of 2012. He received a PhD in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee; a MA in Organizational Leadership from Lewis University in Romeoville; and a BA in History from the University of Illinois at Springfield. You can reach Nick Kachiroubas at email@example.com.
All students will be enrolled in the following course:
MPS 575- Study Abroad Seminar in Public Administration: Peace & Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland
4 credit hours
Spring Quarter 2021
This course will explore extreme conflict, peace and reconciliation through research, discussion, and a study abroad immersion experience in Northern Ireland. Students will learn about the causes and theories related to the troubles, the basis for the existing structure of government in Northern Ireland based on the Good Friday Agreement, and analyze to what degree the peace process has worked as well as what work still needs to be done in the region.
Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.
Students will stay at the Holiday Inn Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Accommodations are double occupancy and conveniently located near city restaurants and transportation. (Housing subject to change; website will be updated accordingly)
All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.
DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.
DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward in the Summer 2021 term. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.
If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. In addition, please ensure that your passport will be valid for at least six months after the end of the program. Some programs require students to obtain student visas. In that case, contact the country's local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly and that students are responsible for ensuring that they have the necessary documentation to enter the country legally.
Here are some helpful tips from former students who have participated in this program:
Don’t be afraid to go out at night and meet local people! You will learn even more about daily life in the country.
Be prepared for rain and bring along casual wear/gym shoes.
Bookend your trip with weekends in Europe, if you can!
Carry course material with you regarding your trip in a carry on/personal item. Many students were asked by TSA to provide course material.
Make sure you apply yourself during class so that you have a general to well-developed understanding of what the circumstances are that brought Northern Ireland to where it is currently; be sure to have a good base understanding of where you're going, the Troubles, and a basic understanding of how the Good Friday Agreement set up the Assembly.
Immerse yourself in the culture and get to know local people, culture, food and customs.
Transportation is incredibly easy to navigate--the bus system is fantastic. Just be sure to get out in Belfast and/or Dublin after each day of meetings, because it's important to engage in a global community.
Dive in from the start and get to know your fellow students. You're going to be with them a lot, and at times they will be the only familiar faces around you.
If you have any questions about the student experience on this program, feel free to contact any of the following DePaul students who have participated:
DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.
Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.