Northern Ireland (United Kingdom): Peace, Conflict, and Reconciliation

NOTE: The next time this program will run is Spring/Summer 2023. Details are subject to change. 

DERRY & BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND (United Kingdom) - While sharing much with its neighbor, the Republic of Ireland, the political, social and historical features of Northern Ireland make it a strikingly different place. These important features are the basis for exploration and analysis in the Peace, Conflict, and Reconciliation study abroad program. After spending two days in Dublin, students will travel to Derry, where they will study the culture and history of Ireland and conflict in Northern Ireland, and spend several days working with organizations focused on reconciliation and conflict resolution. The group will then travel to Belfast where students will attend classes on conflict transformation, peace, and reconciliation and visit local peace organizations. There will also be a number of cultural and site seeing excursions in Derry and Belfast, and on the northern coast.

Open to Undergraduate students. 

Open to all majors. 

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2.5 GPA Required
English Language Requirement
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Program Dates and Application Deadline

Spring/Summer 2023

Program Dates: May 26, 2023 - June 15, 2023
Application Deadline: February 1, 2023

(3 weeks)


United Kingdom

Students will register for a total of 6 credits: 

PSY 386: The Psychology of Peace, Conflict, and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland (6 credits) 

Fulfills General Education Global Perspectives requirement.

Fulfills (1) General Education Issues course requirement. Reflection required

Language of Instruction: English


University dorms, a hotel or hostel, and a bed-and-breakfast

Cost and Scholarships

United Kingdom


Program Fee: $3,657


  • Round-trip airfare
  • Housing
  • All meals
  • All excursions and fees
  • All ground transportation

Other Expenses

  • Tuition ($3,504)
  • Personal Expenses ($700)
  • Passport/photos ($150)
  • ISIC card ($28 - optional)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST: (Program Fee + Other Expenses): $8,011


Students may fund study abroad by using financial aid, scholarships, grants and personal funds. A study abroad adviser can help you create a funding plan.

FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT (Up to $1,500): All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.

James F. and Virginia L. Goode Global Programs Scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth for students planning to study abroad. MyScholarships:

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To contact the Financial Aid office, email [email protected] with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs. 

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United Kingdom

Open to ALL majors.

Open to undergraduate students.

2.0 GPA required.

GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to Non-GVSU Students.

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US State Department Information

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Contact Information

Spring/Summer 2023
Ellen Shupe
Program Director
Christine Smith
Program Director

"Studying abroad in Northern Ireland changed my perspective and outlook on both my education and my life. On the trip, I was able to learn in a non-traditional way that challenged me in ways that I never expected. Not only was it a phenomenal opportunity to explore a remarkable and beautiful country, but I was able to learn the history, context, and journey of conflict, reconciliation and peace within Northern Ireland. This faculty led program was phenomenal in many aspects, a great deal because Dr. Shupe was such an inspirational educator and effective leader. " -Skyler Morgan

Northern Ireland

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