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  1. PEACE & CONFLICT STUDIES Look at Northern Ireland. Peace is within reach. in Belfast - Bill Clinton OverseaS studies

  2. ABOUT NORTHERN IRELAND • The Troubles: ethno-political conflict between Catholic nationalists wanted to be  politically reunited with the rest of Ireland, and Protestant unionists who wanted to remain a part of the UK • 1966 – 1997: conflict between the IRA and UVF, armed attacks on civil rights marches (“Bloody Sunday”), hunger strikes; emergence of Sinn Fein; several failed ceasefires until 1998. • Since the “Good Friday Agreement” most groups involved have ceased their armed campaigns.

  3. BELFAST TODAY: “Once lumped with Beirut, Baghdad and Bosnia as one the four ‘B’s for travelers to avoid, Belfast has pulled off a remarkable transformation from bombs-and-bullets pariah to hip-hotels-and-hedonism party town.” – Lonely Planet

  4. ABOUT ISE The Irish School of Ecumenics (ISE) is Ireland’s only cross-border institute dedicated to the interdisciplinary study and promotion of peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland and in the wider world.

  5. WHY CHOOSE ISE BELFAST? • Join a specialist center of Ireland’s top university and learn from practitioners at the forefront of conflict resolution • Focus on both local and international experiences of conflict, peace and reconciliation • Develop a personal research project on Lessons from the Peace Process in Northern Ireland • Participate in class field trips in Ireland and Europe. • Live with Irish University students.

  6. WHO’S ELIGIBLE? By September 1st , 2011, applicants must have: • Cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher • Junior standing • Good academic and disciplinary standing • Open to all majors, but students focusing on the following disciplines are encouraged to apply: • Peace & Conflict Studies • International Relations • Philosophy • Political Science • Sociology • Religion

  7. COURSES • Conflict and Conflict Resolution (5 units; can substitute for IR 318) • Social and Political Reconciliation(5 units) • Lessons from the Peace Process in NorthernIreland(5 units)

  8. FIELD TRIPS • International Criminal CourtThe Hague, Netherlands • United NationsGeneva, Switzerland • Week-long conflict resolution workshopGlencree Center for Peace & Reconciliation –or- Corrymeela Community • Weekend in DerryBloody Sunday Anniversary

  9. CREDIT Successfully completed ISE coursework may yield credit for: • Required upper division electives • Second major or minor coursework • USC elective credit (default) • No GE, Writing, or Diversity credit You may need pre-approval of your academic advisor or department, or you may have to petition for credit upon completion of the program.

  10. HOUSING Stranmillis University College

  11. HOUSING Stranmillis University College • Two types of single rooms, both include 2 meals a day all week long • Free wireless internet, heating, hot water and electricity; 24-hour security on campus • Bed linen and cleaning service; laundry on-site • Access to library, sports facilities, and student union • 40 minute commute to ISE (just under £4/day)

  12. HOW MUCH WILL IT COST? £ Your USC tuition covers: • Program tuition, insurance and administration fees • Orientation in Belfast • Fees for course-related field trips and workshops, plus round-trip airfare to Geneva You pay for: • Housing and meals at Stranmillis (USC will bill you for this) • Round-trip airfare to Belfast, visa, commuting expenses, and travel/meals for course-related field trip s and workshops • Books, supplies, and incidentals MOST FINANCIAL AID CARRIES OVER $ ¢ €

  13. HOW TO APPLY • Meet with academic advisor and study abroad advisor • Pick up application and submit it by deadline • Two-part application: application to USC and Trinity College Dublin • Early to mid- September for Spring 2012 programs • Screening interview • Application forwarded to institution for final decision


  15. FOR MORE INFORMATION We’re located at CLH 201 between University Church and the Religious Center 823 West 34th St. Phone: 213-740-3636 Email: ANY QUESTIONS?