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Northern Ireland

Democracy & Social Change - Fall & Spring Semester

In 1969, society in Northern Ireland was seized by violent conflict that erupted from issues relating to civic, political, and social differences. Today, Northern Ireland provides an example of the vast dimensions of transition from conflict to a sustainable democracy. In the Democracy & Social Change program, you will examine the historical, political and religious roots of the conflict in Northern Ireland, the prospects for peace and the progress being made. Classes are held at the University of Ulster with field study in selected regions of Northern Ireland.

The courses are taken as an integrated whole and provide the equivalent of a semester's worth of credit.
Five weeks are spent in homestay accommodations on the north coast in Coleraine while taking core seminars at the University of Ulster.
This HECUA semester abroad is an SMU Affiliated Program. As such, all Federal and State aid (except work study) and up to $2,000 in SMU institutional aid may be applied to the program's costs. Contact the Director of Study Abroad to discuss program fees and financial aid.
Program Dates/Application Deadline
The Fall Semester 2016 program dates are September 1 through December 9, 2016. The application deadline is March 15, 2016. The Spring Semester 2017 program dates are February 4 through May 13, 2017. The application deadline is November 1, 2016.
Application Procedures
To be eligible, you must have at least a 2.0 GPA (preferably a 2.5 GPA) and be of sophomore status.
Next Steps
After acceptance, complete the following required items.
Country/City Information
Northern Ireland covers 5,459 square miles in the northeast of the island of Ireland, about a sixth of the total area of the island, and has a population of approximately 1,685,000.