Semester for Visiting Undergraduates

TCD ISE Study Abroad
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Please note this programme will not be offered in 2014-15.

Are you an undergraduate student considering spending a semester abroad? Trinity College’s Study Abroad Semester in Northern Ireland offers international students the opportunity to take specialist undergraduate modules in the fields of conflict, peace and reconciliation at the Irish School of Ecumenics in Belfast. This programme is designed for students from the United States or Canada. (It is not open to Erasmus students.) It combines academic study and experiential learning through residence in Belfast. Students register in Dublin and then take classes in Belfast.

Our semester abroad programme is interdisciplinary and suitable for students with a variety of majors, including Political Science, Peace Studies, Sociology, History, Religious Studies, Theology, Ethics, Anthropology, International Relations, Irish Studies, and more.

Semester Abroad Northern Ireland is the primary delivery partner of Trinity College Dublin’s Irish School of Ecumenics Semester for Visiting Undergraduates in Belfast. All applicants go through Semester Abroad Northern Ireland. It offers guidance, mentoring and support to students from first expression of interest, to registration and throughout the student’s semester experience while studying in Northern Ireland.

Belfast, Northern Ireland, is an ideal and dynamic context  in which to learn about conflict transformation. As Bill Clinton has said:

“When I go to Israel and Palestine, I say look at Northern Ireland; when I go to India and Pakistan and they are trying to sort out Kashmir, I say look at Northern Ireland; when I go to Sri Lanka and all the other trouble spots of the world, I say look at Northern Ireland. Peace is within reach”. (Former US President Bill Clinton)

Read a blog by Taline Gettas about her experiences on the Semester Abroad programme in Spring 2012

Students take two mandatory modules:

  • EM3001 Conflict and Conflict Resolution
  • EM3002 Social and Political Reconciliation

And choose one of the following modules:

  • EM3003 Lessons from the Peace Process in Northern Ireland OR
  • EM3004 Social Enterprise and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland. This module involves placement and service learning with a local social enterprise organisation as part of an experience beyond the academic classroom and is available to those students wishing to add the option of community learning to their package. It also includes tours and visits.

Successful completion of the coursework assessment carries 10 ECTS for each module within the European Credit Transfer Scheme. The normal semester workload for a full-time student is 30 ECTS.

Useful links:

Semester Abroad Northern Ireland

TCD International Office