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WIU in Belfast
Belfast, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Budget Sheets Summer
Fact Sheet:
Housing Option:
Residence hall Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Type: Group
Language of Instruction:
Earned Hours Required: 12 S.H. Program Advisor: Kim McDaniel
Areas of Study: Geography, Political Science, Urban Studies Courses Offered: Geography, Political Science
Non-WIU Students: Yes Program Cost: Please see Budget Sheet for more details
Number of Semester Hours: 3, 6 Term: Summer
Graduate credit available: Yes
Program Description:

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Financial Information
Important Dates

Date Time             Location           
Wednesday, November 18 4 pm Tillman 214
Tuesday, December 8 3:30 pm Morgan 314

Contact Dr. Julie Lawless, Dr. Vincent Auger or Kim McDaniel to get on the email list for updates!

Based at the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen's University in Belfast, this Study Abroad Program gives you a fuller picture of Northern Ireland's rich history, culture, and connections to the rest of the world.  On-site lectures are taught by leading academics from various departments at Queen's University, including history, Irish studies, management, English, and politics.  Outside experts present additional information on various topics, both in lectures and site visits.  Evening activities include Irish dancing, music, and cinema. 

Prior to departure, you'll focus on specific themes in classes taught by WIU faculty.  These themes carry through the time in Belfast, wrapping up in final assignments after you return.  This year's themes are:

Reading the City (GEOG 379/679)
Explore the physical artifacts and cultural context of Belfast's urban landscape while comparing and contrasting it with familiar American ones.  You'll first learn how to "read" the city, including the topics of urban planning and heritage conservation.  Onsite tours of Belfast's built and natural environments allow you to explore the dynamic interaction between contemporary urban places and significant historic environments of contested spaces in Northern Ireland.  Additionally, you'll investigate its living history and observe its people to investigate the elements that create a sense of place unique to each culture.  Belfast creates a unique experience for students interested in planning, urban history, and the interpretation of contested spaces in urban landscapes.

Conflict and Cooperation in Northern Ireland (POLS 379/679)Belfast
Northern Ireland is a country with a fascinating history and culture, particularly in the areas of conflict, political transformation and terrorism.  You'll learn about the complex realities of Northern Ireland that stem from centuries of conflict on the island.  During the late 20th century, Belfast was a hot spot for terrorism activity, normally aimed at other locals.  You'll hear from participants of the conflict about the efforts they and others have made to overcome the differences and the changes they have experienced.  The case of Northern Ireland is a good example of how to analyze broader political and historical issues and make comparisons between American and Irish experiences. 

Estimated cost
$3,800-$4,000 per person.  Updated costs will be available in February 2016.
This is an estimate and is subject to change.  Please see the Budget Sheet for details on included items, payment options, and cancellation/refund information.

Funding opportunities:
• A Center for International Studies Study Abroad Scholarship is available to participants in this Course.  More information and application
Note: CIS scholarships for Summer 2016 programs will open December 1, 2015.

• Phi Beta Delta offers a study abroad scholarship to full-time WIU students.  See our Scholarships page for more details.

• A variety of scholarships are available for Study Abroad.  Please see our Scholarships page for more details.

• Most forms of Financial Aid can be used for Study Abroad.  Please contact the Financial Aid Office about your specific program and situation.

Pre-departure class sessions:  Online, May-August
Travel: July 3 - July 23, 2016
Pre-departure meeting: TBA, Spring 2016

Application deadline: March 1, 2016
Non-refundable deposit: $1,000 due April 1, 2016
All students must submit a Study Abroad Medical Report showing medical clearance to participate, pay the $45 application fee, and upload proof of passport or application receipt prior to deposit.

Passport copy in application: May 15, 2016
Second Payment: $1,000 due May 6, 2016
Final Payment (approx): $1,800-$2,000 due June 10, 2016*

Credit offered
Undergraduates—GEOG 379 (Geography) and/or POLS 379 (Political Science), 3 sh each, Summer 2016.  You may take one or both of these courses.
Geography majors-- GEOG 379 counts in the "Systematic--Cultural" group of courses.

UNIV 379 (University), 3 sh, Summer 2016.

Graduates-- GEOG 679 and/or POLS 679, 3 sh each, Summer 2016. 
Please check with your academic advisor for more information about how these classes fit your specific academic plans.

Pre-departure class sessions
Active class participation, including contribution to discussions and attendance, is expected in all phases of the program.  You are responsible for completing pre-departure assignments including readings and discussion participation, attendance and active participation during on-site visits, guest lectures and activities, and post-return assignments.  Questions about pre-departure course content should be directed to Dr. Julie Lawless (Geography) and Dr. Vincent Auger (Political Science).

Undergraduates Graduates
Completed at least 12 semester hours Accepted to a graduate degree program
Minimum 2.5 overall GPA Approval of graduate adviser & department chair/program director
Good standing with Student Judicial Programs Good standing with Student Judicial Programs

All majors welcome!  Non-degree students may also apply and should contact Kim McDaniel for more information. 

Total enrollment is limited to 20 students.

Passport: A passport is required.  Passports should be valid for at least three months beyond departure from Northern Ireland (valid until at least November 30, 2016) and must have one blank page for entry stamp. 

If you need to apply for a passport, standard processing is $135 and takes 4-6 weeks.  Expedited service is available for an additional charge.  For application locations in Macomb and other useful information, see the Passport Information page.
A copy of your actual passport must be uploaded to your online application no later than May 15, 2016. 

Visa: US Citizens--Visa documents will be provided by Queen's University. 
Citizens of other countries must check the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration website to determine if they need a visa.  Students are responsible for determining their visa status and obtaining any required travel documents themselves.  Costs associated with these documents are not included in the program cost.

Walking:  Expect to walk 3-5 miles per day on a variety of surfaces.  It is not consecutive but scheduled throughout the day.

Dietary:  Because some meals are included in the program cost, you are strongly encouraged to contact either Dr. Lawless, Dr. Auger or Kim McDaniel if you have any food allergies or other dietary restrictions.  They can help you make advance arrangements regarding food choices that meet your specific needs.

Accessibility and accommodation may be very different than that found in the United States.  Sidewalks are often narrow and uneven.  Train stations often have stairs and/or long hallways for exiting to the street.  Elevators in stations are rare.  Please contact the Disability Resource Center for questions on the availability of accommodations for your specific situation.
PLEASE NOTE:  It is your responsibility to request accommodations from the DRC; faculty and staff are not legally permitted to inquire about such needs.  Requests should be made as early as possible so there's sufficient time to arrange accommodations in your location.

HEALTH INSURANCE (required)Belfast 3
All participants must have international health insurance for the time they will be on their Course.  This requirement must be met in one of the following ways:
• WIU student health insurance
• A supplemental policy (Patriot Travel Medical) purchased through International Medical Group

Additional information about the insurance requirement is included in the application materials.  You are urged to carefully read this information to make sure you have the correct coverage.

Lodging:  Singles with bathrooms in the room at the Elms Halls of Residence (Elms Village), Queen's University.  For more information on the lodgings, visit the QU website.

Tentative itinerary--Schedule from Queen's 2015 International Summer School
Tentative syllabus--GEOG 379/679
Tentative syllabus--POLS 379/679
Tentative syllabus--UNIV 379

Faculty leaders        Study Abroad Advisor
Dr. Vincent Auger Dr. Julie Lawless Kim McDaniel
426 Morgan Hall 306C Tillman Hall 8 Horrabin Hall
298-1445 298-2348 298-2504

WIU reserves the right to cancel this faculty-led program due to insufficient enrollment or
circumstances beyond the University's control and to adjust the total cost of the program.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 03/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission 07/03/2016 07/23/2016

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.