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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:
English
Earned Hours Required: 12 S.H. Program Advisor: Kim McDaniel
Courses Offered: Political Science Non-WIU Students: Yes
Number of Semester Hours: 3, 6 Term: Summer
Graduate credit available: Yes
Program Description:
Important Dates
Financial Information


PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Economic poverty is truly a global issue; however, in a world of rapid globalization the struggles of one country or region directly impact all.  In this course, you will learn to define, use and evaluate international measures of economic poverty, as well as gain greater appreciation for the underlying causes of global poverty.  You will study relationships between different cultures and countries across the globe and reflect on their connections to global poverty.  The examination of the many dimensions of poverty, including but not limited to, nutrition, education, health, financial opportunities, relationships with global institutions, and the roles of trade with emphasis on Northern Ireland will help you gain greater appreciation of the often unfamiliar world around you.

Based at the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen's University in Belfast, this Study Abroad Program combines pre-departure work online, on-site classroom instruction and excursions to give you a fuller picture of Northern Ireland.  Prior to departure, you will reflect on your identity through readings and online discussions.  Your on-site lectures are taught in an interdisciplinary approach 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.  No matter your major or areas of interest, Northern Ireland has something for you.

COURSE INFORMATION:
Credit offered: Undergraduates--ECON 351 and UNIV 379, 3 sh each, Summer 2015.  ECON 351 is an option for Gen Ed Multicultural Studies credit and is also designated as a Global Issues course.  For Economics majors/minors, ECON 351 counts as a directed elective.  For Bachelor of General Studies majors, ECON 351 is an option to fulfill the Writing graduation requirement.

Graduates--ECON 679, 3 sh, Summer 2015.
Please check with your academic adviser for more information about how these classes fit your specific academic plans.

Class sessions for ECON 351//679 are held online prior to departure.  You are also required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation session conducted by the Office of Study Abroad (date/location TBA, Spring 2015).

Active class participation, including contribution to discussions and attendance, is expected in all phases of the program. Students 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 course content should be directed to Kayla Duley. 


ELIGIBILITY REQUIRMENTS: For general acceptance to Study Abroad.  Any additional or class specific requirements are listed below.
Undergraduates Graduates
Completed at least 12 semester hours Accepted to a graduate degree program
Minimum 2.5 overall GPA Approval of graduate adviser and department chair/program director
Good standing with Student Judicial Programs Good standing with Student Judicial Programs

Course specific: ECON 351--Junior standing or 3 sh of ECON credit preferred

All majors welcome!  Non-degree students may also apply for this Study Abroad Program.  Non-degree eligibility requirements are slightly different than those above; please contact Kim McDaniel for more information. 

Total enrollment is limited to 20 students.


IMPORTANT DATES
Dates of Travel: Mid-July-mid-August 2015 (3 weeks)
Pre-departure class sessions: Online Summer 2015
Pre-departure orientation: TBA, Spring 2015

Application deadline: Early February 2015
Non-refundable deposit: Early March 2015.  Estimated amount: $800 based on previous offerings
All students must submit a Study Abroad Medical Report showing medical clearance to participate, pay the $45 application fee, and upload proof of passport prior to deposit payment.
Second payment: Due early April 2015.  Estimated amount: $800
Third payment: Due early May 2015.  Estimated amount: $800
Final payment (approx.): Due early June 2015.  Estimated amount: $1,400-$1,600 based on previous offerings 


FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Estimated cost:
Based on previous offerings, program cost is estimated to be $3,800-$4,000 per person.  Updated figures available January 2015.
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 Study Abroad Travel Grant is available for this Course.  More information and application
• 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.


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Passport: A valid passport is required.  Passports should be valid for at least three months beyond departure from Northern Ireland (valid until at least November 15, 2015) 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 acutal passport must be uploaded to your online application no later than April 15, 2015. 

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.


HEALTH PRECAUTIONS
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 Kayla or Kim 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.


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

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


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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
Tentative syllabus


CONTACT INFORMATION
Faculty leader Study Abroad Adviser
Kayla Duley Kim McDaniel
426 Stipes Hall 344 Memorial Hall
298-1412 298-2504
KC-Duley@wiu.edu KD-McDaniel@wiu.edu

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.
8/15/14
 

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 02/01/2015 02/15/2015 TBA TBA