For over 30 years, Northern Ireland was gripped in a bloody conflict that tore our communities apart.
More than 3,000 people were killed, and very few escaped the legacy of the daily bombings, shootings and terrorism.
The Northern Ireland Study Abroad Semester aims to help students understand our past,
and our peace process, and to play a part in building our future.
In 1994, Northern Ireland began moving toward peace and reconciliation through the work of John Hume and others.
In 1998, after a referendum held in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, politicians signed the Good Friday Agreement, a critical and positive turning point.
In fact, the peace process continues to this day, with unprecedented forgiveness and reconciliation on display at the highest levels of Irish and British relations.
Students in the Northern Ireland Semester will register as a full time one-term students in Trinity College Dublin’s Irish School of Ecumenics at their Belfast Campus.
Participants will take three classes over 12 weeks, and work with our fantastic community partners, where previous Swarthmore students have played a significant part in the building of peace and reconciliation.
Students also participate in tours and a residency in the world-renowned Corrymeela Community Peace and Reconciliation Centre.
Derry resident and Trinity College Dublin Professor Denise Crossan acts as the Regional Director for the Semester, and is the key contact for students while in Northern Ireland.
Students usually live in rented accommodation with local universities, community partners who have residential facilities, or sometimes private residences.
Typically, students cook their own meals, and public transport is very good and inexpensive.
Though Northern Ireland’s cities and towns are fairly small, you should be prepared to do quite a bit of walking.
In 2013 Derry Londonderry will be designated as the first ever UK City of Culture, hosting some of the biggest cultural events ever seen in Ireland, including the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann, the biggest festival of Irish culture in the world.
For more information on the Northern Ireland Study Abroad Semester go to the Off Campus Study Office in Swarthmore College or visit: http://northernireland.swarthmore.edu