SPEA in Ireland

Study in Dublin and Belfast with excursions to the Irish countryside and Derry

Ireland, with its history of conflict and ongoing reconciliation, provides the perfect backdrop for the study of conflict and dispute resolution, exploring the theoretical and historical impact cultural differences have on conflict and dispute resolution processes.

Learn more about the SPEA in Ireland program

June 15 - June 29, 2019

V482/V582 – Cross-Cultural Conflict and Dispute Resolution (3cr.)

Program Director: Gary Branham

This three-credit hour course integrates theories of conflict and dispute resolution with an analysis of differences in dimensions of culture including religion, values, identity, worldviews and language. Applied learning will focus on cross-cultural conflicts between individuals, within organizations, and between nations with emphasis on “The Troubles” of Northern Ireland. You will be exposed to a variety of ways culture impacts communication, negotiation and other dispute resolution processes. Additionally, you will look at the reconciliation process and the key challenges in transforming personal, social and structural relationships that have been damaged or destroyed by conflict.

The course will meet for a minimum of two hours each weekday.

  • Dublin City University - Talks on "The Troubles" with former public officials, militants, and scholars
  • Glendalough, a sixteenth century monastic settlement in the Wicklow Mountains
  • Belfast - Talks with former militants, practitioners in reconciliation, and scholars; excursions to the physical remains of the conflict, including the "peace walls," memorials, murals and other sites of historical significance during "The Troubles"
  • Hop on and hop off tour of Dublin
  • Experience Gaelic Games Program - opportunity to learn about Irish culture through Gaelic games and Irish folk dancing
  • Spend several days exploring Londonderry.

While in Dublin, you will receive room and board at the Glenomena Residence Hall on the campus of University College Dublin (UCD). Located in the heart of the campus within a short walk of the central college facilities, the apartments are formed around a series of interconnected courtyards and provide the ideal combination of secure privacy within a woodland setting. You will be grouped into six en-suite bedroom apartments with shared kitchen/living areas. All bedrooms are comfortably furnished with work station, study lamp, generous storage and wireless internet. 

During your time in Londonderry you will stay in a double-occupancy hotel room. Breakfast will be provided each morning at the hotel.

In Belfast, you will be housed at Farset International, which itself is a nonprofit facility designed and built for the purpose of bringing people together in the interest of peace building. The facility is located on Springfield Road, an area steeped in the history of The Troubles and the site of continuing efforts to foster peace in support of Northern Ireland’s peace sustaining process. Farset International is located 10 minutes by bus or 20 minutes walk from the city centre (less than two miles).

Note: Your IU Bloomington Bursar account will be charged two amounts for participation in this SPEA Abroad program:

  1. SPEA Abroad program fee (two payments)
  2. IU Bloomington Tuition

Please see below for additional details.

2019 SPEA in Ireland Program Fee: $1,400*

The program fee will be charged to your Bursar account in two installments:

  1. A $500 non-refundable pre-payment shortly after you confirm your participation in the program
  2. The remaining program fee balance will be charged in April

The program fee for this program includes:

  • Lodging
  • Medical insurance
  • Some meals
  • Group transportation from Dublin to Belfast
  • Cultural excursions

* Program fee is subject to change due to unforeseeable circumstances

IU Bloomington Tuition – 3 credits

The tuition cost for this SPEA Abroad program is based on IU Bloomington tuition. The cost of tuition you pay will vary based on your student status. For more information on the cost of summer tuition, please contact IU Student Central.

Additional Costs

You will need to pay for your flight to Ireland, transportation to and from the airport, food that is not included in the program, and other incidentals.


The SPEA Abroad Summer Scholarship/Fellowship is available to help SPEA students from IUB and IUPUI study abroad. Please visit our scholarship page for eligibility requirements and application deadlines. 

Other scholarships are available on a competitive basis.

The program will be open to undergraduate students with a GPA of 2.75 or higher and graduate students in good academic standing. Students from across IU will be considered, however preference for acceptance will be given to SPEA students at IUB and IUPUI. The instructor will review student applications and make the final decision on admission to the program.

During the application period (November - January) an "Apply Now" button will be available at the top of this page. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. It is to your benefit to apply early as some programs will close before the deadline. Acceptance letters for those who apply by the priority deadline will be sent out in early December. Acceptance letters for those who apply by the final deadline will be sent out in early February.

Application Process

  • Meet With Your Academic Advisor
  • Submit Online Application
  • Submit Online Disciplinary Check

After Acceptance to the Program

  • Submit Signed Acceptance Letter*
  • Submit Signed Release Form*
  • Submit Photocopy of Your Passport*
  • Submit Online Medical History Form
  • Submit Flight Information, speaintl@indiana.edu
  • Attend All Program Specific Orientations
  • Attend Health & Safety Orientation

*IU Bloomington Students should submit all documents to SPEA 201. IUPUI students should submit all documents to BS 3025 B. Students from all other IU campuses should mail forms to: 1315 E. Tenth Street, Bloomington, IN 47405