The Northern Ireland Semester is a spring-only program located in Belfast, Northern Ireland. NIS students live at Lakeside Manor, a charming 19th century mansion in Belfast, and travel all over the Irish isle visiting important cultural and historical landmarks like Saul, the site of St. Patrick’s first church in Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher, and Dublin Castle.
All students take the core course, Peacemaking and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland, where they learn about “The Troubles” and the political conflict that beset Belfast in recent decades. Students then choose an additional 4-5 electives in Irish Art, Culture, Literature, Religion, and History.
In addition to their coursework, students will be assigned to an Irish host family for regular visits and weekend outings throughout the semester.
A mid-semester break will provide students with the opportunity to explore all the United Kingdom and Europe have to offer. NIS students earn 15-16 semester hours of credit. See bestsemester.com for details.