Centre In Northern Ireland
Internationalizing College Faculty Through Study Abroad
Milton Reigelman, Director of International Programs
In the last decade, virtually every college and university in the country has added “global citizenship” or “cross-cultural learning” or “international focus” to its mission and strategic plan. To support this new emphasis, faculties and administrators across the country have worked furiously to “internationalize” their curricula in various ways: by setting up programs in Islamic studies or world ecology, by sponsoring faculty travel seminars to foreign places, by requiring students to achieve “competence” in a foreign language and select one course from a list of courses that might include “Japanese film,” “The European Union Today,” “The Latin American Novel,” etc.
Study In Northern Ireland
The Northern-Irish exchange program is an exclusive and selective opportunity offered to two or three juniors or seniors, who can study abroad on the Emerald Isle for one semester or a full year at a variety of locations.
Queens University Belfast – Located in the heart of the bustling Northern Irish capital, Queens is a top 20 research-intensive institution with a range of available subjects for study. Students who study here get up close and personal with the turmoil and triumph of Northern Ireland’s political history.
University of Ulster – Located in Londonderry, a Western town with a rich and at times controversial history, especially in relation to The Troubles, the University of Ulster has a national and international reputation for excellence.
St. Mary’s University College – This Belfast college specializes in liberal arts and teacher training.
Stranmillis University College – Another Belfast college, Stranmillis is highly recognized for its teacher training curriculum and also offers courses in early childhood health and leisure studies.
Belfast Metropolitan College – Perfect for students interested in business, marketing, computing, performing arts, communication, and Irish studies.
Specific semester/term dates vary by institution.
Accepted students pay a $375 surcharge/deposit and for their airfare. In addition, during the term that a student spends in Northern Ireland, he or she pays only Centre tuition (not room-and-board) to the college. For that term, the student uses the room-and-board money that he or she usually pay to Centre to cover housing and meals in Northern Ireland.
The $375 non-refundable deposit/surcharge must be paid at the Centre finance office (Horky House) two weeks after you hear of your acceptance to hold your place in the program.
Deadlines & Requirements
• Students must have a 3.2 or higher GPA.
• By January 15, you must submit the following:
– A completed application
– An academic transcript
– A 500-word essay describing your education objectives while studying in Northern Ireland
– Two letters of reference, one from your academic advisor and one from a faculty member or administrator
• Within one week of your notification (usually late-March), you must submit your non-refundable $375 deposit/surcharge to hold your spot.
• If interested, contact Leigh Cocanougher at ext. 5285 and make an appointment to discuss your interest and receive an application.
Spend a semester in one of nine countries: