Abby Nagle poses at Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland | Belfast

The goal of this four-week summer study abroad program is to offer LVC students studying in ANY major the opportunity to engage with the history and culture of communication and leadership in Northern Ireland. As the capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast is a remarkable place to immerse yourself in innovative conversations. Alongside its rich history of poetry and prose, the city has a remarkable story of economic, political, and social transformation. Cultural self-awareness will be analyzed with “other culture” awareness to increase intercultural competence with diverse populations.

Program Details

Program cost for 2024 is estimated at $4,800 and will include:

  • Tuition (6 credits)
  • Housing in shared dormitory accommodation
  • Excursions to various cultural venues and tourist sites
  • Foreign emergency medical insurance

Meals, airfare/travel, public transportation pass and personal expenses are not included.

Study abroad grant funding is available based on eligibility. In addition, this program may be eligible for limited financial aid. Please read the 2023-24 Summer Financial Aid Application instructions on the Financial Aid website for additional information and submit an application to the Financial Aid Office.

June 16–July 11, 2024

Application Deadline: February 1

  • Applications must be accompanied by a deposit of $200 (non-refundable after February 1).
  • Remaining balance is due March 15

Students will earn a total of 6 credits and fulfill one Immersive Requirement (IME) through an LVC course taught by an LVC faculty director and an additional course taught by the host university.

Communication Across Cultures: Northern Ireland (3 credits)
Instructor: Dr. Bettie Bertram
This four-week study abroad program will examine the role of dialogue and partnership in diplomacy across different cultures in the beautiful country of Northern Ireland. Students will meet with community leaders and visit sites across a range of sectors and hone their own communication skills for diverse audiences and contexts through immersion in local history and traditions.

Queen’s University course: Leadership (3 credits)
Instructor: Queen’s University faculty
In April 1998, the tireless work of a range of leaders across the political and religious divide led to the signing of the Good Friday Agreement and represented a significant step on the road to peace in Northern Ireland following decades of deadly conflict. Students in this course will examine the complex relationship between leadership, culture, and power; and explore the role of leaders in conflict and crisis.


  • Students from any major who are in good social and academic standing with a minimum of a 2.7 GPA may apply.


  • Peace Walk/International Wall of Murals
  • Parliament Building
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Giants Causeway
  • Various museums and memorials