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HECUA United Kingdom: Democracy & Social Change in Northern Ireland

  1. Program Details

    Study a divided society in transition and develop a deep understanding of the process of peace building in Northern Ireland.

    Location Colerain, United Kingdom
    Term Fall Semester, Spring Semester
    Housing Apartment, Homestay
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor HECUA

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 2.5
    Student Type UofM Students
    Student Year Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  2. Program Structure

    HECUA is a St. Paul, MN-based organization of 18 liberal arts colleges, universities and associations dedicated to education for social justice.

    This is an affiliate program. You receive resident credit for the courses you take. Your grades factor into your University of Minnesota GPA and each course appears on your transcript with an A/F grade. Consult the Learning Abroad Center's Academic Policies for more information.

    Affiliate organizations and partner universities will not accept applications from UMTC students without the endorsement of the Learning Abroad Center. Students must participate in affiliate organization and partner university programs through the standard Learning Abroad Center application process.

    Coursework

    Democracy and Social Change in Northern Ireland

    Each student takes 4 courses worth 4 semester credits each: Northern Ireland: Building a Sustainable Democracy; Understanding the Politics of the Northern Ireland Conflict; and Internship Placement and Seminar (equivalent to 2 courses).

    Instruction is in English by Irish faculty. Typical credits: 16 credits for spring semester.

    Understanding the Politics of the Northern Ireland Conflict fulfills the following Liberal Education requirements: Social Sciences Core; Civic Life and Ethics Theme

    Building a Sustainable Democracy fulfills the following Liberal Education requirements: Social Sciences Core; Civic Life and Ethics Theme

    Note: students who take at least 3 credits/3 weeks study abroad will receive the Global Perspectives theme.

    Finding Course Information

  3. Dates & Deadlines

    Visit your affiliate's website for program dates and application deadlines.

    Orientation Dates & Locations

    Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

    The in-person orientation takes place on a Friday afternoon towards the end of each semester for students departing in the upcoming term(s).  You will receive specific details for the date/time/location of the in-person pre-departure orientation as it gets closer.

  4. Fees for HECUA United Kingdom: Democracy & Social Change in Northern Ireland

    University of Minnesota participants pay the program fee instead of on-campus tuition and fees for the term they are abroad.

    How to Calculate the Total Program Fee

    Affiliate Program Fee plus APAAC plus International Health Insurance minus Affiliate Fee Reduction equals Total program fee

    To calculate your total program fee:

    Find your Affiliate program fee

    For more specific information about fees, visit the HECUA website.

    Add APAAC
    Refer to the Affiliate Program Fees. Follow instructions on that page to determine your APAAC.

    Add International Health Insurance
    Multiply the number of months you will be away by $45.

    Subtract Affiliate Fee Reduction
    Visit the Affiliate Program Fees to determine the fee reduction you receive for being a University of Minnesota student.

    What is the APAAC?

    Students participating on affiliated programs are charged a program fee that is inclusive of the affiliate's program fee, University of Minnesota Advising, Placement, Academic, and Administrative Costs (APAAC) and international health insurance.The APAAC covers:

    • application processing
    • advising services, orientation
    • course registration
    • grade transfer and posting for resident credit
    • program billing and assistance with financial aid (when applicable)

    Based on these additional services and benefits, the total program fee may be higher than the affiliate's published program fee.

    Billing & Payments

    Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

     

    Each of our affiliated programs awards its own array of scholarships. While many are need-based, others are based on merit, location, academic area, or diversity criteria. Explore your options within specific affiliates' scholarship pages.

    Cancellation Policy

    Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.

     

  5. Prepare

    Complete pre-application advising.

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

    To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:

    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term See the HECUA website for term options
    Program Name HECUA
    Track Name See the HECUA website for track name
    Country United Kingdom

    Note: If the specific track and term of the affiliated program you wish to apply to cannot be found within the application system, select “Program Not Found” on the application, and enter your specific application information in the fields given to request an application. Our staff will review your application and update your program, track, and term information.

    Submit

    University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.

    Complete

    After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:

    Next Steps

    1. Upon submitting the online application, you will receive an automated email message indicating your application was received.
    2. Follow the instructions on your application checklist to submit all of the items. Your application is not considered complete until all items on your application checklist are either received or waived.
    3. Complete the affiliate program's application requirements as applicable.
    4. Your completed application is reviewed by our program team. If nominated for participation, the Learning Abroad Center contacts the affiliate's staff to notify them of your status.
    5. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email. If accepted, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist. Log in to the online application to review the confirmation checklist and submit the required items.
    6. Do not pay the affiliate’s confirmation deposit. The affiliate accepts the Learning Abroad Center’s deposit as indication of confirmation. The Learning Abroad Center deposit is submitted by completing the Confirmation and Payment Agreement found on the confirmation checklist assigned to you.
    7. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log in to the online application and submit a Cancel Request. You must also notify your affiliate of your cancellation.
  6. Program Contact

    For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

    Nancy Vang or call at 612.301.1571.

University of Minnesota students participating in a research project on this program may be eligible for the International Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (I-UROP) Scholarship