A group of students by a lake in Ireland

Leadership & Social Change in Ireland: Exploring Brexit & the Troubles

  1. Program Details

    Global Seminar Winter Break 2019–20: Investigate ethical leadership while studying the historical, cultural, and political events that led to the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland.

    Location Belfast & Dublin, Ireland
    Term Winter Break
    Housing Apartment, Hotel
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 2.5
    Student Type UofM Students, Non UofM Students
    Student Year Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  2. About Leadership & Social Change in Ireland: Exploring Brexit & the Troubles

    At the mouth of the River Liffey on Ireland’s eastern coast lies Ireland’s principal city, Dublin, a mix of friendliness, colorful history, and fascinating museums, castles, and quirky statues. Approximately 100 miles north of Dublin is Belfast, Northern Ireland. Belfast was recently named a top place to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet—for good reason. Belfast has pulled off a remarkable transformation from a city defined by the Troubles and violence to a city full of restored Victorian architecture, a glittering waterfront, and a fantastic food scene.

    Course Description

    In this Global Seminar, study leadership and social change while understanding how to engage with others in different cultural contexts to navigate important challenges facing local communities, our society, and our world. Explore different views on the future of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland. Visit several “interface” areas in Northern Ireland—often viewed as a model for peace and reconciliation—where ordinary citizens and informal leaders are attempting to facilitate change and provide safe strategies to move forward from this conflict. Reflect on your own capacities for leadership and cultural competence and the role you might play on impacting important social issues back in the US.

    Housing & Meals

    Stay in shared apartments with other program participants. Welcome and farewell meals, and some additional meals during program excursions, are included in the program fee. Eat breakfasts and all other meals at your housing or at local pubs or restaurants.


    Excursions around Belfast and Dublin will assist in illuminating program coursework. Highlights and excursions may include visits to Dublin Castle, Giant's Causeway, Grianán of Aileach, Corrymeela, a nonprofit retreat center on the coast of Northern Ireland where people come from all over the world to learn how to work through conflict, and a tour of Irish Parliament.


    All program participants will be taking the coordinated group flight to and from the program site. The cost of the group flight is included in the program fee that will be posted to your student account. Do not book your own flight, you will receive information from the Learning Abroad Center regarding your seat on the group flight once your participation has been confirmed.

    Learning Outcomes

    • Develop independence by challenging yourself in a new environment
    • Function as an effective team member by utilizing your personal strengths in a group setting
    • Explore a specific topic through experiential and interdisciplinary approaches

    Faculty & Staff

    This seminar is led by June Nobbe, the Assistant Vice Provost of Student Affairs and Director of the Office for Undergraduate Leadership Education & Development.

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  3. Program Structure

    Program Type Field Study, Study Abroad Center, Instructor-Led
    Program Level 4000 level coursework

    One 3-credit course

    Global Seminars are 3-week study abroad programs led by University of Minnesota faculty and staff that feature:

    • Intensive learning in a location that illuminates the topic
    • Small groups of 15–25 students
    • No prerequisites or language requirements
    • Included excursions and cultural activities
    • Instruction in English


    Syllabus for LEAD 4481

    During the program, you will keep a daily reflection journal. You will be expected to adhere to an Accountability/Responsibility Contract. Example coursework may include researching a cultural difference, conducting a final oral presentation, and writing a final capstone paper.

    Course Outcomes

    • Reflect on the shared sense of responsibility required to build and maintain community. Learn how ordinary citizens, informal leaders, community organizations, and public officials are still engaged in the path to reconciliation of a long-standing conflict and examine different leadership approaches/styles.

    • Identify change that has or has not stemmed from public murals, public rallies, the marching season, and protests.

    • Reflect on your own capacities for leadership and cultural competence and identify your role in change for an issue that is important to you.

    • Research the historical context of Ireland and conduct a comparative analysis between the US and Ireland.

    Receive credit for: LEAD 4481

    Approved for: Global Perspectives Liberal Education theme

    Fulfills: Leadership Minor Elective, Nonprofit Major Elective

  4. Dates & Deadlines

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
    Term Program Dates Application Deadline
    Winter Break Dec 28, 2019  –  Jan 19, 2020 Oct 22, 2019

    Program dates are subject to change.

    If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

    Important Note: Enrollment on this program is limited to 25 students. Admission is granted on a rolling basis and applications are reviewed in the order they are completed. Some programs may fill to capacity prior to the application deadline, therefore applying early is recommended. Additionally, applying early will allow for more time to plan ahead and prepare for the program.

    Orientation Dates & Locations

    Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific 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.

    See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.

    Term Abroad Date/Time Location
    Winter Break 2020 TBD TBD
  5. Fees for Leadership & Social Change in Ireland: Exploring Brexit & the Troubles

    Winter Break 2019–20 Cost of Participation

    Program fees can vary widely due to location, cost of living, airfare, and program inclusions. The program fee generally includes tuition, group flight airfare, program administration, housing, some meals, international health insurance, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, and local transportation. Generally, our program fees range between $5,500–$7,500. You must also budget for passport and passport photos, most meals, textbooks, independent travel, and miscellaneous living expenses.

    Cost of Participation

    If you do not see a cost of participation for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation, and exchange rates are determined. Note the average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.

    Fees or tuition from home institutions may be added to or differ from the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center fees listed on this page.


    All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid and scholarships.

    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.

    Bridging Loan

    Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.

    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.
  6. 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 Winter Break 2020
    Program Name Global Seminar: Leadership & Social Change in Ireland
    Country Ireland


    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.

    Non-University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Once you submit your application, Learning Abroad Center staff will create a University of Minnesota student internet account for you. You will use this account to access the Education Abroad Application System, and other University of Minnesota services. You will be charged a $50 application fee for this program.

    Our staff will contact you within 2–3 business days with your internet account information, and additional application instructions.


    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:

    • Application Essay

    Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.

    Next Steps

    After your application checklist is complete, your application is reviewed by our program team. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email. If accepted, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application system and submit a Cancel Request.
  7. Program Contact

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

    Ashley Metz or call at 612.626.6380.

Information Session: Ireland Global Seminar - Leadership and Social Change

Wednesday, October 16, 2:30–3:15 p.m.
512A Bruininks Hall