A group of students by a lake in Ireland

Leadership & Social Change in Ireland

  1. Program Details

    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, Graduate Students
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  2. About Leadership & Social Change in Ireland

    While Northern Ireland is often viewed as a model for peace and reconciliation, more walls have gone up since the peace agreement was signed, and there is still pervasive segregation between Catholics and Protestants. In this seminar, we will visit several “interface” areas where ordinary citizens and informal leaders are attempting to facilitate change and provide safe strategies to move forward from this conflict. We will also learn about the role of elected officials and how their views and strategies might be similar or different from the community organizations.

    The Brexit discussion and implementation in the past few years has also reopened the divide that was present during the Troubles. The challenges currently facing the two major parties (Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionist Party) in Northern Ireland to work together and compromise will provide a good comparative analysis with the US structure of governance.

    Course Description

    Throughout the seminar, explore different views on the future of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. We will cover the historical, cultural, and political events that led to the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland. We will examine the ethics of the role that the United Kingdom played, as well as the strategies used by leaders on both sides in Northern Ireland.

    Through excursions and assignments, you will reflect on your capacity for leadership and cultural competence, as well as how you might use them to impact change on a social issue important to you.

    Housing & Meals

    You will live in shared housing with other program participants. Welcome and farewell meals, and some other additional meals, are included in the program fee. Additional meals can be prepared in the housing or taken at local eateries.

    Excursions

    This program will be based primarily in Dublin and Belfast. Excursions may include:

    • Corrymeela, a non-profit retreat center on the Northern Ireland coast
    • The Stormont Assembly, with the possibility of meeting local politicians
    • Giant’s Causeway
    • Tour of Trinity College
    • Google Headquarters

    Flight

    All program participants will take 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 about 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

    Evan Witt is the Assistant Director for Leadership Training and Development with the Office for Undergraduate Education and an instructor in the Leadership minor. 

    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
    Courseload

    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

    Coursework

    You will be assessed on attendance, participation, and assignments throughout the course. Assignments include a journal, papers, and digital story presentations.

    Receive Credit for: LEAD 4481

    Liberal Education Fulfillments: Global Perspectives

  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 27, 2020  –  Jan 17, 2021 Oct 15, 2020

    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 2021 TBD TBD
  5. Fees for Leadership & Social Change in Ireland

    Winter Break 2020–2021 Cost of Participation forthcoming

    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 $6,800–$7,200. 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.

    Funding

    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 2021
    Program Name Global Seminar: Leadership & Social Change in Ireland
    Track Name Leadership & Social Change in Ireland
    Country Ireland

    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.

    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.

    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:

    • 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

    Amy Garwood-Diaz or call at 612.624.1537.