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  • Locations: Ballycastle, United Kingdom; Belfast, United Kingdom; Derry, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Maymester
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  • Restrictions: UGA applicants only
  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Maymester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: No
Academic Level(s): Graduate, Undergraduate Type of Admission: First-come first-served (rolling)
Participant Selection: Highly competitive Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 11-20 students
Type of Instruction: Independent Study, Interdisciplinary, Lecture, Site Visits/Discussion, Study-Travel Classes With: UGA Students
Taught By: Guest Lecturers, Host Professor(s), UGA/U.S. Professor(s) College/School: Education, FACS, Social Work
Academic Area: Social Work Language Program: No
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0 or above
Minimum number of credit hours: 6 Maximum number of credit hours: 6
Work Opportunity: No Volunteer Opportunity: No
Scholarship Availability: Yes Housing Type: Dorm/Student Residence, Hotel/Hostel
Adventure Sport: None
Program Description:


UGA- Social Work- Social Issues in Northern Ireland

2017 Study Abroad Cohort
Students in the Maymester “Social Issues in Northern Ireland” class travel to Northern Ireland to get firsthand exposure to the transgenerational impact of the violence from the four-decade long conflict in Northern Ireland known as “The Troubles.” Economic injustice, oppression and discrimination are among the hallmarks of the divide between the Protestants and Catholics of Northern Ireland.

Program Location



Visits include Belfast, Ballycastle, Londonderry/Derry, and parts in between in Northern Ireland. Students will spend time learning about the culture and history of Northern Ireland and visit community organizations that have been part of the country's recovery process.They will have the opportunity to visit a retreat center called Corrymeela, "Hill of Harmony," that has served as a safe haven for the people of Northern Ireland since the late 1960s and throughout the many-sided conflict known as The Troubles.Students will enjoy recreational outings to the scenic Antrim Coast, including the Giant's Causeway, Swinging Bridge, Rathlin Island, and other notable locations in Northern Ireland.

Contact Information

Dr. Michael Robinson
School of Social Work

Academic Program

UGA - Social Work - Social Issues in Northern Ireland

Course Offerings: May 2021
SOWK 5776/7776 - Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping, and Reconciliation: An International Course in Northern Ireland
This course is designed to provide undergraduate/graduate students with an intensive study abroad experience to learn about the effects of years of political and religious conflict in Northern Ireland (known as “The Troubles”), on individuals, families, groups and organizations.
SOWK 5910 - Directed Readings in Social Work
Individual study, reading, or projects under the direction of a faculty member.
SOWK 7910 - Independent Social Work Research
Advanced readings course for independent research into the human services under the direction of a faculty member.

Program Itinerary

2021 Initial Travel Program Itinerary
(Daily plans are subject to change as final itinerary will be determined in consultation with in-country facilitators.)
May 24 -Arrive Belfast: Program Begins 2pm at designated hotel
-Visit Crumlin Gaol, Black Taxi Tour
May 25 -Lectures (political prisoners, community workers, social workers, etc.)
May 26 -Lecture and visits to political sites
May 27 -Visits to social welfare agencies-Depart on mini-bus to Corrymeela Centre in Ballycastle
May 28 -Workshop on trauma and grief
May 29 -Lectures - conflict model & historical background;
recreational outings on Northern coast
May 30 -Lecture - gender & peacebuilding; national wildlife excursion
May 31 -Lecture - play therapy & trauma; evaluation session
-Depart on mini-bus to Londonderry/Derry
June 01 -Lectures and visits to political sites in Derry
June 02 -Lectures and visits to political sites in Derry
-Discussion and Evaluation Meeting after dinner
June 03 -Program Ends (breakfast provided)
-Students and faculty depart



Belfast:Hotel (For example, Holiday Inn) (2 students per room)
Ballycastle: Corrymeela Community (dormitory style)
Londonderry/Derry: Hotel (2 students per room) 
All breakfasts,dinners, and lunches are provided (*one lunch and one dinner on your own)

Program Costs

Program Deposit: $300 due upon admission
Program fee: approximately $1,400 (this does not include the deposit nor airfare)

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Program Reviews:
Maymester 2017 Participant
Choosing to study abroad is one of the best decisions I have made during my time at UGA. I made great relationships with people on the trip, and most importantly, I grew personally and professionally as a social worker through the experiences I had in Northern Ireland.

Maymester 2017 Participant
I really enjoyed being led around the different cities by individuals who live there and were part of/witness to the conflict. It made the trip more dynamic and engaging.

Maymester 2019 Participant
The Northern Ireland study abroad trip broadened my knowledge about crisis intervention techniques and conflict resolution modalities that I can use with working with clients in the future.

Maymester 2017 Participant
I felt safe and well taken care of the entire trip. It is important to remember that 5-star hotels are not a reality for this type of trip; however, every location we stayed in was extremely accommodating and comfortable.

Larrel Elizabeth Woods, Maymester 2019 Participant
Going on this trip truly changed my life. As someone who has never had the opportunity to travel abroad, this trip taught me so much and opened my eyes to the world around me. Because of this trip, I am now making a list of all the other places I would love to explore.

It definitely made a lasting impact. It reaffirmed my decision to be in social work. I am more interested now in learning about nonviolent peacekeeping solutions.
     — Paige Lewis, Maymester 2016
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This program is currently not accepting applications.