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Discover UGA: Northern Ireland course teaches about conflict and healing


Each spring, the UGA School of Social Work offers a study abroad course in Social Issues in Northern Ireland.

The group visited Belfast, Londonderry (also called Derry), the Corrymeela Community—a peace and reconciliation center near Ballycastle—and the coast.


Northern Ireland

Social Issues in Northern Ireland

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. Visit Belfast, Ballycastle, Londonderry (Derry) and parts in between in Northern Ireland. Students will spend time learning about the culture and history of Northern Ireland; 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 visit trauma recovery centers throughout the country, meet with victims of the Troubles who are struggling with the aftermath, former paramilitaries from both sides of the conflict, social work practitioners and community organizations that have been part of the country's recovery process.

Recreational outings to scenic Antrim Coast. Will visit Old Bushmills Distillery, Giant's Causeway, Swinging Bridge, Rathlin Island, as well as other notable locations in Northern Ireland.

Expect to:

Decision date: Rolling admission until March 1, 2017
Program Deposit: $300 due upon admission
Program fee: $1350
The next trip is tentatively planned for May 8 through May 18, 2017.

Information Sessions:

Tuesday, Sept. 27
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
UGA School of Social Work, Room 104

Wednesday, Sept. 28
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
UGA Gwinnett Campus, Room 124

For more information visit the Northern Ireland program page at the UGA Office of International Education website, or contact:
Betsy Vonk, Professor
279 Williams Street, room 395B