SPEA in Ireland

Study in the beautiful city of Dublin with excursions to the Irish countryside and Belfast

Ireland, with its history of conflict and ongoing reconciliation, provides the perfect backdrop for the study of conflict and dispute resolution, exploring the theoretical and historical impact cultural differences have on conflict and dispute resolution processes.

Learn more about the SPEA in Ireland program

June 10 - June 24, 2017

V482 – Cross-Cultural Conflict and Dispute Resolution (3cr.)

Program Director: Gary Branham

This three-credit hour course integrates theories of conflict and dispute resolution with an analysis of differences in dimensions of culture including religion, values, identity, worldviews and language. Applied learning will focus on cross-cultural conflicts between individuals, within organizations, and between nations with emphasis on “The Troubles” of Northern Ireland. You will be exposed to a variety of ways culture impacts communication, negotiation and other dispute resolution processes. Additionally, you will look at the reconciliation process and the key challenges in transforming personal, social and structural relationships that have been damaged or destroyed by conflict.

The course will meet for a minimum of two hours each weekday, except the first Friday which will be reserved for students to explore on their own and work on their papers.

    • Dublin City University - Talks on "The Troubles" with former public officials, militants, and scholars
    • Glendalough, a sixteenth century monastic settlement in the Wicklow Mountains
    • Belfast - Talks with former militants, practitioners in reconciliation, and scholars; excursions to the physical remains of the conflict, including the "peace walls," memorials, murals and other sites of historical significance during "The Troubles"
    • Hop on and hop off tour of Dublin
    • Experience Gaelic Games Program - opportunity to learn about Irish culture through Gaelic games and Irish folk dancing

The program will be open to undergraduate students with a GPA of 2.75 or higher and graduate students in good academic standing. Students from across IU will be considered, however preference for acceptance will be given to SPEA students at IUB and IUPUI. The instructor will review student applications and make the final decision on admission to the program.

You will receive room and board at the centrally located Glenomena Residence Hall on the campus of University College Dublin (UCD). Located in the heart of the campus within a short walk of the central college facilities, the apartments are formed around a series of interconnected courtyards and provide the ideal combination of secure privacy within a woodland setting. You will be grouped into six en-suite bedroom apartments with shared kitchen/living areas. All bedrooms are comfortably furnished with work station, study lamp, generous storage and wireless internet. The living areas are furnished with a distinctly modern kitchen with granite work tops, hob, microwave oven, two under counter refrigerators, kettle and toaster. The rooms are fully equipped and are supplied with standard pillow and single duvet. The building also has wireless internet, TV, adjacent launderette, and bicycle storage. In addition, there is 24-hour campus security. Glenomena Residence Hall is located within easy access to all campus restaurants, coffee shops, launderette, bookshop, convenience store, libraries, student clubs, health center, travel center, bank, and post office.

Note: You will pay two amounts – the tuition, which is what Indiana University credits cost, and you will also pay the SPEA Abroad program fee.

SPEA in Ireland Program Fee: $1,200*

The program fee includes lodging, medical insurance, and cultural excursions.

* Program fee is subject to change due to unforeseeable circumstances

IUB Tuition – 3 credits

The tuition cost for SPEA in Ireland is based on IU Bloomington tuition. The amount of tuition you pay will vary based on your student status.

Additional Costs

You will need to pay for your flight to Ireland, transportation to and from the airport, food that is not included in the program, and other incidentals.


The SPEA Abroad Scholarship/Fellowship is available to help SPEA students from IUB and IUPUI study abroad. Please visit our scholarship page for eligibility requirements and application deadlines. 

Other scholarships are available on a competitive basis.