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Dublin/Amman: Conflict and the Struggle for Peace: Explorations in Ireland and the Middle East
Spend the summer in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Jordan exploring the roots of conflict and the process of peace in this unique program offered through the partnership of AMIDEAST and FIE: Foundation for International Education.
The Conflict and the Struggle for Peace: Explorations in Ireland and the Middle East program begins in Dublin. During the first portion of the program, students take a single course titled Life Cycle of Peace and Conflict: Lessons Learned in Northern Ireland, using the country as a case study to focus on peace and conflict theory. Co-curricular activities such as visits to historic city sites and political walking tours will enhance student understanding of the sensitive cultural and societal roots of conflict. In addition, a study tour of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will contextualize the coursework.
The new understanding of peace and conflict will inform the student experience in Amman, where participants will examine how the Arab/Israeli conflict, regional conflicts such as those in Lebanon, Yemen or Iraq, and tribal conflicts are being addressed. Students enroll in one course, Conflict Resolution and Management: Beyond the Arab-Israeli Conflict, which is complemented by study tours to Mount Nebo, the Dead Sea, Wadi Rum, and the ancient city of Petra.
Following the conclusion of the Conflict and the Struggle for Peace program, a student may opt to extend his/her stay in Amman and participate in the AMIDEAST Intensive Arabic Program which is a four-week program that includes Modern Standard and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic courses. Arabic courses are available at all levels of study. (Please note that beginning Arabic will run subject to minimum enrollment).
Additional information, including upcoming program dates, can be found on FIE's website at www.fie.org.uk/peace-conflict. To receive regular updates about the program please sign up here: www.tinyurl.com/PeaceFIE.
All interested applicants must apply through FIE’s application portal.
To apply to this program, you must complete two main steps:
- Submit a UMD approval application - start by clicking “apply now” at the top of this page. This application allows UMD Education Abroad to approve your study abroad program selection so you may earn credit in a program outside of UMD.
This application will require you to meet with your EA advisor, who will communicate important details related to participating in this program. If you do not complete this application by the stated deadline, you may not receive credit for your study abroad program and will lose your student status for the time you are not studying at UMD.
- Apply directly to the program provider. After receiving UMD approval, you should submit the program application directly to the program sponsor by their deadline. Your program sponsor will determine your official acceptance to a program. You must adhere to the provider's timeline, eligibility standards, and application requirements.
After being accepted to your program, your EA advisor will guide you through the course pre-approval process where you will determine which credits you will fulfill abroad.