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AMIDEAST/FIE London/Amman: Peace & Conflict Resolution in the Middle East and Beyond (Summer)

Amman, Jordan
Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
London, United Kingdom
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London/Amman: Peace & Conflict Resolution in the Middle East and Beyond

Enrolled students summer in London and Amman exploring the process of peace and the sensitive cultural and societal roots of conflict. This unique program will begin in the U.K. by studying peace and conflict theory, using Northern Ireland as a case study for beginning to understand how those theories translate to Middle Eastern issues. A study tour to Derry, Northern Ireland contextualizes the case study. Once in Amman, student use their new understanding of peace and conflict to examine how the Arab/Israeli conflict; regional conflicts such as those in Lebanon, Yemen or Iraq; and tribal conflicts are being addressed.

The courses will take you beyond the walls of the classroom to explore and experience the two vastly different cities of London and Amman through the lenses of conflict, peace, and culture.

This program is a partnership between FIE and AMIDEAST


  • Five weeks, two in London followed by three in Amman
  • Two courses exploring Peace and Conflict Resolution



  • The Life Cycle of Peace and Conflict: Lessons Learned in Northern Ireland
  • Class sessions based at FIE's South Kensington-based study center


  • Visits to Parliament
  • Guest lectures with prominent politicians
  • Course-related film series
  • Various guided tours of London
  • Meetings with the Irish Diaspora


  • Student residences in South Kensington
  • Dormitory or flat-style living
  • Walk to FIE's study center
  • Close to Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, museums and shops
  • Shared kitchens



  • Conflict Resolution and Management: Beyond The Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • Class sessions based at the AMIDEAST Center in Amman


  • Visits with tribal elders
  • Guest lectures and visits with prominent figures in journalism and politics
  • City Tour of modern and ancient Amman
  • Northern Jordan, including Ajloun Castle and Jerash
  • Biblical Jordan, including Madaba, The Dead Sea, Mount Nebo and the Baptism Site
  • South Jordan, including Wadi Rum and Petra


  • Easy walking distance to restaurants and shops
  • Homestays with carefully vetted Jordanian families


  • Upper-level undergraduate standing.
  • Recommended, but not required: An introductory course on international relations, conflict theories or Middle East politics.


To apply to this program, you must complete two main steps:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Thinking about applying to this program?

This is not an official University of Maryland program, but you may still apply to it and receive credit for your studies (be sure you speak at with your academic advisor about specific credits and courses). To learn more about how to apply to an external program, please click here

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2019 03/15/2019 01/01/2019