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CIEE Society, Conflict + Peace in Northern Ireland

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

A few short and incredible months in Belfast

CIEE is a class organization and will help with anything that you need. Both our Resident Coordinator
and Resident Director are invaluable resources. They will help you sort out anything you need be it with accommodation or academically.

CIEE places you in international housing with both international houses and local students. You will be living in either flats or terrace housing. You will be responsible for your own meals, which is something I loved. This style of living is a great way to meet people and burst your American bubble. My best friends were Northern Irish, Irish, English and Malaysian.

The CIEE's Peace, Conflict and Society course and the excursions that go with it are an enriching and informative experience. The class does a great job of balancing the history of the Troubles and their modern impacts. Each excursion is tailored with the right amount of academia and fun! Plus, CIEE pays for them and for things like a weekend in Dublin and time at the Giant's Causeway you will be thankful. Also, note that some CIEE excursions are done in tandem with other CIEE programs such as CIEE Dublin and CIEE London. It's a great experience to get to spend some time and experiences with other students who are studying abroad in different place then your own.

Queens' University Belfast has a stellar academic reputation and doesn't disappoint. Classes and tutorials are engaging and fun. You are also, in classes with current QUB students. It's a great way to work, learn and get to know students from both from Ireland and the U.K. Sometimes you are the only American in your lecture, which is really exciting. The only down side is that the Queens' administration can be challenging to deal with it at times, but CIEE will work with you and them to solve the problems.

Belfast is a lively and upcoming city. There is always something to do. Be it festivals such as Culture Night or the Christmas Markets or Open Mic nights. Belfast has a lively student population with Queen's University Belfast being located right in the city and University of Ulster - Jordanstown being located just on the outskirts. The cost of living is incredibly affordable and accommodating to a student budget. There are a variety of different student friendly restaurants, take-away food places, bars, clubs and pubs. You can go to a student night on Tuesday, a traditional music session at a traditional pub on Wednesday and dance the night away at Lavery's on Saturday. Sundays are best spent munching on treats from St. George's Market. There are also, plenty of sights to see such as the Titanic Quarter, Botanic Gardens and murals throughout Belfast.

Northern Ireland itself is a stunning country whether you are walking along the walls of Derry or trying to chase waves along Giant's Causeway or hiking through the Mourne Mountains
Studying abroad in Northern Ireland is a once in a lifetime opportunity where the drinks flow, laughs are had and the country's scars are worn on their sleeves, but with good humor and optimism.