Quick Info

  • Northern Ireland
  • Spring Break
  • : Panther Program
  • : Political Science
  • : March 3, 2018 - March 11, 2018
  • : $2,499 In-State/ $2,699 Out-of-State (Scholarship has been applied, see details below!)
  • : Sunday, November 5, 2017
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


This course explores and analyzes the development, process, and issues of rebellion and reconciliation in Ireland and Northern Ireland especially focusing on the period of the Troubles (late 1960s) through present. The course encompasses a study abroad component held during Spring Break where students will spend a total of a week in Belfast and Dublin engaging with ex-combatants, politicians, youth organizations, and scholars with direct experience in the conflict and reconciliation in Ireland and Northern Ireland.  

You will earn one credit for the program and will be required to take part in pre-departure orientations, lectures, and coursework on the Greensburg campus.

Saturday – Depart from Pittsburgh International Airport, flight time TBD

Sunday – Arrive in Northern Ireland, Orientation, Peace Wall Tour, and Welcome Dinner

Monday – Class, visit City Hall and the Lord Mayor, visit to the Crumlin Road Gaol, and introduction to Youth Centres - service component

Tuesday – Workshop (Loyalist), peace & reconciliation conversation at a youth-led cross-community coffee shop, and service component with Youth Centres

Wednesday – North Coast: visit Giant's Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Carrick-arede-rope bridge, and Traditional Irish music

Thursday – Workshop (Republican), visit to the Republican Museum, class, and service component & farewell with Youth Centres  

Friday – Travel to Dublin, tour Dublin, meet local youth clubs and visit relevant sites, and final reflection 

Saturday – Farewell breakfast with entire group, then free day in Dublin 

Sunday – Flight back to Pittsburgh International Airport

Note: Itinerary subject to change

Experiential Learning

Go beyond the classroom setting and make a positive impact on the local community. This is a unique opportunity to work with a local organization to gain a better understanding of the culture and have a positive impact on the community. YouthWorks is an organization that offers young people the opportunity to grow and mature, develop social and life skills in a safe and secure environment, accept responsibility and make life choices based on sound information and support. At their heart is the sincere belief that intercultural understanding & the development of global citizenship is essential to an increasingly connected global world.

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Dr. Paul Adams earned his PhD from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and specializes in comparative politics and international relations, specifically the study of the politics of Europe, the European Union, corporatism and state-society relations, as well as American foreign policy and international organizations. He is an Affiliated Faculty member of the Center for European Studies, a Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence, at the University of Pittsburgh (Oakland Campus). Dr. Adams is the Chair of the Behavioral Science Division and faculty advisor to the Pitt-Greensburg Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. He is also a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and Gamma Theta Upsilon, the International Geographical Honor Society. He has authored or co-authored chapters or entries in texts such as New Directions in Comparative Politics (2002) , Authoritarianism and Corporatism in Latin America Revisited (2004), The International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, Second Edition (2007),Globalization: Universal Trends, Regional Implications (2008), The Research Handbook of Voluntary and Nonprofit Associations (2016) and co-edited the text Western Europe and the United States: Foundations of Comparative Politics (2005). He has also published articles and book reviews in EUSA Review and Perceptions: Journal of International Affairs. Dr. Adams came to the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in 2006 after a visiting position at the University of Richmond. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013.




Centrally located hotels in both Belfast and Dublin will be your residence for the duration of the program.  Double rooms are provided. 

Pricing And Dates

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$2,499 $2,699
Arrive in Belfast Depart Dublin
March 4, 2018 March 11, 2018


ADDITIONAL $200 SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE  to the first two students to complete their application & commit to the program!

(Original Program Price was $3,799 IN / $3,999 OS a Pitt Greensburg scholarship of $1,300 has been applied to the program cost to reduce it to $2,499 IS / $2,699 OS)

All students are required to attend the mandatory pre-departure meeting: Friday, November 10, 2017 at 12:00pm in VH 118

*Note: Program departs March 3, 2018.  Keep in mind that dates may change.

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • Tuition for one credit (note: if you are enrolling in 18 credits for the spring, please contact Michelle Apodaca)
  • Roundtrip flights from Pittsburgh International Airport
  • All in-country transportation
  • Housing and most meals (you will be responsible for 1 lunch and 3 dinners; allows more free time to explore the cities)
  • Course relevant site visits in Belfast
  • Trip to North Coast to visit Giants Causeway and Dunluce Castle
  • Visit and tour of Dublin, Ireland
  • Other cultural activities (see the itinerary above for more details) 
  • International health insurance

While your program fee with cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Transportation to/from Pittsburgh International Airport
  • Passport fees (~$110)
  • Meals and personal expenses while abroad

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Michelle Apodaca

Walk-In Advising Hours: Mon. Wed. and Thur. 2pm-4pm

¡Hola, hola! I’m Michelle, the Study Abroad Coordinator at Pitt-Greensburg. Part of my undergraduate career at Pitt Greensburg led me to study abroad in Guanajuato, Mexico, for two summer months. Then I was hooked! The following summer I studied in Cuernavaca, Mexico, then a semester in Spain. All three homestays were with amazing people that made those experiences even better! A few years later I bought a one-way ticket to Cabo San Lucas and lived in Mexico for close to four years. I hope all students will consider going global and will study abroad: it changes your life, leaves you with unforgettable memories, lets you discover new skills, and it will set you apart from your future competition. So, let’s give you an edge and find your program! You can reach me at mma93@pitt.edu or 724-836-7494.