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Northern Ireland: Leadership for Social Change in Northern Ireland
Belfast, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Cost Summer
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Academic College: Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Language of Instruction: English
Program Options: Faculty-Led, Service Learning Credits Earned: 3
Program Description:


Northern Ireland: Leadership for a Social Change in Northern Ireland
Northern IrelandGlobal Service-Learning provides students a forum to reflect critically on community service, intercultural experiences, and global citizenship. This course sets global service-learning into practice through leadership in Belfast and Ballycastle, Northern Ireland during fourteen days of service work; cultural immersion; and reading, writing, and discussion. This course will provide an introduction to leadership geared across cultures with an emphasis on social justice and social change. Students in this course will gain an understanding of the Social Change Model, intercultural competence, and reflect on cultural norms and beliefs. They will be able to apply these theories and models to their understanding of culture and real world situations. These real world situations will include Northern Ireland, but also conflicts much closer to home and perhaps even in their own lives. Students will strengthen their core analytical and critical thinking skills through extensive self-reflective activities and applied analysis of the Social Change Model.  The Social Change Model will serve as the framework for students to identify individual, group, and community values in post-conflict Northern Ireland. 

To prepare for our weeks in Belfast and Ballycastle, we will begin reading, journaling, and discussing prior to our intercultural immersion. While in Northern Ireland, we will continue to link our personal experience to our academic work through readings, journal writing assignments, and class discussions. The readings and formal reflections (oral and written) cover the following themes: 1) personal values and ethics, 2) service in a cross-cultural context, and 3) global citizenship and communication. Upon returning home from our host community, we will meet again to share final reflections and capstone projects.

LDR students will have the opportunity to apply for a travel scholarship through the Emma Noe Scholarship. Please click here for more information. Students may be able to earn up to $5,000 towards Education Abroad expenses. 


City: Belfast

Country: Northern Ireland

Population: 286,000

Information: Belfast (Irish: Béal Feirste, Béal meaning "mouth" and Feirste meaning "sandbank") is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland and the second largest city on the island of Ireland after Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland. Situated at the mouth of the River Lagan on Belfast Lough, Belfast is surrounded by low hills and has a population of 267,500. This figure refers only to the Belfast City Council area whose borders date back to the 1950s. Since then the city has expanded and the population of the Belfast Metropolitan Urban Area which incorporates the surrounding suburbs and towns is 483,000.

Places of Interest:
Belfast Castle
Albert Memorial Clock
St Anne's Cathedral


LDR 499- Global Service-Learning and Leadership- 3 credits


Students are required to travel to and participate actively in the life of the host community of Belfast and Ballycaste, Northern Ireland during the duration of the on-site program component.  This participation includes a minimum of 20 hours of service work in collaboration with our community partner organization, YouthWorks.  Although students must complete service work and other designated activities in the host community to receive a passing grade for the course, academic credit and grading will be based on the reading, writing, and discussion assignments (outlined below). Thus, the intercultural service experience serves as a basis for the course discussion and student writing that makes up the academic component. Students who do not participate actively in the service will not receive a passing grade for the course.


Professor Cheyenne Luzynski


Program Costs $6,325

WVU course credits
Round-trip Airfare
All Meals in Country
Programmatic Academic Excursions
Comprehensive Travel and Health Insurance

Billing for the summer 2017 programs will occur upon registration into the courses associated with the Study Abroad program in STAR. The payment deadlines for the program will be the same as WVU Summer Semester Tuition and Fees. Registration will occur in mid-April, students will receive correspondence from OGA with registration instructions upon acceptance into the program after the application deadline. All payments are due in full before trip departure. Payments can be made through STAR or by contacting the Office of Student Accounts at (304) 293-4006.



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