From rolling hillsides, to rugged coasts, to bustling city centers, Northern Ireland has a lot to offer! Read the FAQ below to find out more about your location!
You'll also spend time in other parts of the country like the North Coast, which includes the world-famous Giants Causeway, Tollymore forest (one of the places that inspired C. S. Lewis to write the Chronicles of Narnia), and castles which date back to the 12th century!
Of course, it also can be very rainy in Northern Ireland, with January-May seeing an average of 11-15 days per month with rain.
There are also two designated weekends during the semester where students can travel independently throughout other parts of Norther Ireland or to other European countries.
How can you get in touch with NIS classmates and new local friends? How will you stay up to date on what is happening back home? Communication and technology work a bit differently in Belfast than in the United States. Read the FAQ below to find out more.
What do you need to know before you step on that plane? Read the FAQ below to find out.
To apply for a passport, visit the U.S. Department of State’s website at http://travel.state.gov/passport/get/get_4855.html.
To renew your passport, visit the U.S. Department of State’s website at http://travel.state.gov/passport/renew/renew_833.html.
If you are a citizen of a country other than the US or Canada, you may need to apply for an entry visa prior to travel to Northern Ireland. If this applies to you, please send an email to [email protected]!
Academic learning has rarely been this adventurous. Whether in or out of the classroom, you'll be learning through experience, immersion, and service. Read the FAQ below to find out more.
Peacemaking and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland (3 credits)
Islamic Thought and Practice (3-4 credits)
Irish Art & Culture (3 credits)
Irish Literature (3 credits)
Christian Thought & Practice (3 credits)
Ireland & Western Civilization (3 credits)
Intercultural Communication (3 credits)
Service Learning Elective (1 credit)
Since NIS is independent of the schedules and facilities of a host university, the program is free to blaze its own academic curriculum: it can adapt to take advantage of current events and opportunities.
For detailed descriptions of NIS courses, visit the NIS Academics page.
One of the most exciting aspects of learning about Irish culture is actually participating in it. How will you connect? How will they respond? Read below for help in answering these questions.
You will find the people of Ireland very friendly and easy to talk to. They are inquisitive and will undoubtedly want to know what brings American students to Ireland.
Community and Daily Life
Read the FAQ below to find out more about everyday life in Northern Ireland!
Rest assured that the NIS team takes the same precautions in Belfast and when traveling to surrounding countries. And, ultimately—as in any region or circumstance—the NIS team puts their trust in God, practicing a balance of wisdom, caution, and common sense.