Explore Bustling Belfast

NIS is located in Belfast, the capital and largest city in Northern Ireland, and the second largest city in all of Ireland. What was once a shipyard paradise and the birthplace of the Titanic is now a hip, modern city with a population of over 333,000. The bustling city of Belfast is filled with trendy coffe shops and cafes, and beautiful parks and green spaces. Art laden peace walls weave through the city streets as reminders of the conflict that beset Belfast not many years ago. More beautiful still is the Northern Irish countryside that is laden with rolling hills and rivers that make frequent appearences in the nation’s art, poetry, and folk music.

While a student at NIS, you'll stay at Lakeside Manor, a charming 19th century mansion located just 4 miles from Belfast's city center.  As part of the travel component of the program, you’ll adventure all over the Irish isle visiting important cultural and historical landmarks like Saul, the site of St. Patrick’s first church in Ireland, the North coast, and Dublin Castle. Belfast is also a central location for travel throughout the United Kingdom and Europe, which students enjoy exploring during their free weekends. 

A Typical Week at NIS

  • Monday: We start our week off with a "family" meeting. Taking turns sharing devotionals and discussing preparations for the week. Students have class in the afternoon in the library at Lakeside Manor.

  • Tuesday-Thursday: Students have classes in the morning and afternoon for 3 hours each. An on site chef will prepare all meals unless students elect to go off-site for dinner.

  • Friday: Fridays are sight seeing days where students visit the landmarks and sites that they've been studying in class each week.

  • Saturday: Saturdays are free days for students.

  • Sunday: Students attend church and enjoy the hospitality of an Irish host family for the day.