Conflict Transformation Summer School

Everything you need to know

Anna Donley, Fulbright Student

'I am convinced that this program is the greatest way to experience Ireland'


The International Summer School on Conflict Transformation will run from Monday 26 June 2017 to 21 July 2017.

Click the link to download the Summer School Flyer 2017.


The fees for the International Summer School on Conflict Transformation at Queen’s are extremely competitive.  The total package for the four weeks includes accommodation (27 nights starting on Sunday 25 June 2017) and a cooked breakfast each day.

This programme is not only highly competitive in terms of cost it is also delivered to the highest standard.  Queen's is a UK top 10 research-intensive university, and is one of the leading centres for research in conflict transformation and Irish studies on the island of Ireland.

The fee rates for the International Summer School 2017 are as follows:

PriceWhat's included

All tuition

Accomodation in a single ensuite room (own shower and toilet) on campus with a cooked breakfast

Field trips and cultural visits

Meals while on the field trips


All tuition

Field trips and cultural visits

Meals while on the field trips

No accommodation provided



How to Apply

Please use the application form accessed through the last tab at the top of this table. After acceptance of your application, you will be contacted by email to complete payment online. Your place is only secure when you have paid. You will receive an automatic email from WorldPay as receipt of your payment. If you do not receive this within 10 days, please contact us directly.

Terms and Conditions

The International Summer School must be taken in its entirety and is not available on a 'pick and choose' basis and there is no reduction in fees for participants arriving late / departing early. Please see the additional terms and conditions below:

  • Applicants must be aged 18 or over by 26 June 2017
  • Students who withdraw from the Summer School once fees have been paid will be charged an administration fee of £50. To complete a fee refund, you must clearly identify your 10-digit transaction ID
  • Application deadline - 4.00pm on Friday 28th April 2017
  • Applications must be made before the deadline via the online application
  • Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis
  • Please note that fees do not include air fares or day-to-day living expenses.

For additional information please see the FAQ section.



After submission of your application form, you will be contacted by email to complete the payment online. Payment is included as part of the enrolment process. Your place is only confirmed once payment has been completed.

For further enquiries, please contact:

Mr Brett Walker
Phone: +44 (0) 28 9097 1346


For international students ie. citizens of a non-EU/EEA country, it is essential to apply for the correct student visa before entering the UK.

Participants on the International Summer School may contact the staff of the International Student Support Office for expert and up-to-date visa information and guidance. It is important to inform them that you are attending the 4 week International Summer School on Conflict Transformation. You must also make arrangements to travel to Belfast through a UK airport (including Northern Ireland) so your visa can be stamped into your passport (or endorsed if you have pre-applied for your visa in your home country.)

Please note that Dublin and Cork airports or any airport in the Republic of Ireland are NOT UK ports of entry and you should therefore avoid booking travel to any of these airports.

Visas are a very complex and specialised area and the International Summer School is not qualified, nor permitted, to give the necessary advice.

The e-mail address for the International Student Support Office is: Please contact International Student Support, it is suggested that students begin to prepare their visa application and supporting documents about 2-3 months before they are required to begin their studies.  This should allow sufficient time to have everything in order for their arrival at Queen’s University. 

Healthcare / Medical Insurance

You may also enquire at the International Student Support Office about medical insurance to cover any emergencies.

Please be aware that if you have to consult with a doctor at the University Health Centre a charge may be made by the Centre for non-EU/EEA citizens.

For additional information please see the FAQ section.


The Summer School programme comprises at least 80 hours contact (teaching) time. Three US credits are recommended for this programme. Your home university must decide if it wants to award you this credit - they may contact us for more details of the programme before making a decision. When your work is graded you will be given a percentage mark (grade conversion from United Kingdom into US letter grade).

On successful completion of the programme, we will provide you with a transcript and a grade for your essay to enable your home university to make a decision about credit.


Students taking the programme will examine the theories and practices of conflict transformation from within local and global perspectives that will include case studies of Northern Ireland, the Balkans, the Middle East, South Asia and South America, as well as evaluate how religion impacts upon peace-building. Students will learn more about how interventions and policies dedicated to conflict transformation have failed or succeeded.

It will position the importance of security, transitional justice and the role of restorative justice in democracy building. Understanding how border conflicts and social injustice encourage conflict and violence will also be studied using the methods of human rights and social inclusion. Other important features of peace-building that include negotiation and dialogue, the problem of dealing with victims issues and perpetrators of injustice will also form part of the overall learning around the research methods and ethics required for the restoration of social justice.

Drawing from our experience in Northern Ireland and case studies from across the globe we will examine:

  • Conflict Transformation in Local and Global Perspective
  • Religion and Peacebuilding
  • Intervention and Integration
  • Transitional Justice
  • Human Rights and Social Justice
  • Cross-border Co-operation
  • Discourses and Dialogue in Conflict Transformation
  • Representing and Dealing with the Past
  • Research Methods and Ethics in Conflict Transformation
  • Policing and Securitization

There will be exciting opportunities to hear first-hand accounts of the practical dimensions of conducting research in conflict zones and to debate the implications for policy and practice.

It’s not all study at the Conflict Transformation Summer School! We promise challenge and entertainment all at the same time. Students are also given the opportunity to meet with some of Northern Ireland’s decision-makers – key politicians, church and community leaders. There are excursions to archaeological, historical and cultural sites in Belfast and beyond, with Irish music and dance evenings as well.

Included in the Summer School are a range of visits to:

  • Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast and the Antrim Glens - An area of unsurpassed beauty, a unique fusion of tangible heritage and magnificent scenery
  • Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, where the Titanic was designed and built
  • Belfast’s murals and interface, guided tour
  • The Centre for Migration Studies at the Ulster American Folk Park
  • Derry-Londonderry (UK City of Culture 2013) - Tour of this splendid city, crammed full of history, heritage, interest and a vibrant cultural scene.

For additional information please see the FAQ section.

For a copy of the 2016 programme of events, please click here.

For a copy of the 2016 Syllabus, please click here.


The University campus is one of the best-equipped in Europe and includes everything you need from nightclubs to sporting facilities, restaurants and our own art house cinema. Everything is within walking distance from student accommodation, with the city centre only 15 minutes walk to complete your experience at Queen’s.‌ We are at the centre of the city's culture, arts and social scene!

The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice is a newly established international centre of excellence at Queen's University Belfast. The Institute fosters collaborations across a range of subject areas which allow the Faculty to address some of the key global challenges faced in seeking to achieve fairness, security, prosperity, social harmony and progress.

We are “a gateway to interdisciplinary research... Harnessing the national and international experience and expertise of staff in the fields of Conflict, Peace-Building, Human Rights and Transitional Justice."

We benefit from a depth of expertise amongst our staff and a range of internationally renowned specialists. The global impact of our teaching and research is a defining feature of the University. As a member of the Russell Group of the UK's leading research-intensive universities, Queen's inspires its students to be the pioneers of progress who change society for the better.

Students enrich our thriving research culture and contribute much to our academic activity. In return, we provide a stimulating learning environment where individual interests can be pursued and academic ambitions achieved.


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For additional information please see the FAQ section.


The accommodation is booked from Sunday 25 June 2017 until Friday 21 July 2017 inclusive (27 nights) - arriving on Sunday from 2.00pm and departure on Saturday morning by 10.30 am. If you would like to stay additional nights at Queen's Elms Halls of Residence, you can book and pay for these separately by e-mailing

Elms Village is located approximately 1.5 miles (2km) from Belfast City Centre in a leafy residential area within walking distance of local shops and restaurants making it an ideal location for the summer months.


The Telegraph ranks Queen's amongst the top universities for student accommodation in the UK.

Rooms are private spaces to look after and enjoy, and Elms residents enjoy an active social diary.

Dedicated support is provided by Student Accommodation staff. Rates include utility bills, 24-hour security, 24-hour reception, regular cleaning of communal areas and internet service. If you require access to the internet in your bedroom please click here for details.

Accommodation is in single en suite or non en suite rooms. Rates include linen and towels, and a cleaning service every 3rd day. Rooms are typically in blocks of a maximum of 33 rooms with 11 rooms on each floor. Each floor has a kitchen and common room with TV and tea and coffee making facilities. Kitchen equipment, such as plates, cups, cutlery, small pot set and ovenware etc will be available for use.

Groups are normally allocated to rooms together and access to each block is restricted to maintain security and safety of the group members. There is 24 hour reception and security on site and Pay Per Use car parking is also available.

At the centre of Elms Village is the Treehouse where breakfast is served from 07.30-10.00 daily. The MACE shop on site is open from Monday-Friday. 

Local Attractions in the area include:

Belfast Welcome Centre

Botanic Gardens

Friar's Bush Graveyard

River Lagan Towpath

Queen's Film Theatre

Ulster Museum

Queen's University Welcome Centre

For additional information please see the FAQ section.

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Facilities for disabled students

We welcome applications from people with disabilities and we will do our best to ensure that your individual requirements are met so you can get the most from your course. Please let Brett Walker know by email through as soon as you decide to enrol for a course so that we can make special arrangements to meet your needs.



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Further Info

Summer School Blog

2016 Blog