Frequently Asked Questions

What is the timeline?


Communications and documentation you should expect after you submit your online application:

  • After you submit your online application form, your application will be assessed by the Summer School Coordinator, Professor Fiona Magowan. After approval, you will receive an email directing you to our online payment facility. You can pay securely online by using a debit / credit card.
  • 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 at
  • The Institute will issue you an email confirming your place and it will include details on important visa information
  • You will receive a letter of acceptance (which you can use for gaining your visa)


In May, you will receive the following:

  • Summer School Student Handbook (a repository of helpful information and links)
  • Access to our online reading materials (username and password protected, as detailed in your letter of acceptance


In June, you will receive the following:

  • Communication on your check-in at Elms Accommodation
  • information on your welcome packs.


Assessment and Credit


The International Summer School on Conflict Transformation includes 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 who do not opt for assessment may be issued with a certificate of participation on completion of the programme.  This will be dependent on satisfactory attendance record for the duration of the Summer School. A register will be taken for each class.

Students wishing to receive a certificate of participation must not be absent for no more than two sessions in total.

Course Work for Assessment

Students wishing to be considered for credit are required to complete an essay of not more than 3,000 words (including bibliography), that is typically submitted before the end of August. We endeavour to provide you with your transcript no later than 30 September.


What sort of people apply to the Summer School?


The Summer School is a truly international programme, attracting a diverse range of people from all over the world. Last year we had participants from the USA, Austria, France, Spain, UK, Canada, Switzerland, Brazil, the West Bank and Australia!



Rachel Schlegel, Fulbright Student - Villanova University, Pennsylvania

"Upon arrival to Belfast this past summer I expected to be taught about the history of Northern Ireland and peace building tactics, and the lecturers went above and beyond in this department. I could never have prepared myself for the amount that I would learn, and how the information I gained would change my perspective. I learned that the world is so much bigger then it seems. I had never travelled abroad before Belfast, and had lived in a small community for most of my life. Once I stepped out of the area that had been my world, I realized how much there is to experience and explore.

I did not expect to learn almost as many life lessons as academic lessons. To sum up a valuable life lesson that I learned while studying at Queens University this past summer, it would be; don’t fear the unknown, take an interest in it. Fearing what is unclear facilitates the continuation of close-mindedness and segregation. However, if one takes an interest in what they do not understand, their perspective widens, allowing for compassion and progress in peace-building. This summer school was an invaluable experience and I would advise anyone who is interested to apply; you won’t be disappointed."


Anna Donley, Fulbright Student - Nebraska Wesleyan University

"My four weeks spent in Belfast were the best of my life, and I learned more about Ireland and its history than I ever would have expected to. Best of all, I got to learn all about it from experts that delivered their lectures with contagious enthusiasm. Throughout the program, we students collectively fell in love with Irish culture, and I am convinced that this program is the greatest way to experience Ireland. We got to dance to traditional music, hike through the Giant's Causeway, and visit countless museums, which taught us volumes about the issues that Ireland faces today. My favourite part, however, was being surrounded by a group of diverse, passionate, ambitious people that challenged me to think differently and learn more. It was all good craic. If I could, I would do it again and a thousand times more, so I highly encourage anyone with an interest in Ireland and a sense of adventure to apply next summer!"


Julianne Cravotto, Fulbright Student - University of California, Davis

"As a student from the United States, one learns little about the conflict in Northern Ireland. However, participating in the Conflict Transformation International Summer Programme was an invaluable and enriching experience which made me realize just how important this conflict is. The issues of identity, nationalism, and conflicting narratives are not unique to Northern Ireland but instead permeate numerous--if not all societies--across the globe. These factors in turn play a role in building and sustaining divisions, of forming in-groups and out-groups, and a sense of "us" versus "them." The numerous lectures on religion, music, parades, history, and mediation gave me the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the Troubles and the persistence of divisions in Northern Ireland. Meanwhile, the outings to places such as Derry/Londonderry and the panel discussions with religious authorities, politicians, police officers, and former inmates made the experience truly tangible and profound. I cannot stress enough how eye-opening this programme has been and how it has narrowed my focus in my own academic interests. Thanks to a multifaceted programme such as this, perhaps academics and leaders will be better able to address the issues of conflict not only in Northern Ireland, but in the United States and across the world-- tearing down the physical and mental peacewalls that divide us today."


The majority of participants are current‌ly studying at undergraduate levels.  We also have a former Summer School student who is now enrolled on our Masters in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice!

I have a disability, how do I let you know about this?


The School is committed to operating a system of equal opportunity, and will endeavour to make all reasonable adjustments to enable students to undertake the programme.  Applicants are able to indicate the nature of their disability when completing the online application form. We encourage students to contact Brett Walker as soon as you decide to enrol for a course so that we can make special arrangements to meet your needs.


Brett Walker                                                                                                                                                                                                                         International Summer School                                                                                                                                                                                            Clerical Officer                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Queen's University Belfast

Phone: +44 (0) 28 9097 1346                                                                                                                                                                                            Email:

How do I travel to Queen's?


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 heart of the city's culture, arts and social scene!

You can view our campus interactive map here. For information on travelling to the university, please click here.


Travelling to your accommodation

All Queen's accommodation is located in Belfast, close to the main university campus.  The majority of the accommodation is located at Elms Village, which is approximately 15 minutes walk from the main campus.  There is also a check-in and key pick up point for the other Queen's accommodation options.


Travelling by Air

Belfast is served by two airports, the George Best City Airport and Belfast International Airport.

George Best City Airport

This is the closest airport to Queen's accommodation and is approximately five miles from Elms Village.  Bus and train services are available at the airport and they will bring you to Belfast City Centre. An additional bus journey will then be needed to bring you to Elms Village (see travelling by bus).

A taxi from the airport to Elms Village will cost approximately £10 - £15

Belfast International Airport

Belfast International Airport is located approximately 22 miles from Elms Village.  Bus services are available at the airport and will bring you to Belfast City Centre. An additional bus journey will then be needed to bring you Elms Village (see travelling by bus).

A taxi from the airport to Elms Village will cost approximately £25 - £30


Travelling by Bus

There are regular bus services from Belfast City Centre to the university area and Elms Village. 

The 8B bus runs from the city centre to Elms Village from Monday - Saturday.  The 8A bus runs from the city centre to the main Queen's University Campus seven days a week, a 15 minute walk from the main campus will bring you to Elms Village.

For information on timetables visit


Travelling by Train

Trains from Dublin to Belfast arrive at Belfast Central Station.  From here a train can be taken to Botanic Train Station which is a 5 minute walk from the main University campus and a 20 minute walk from Elms Village.

Information on tickets and timetables can be found here