International Summer School 2016

Key Facts

Duration: 19 Days

Date: 4 July to 22 July 2016

There are three fee rates:

£1,800 - All tuition, accommodation in single ensuite room *where available (own shower and toilet) on campus with cooked breakfast, fieldtrips and cultural visits and meals while on fieldtrips.

£1,690 - All tuition, accommodation in single non-ensuite room(communal showers and toilets) on campus with cooked breakfast, fieldtrips and cultural visits and meals while on fieldtrips.

£1,100 - All Tuition and all field trips but no accommodation.

Learn more about this years programme here and view the flyer here.


International Summer School on Conflict Transformation

‌The Conflict Transformation and Social Justice Summer School is your chance to experience one of the UK's top universities. Our bespoke interdisciplinary course is taught by world-leading academics located in a society emerging from conflict, allowing you to immerse yourself in a topic and see the subject from a number of different viewpoints. Those teaching on the programme come from a range of disciplines including Law, Politics, International Studies, Geography, Criminology, Anthropology, Human Rights and other humanities and social science subjects.

The Conflict Transformation and Social Justice Summer School will provide students with a critical overview of approaches to conflict resolution, from world-leading scholars and practitioners. Those teaching on the Summer School will draw upon rich research experiences both in Northern Ireland and across the globe. 

Students taking the programme will be able to learn more about 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. That will include an evaluation of how religion impacts upon peace-building. It will permit students to 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 victim issue and perpetuators of injustice will also form part of the overall learning around the research methods and ethics required for the restoration of social justice.

This is a unique and innovative interdisciplinary school, taught by world-leading academics and located in a society emerging from conflict.

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

Check out some pictures and recommendations from our 2015 Summer School.

But it’s not all study! 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.

Special Features

This is a unique and innovative interdisciplinary school, taught by world-leading academics and located in a society emerging from conflict.

Complete the online registration form here


Valerie Miller
International Summer School Clerical Officer
International Summer Schools
Queen's University Belfast

Phone: +44 (0) 28 9097 1346


The fees for the International Summer School at Queen’s are extremely competitive.  The total package for the three weeks includes accommodation (20 nights) and cooked breakfast. (Please note: no reduction in fees for participants arriving late/departing early).

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 are as follows:

£1,800 includes:

  • All tuition
  • Accommodation in single ensuite room* (own shower and toilet) on campus with cooked breakfast (*NB* Subject to availability).
  • Fieldtrips and cultural visits
  • Meals while on fieldtrips

£1,690 includes:

  • All tuition
  • Accommodation in single non-ensuite room (communcal showers and toilets) on campus with cooked breakfast.
  • Fieldtrips and cultural visits
  • Meals while on fieldtrips

 £1,100 includes:

  • All tuition
  • Fieldtrips and cultural visits
  • Meals while on fieldtrips

How to Apply


After acceptance of your application, you will be contacted by email to complete payment online.  Your place is only secure when you have paid for the course. 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 direct.

Terms & Conditions:

  • Applicants must be aged 18 or over by 4 July 2016.
  • Students who withdraw from the programme once fees have been paid will be charged an administration fee of £50; to complete this refund you must clearly identify your 10-digit transaction ID.
  • The programme must be taken in its entirety and is not available on a 'pick and choose' basis - no reduction in fees for participants arriving late/departing early.
  • The application deadline to attend the Summer School is, 4 pm Friday 29th April 2016. Applications must be made before this date via the online application above.
  • 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 such as meals.


It is necessary to complete the online Summer School registration form here.  After acceptance of your registration 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 secure when you have paid for the Summer School.

For further enquiries please contact Valerie Miller by email or telephone:
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 3-week International Summer School. You must also make arrangements to travel to Belfast through a UK airport (including Northern Ireland) so as 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 aiprort 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 them sufficient time to have everything in order for their arrival at Queen’s. 

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. 

The 2016 programme has now been released and can be viewed here.

*Please note that named speakers may be subject to change*

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

The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social 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, and social harmony and progress.


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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The accommodation is booked from Sunday 3 July until Friday 22 July 2016 inclusive (20 nights)arrival on Sunday from 2 pm and departure on Saturday morning by 10.30 am. 
If you want to stay additional nights at the Queen's Elms Halls of Residence, you can book and pay for these separately by e-mailing Queen's Elms at

Please note, there are a limited number of ensuite rooms available, so we will accommodate where possible. Non-ensuite rooms can also be booked if preferred.


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:

Queen's University Belfast

Botanic Gardens

Friar's Bush Graveyard

River Lagan Towpath

Queen's Film Theatre

Ulster Museum

Queen's University Welcome Centre