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Northern Ireland: Human Rights, Law & Justice

Donegal, Ireland


Spend spring break in beautiful Northern Ireland for an experience of a lifetime! Throughout this program students will see large metropolitan areas and small country towns, meet local Irish folk and absorb all that this small region has to offer.  Explore the legacy of the conflict known as "the Troubles" through interactions with human rights lawyers, ex-political prisoners, victims associations, and restorative justice practitioners. Law, culture, history, and politics are combined into a unique and engaging experience that offer 3 credits in just one week for undergraduate students and 4 credits for graduate students!

Action packed itinerary - Students will start in Dublin and visit Belfast, Omagh, and Derry while visiting museums, wall murals, historic sites, universities, memorials, and more!  Whether this is your first trip abroad or one of many, you will have the opportunity to travel with an OU faculty member and see sites normal tourists would never get to see. 

Experiential learning - This program is focused on engaging with the local culture to gain a deeper understanding of the themes and concepts discussed in class. This is not a lecture course - students are encouraged to interact with the local people and places that bring the topic of human rights, law and justice to life in this post-conflict area.

Fascinating landscape – See the rugged beauty of this region while learning about the history and culture of its people. Northern Ireland is fascinating not only for its beauty but also for the people!

This study abroad program satisfies requirements for Anthropology majors and minors, Global Studies - War and Peace majors and certificates, and students earning Law, Justice & Culture Masters or certificates. 

Program Dates

Spring Break 2020: March 6 - 15, 2020 

Application Deadline :  EXTENDED to October 8, 2019 

Information Session

Learn more abouth this program at an upcoming information session with Program Director, Dr. Haley Duschinski:

Tuesday, Sept. 17 2019 at 5pm in Bentley Annex 007


Eligibility and selection process

This program is open to all OHIO undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing.

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy.

This program accepts applications from non-Ohio University students.

Applicants must be matriculated OHIO students. Non-OHIO applicants must have successfully completed high school or its equivalent.

Courses and credits

ANTH 4620 (3 credits) or ANTH 5620 (4 credits): Human Rights, Law & Justice

The course focuses on the post-conflict transition of Northern Ireland after its long legacy of violence and human rights abuses. Students will learn about the current peace-building efforts, with much of the course material being drawn from on-site activities and interactions.


2020 Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet **

2020 Graduate Student Budget Worksheet*

*Please note that prior to 10/10/2019 the graduate student budget worksheet contained an error. The worksheet incorrectly listed the number of credit hours for graduate students as 3. The correct number of credit hours for graduate students on this program is 4. 

**Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.


Good to know

Students should expect a moderate level of physical activity (walking/standing) on this program.

The program deals with social and legal reconstruction in a post-conflict setting. Potential students should take the subject matter into account when considering participation in the program.

Weather in Northern Ireland is extremely variable in March. Selected participants should plan for rain, wind, cold, and changing weather conditions.


Additional Information on Northern Ireland

To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the  CIA World Factbook

Health and safety

Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination.

 Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

Refer to the State Department site for information related to safety and security at this destination.

Also refer to  International SOS  for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.

Requesting accommodation for disabilities

If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the  Office of Student Accessibility Services  to schedule an appointment to complete an  Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form . We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.

Entry and exit requirements

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States.  If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport now.

Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country.  

Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found here.

More information on visa can be found here.

Information for NON-US citizens can be found  here.

For more information on this program contact:

Dr. Haley Duschinski

Program Director

Bentley Annex 131 



Ellie Koewler

Program Coordinator










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