Not available for summer 2016.

Required Course: UNIV/PSYC/GEOG 238 (An Integrated Perspectives (IP) course with no prerequisites.)

Admissions are made on a rolling basis and review of applications is currently underway. Apply online.

Program Overview

Bucknell in Northern Ireland is a 3.5 week study abroad, community-based learning program in the Northern Irish city of Derry/Londonderry in the United Kingdom, close to the border of the Republic of Ireland. This program is offered in partnership with Holywell Trust, an organization focused on innovative community development and peace-building projects in the city of Derry/Londonderry. Students attend seminar sessions, panel discussions, and engage in fieldwork to learn about the voluntary sector in the Northern Irish peace and reconciliation process. All students are required to take the one full credit summer course, Bucknell in Northern Ireland (UNIV/PSYC/GEOG 238), co-taught by Professors Bill Flack (psychology) and Adrian Mulligan (geography). Attendance is also expected in the spring semester run-up to the program at an evening class, held every other week.


Derry/Londonderry is both an ancient and a very modern city, the people are friendly and you can walk just about anywhere. It is a city that has had a troubled past, a city that remains divided, yet it is also a city that has made vast strides in forging a long-lasting peace.

Our long-standing partners, Holywell Trust, have been at the forefront of these efforts for decades, pioneering community development, reconciliation efforts, educational, health and welfare initiatives, while also mobilizing the arts, heritage and tourism. 

Students will attend lectures and undertake field trips that encourage the adoption of an integrated disciplinary perspective with which to understand issues of peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland. Additionally, students will visit a number of voluntary sector organizations to learn more about their hard work forging peace at the grassroots level.

The program also includes a number of excursions, for example exploring the coastline of County Antrim, climbing mountains in County Donegal, and venturing further southwest to County Galway where students will learn about the history of Connemara.

Upon return to the United States, a final summative paper based upon each student's experience throughout the program will be due at the close of Bucknell's summer session.

Program Instructors

The course is intentionally designed as an Integrated Perspectives (IP) course, making sense of a range of issues in Northern Ireland by drawing primarily from the disciplines of psychology and geography, but also from history, Archaeology, sociology and political science.

It is co-directed by Professors Bill Flack (psychology) and Adrian Mulligan (geography).

Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid has some need-based institutional financial aid available for summer study abroad programs for select students.

Program Cost

$7000-$7500 depending upon enrollment. Please note that this is an estimate and includes Bucknell University summer tuition, round trip airfare Newark to Belfast, accommodations and transportation, guest lecturer and group excursion fees, and a number of group meals.

This film was produced by the Holywell Consultancy a peace-oriented organization.



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