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Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    12-18 credits
    • Location

      Belfast, United Kingdom
    • Semesters Offered


      October 15 deadline for spring

      There will be a limited number of spots available for this program each year.

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    BestSemester proudly offers several off-campus and study abroad programs around the world through the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU). The CCCU is a higher education association of 179 intentionally Christ-centered institutions around the world.

    The first thing students notice in Northern Ireland is the beautiful verdant landscape, but there's more to this country than rocky green cliffs and sparkling blue waters. From the home base at Lakeside Manor, a charming 19th-century mansion in Belfast, students may travel all over the Irish isle visiting important cultural and historical landmarks like SAUL, the site of St. Patrick's first church in Ireland, the Northern Ireland Parliament, and Dublin Castle.

    In addition, students can experience the deep impact of the religious and political conflict that has been an important part of Northern Ireland's history. Students may also sit at a table with residents who lived through "The Troubles" as they hear first-hand accounts of the hunger strikes and political clashes that beset Belfast in recent decades, pray in ancient cathedrals that predate the birth of their home country and hike among green pastures and ancient forests. This opportunity for experiential learning in Northern Ireland will make your next semester unforgettable.

    Course Equivalencies

    Northern Ireland Courses Credits Biola Course Credits
    Core Course
    Peacemaking and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland 3 ANTH 470 Human Conflict 3
    (Choose Three to Five)
    Irish Art and Culture 3 ARTS 100 Art Appreciation 3
    Irish Literature 3 ENGL 290 World Literature 3
    Christian Thought and Practice 3 BBST 465 Integration Seminar 3
    Ireland and Western Civilization 3 HIST 100 World Civilizations I 3
    Intercultural Communication 3 No equivalency yet approved - See department chair for course approval
    Service Learning Elective 1 No equivalency yet approved - See department chair for course approval
    Total Credits 15-18