The Fulbright Queen’s University Belfast Summer Institute is a four-week cultural and academic programme for US students, focusing on understanding Ireland from a Northern Irish perspective.

Queen’s University Belfast was founded by Royal Charter in 1845. The university has strong links with the city, sharing the motto Pro Tanto Quid Retribuamus (What shall we give in return for so much?). Queen's is the UK's ninth oldest university, and ranks among the top 1% of global universities.

Belfast is a compact and growing city which has undergone transformation in recent years. Packed with history, culture, exciting events, great food and shopping, an added bonus is you’ll also find some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet.

Students in this Summer Institute will learn about Northern Ireland in terms of its political, economic and cultural relationships within the UK, and with the Republic of Ireland and the world.

Participants can choose one of two academic programmes, as part of QUB's Summer School:


Previous Irish Studies lectures, seminars and study visits have covered:

  • The history of the people in Ireland
  • Ireland's place in the world
  • The history of migration and diaspora
  • The relationships between Britain and Ireland
  • The specific historical part played by the north, particularly Belfast and Derry/Londonderry
  • Language, literature, music, dance and art
  • Conflict and peace
  • Heritage, identity and varieties of Irishness

Previous Conflict Transformation lectures, seminars and study visits have drawn from case studies in Ireland and around the world, to cover:

  • Conflict Transformation in Local and Global Perspectives
  • 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

 Previous cultural programmes and field trips have included visits to:

  • Antrim Coast
  • Giant's Causeway
  • Derry/Londonderry (UK City of Culture 2013)
  • Centre for Migration Studies Ulster at the American Folk Park,Omagh
  • Police Service Northern Ireland Public Order Training Unit
  • Titanic Quarter
  • Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont

Students can receive approximately three credits to transfer to their home institution. Participants must complete the programme assessments on time, and must make arrangements with their home institutions to receive credit.