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, hosted by Queen's University Belfast. 

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.  Study in Northern Ireland, the home of Belfast and the Causeway Coast, was named by the Lonely Planet as the number one region in the world to visit in 2018! From the rugged breath taking coastal landscapes to our award winning museums such as Titanic Belfast, Northern Ireland is ripe for discovery with a remarkable past, an exhilarating present and an exciting future.

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 three 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 Securitisation

Education for Transformation focuses on driving change through learning, lectures, seminars and study visits which include:

  • Examination of the Northern Ireland education system.
  • Examination of theories and practices of education from global perspectives
  • Sessions facilitated by our UNESCO Chair in relation to educational curriculum and divided and conflict affected societies
  • Education through evidence and social innovation, including early intervention and prevention
  • Education for all: focus on special needs and epistemic justice
  • Educational studies and educational leadership
  • Educational related site visits; with interplay between formal and informal education

 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

More information

Programme dates

25 June to 20 July 2018

Summer Institute participants stay at Queen's Elm, a modern purpose-built village community in South Belfast.  Rooms are private with an en-suite bathroom, fully furnished and centrally heated with Internet access.  Bed linen is provided and changed every few days.  The village is a short walk from the main university campus.  More information can be found here.


Participants will receive a weekly stipend. Cooking utensils and saucepans etc will be provided as part of their shared kitchen pack, so they can cook their own meals as a cooker and microwave is provided. Elms Village has a small store for groceries, and there is a social space on site. Elms provides a cooked breakfast, but doesn’t have restaurant facilities on site during the summer, but there are many cafes and restaurants close by should participants wish to eat out.

Academics and credits

The Queen's Belfast programme is worth 20 CATS points in the UK system, which is a recommended 5-6 US credits or 10 ECTS points.  Students wishing to seek credit will be required to submit an assessment of a 4000-5000 word essay by 18 August 2018.  It is at the discretion of the home institution as to the number of credits they wish to award, but participants will receive a Queen's transcript.