Introduction to Peace Studies in Ireland

Join Professor Eric Budd in Dublin for an illustrative and educational adventure that will change your life! 
Students in Ireland on faculty led study abroad

May 2026

IDIS 1900 CRN 37021/POLS 1900 CRN 36922: Peace Studies: The Irish Troubles

AIA Designation: Integrated High Impact Practice (IHIP)

3 credits

Apply Now

This course will use the Irish troubles as a case study for Introduction to Peace Studies. It will use the Irish conflict to learn about the origins of conflict, barriers to conflict resolution and challenges to reconciliation.

Prior to traveling, students will learn about the origins of conflict on the inter-personal, national and international levels in this 3 credit course.

Spring 2026

Program cost: $2,500*
Includes: airfare, accommodations, most meals, on-the-ground transportation, on-site support, orientation.
Does not include personal expenses. 

*Price subject to change.


Pending financial aid does not cover study abroad payments. Please call Student Accounts for more details at 978.665.4126.

Payment schedule:

First payment: Nov. 2025 
Second payment: Dec.  2025
Third payment: Jan. 2026 

Fitchburg State University thanks the Ann Hyland Zimmerman Irish Culture Fund Scholarship that has reduced the cost of our program to Ireland.

View this presentation to learn more about the program

Sample Itinerary 

Day 1 Morning: Arrival into Dublin API organized airport reception and transfer to program accommodations 
Afternoon:  API cultural, health, and safety orientation Neighborhood walking tour 
Evening:  API organized group welcome dinner
Day 2 Morning:  Breakfast on own, Easter Rising Walking Tour 
Afternoon:  Lunch on own, Book of Kells 
Evening:  Dinner on own 
Day 3 Morning:  Breakfast on own, GPO Witness Tour
Afternoon:  Lunch on own, 14 Henrietta Street Museum Visit
Evening:  Dinner on own
Day 4 Morning:  Breakfast on own, depart for Belfast via train, Peace Walls Walking Tour
Afternoon:  Lunch on own, Titanic Museum, Return to Dublin via train
Evening:  Dinner on own
Day 5 Morning:  Breakfast on own, free day in Dublin
Afternoon:  Lunch on own
Evening:  Dinner on own 
Day 6

Breakfast on own, Cliffs of Moher day tour including Kinvara and Dunguaire Castle, Doolin and Galway stops Afternoon: Afternoon: Lunch on own
Evening: Dinner on own 

Day 7 Morning:  Breakfast on own, visit to Dalkey Castle
Afternoon: Lunch on own in Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire Farmers Market and Pier Walk
Evening:  Dinner on own
Day 8

Morning:  Breakfast on own, EPIC Museum
Afternoon:  Lunch on own, free afternoon to rest and pack for the journey home
Evening:  Group farewell meal

Day 9 Morning Depart for Dublin Airport

Questions? Get in Touch!