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

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.


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 
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, Collins Barracks 
Evening:  Dinner on own
Day 4 Morning:  Breakfast on own, Cliffs of Moher day tour including Kinvara and Dunguaire  Castle, Doolin and Galway stops 
Afternoon:  Lunch on own
Evening:  Dinner on own
Day 5 Morning:  Breakfast on own, EPIC-The Irish Emigration Museum visit 
Afternoon:  Lunch on own, Dublin Castle visit 
Evening:  Dinner on own 
Day 6

Breakfast on own 
Free day to enjoy Dublin

Day 7 Morning:  Breakfast on own, Depart Dublin for Belfast via train 
Afternoon:  Check in to accommodations, Lunch on own, Peace Walls walking Tour 
Evening:  Dinner on own, Overnight in Belfast
Day 8

Morning:  Breakfast on own, Crumlin Gaol guided tour 
Afternoon:  Lunch on own, Irish Republican History Museum
Evening:  Group farewell meal, Overnight in Belfast

Day 9 Morning Depart for Dublin Airport

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