Hello and welcome to the first newsletter in the Spring 2014 semester in Belfast, Northern Ireland!
Our students have arrived, completed orientation, and are now fully enrolled in courses in Queen's University Belfast. Queen's, as it's known both affectionately and locally, is part of the exclusive UK Russell Group (a selection of the top 20 research led universities in the United Kingdom). The university is held in high regard for the academic rigour of its courses, leading in areas as diverse as anthropology, history, psychology and conflict studies to biomedical science, engineering, and chemistry.
Studying abroad with CIEE is not only about classroom based learning. Our students learn about living in Belfast and all its fascinating nuances and dynamics. The learning is facilitated through our Resources in Ongoing Orientation program in the CIEE Study Centre.
(CIEE Students at their first Irish music session!)
(The sounds of the city! Musical life and experience in Belfast for CIEE students)
We both encourage and develop mechanisms to support student engagement with Belfast life and culture through excursions and events designed for our particular program. For example, already our students have experience a 'taste' (both metaphorical and physical) of Belfast. We've attended traditional Irish music sessions in the city centre, visited the Titanic Quarter, toured the East Belfast community interface, and shopped in the local St. George's Market - a market that specialises in local Irish, European, and International foods for the Belfast population.
(St. George's Market is a hidden gem in Belfast city centre)
Ahead of us is a busy and exciting semester program. We’ll visit Derry city, Dublin, County Meath, the Giant’s Causeway and much more! We’ll also meet exclusively with public representatives and peace workers in Northern Ireland. This and much more is ahead for our current group of students. A very busy and exciting time indeed!
Until next time, slán (bye)!
Dr. Ray Casserly