The Conflict and the Struggle for Peace: Explorations in Ireland and the Middle East runs in the summer and works with leading peace and justice experts in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and Jordan. This course offers you the opportunity to critically analyze and examine up-close some of the most formidable diplomatic issues of our time. This unique program is presented in partnership with Amideast Education Abroad, the leading American non-profit organization engaged in international education activities in the Middle East and North Africa, to offer this exceptional opportunity.

The program starts in Dublin, Ireland, and explores the Anglo-Irish peace process. It includes a study tour to Northern Ireland, United Kingdom before moving to Amman, Jordan. Using the Irish peace process as a case study, students examine intractable conflicts in the Middle East but beyond the Israel-Palestine conflict to also examine larger inter-regional as well as inter-tribal conflicts. At the end of the core program students have the option to add intensive Arabic language classes to make it a summer-long program. The round trip Ireland – Jordan flight is included in the program fee!

If you work at a university and want to explore offering this course to your students, please contact FIE's Senior Director of Institutional Relations, Dr. Grahaeme Hesp: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We regularly run webinars on this unique program and send exciting updates.  To receive occasional bulletins about these, sign up for our FIE Peace & Conflict Interest List.

We'll let former program participant Hannah show you a few highlights from her experience...



For more than two decades, Amideast field offices in the Middle East have supported study abroad programs organized by US colleges and universities and international education organizations such as FIE. Amideast strives to develop intercultural and global competence among students who study abroad in Jordan. They also provide students with safe, secure, and healthy living and learning environments. 


The student experience 

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"The FIE Peace and Conflict program was a great cultural experience and an incredibly eye-opening opportunity. From the discussions with guest speakers to the insights provided by our teachers, Jordanian host families, and everyday conversations with new people, the program provided me with a new viewpoint that has fundamentally changed the way I look at International Affairs. You can attend lectures and study textbooks, but you can’t understand conflict and the ways in which it affects countries and their peoples until you listen to their thoughts, fears, and concerns. I hope anyone interested in the process of conflict resolution or the complicated dynamics of international affairs will strongly consider this program."

- Ryland Arnold, University of Arkansas 

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