Conflict and the Struggle for Peace: Explorations in Ireland and the Middle East


FIE’s summer Peace & Conflict program works with leading peace and justice scholars in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and Jordan, offering you the opportunity to critically analyze and explore some of the most daunting issues of our time. 

Explore different paths to peace and the sensitive cultural and societal roots of conflict. Your program begins in Dublin with an introduction to peace and conflict theory, using Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as a case study. In Amman, the focus turns to Middle Eastern issues as you examine how various countries in the region are addressing the Arab/Israeli conflict, regional conflicts such as those in Lebanon, Yemen or Iraq, and tribal conflicts.

FIE is proud to partner with AMIDEAST  in Jordan to offer our summer peace and conflict program. 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 students’ intercultural and global competence and provide students with safe, secure, and healthy living and learning environments.

Following the conclusion of the Conflict and the Struggle for Peace program, a student may opt to extend his/her stay in Amman and continue study in the Arabic language.

Find out about the evolution of this program from Dr. Paul Arthur, Program Director. 


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Students may extend their stay in Amman to undertake intensive Arabic language study by participating in the AMIDEAST Intensive Arabic Program. This additional four-week program includes Modern Standard and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic courses. You'll study Arabic with some of the most respected language teachers in the region from the Qasid Arabic Institute. Intensive coursework, combined with daily interactions with host families, helps students at all levels to increase their Arabic proficiency in a short period of time. Both Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic are offered at all levels from beginning to advanced. (Please note that beginning Arabic will run subject to minimum enrollment.)


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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, Summer 2016 Student, University of Arkansas



  • Summer Conflict and the Struggle for Peace: Explorations in Ireland and the Middle East program only (4.5-weeks)
  • Summer Conflict and the Struggle for Peace: Explorations in Ireland and the Middle East with Intensive Arabic Language (8-9 weeks)


  • GPA: 2.75
  • NOTE: Your home institution may require a higher GPA and other prerequisites
  • If you attend a FIE partner institution, contact your study abroad advisor on campus for any additional requirements
  • If you do not attend one of our partner institutions, contact FIE  with any questions or concerns 


  • Check with your study abroad advisor for course equivalencies, credit approval, and transcript information on your campus