BCA Dublin, Ireland

BCA Dublin, Ireland

WHY BCA DUBLIN
• Examine how people manage conflict and gain an understanding of how conflict affects society in BCA’s required Peace and Studies Conflict course; you’ll study the Irish conflict known as The Troubles through lectures and dialogue with policy makers connected to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University. 
• Dedicate yourself to understanding Ireland from a local’s perspective and sign up for Maynooth University’s buddy program to ensure that you befriend and get the perspective of Irish students!
• Break free of the traditional, touristy study abroad locations by living in Maynooth, Ireland, a quaint community known as the only college town in Ireland. Then push yourself to step into Dublin, which is only a short train or bus ride away.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
With the help of your BCA Dublin resident director, get to know the local highlights of Maynooth, find the best ways to get around and quickly gain the confidence to strike out on your own and visit Dublin and other parts of Ireland. You’ll also travel with your RD outside of Maynooth to learn more about Irish history and culture. On the BCA signature excursion you will travel as a group to Belfast, Northern Ireland, to see the famous murals, speak with locals about the ongoing Irish peace process and reflect on the importance of peace and conflict skills for resolving disputes both large and small.

ACADEMICS
At Maynooth University, you’ll be taking courses alongside Irish students and other international peers. The university offers courses in a wide variety of disciplines making it a perfect location to take courses toward your major or general education requirements. Interested students can also explore their roots or simply make the most of their time in Ireland by completing the Irish Cultural Heritage Certificate which offers an interdisciplinary evaluation of early Irish cultural history. The BCA course and other courses in peace and conflict studies offer meaningful opportunities to study themes of social justice and change.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
Maynooth University is regularly identified as Ireland’s friendliest campus in national and international polls. The university has more than 100 clubs and societies including sports, political parties, arts, comedy, music, dance, drama and history. The international student society arranges social evenings and weekends away throughout the year. Additionally, you’ll share housing with other international students, so you’ll quickly meet people from around the world! During the semester you will be close to all the Irish music, classical literature, lively pubs and famous theatres of Dublin.

Subjects

  • Anthropology
  • Biology (General)
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English Literature
  • European Studies
  • Finance
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Information Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Literature
  • Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Peace Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Accounting
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Language
  • Communications
  • French Language Literature And Studies
  • German Language Literature And Studies
  • International Development
  • International Finance
  • Irish Studies
  • Business Management

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BCA Valladolid, Spain

WHY BCA VALLADOLID
• Focus on your Spanish-language development by studying in a city with few U.S. students or English-language speakers. Situated in the beautiful Castile and León region and only an hour via train from Madrid, Valladolid is an excellent city for you to improve your Spanish skills during your daily interactions around the city and with your host family.
• Pursue volunteer or internship opportunities to learn more about and support organizations doing important work in the city. Your resident director can help to connect you to organizations dedicated to education, immigration services, language instruction, physical therapy, services for the homeless and other services. 
• Enroll in the course Human Rights in Global Spain to explore the concepts of culture, human rights and social justice in a multi-regional, globalized Spain. 

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
Your BCA Valladolid Resident Director was born and raised in the city and is committed to helping you find all the treasures it offers – even some unknown to many residents! Your RD helps you learn about festivals and activities going on in area. You’ll also venture outside of Valladolid with your RD as a guide. Excursions vary each semester but in the past have included Segovia, known for its iconic ancient Roman aqueduct; and Salamanca, home to one of the most beautiful plazas mayores in Spain.

ACADEMICS
As an educational center focused entirely on Spanish language and culture, Universitas Castellae offers individualized attention to students. The school hosts a small number of U.S. and other international students each semester. Universitas is in the heart of Valladolid with classrooms in the historic and culturally significant Plaza del Viejo – the city’s first bullring. Classes usually occur in the morning, so you can use the afternoon to pursue volunteer or internship opportunities in a variety of disciplines or interact with native speakers and explore the city independently.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
Enjoy churros and hot chocolate – a favorite snack in Valladolid – as you meet with your language exchange group which includes study abroad students and local English-language learners of all ages. You’ll quickly share your country’s customs, traditions, slang words and sense of humor with each other. Spend time with your host family sharing meals, learning about their traditions and experiencing some of Valladolid’s celebrations such as La Feria, a fall celebration dedicated to the patron saint of Valladolid, or the spring celebration of Semana Santa, one of the largest holy week celebrations in the world. You can also volunteer with organizations working in the community.

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BCA Brussels, Belgium

Why BCA Brussels
·  Gain professional experience with an international internship! Apply to Vesalius College’s Internship Program to work with one of more than 40 local and international organizations with offices in Brussels including Human Rights Watch, Mission to Macedonia, Oxfam International, UPS, MasterCard and ING Belgium.
·  Examine the European Union’s perspectives on current world topics and learn from experts in the field by completing the college’s European Peace & Security Studies Certificate Program or join the Model European Union program.
·  Experience the diversity of Brussels, known as the de facto capital of the European Union, and its citizens through your coursework and homestay with a local family. 

Cultural Activities & Excursions
Live (and eat) like a local with the help of the BCA Brussels Resident Director who takes you on a culinary tour of Belgium! Indulge in uniquely Belgian dishes such as mussels and frites and of course waffles and chocolate and learn about their cultural significance. Venture outside of Brussels with our RD as your guide as you explore other historically and culturally significant locations in Belgium. BCA’s signature excursion may vary each semester but in the past students have visited the North Sea and Ypres to learn about the impact of WWI on the region and reflect on the way that the war is still being remembered today.
 
Academics
Vesalius College is a small school with a large population of international students representing more than 50 nationalities. Small class sizes and interactive learning environments allow faculty to challenge students not only to develop skills and knowledge important for their future careers, but also to think critically and develop themselves personally as citizens of an increasingly multicultural and globalized world. Exciting internship opportunities allow you to set yourself apart and show future employers that you have experience working in a foreign country, have a global network and can balance academics as well as professional commitments.
 
Community Connections
Volunteer during your time in Brussels through Vesalius College’s partnership with Serve the City – an organization that assists community members in need through sports, music, arts, meals and friendship. Develop your expertise in European affairs by taking advantage of Brussels’ role as the “Capital of Europe” and attend lectures from important local and international leaders. You can also engage with the campus community by writing for the student newspaper, working for the student government and joining other clubs and athletic teams. Meanwhile, your host family will provide you with yet another prospective of Belgian life and culture.

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