PJST offers study abroad programs to Cuba, the Middle East, Northern Ireland, and Russia and Kyrgyzstan. For information about a specific program and when it will be offered, contact the program director listed below.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Middle East

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Experience the history, culture, and politics of the Middle East for three exciting weeks. Study at the University of Jordan in Amman; Berzeit University in Ramallah, West Bank; Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and Netanya Academic College near Tel Aviv. Focus primarily on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well as social issues in Amman, Ramallah, and Jerusalem. 

Experience the ancient ruins in Petra, Jordan, and the rich history of the West Bank and Jerusalem. Interact with students and faculty as well as Islamic and Jewish religious leaders.


John Macfarlane, Academic Advisor, macfarjo@uvu.edu


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Students on this educational program to Cuba so that the students can experience first-hand a culture, society, and political system that is very different from the one they know. Students will see the blending of African traditions with Spanish traditions, an experiment in a unique, Cuban political system, and a life style that is non-materialistic. It is an exploration into a different society and into the student's own identity.

The program is sponsored by Peace and Justice Studies and the History and Political Science Department with four primary goals.

  • First, it will provide students with an exposure to life, culture, politics, and history of Cuba. Cuba is selected because of the important ways it is distinct from the experiences of most of our students. We will study under faculty of the University of Havana, with one course offering credit at the University of Havana. We will live with Cuban families.
  • Second, it will provide some scholars and citizens of Cuba with an opportunity to become acquainted on a face-to-face basis with students from the United States and Utah. Our past experience indicates that we create close connections with Cuban scholars and citizens. Our students are excellent examples of the positive side of the United States.
  • Third, students will engage in activities with Cubans in community gardens, health care facilities, schools, and NGOs to learn about their activities and support them.
  • Fourth, it will provide students with experiences that can be used in evaluating their own life plans and styles, in enriching their academic development, in preparations for graduate school, and in providing them with skills to be represented in their resumes and work skills.


Dr. Lynn England, Lecturer in Political Science, 801.863.8119, Lynn.England@uvu.edu

Northern Ireland

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Across human history human beings have experienced injustice, domination, destructive conflict, and lethal violence in in what often appears to be ubiquitous ways. How does a society torn by bloody civil war, escape from that violence and build a sustainable and resilient peace and reconciliation? There is no better place in the world to learn the answers to this question than Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland is simply the world's best laboratory for conflict transformation, reconciliation, and peacebuilding theory and practice. The preponderance of the world's leading experts are there, and we study with them.

In addition to enjoying lectures and discussions with leading scholars, we also learn from peacebuilding professionals, civil society and religious leaders, political leaders, artists, journalists, victims, former militia members, and ex-prisoners. Students will experience the beauty of the island its music, art, culture, castles, breathtaking landscapes and seascapes, and more. The program and experience is transformative and irreplaceable. It provides a powerful benefit to students pursuing graduate school and employment.



Dr. Lynn England, Lecturer in Political Science, Lynn.England@uvu.edu

Michael Goode, Assistant Professor of History, mgoode@uvu.edu

Post Soviet Nations: Russia & Kyrgyzstan

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This program will focus on the political, cultural, and economic aspects of Post Soviet nations, especially the Russian Federation and the Kyrgyz Republic, and the changes that have occurred since the break up of the Soviet Union. We will study the transition of those nations from communism to societies based on market principles and semi-democratic political systems.

The program is sponsored by Peace and Justice Studies and the History and Political Science Department with several important goals.

First, it will provide students with an exposure to life, culture, politics and history both of Russia and Kyrgyzstan. We will study under faculty of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences in Moscow and Alatoo University in Bishkek. We will live with local families. Students will study the challenges of creating new identities, legitimizing new political systems, and nation-building.

Second, it will provide local scholars, experts and citizens with an opportunity to get personally acquainted with students from Utah as United States representatives. 

Third, students will engage with local hosts affiliated to the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Moscow State University, and Alatoo University in Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic in activities of NGOs, health care facilities, and religious institutions to learn about them and their initiatives.

Thanks to established partnership with both hosts and interactions with scholars and citizens in Moscow and Bishkek, students will be able to gain experiences important for their professional advancement, enrichment of their academic development, and preparations for graduate school.

Locations: Moscow, Russian Federation and Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic


Lynn England, Lecturer, Political Science, lynn.england@uvu.edu

Baktybek Abrisaev, Senior Lecturer Political Science, abdrisba@uvu.edu