Ireland Study Abroad at Queen's University Belfast
About Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Queen's University Belfast is an Instant Response program for humanities and social sciences.
We're so excited that you're preparing to study abroad on an IFSA-Butler program and have chosen Queen's University Belfast as your destination. Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland and a fascinating city. We're sure you're going to love studying there!
What Queen's University Belfast has to offer:
We look forward to working with you! You can learn more about Queen's University Belfast by visiting their website.
Where can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
What if I need to take a required course?
What courses am I eligible to take?
When determining which courses to take, please bear in mind that the academic system is an intensive, three-year program.
How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
10 Queen's University Belfast credits = 2.5 U.S. semester credit hours
The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind.
You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.
What do I need to know about exams?
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
What are my housing options?
The village consists of several different buildings and each residence has approximately 10 rooms per floor. Students will share a common area and cooking facilities with their floor, where they can make their own meals. All rooms are single occupancy.
Are bed linens available for purchase?
Are kitchen utensils available for purchase?
For students interested in signing up for both packs, Queen's offers a discounted rate of £60 payable to the university upon arrival.
The Elms is a self-catering residence, and there are no meal plans available at Queen's University Belfast. Students will be responsible for making their own meals. However, there are several dining options in the Elms residence grounds and on campus where students can pick up a meal if they do not feel like cooking.
Once students have arrived at Queen's, they can also set up an Easy Pay account. This account is linked to their Student ID card, and students or parents can load money onto the card that can be used to pay for food at campus and the Elms' eateries. For more information, click here.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Can I arrange my own housing?
Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by December 1 for spring and semester 1 programs or by May 1 for fall and semester 2 programs. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after these dates.
Dates & Fees
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Independent travelers must arrive in their orientation city by 1 p.m. and check in with IFSA-Butler Ireland staff at the orientation hotel. More information about the orientation hotel will be included in the final travel newsletter. Northern Ireland students will have orientation in Belfast.
Students must have a round trip ticket to enter the country. Please use the program end date when initially booking your return.
Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
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Academic Year and Fall Payments Due: July 1
Program Fee Bills
† Housing Deposit
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
*Student Visa: U.S. citizens studying in the U.K. for less than six months (180 days) do not need to apply for a visa, but can instead enter the country as a student visitor at no cost. Student visitors are allowed to remain in the U.K. for up to six months but are not allowed to undertake any paid work or unpaid volunteer activities. Citizens of some countries may be required to obtain a student visa. If this applies to you, your IFSA-Butler program advisor will notify you.
Students who elect to take the Peace and Conflict course must apply for and receive the PBS Tier 4 visa (cost approx. US$500) since the community-based learning will involve working with children.
Detailed instructions regarding U.K. visas will be sent to all students upon acceptance.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
To apply to the Queen's University Belfast program, use our easy online application.
Applicants to Queen's University Belfast must complete three additional forms as part of the application process:
We must receive these forms before we can send your application to Belfast for an admissions decision. They can be sent to IFSA-Butler via email, fax or regular mail. Please submit these forms with the remainder of your program application.
If you have already started an application to the Queen's University Belfast program, you can check the status of your application using the Student Portal.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Northern Ireland:
Program Advisor Nikki Bruckmann assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Nikki can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, extn. 4257. Nikki studied abroad as an undergrad. Being completely inspired by the personal impact of her experience, Nikki continued to work for the program as a service learning assistant, preparing students for their predeparture and assisting them while abroad. After graduation, Nikki spent a year living and working abroad and returned home to obtain her masters in Social and Cultural Anthropology. Nikki is passionate about higher education, culture and study abroad.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler for 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
Upon return from your study abroad program, Academic Affairs Coordinator Paige Ward processes your Butler University transcript and assists with any academic record queries. Paige graduated from Butler University, and she studied abroad for a semester in Paris, Belfast, London and the English Lake District. Studying abroad for Paige was an eye-opening and knowledge-gaining experience, and she is excited to work with students who are looking for the same. Paige can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4254.
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Queen’s University Belfast also offers a summer program!
What the Queen’s summer program has to offer:
For more information on the summer program at Queen’s, please see here.
Peace & Conflict
IFSA-Butler offers the opportunity to take a course in Peace and Conflict, one of the most important fields of the 21st century. Centered in a location where both peace and conflict have shaped the culture, politics, economics and life of a country, this course gives an overview of the historical and cultural context of Northern Ireland's "Troubles" and the opportunity to examine the ongoing impact of social conflict and resolution on individuals, families and communities.
The IFSA-Butler Peace and Conflict course, Peace and Conflict: The Irish Question 1600-2012, traces the origins and development of the Irish Question from the Ulster Plantation of the 17th century to the present day.
This course also includes 20 hours of community-based learning, working in schools located in areas where the "Troubles" were once part of daily life. There also will be required day-long excursions to locations such as the city of Derry and the Bogside.
The course is worth 5 U.S. Semester credit hours and will take the place of one university course.
Students who elect to take the Peace and Conflict course will need to apply for and receive the PBS Tier 4 visa (cost approx. US$500), which is not included in the program fee, and obtain a formal police background check, which is generally free, since the community-based learning will involve working with children.
Your IFSA-Butler program advisor will advise you on both of these processes, and IFSA-Butler partners with Perry International in order to assist students in obtaining a PBS Tier 4 visa.