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Ireland Study Abroad at Queen's University Belfast

About Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland

  • Required GPA: 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • Application deadlines: October 15 for spring
    April 15 for fall and full year
     
  • Program advisor: Nikki Bruckmann  
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Program Snapshot

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Queen's University Belfast is an Instant Response program for humanities and social sciences.
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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:

  • A major center of cutting-edge academics and research located in the heart of Belfast
  • A member of Britain's Russell Group of universities, similar to the Ivy League
  • IFSA-Butler provides additional support from an on-site Student Services Coordinator (SSC)
  • An interesting range of courses in Irish studies
  • An active Student Union offers everything from concerts to political debates
  • More than 140 social, cultural and sports clubs
  • Excellent indoor sports facilities and campus amenities
  • An arts festival that attracts visitors from around the world each November

Housing

  • Housing is in the main university housing complex, Queen's Elms, within easy walking distance to the main campus
  • Students live in single study-bedrooms with a private bathroom and shared kitchen and living facilities
  • Students prepare or purchase their own meals

Academics

  • More than 3,000 courses in 100 subjects
  • Courses are offered through 20 schools in three faculties: arts, humanities and social sciences; engineering and physical sciences; and medicine, health and life sciences
  • Many of the university's departments rank among the highest in the U.K.

We look forward to working with you! You can learn more about Queen's University Belfast by visiting their website.

 

Academics

Courses

Where can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
You can find the Queen's University Belfast online course catalog here.

What if I need to take a required course?
Please be aware that IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that your host university will offer a particular course, or that you will be allowed to take that particular course. However, if you need to take a required course, you may indicate that it is required on your course preference form. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor will communicate your needs to your host university.

What courses am I eligible to take?
As an IFSA-Butler student, you are entitled to enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and in which space is available. Course descriptions in the online course catalog (see above) include prerequisites you must fulfill in order to enroll in each course.

Course Restrictions

When determining which courses to take, please bear in mind that the academic system is an intensive, three-year program.

  • Level 1 - modules normally taken in the first year at university.
  • Level 2 - modules normally taken in the second year and often require knowledge of material covered in Level 1 modules.
  • Level 3 - modules normally taken in the third year and generally require knowledge of material covered in Level 1 and Level 2 modules.
  • Level 4 - modules are offered only in certain cases of degrees lasting four years. Study abroad students cannot generally take Level 4 (or higher) modules.
  • Some students also take Level 0 modules. Level 0 modules are for students who have no prior knowledge of a subject and provide the essential grounding needed for Level 1 modules.

Credits

How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution. The number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select. A full course load at Queen's University Belfast is 60 module units for the semester (equivalent to 15 U.S. semester credit hours) and 120 module units for the year (equivalent to 30 U.S. semescredit hours). The number of courses you must take depends on the credit value of the selected modules. For information on the credit weight, please consult the chart below.

10 Queen's University Belfast credits = 2.5 U.S. semester credit hours
20 Queen's University Belfast credits = 5 U.S. semester credit hours

Registration

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.

What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full Queen's University Belfast course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.

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?
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Please refer to your program calendar to review the exam period for your host university. Your host university's policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting a grade query or academic follow-up for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.

How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned at the University of Stirling. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.

Exams

What do I need to know about exams?
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Please refer to your program calendar to review the exam period for your host university. Your host university's policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting a grade query or academic follow-up for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.

Transcripts

How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned at Queen's University Belfast. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.

Housing

Housing Options

What are my housing options?
All students will live at the Queen's Elms Village. Elms Village is within easy walking distance (10-15 minutes) of the main buildings on campus.

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?
Yes, Elms Village offers students the opportunity to purchase a bed linen pack. Bed linen packs include a duvet, duvet cover and bottom sheet. The bedding packet costs £30 and is payable to Queen's upon arrival. Students sign up for the bed linen pack on their housing preference form.

Are kitchen utensils available for purchase?
Yes, Elms Village offers students the opportunity to purchase a kitchen pack. Kitchen packs include: saucepan, dinner plate, side plate, cereal bowl, mug, knife, fork, tea spoon, slotted spoon, tea towel, tin opener, small vegetable knife and baking tray. The cost for the kitchen pack is £35 and is payable to Queen's upon arrival. Students sign up for the kitchen pack on their housing preference form.

For students interested in signing up for both packs, Queen's offers a discounted rate of £60 payable to the university upon arrival.

Meals

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.

Housing FAQs

Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation at the university while classes are in session. You will be responsible for the cost of your meals (whether a meal plan or self-catered) and any commuting costs you may incur. Some university housing requires students to move out during winter and spring breaks. If you wish to remain in residence during the vacation period(s), you must notify the university housing office upon arrival to make necessary arrangements. Staying in residence during university breaks may incur additional costs not covered by the IFSA-Butler program fee.

When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, in some cases you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in Scotland for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via e-mail when it is released by the university.

Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.

Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Yes. IFSA-Butler requires a refundable housing deposit of $300 before going abroad. We will return this deposit to you after March 1 for fall programs or September 1 for spring and year programs, less any fines, damages or outstanding debts in your name.

Can I arrange my own housing?
Yes. IFSA-Butler recognizes that some students require independent housing for their time abroad. If you choose not to take advantage of our guaranteed housing, you may sign up for independent housing on the housing preference form. Once you've made this choice, we will not provide housing for you or bill you for the accommodation fee.

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 the program application deadline for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.

Location Info

About Belfast
Population: 500,000
Location: County Antrim, in the East

City features
• Offers a vibrant social and cultural life in a location with spectacular natural views
• Voted the fourth favorite city in the U.K. by the Guardian/Observer travel awards
• A thriving café culture
• Great restaurants, bars and dance clubs offer terrific nightlife
• Has a compact layout and numerous retail districts
• Victorian and Edwardian buildings lend the city a dignified air, but the large student population gives Belfast a youthful atmosphere

Do more!
• Explore Belfast on foot to discover its theatres, cinemas, museums, art galleries and parks
• Enjoy great clubs, live music and pubs along Belfast’s riverfront and the bohemian feel and inexpensive restaurants in the southern part of the city
• Explore the glorious scenery of Northern Ireland
• Ride a train from Belfast to Dublin, just three hours away
• Take one of the ferries that regularly leave Belfast for Scotland

Links
Go to Belfast
City of Belfast
Discover Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Tourist Board

Dates & Fees

Program Dates

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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.

Program housing is available only until the program end date.

Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. In Ireland, exams are taken under formal examination conditions and changes cannot be made for individuals. 

Program Fees

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What's included in our Ireland program fees
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Academic Year and Fall Payments Due: July 1
Spring Payment Due:
November 15

Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for tuition, services and housing. Any bills for tuition differentials and/or supplemental housing fees will be sent separately. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.

Housing
The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features.

† Housing Deposit
This program requires a housing deposit of $300. This payment is in addition to the program fee but is due on the same date. The deposit is held separately from the program fee and should be paid separately. The deposit is refunded to the student after the program, less any damages, fines or outstanding debts in the student’s name. Summer students do not pay the $300 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.

Forms

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:

nikkiProgram 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.


altStudent Accounts Coordinator Angelita Shaffer assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Angelita can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4221.

 

 

 

donnettaStudent & 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.



Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office in Dublin. Click here to read more about Resident Director Maria Keane.

paigeUpon 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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Summer

Queen’s University Belfast also offers a summer program!

What the Queen’s summer program has to offer:

  • A terrific series of lectures and presentations related to Irish Studies
  • Internationally recognized scholars who lecture on Irish history, anthropology, politics, language, literature, film and theatre
  • Field trips to historical and cultural landmarks
  • Location in the heart of the south side of Belfast, known for its hip atmosphere and student culture

Housing

  • Single bedroom with shared bathroom, kitchen and living area in university-operated housing
  • Just a 15-minute walk from the center of campus
  • Residence serves a hot breakfast each morning

Academics

  • Irish studies focuses on Irish history and culture, with emphasis on the Northern Ireland experience
  • Earn 3 U.S. semester credit hours
  • Course work is complemented by field trips

For more information on the summer program at Queen’s, please click 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.

 
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