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Ireland Study Abroad Program at University of Ulster

About University of Ulster in Northern Ireland

  • Required GPA: 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • Academic requirement: Student should be at least a 2nd semester sophomore and have two completed semesters on their transcript at time of application
  • Application deadlines: April 15 for fall and year (Fall semester Sept-Dec)
    October 15 for spring semester (Jan-June)
  • Program advisors: Laura Wallman
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University of Ulster is a Rapid Response program
What is this?

We're so excited that you're preparing to study abroad on an IFSA-Butler program and have chosen the University of Ulster as your destination. The University of Ulster has four different campuses: there is the Belfast campus, home to the fine arts; the Jordanstown campus with its outstanding sports complex and focus on sciences; the Coleraine campus settled on the banks of the River Bann with its wide variety of subjects; and the Magee campus, with Peace & Conflict, music, and drama/theatre in the historic city of Derry. Information about each of the different campuses and the possible subjects that you might study can be found under the Location tab.

The University of Ulster also offers program concentrations in Peace and Conflict, Irish Studies and Irish Cultural studies where you can earn an certificate from the University of Ulster for completing a specific track of study! Information about these programs can be found under the Academics tab. No matter which campus you decide to study on, we're sure you're going to love studying in Northern Ireland!

There are just a few specific forms, as well as writing an academic statement for this program, that you'll need to complete before your application is ready to be submitted to the University of Ulster for an admissions decision. The forms can be found under the Forms tab and information on the Academic statement can be found under the Academics tab.

Because the University of Ulster is a Rapid Response program, once your application is complete and submitted, we'll have an answer for you within five business days!

Academics

Academic Structure

The University of Ulster has four campuses in Northern Ireland and each campus is home to different subjects. While there are occasional overlaps, for example Psychology is offered both on the Coleraine campus and on the Magee campus, this is very uncommon. Students must study on one campus and taking courses at other locations is not possible. Below is a list of the most popular subjects offered at each campus.

Belfast Campus: Architecture, Design, Fine Arts, Hospitality & Tourism, Photography, Textile & Fashion, Visual Communication.
Jordanstown Campus: Accounting & Finance, Architecture, Biomedical Engineering,Building, Business & Management Studies,Civil Engineering, Communication, Computing, Economics, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Health, Mechanical Engineering, Physiotherapy, Politics, Public Policy, Radiography, Social Policy & Administration,Sociology, Speech and Language Therapy, Sport & Leisure Studies, Surveying, and Transport.
Coleraine Campus: Accounting & Finance, Biology and Biotechnology, Business & Management Studies, Computing, Consumer Studies, Economics, English Literature, Environmental Subjects, Film, Food Nutrition & Dietetics, History, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Irish Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Medical & Healthcare Sciences, Optometry and Vision Sciences, Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Photo-Imaging, and Psychology.
Magee Campus: Accounting & Finance, American Studies, Business & Management Studies, Computing, Creative Technologies, Dance, Design, Drama, English Literature, International Peace Studies, Irish Cultural Studies, Marketing, Peace & Conflict Studies, Politics, Psychology, Social Policy & Administration, Social Work, and Sociology.


Program Concentrations

The University of Ulster offers study abroad students the opportunity to receive either a diploma or a certificate in three specialized concentrations of study. The concentrations are available at either the Magee campus, in the city of Derry, or at the Coleraine campus.

What is the difference between a certificate and a diploma?
Diplomas are awarded to students studying abroad for the year who successfully complete a concentration of study. Certificates are awarded to students studying abroad for the semester who successfully complete a concentration.

What are the concentrations of study?
The University of Ulster offers three concentrations of study:

  • Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Magee campus in the city of Derry
  • Irish Studies at the Magee campus in the city of Derry
  • Irish Cultural Studies at the Coleraine campus

What is the Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies concentration?
Students who elect to participate in the Peace and Conflict studies concentration for a semester will earn a Advanced Certificate in Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies. Students who participate in the concentration for a year can earn an Advanced Diploma in Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies. This concentration is available for students studying at the Magee campus in Derry.

What modules would I take?
For the Advanced Certificate in Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies, study abroad students need to take and successfully complete no less than two core modules from the list below and another core or optional module from the list below within a single semester.

For the Advanced Diploma in Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies, study abroad students need to take and successfully complete no less than four core modules from the list below and two additional core or optional module from the list below within the year.

The modules are listed by semester with the number of credits and indication if the module is considered a core course for the concentration:

Fall
Government and Politics of Northern Ireland 20 core
Genocide and International Politics 20 core
Silent War 20 core
Self, Identity and Conflict 20 core

Spring
International Conflict and Cooperation 20 core
Globalization and the New Wars 20 core
The Global Conservation 20 core
American Foreign Policy 20 core

Optional Modules:

Fall
Irish History and Historians (HIS340) 20 optional
Contemporary Irish Theatre 20 optional
The Irish Revolution 1913-1925 20 optional
Ireland: Conflict and Change, 1879-1914 20 optional
Capital and Labour 20 optional
Irish Traditional Music 20 optional

Spring
The Irishman at War since 1534 (HIS301) 20 optional
Ireland and Britain under the Union, 1800-1922 (HIS324) 20 optional
Translations: Modern Poetry in Irish 20 optional
Irish Folklore and Heritage Studies (IRS317) 20 optional
Ireland and Europe (POL313) 20 optional
Irish Communities Abroad 20 optional
Ulster and Scotland in Comparative Perspective, 1608-1921 20 optional
Jacobitism in the Three Kingdoms, 1688-1766 20 optional
The British Monarchy and Ireland since 1800 20 optional

What is the Irish Studies concentration?
Students who elect to participate in the Irish Studies concentration for a semester can earn a Certificate in Irish Studies or an Advanced Certificate in Irish Studies. Students who participate in the concentration for a year can earn an Advanced Diploma in Irish Studies or a Certificate of Higher Education in Irish Studies. This concentration is available for students studying at the Magee campus in Derry.

What are the differences between the certificate, advanced certificate and the advanced diploma?

  • The Certificate in Irish Studies is available for study abroad students who are studying abroad for a semester and successfully complete three modules at a level 4.
  • The Advanced Certificate in Irish Studies is available for study abroad students who are studying abroad for a semester and successfully complete no less than two modules at level 5 and one module at level 4.
  • The Certificate of Higher Education in Irish Studies is available for study abroad students who are studying abroad for the year and successfully complete six modules at level 4.
  • The Advanced Diploma in Irish Studies is available for study abroad students who are studying abroad for the year and successfully complete no less than five modules at level 5 and one module at level 4.

What are the modules I could take?
Information about rules governing module selection is provided to all students in the course handbook and through module lists available for each level of study. For Level 4 modules, students may choose from modules offered in English, history, Irish, and politics. For Level 5 modules, students may choose from modules offered in history, Irish, drama and music. Students interested in obtaining the Advanced Diploma or Advanced Certificate are strongly encouraged to take a language module that is an introduction to speaking Irish. Possible modules for this concentration with their levels are listed below with their credit values.

Fall
Level 4

An Introduction to Speaking Irish (ICS1XX)  20 optional (strongly recommended)
Early Modern Ireland (HIS106) 20 optional
Medieval Ireland (HIS108) 20 optional

Level 5
Irish History and Historians (HIS340) 20 optional
Government and Politics of Northern Ireland (POL305) 20 optional
Contemporary Irish Theatre (ICS3XX) 20 optional
The Irish Revolution 1913-1925 (ICS3XX) 20 optional
Ireland: Conflict and Change, 1879-1914 (ICS3XX) 20 optional
Capital and Labour (ICS3XX) 20 optional
Irish Traditional Music (ICS3XX) 20 optional

Spring
Level 4
An Introduction to Speaking Irish (ICS1XX) 20 optional (strongly recommended)
Literature and Society in Ireland (ENG106) 20 optional
Modern Irish History 1691-1925 (HIS121) 20 optional
Irish Government and Politics (POL106) 20 optional

Level 5
The Irishman at War since 1534 (HIS301) 5 20 optional
Ireland and Britain under the Union, 1800-1922 (HIS324) 20 optional
Literature and Society in Ireland (ENG106) 20 optional
Translations: Modern Poetry in Irish (ICS3XX) 20 optional
Irish Folklore and Heritage Studies (IRS317) 20 optional
Ireland and Europe (POL313) 20 optional
Irish Communities Abroad (ICS3XX) 20 optional
Ulster and Scotland in Comparative Perspective, 1608-1921 (ICS3XX) 20 optional
Jacobitism in the Three Kingdoms, 1688-1766 (ICS3XX) 20 optional
The British Monarchy and Ireland since 1800 (ICS3XX) 20 optional

What is the Irish Cultural Studies concentration?
Students who elect to participate in the Irish Cultural Studies concentration for a semester can earn a Certificate in Irish Cultural Studies or an Advanced Certificate in Irish Cultural Studies. Students who participate in the concentration for a year can earn an Advanced Diploma in Irish Cultural Studies or a Certificate of Higher Education in Irish Cultural Studies. This concentration is available for students studying at the Coleraine campus.

What are the differences between the certificate, advanced certificate, and diploma?

  • The Certificate in Irish Cultural Studies is available for semester study abroad students who successfully complete three modules at level 4.
  • The Advanced Certificate in Irish Cultural Studies is available for semester study abroad students who successfully complete no less than two modules at level 5 and one module at level 4.
  • The Certificate of Higher Education in Irish Cultural Studies is available for study abroad students who are studying abroad for the year and who successfully completed six modules at level 4.
  • The Advanced Diploma in Irish Cultural Studies is available for study abroad students who are studying abroad for the year and who successfully completed no less than five modules at level 5 and one module at level 4.

What modules can I take?
Information about rules governing module selection is provided to all students in the course handbook and through module lists available for each level of study. Possible modules for this concentration with their credit values are listed below by levels.

Fall
Level 4

Introduction to Irish Cultural Studies 20
Telling Stories: Genres of Irish Literature 20
Ireland in the Twentieth Century 20

Level 5
Laying the Foundations: Ireland 1535-1692 20
Irish Author Studies: Yeats, Joyce, and Beckett 20
Writing the North: The Literature of the Troubles 20
Women and Society in C19-20 Ireland 20
Film, Television and Ireland 20

Spring
Level 4
The Irish Language Literary Tradition 20
Literature and Society in Ireland: An Introduction 20
Ireland and the Celts 20
Witchcraft and Magic in Early Modern Britain and Ireland 20

Level 5
Ireland in the Nineteenth Century 20
Penal Era and Golden Age: Ireland 1690-1800 20
Irish Women's Writing, 1800-1960 20
Reading Ireland in the 1990s: Fiction, Poetry, Drama 20
The Ulster-Scots Literary Tradition, 1750-2000 20
Irish Literary Studies

Courses

Where can I find a list of courses that are offered on each of university campuses?

1. Go to Online Modules Catalogue of the University of Ulster

2. In the top right corner, select the relevant academic year for the time you will be studying abroad.

3. Under "Campus," select the campus you where you are interested in studying from the drop down menu.

4. Under "Topic," you will find a list of subjects available at that campus location. Select a subject you wish to study from the drop down menu.

5. All the courses taught in that subject will come up. Courses on other University of Ulster campuses will also be shown, so be sure to look at courses on the campus where you want to study. When you select a course, the description of that course will be displayed in a blue box on the right-hand side of the page.

6. Each description will have a module code, the semester when the module is offered and the number of University of Ulster credits the course is worth. For each module that you list on your Module Preference form, you will want to consider the following:

  • The semester(s) in which the course is offered: Courses offered in the fall are listed as semester 1 courses, courses offered in the spring are listed as semester 2 courses and courses that are yearlong are listed as semesters 1/2. Please note that students studying abroad for a semester are not permitted to take yearlong modules.
  • Prerequisites: Please note that you will have to fulfill any prerequisites listed in the course description. Generally, you must have some background in the subjects you wish to study at your host institution. List only those courses for which you are academically prepared.
  • Course level: The three numbers of the module code (ex. ENG106) indicate the department offering the module and the year of study for a module. A module number that starts with 1 is a first year undergraduate module. A module number that starts with 3 indicates a second year undergraduate module. A module number that starts with 5 is a third year/final year module. You should choose only modules that start with 1, 3 or 5. Do not choose any other modules that start with a different numeric code, as you will be unable to take them!
  • Please be aware that any module that is listed as a "practical" may not be open to study abroad students. Be sure and choose an alternative to a "practical" module.
  • Each module description details how the course is evaluated and what your grade will be based on.
  • Please stay within the same year (1, 3 or 5) of a department. There is a great chance of timetable clashes should you mix different year modules within the same department. Module descriptions give you a good overview of topics covered in the course. Please note that you will have to fulfill any prerequisites listed in the course description.
  • First-year (100) courses are appropriate for departments in which you have little or no prior experience.
  • Second-year (300) courses will be equivalent to advanced sophomore or junior-level U.S. courses.
  • Third-year (500) courses will be equivalent to senior-level U.S. courses.
  • Fourth-year (800) courses and higher are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate study abroad student.

How many modules am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
Students are required to enroll in a full course load at the host institution as defined by IFSA-Butler. The number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select. A full course load at the University of Ulster is 60 University of Ulster credits. A module worth 20 University of Ulster credits is worth 5 U.S. semester credit hours and a module worth 10 University of Ulster credits is worth 2.5 U.S. semester credit hours. Since most modules at the University of Ulster are worth 20 University of Ulster credits, students generally take three modules for the semester (equivalent to 15 U.S. semester credit hours) and six for the year (equivalent to 30 U.S. semester credit hours). For information on the credit weight, please consult the Credit tab.

What modules 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. Module descriptions in the online course catalog include prerequisites that you must fulfill in order to enroll in any course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses. All courses are graded on A-F scale and there is no provision for auditing or pass/fail unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You must take all courses for academic credit, and must complete all coursework and exams in order to obtain credit on the Butler University transcript.


Registration

You must take a full course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. A full course load at the University of Ulster is 60 University of Ulster credits. Courses at the University of Ulster are called modules. A module worth 20 University of Ulster credits is worth 5 U.S. semester credits and a module worth 10 University of Ulster credits is worth 2.5 U.S. semester credits. Since most modules at the University of Ulster are worth 20 University of Ulster credits, students generally take three modules for the semester (equivalent to 15 U.S. semester credit hours) and six for the year (equivalent to 30 U.S. semester credit hours).

You should 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.

If you need to take a required course, please be aware that IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that the University of Ulster 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 module preference form. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor will communicate your needs to the University of Ulster.


Credits

Modules (classes) at the University of Ulster have their own credit value, which is not the same as U.S. university courses. Students studying abroad for a semester will need to take 60 University of Ulster credits, which will be worth 15 U.S. semester credits hours. Students studying abroad for a year will need to take 120 University of Ulster credits total for to attain 30 U.S. semester credit hours.


Exams

Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Students studying at the Univeristy of Ulster for the fall semester only must make arrangements to complete all their course work prior to the Christmas break so that they do not have to return for exams in January. Instructions on how to do this will be given to students during the University of Ulster orientation and students must follow these instructions at that time.This arrangement is only possible for students who study at the University of Ulster for the fall semester only.

Please refer to your program calendar (located online at www.ifsa-butler.org) 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.


Transcripts

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 Ulster. 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.


Academic Statement

Congratulations on your decision to apply to the University of Ulster. You have applied to one of the most prestigious universities in the U.K. The University of Ulster is a highly competitive program, and we want our students to do everything they can to strengthen their applications. As part of your application to the University of Ulster, you are required to write an academic statement.

A well-written academic statement can make the difference between a regular application and an incredible one. The University of Ulster admits applicants who are driven, motivated and prepared for an academically rigorous semester. Writing a strong academic statement will strengthen your application and help differentiate you from other applicants.

Think of your academic statement as a college admissions essay. Your academic statement should be about 500 words, and it should outline the reasons why you want to study at the University of Ulster and take the modules/departments you've chosen. A statement can be especially useful for providing additional information which is not immediately apparent from your transcript and which is relevant to your course and departmental selections. You should discuss your reasons for applying, preparation you've done to be academically suited to the University of Ulster and specific study and research interests that you intend to pursue while at studying at the university. Mention a module you'd like to take at the University of Ulster and discuss why it's important to you: Is it not available at your home university? Is it in an unusual or interesting subject area that would be inaccessible outside of the U.K.? Why will studying at the University of Ulster broaden your academic horizons?

Your statement should also describe how and why a study abroad year/semester at the University of Ulster will assist you in achieving your academic and professional goals. For example, if taking a specific political science course offered at the University of Ulster will round out your academic background for your application to graduate school, mention this.

You must complete and submit your academic statement along with Module preference form and Housing preference form (downloadable from the Forms tab). Your application cannot be considered complete until you have sent in an academic statement.

Housing

Housing Options

Each campus, with the exception of the Belfast campus where students live in Jordanstown campus accommodations, has multiple housing choices. Please review the various options before completing the housing preference form. The options available at each campus can be found on the University of Ulster accommodation website.


Meals

There are no meal plans at any of the University of Ulster accommodation. All the university accommodations have full kitchens, so you will be able to cook for yourself. There area also inexpensive cafes on campus. Kitchen supplies may not be furnished, so you should be prepared to purchase a few items for yourself when you arrive. You will be responsible for the cost of your meals.

Housing FAQs

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 Northern Ireland for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via e-mail when it is released by the university.

Students studying abroad for the spring semester are generally placed in temporary housing for the first few days when they arrive on campus in order to clean the housing they will have for the semester. Please be prepared to spend your first few days in temporary housing before moving into your permanent semester accommodations.

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.

The University of Ulster Accommodation Office can help you find housing.

Location Info

Campuses


Belfast

What the Belfast Campus has to offer

  • Located on York Street, which is part of the city's vibrant and historic heart Cathedral Quarter
  • Surrounding area is rich with historical, political and artistic character
  • The area is part of a dynamic arts scene and the campus plays host to a number of annual festivals including the Ulster Festival of Art and Design
  • The campus is made up of two separate buildings which are connected via a suspended walkway above York Street
  • Access to excellent purpose-built design space, studios for recording and editing live and off-air television, sound recording, mixing and animation, teaching and exhibition areas as well as a new Learning Resource Centre (LRC) 
  • Plenty of diverse options for eating on campus such as the Tao Noodle Bar, The Streat, the Studio Bar as well as the Academy Training Restaurant, which is staffed by students from the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Student's Union Studio, which is popular and an established venue on the Belfast music circuit with local and touring bands

Housing

  • Located on the Jordanstown Campus (see the Jordanstown tab)
  • Students live in university housing with degree-seeking University of Ulster students
  • Students can purchase or prepare their own meals

Links
Belfast
Cathedral Quarter
Belfast Tourism
Belfast Telegraph (newspaper)

Coleraine

What the Coleraine Campus has to offer

  • Located in the area known as the "Triangle" consisting of Coleraine and the nearby coastal resorts of Portrush and Portstewart
  • Situated on the northern bank of the River Bann
  • Less than a mile to the center of town
  • Location of the Riverside Theatre, the third-largest professional theatre in Northern Ireland
  • Beaches, dunes, dramatic cliffs and woodlands are all nearby
  • A green campus whose landmark feature is a wind turbine that stands 56 meters tall
  • Active Student Union
  • Railway stop at edge of campus so that traveling to Derry or Belfast is easy and convenient
  • Sports Centre
  • "Triangle" area offers a wide range of entertainment for students, in the form of nightclubs, bars and restaurants, golf courses, sailing, fishing, hiking and other outdoor pursuits

Housing

  • Options range from two person apartments to five or six or nine students sharing.
  • Single bedrooms
  • Students live in university housing with degree-seeking University of Ulster students
  • Students can purchase or prepare their own meals

Links
Coleraine Tourism
Coleraine Borough Council
Coleraine Rugby Football and Cricket
Visit Derry
Coleraine Chronicle (news)


Jordanstown

What the Jordanstown Campus has to offer

  • Located at the foot of the South Antrim hills, 7 miles north of Belfast
  • Commanding views of the Belfast Lough, the Belfast Hills and County Down
  • Four miles south of Historic Carrickfergus, with its 12th century castle, harbour and modern marina
  • Experience a village feel with a campus designed around central and busy Mall that is the main location for 17 blocks of academic, study and recreational facilities
  • The Mall area is home to banks, restaurants, coffee shops, sandwich bars, a supermarket, the chaplains' office and the Students' Union.
  • Study facilities include science and computing laboratories; Physiotherapy, Optometry and Podiatry clinics; and a modern Learning Resource Centre
  • Home of the Sports Institute Northern Ireland and the Ulster Sports Academy Training facilities of the as well as major new indoor sport and recreation facilities
  • Active Student Union

Housing

  • Options range from two person apartments to five or six or nine students sharing.
  • Single bedrooms
  • Students live in university housing with degree-seeking University of Ulster students
  • Students can purchase or prepare their own meal

Links
Newtownabbey Borough Council
Carrickfergus Castle
Community Arts, Drama and Theatre
Belfast Tourism

Magee

What the Magee campus has to offer

  • Named after the College founded by Martha Magee in 1845
  • Located a short walk along the River Foyle away from the city walls where there is a mixture of historical and new modern and traditional buildings
  • Students often mention that one of the main benefits of Magee is the friendliness of the campus
  • Home to the Centre for the Creative and Performing Arts, which is unique on the island of Ireland providing dance, design, drama and music students with a state-of-the-art facility comprising rehearsal and performance spaces, sound and lighting technology, a dance studio, electronic and recording studios as well as photographic, video editing and animation resources
  • Home of INCORE (International Conflict Research Institute an associate site of the United Nations University)
  • Location of the Transitional Justice Institute
  • Historical connections with the Northern Ireland peace process with the Tip O'Neill Chair in Peace Studies, which was inaugurated in 1995 by former President of the United States, Bill Clinton
  • Active Student Union
  • Sports Centre

Housing

  • Students live in Student Village, a short walk from campus.
  • Single bedrooms
  • Students live with degree-seeking University of Ulster students
  • Students can purchase or prepare their own meals

Links
Derry Visitor and Convention Bureau
Londonderry.com
Londonderry News
Visit Derry
Bogside Artists (wall murals of Derry)

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 Northern 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.

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. 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

Applicants to the program at the University of Ulster must complete two additional forms, in addition to writing an acacdemic statement (instructions for the statement are located under the Academics tab). Please download, print and complete the following:

Remember, there is not a form for the academic statement you need to submit, so please refer to the instructions under the Academics tab to write your statement and submit it with these forms, along with the remainder of your IFSA-Butler application. Your forms can be sent to IFSA-Butler via email, fax, or regular mail. You can track which application forms IFSA-Butler has received by logging into 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 at the University of Ulster:

altAssistant Director of Student Services Laura Wallman helps oversee our student services before departure. Laura can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4224. Laura studied abroad twice, in Mexico during high school and in Italy during college. She graduated from Boston University and has been with IFSA-Butler since 2006. Before moving into her current position, she was a senior program advisor for English-speaking programs and focused on advising students studying in the United Kingdom and Australia.


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 since 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.

Get Connected

Connect with IFSA-Butler Students

If you rally want to know what it's like to study abroad, connect with IFSA-Butler alumni and students who are currently abroad on an IFSA-Butler program, check out the following:

Student Network
Student Blogs
Experiences Abroad Videos
For Students

Summer

The University of Ulster offers a summer option on the Coleraine campus. The Summer Nursing and Pre-Health program combines an enriching international experience with practical studies in nursing and pre-health. Two key health courses and field and laboratory experiences are a key part of the program. Click here to learn more.

 
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