IFSA Queen's University Belfast Partnership

Belfast, Ireland


Fall, Spring, Year
Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite


Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: April 15—Extended to May 30
  • Spring: October 15

YEAR OPTIONS: Students interested in calendar or academic year-long options should contact IFSA-Butler for deadlines, fees and more.

Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About Queen's University Belfast

With a combination of both Irish and British identities, "Ireland's Oxbridge," aka the Queen's University of Belfast, offers you a glimpse into Northern Ireland's role in the United Kingdom. Challenge yourself academically, explore the city of Belfast's rich political history, and immerse yourself in this one of a kind culture.

Queen's University Belfast Benefits

  • Queen's University Belfast departments rank among the highest in the U.K. and the university is a member of Britain's Russell Group of universities, similar to the Ivy League
  • Live and learn in a trendy city setting in the "Queens Quarter," just about a mile from the heart of Belfast-- a city known for having one of the lowest costs of living in the U.K.
  • An active Student Union offers everything from concerts to political debates, plus more than 140 social, cultural and sports clubs
  • Excellent indoor sports facilities and campus amenities
  • Strong academics; more than 3,000 courses in 100 subjects

The IFSA Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at Queen’s University Belfast Partnership


Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the Queen's University Belfast Program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.

Search for courses on the Queen's University Belfast online course catalog. 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.

Credit Conversions

A full course load at Queen's University Belfast is 60 CATS credits for the semester (equivalent to 15 U.S. semester credit hours).

1 CATS credit = .25 U.S. semester credit hours

Please review all your syllabi and course materials when you are registering for classes (both pre-arrival and on-site). Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee that is disclosed in the syllabus or first meeting of class. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.

Special Curriculum Options
Understanding Northern Ireland: History, Politics and Anthropology
This course will take anthropological, sociological, historical and political perspectives to introduce students to key political issues relating to Northern Ireland and will provide a multi- and inter-disciplinary overview of the history and politics of Northern Ireland. It will use anthropological understandings of ethnicity and nationalism to examine how Unionism and Irish Nationalism developed. Students will look in detail at the various political solutions which have been applied to 'the Province', with a particular focus on the Peace Process and examine the realities and legacies of the conflict since the signing of the 1998 Agreement. This course also will explore the development of cultural and political 'traditions,' in particular examining change and continuity in Irish society, and will highlight how research is applied to Northern Ireland highlighting a range of current ongoing projects into rituals, symbols and public space.
Course Restrictions

Engineering programs at Queen's University Belfast only offer year-long modules. If you wish to study engineering, we recommend applying for the Academic Year.

Physics and Mathematics
The Physics and Math departments hold exams at the end of the spring term. If you would like to take physics or math classes in the fall, you must receive approval from your home university to take proctored exams at your home institution in May. It is not possible to arrange earlier exam dates.

After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Residence Hall/Dormitory
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.

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Program Advisor

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Kendall Hook

Program Advisor - Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, Italy

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Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Maria Keane

Resident Director, Ireland

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Academic Affairs Director

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Jazzy Benson

Academic Affairs Coordinator and Instructional Resource Specialist

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Dates and Fees

Spring 2019

Program Dates

Program Start Date
January 2, 2019
Program End Date
May 18, 2019

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the tuition portion of the program fee.
Supplemental Fees
Students who request or are placed into an ensuite room will incur a supplemental fee of $900

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs

Fall 2019

Program Dates

Program Start Date
September 8, 2019
Program End Date
December 14, 2019

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the tuition portion of the program fee.
Supplemental Fees
Housing is based on a single room with a shared bath. Students will incur a supplemental fee if placed in a room with an ensuite bath ($575).

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs