- Fall: April 15
- Spring: October 15
YEAR OPTIONS: Students interested in calendar or academic year-long options should contact IFSA-Butler for deadlines, fees and more.
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
What our students say
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The IFSA Difference
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.
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.
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.
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.
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The IFSA Team
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