Frequently Asked Questions

What is the timeline?

Communications and documentation you should expect after you submit your online application:

  • After you submit your online application form, you will receive a thank you message informing you of payment options
  • Within three working days you will receive an email of acceptance to the course and information will be provided on payment and visa requirements
  • You can pay securely online by using a debit / credit card
  • You will receive an automatic email from WorldPay as receipt of your payment. If you do not receive this within 10 days, please contact us directly at
  • We will then email you within three working days confirming your place and details on important visa information
  • You will receive a letter confirming your place on the course (which you can use for gaining your visa)

In May, you will receive the following:

  • Summer School Student Handbook (a repository of helpful information and links)
  • Access to our online reading materials (username and password protected, as detailed in your letter of acceptance)

In June, you will receive the following:

  • Communication on your check-in at Elms Accommodation
  • Information on your welcome pack


Is accommodation provided?

Yes. At the application stage you can indicate whether or not you require accommodation. All students who apply before the closing date will be guaranteed accommodation in Elms Village, our University Halls of Residence.

What dates will I staying with Queen’s?

If you choose to stay with us your accommodation will be from Sunday 25 June 2017 until Friday 21 July 2017 inclusive (27 nights) – with arrival on Sunday from 2.00pm and departure on Saturday morning by 10.30am. If you would like to stay additional nights at Queen's Elms Halls of Residence, you can book and pay for these separately by e-mailing

Rooms and facilities

Bedrooms are private single, fully furnished and centrally heated, with internet access. Students will be allocated premium ensuite accommodation. Each floor has a kitchen and common room with TV and tea and coffee making facilities. Kitchen equipment, such as plates, cups, cutlery, small pot set and ovenware etc will be available for use. Accommodation rates include a cooked breakfast each morning in the Treehouse served from 07.30-10.00 daily. The MACE shop on site is open from Monday-Friday.


Elms Village is a modern purpose-built village community in the leafy suburbs of South Belfast and is a short walk from the main university campus. To find out more about University accommodation at Queen’s visit

Who can I contact about any problems with my accommodation?

T: +44 (0) 28 9097 4403

Assessment and Credit

How many hours teaching time will there be?

Our Summer Schools include at least 80 hours contact (teaching) time.

How can I get course credit for participating in the programme?

Three US credits are recommended for this programme. Your home university must decide if it wants to award you this credit - they may contact us for more details of the programme before making a decision. Students wishing to be considered for credit are required to complete an essay of not more than 3,000 words (including bibliography) and when your work is graded you will be given a percentage mark (grade conversion from United Kingdom into US letter grade).

On successful completion of the programme, we will provide you with a transcript and a grade for your essay to enable your home university to make a decision about credit.

What is the deadline to submit my coursework?

The essay is typically submitted via email before the end of August. We endeavour to provide you with your transcript no later than 30 September.

What if I don’t want to receive credit?

Assessment is not compulsory and students who do not opt for assessment may be issued with a certificate of participation on completion of the programme.  This will be dependent on satisfactory attendance record for the duration of the Summer School. A register will be taken for each class.

Students wishing to receive a certificate of participation must not be absent for no more than two sessions in total.

How do I travel to Queen's?

Queen’s is conveniently located in the heart of Belfast in Northern Ireland.

Travelling to Belfast

Belfast is served by two airports, the George Best City Airport and Belfast International Airport.

George Best City Airport

This is the closest airport to Queen's accommodation and is approximately five miles from Elms Village.  Bus and train services are available at the airport and they will bring you to Belfast City Centre. An additional bus journey will then be needed to bring you to Elms Village (see travelling by bus). A taxi from the airport to Elms Village will cost approximately £10 - £15.

Belfast International Airport

Belfast International Airport is located approximately 22 miles from Elms Village.  Bus services are available at the airport and will bring you to Belfast City Centre. An additional bus journey will then be needed to bring you Elms Village (see travelling by bus). A taxi from the airport to Elms Village will cost approximately £25 - £30.

Travelling to your accommodation

All Queen's accommodation is located in Belfast, close to the main university campus.  The majority of the accommodation is located at Elms Village, which is approximately 15 minutes walk from the main campus. 


There are regular bus services from Belfast City Centre to the university area and Elms Village. The 8B bus runs from the city centre to Elms Village from Monday - Saturday.  The 8A bus runs from the city centre to the main Queen's University Campus seven days a week, a 15 minute walk from the main campus will bring you to Elms Village.
For information on timetables visit


Trains from Dublin to Belfast arrive at Belfast Central Station.  From here a train can be taken to Botanic Train Station which is a 5 minute walk from the main University campus and a 20 minute walk from Elms Village.

Information on tickets and timetables can be found here

Campus map
You can view our campus interactive map here. For information on travelling to the university, please click here.

Visa Information for International Students

For international students ie. citizens of a non-EU/EEA country, it is essential to apply for the correct student visa before entering the UK.

Who can I contact for further information on visas?

Participants on the International Summer School may contact the staff of Queen’s International Student Support Office for expert and up-to-date visa information and guidance. It is important to inform them that you are attending a four week International Summer School in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Visas are a very complex and specialised area and the International Summer School is not qualified, nor permitted, to give the necessary advice.

To contact the International Student Support Office please email E:

When should I start enquiring about visa requirements?

Once your place is confirmed please contact International Student Support as soon as possible. It is suggested that you should begin to prepare your visa application and supporting documents about 2-3 months before you are required to begin your studies.  This should allow sufficient time to have everything in order for your arrival at Queen’s University. 

Can I fly into an airport in the Republic of Ireland?

If you require a visa you must also make arrangements to travel to Belfast through a UK airport (including Northern Ireland) so your visa can be stamped into your passport (or endorsed if you have pre-applied for your visa in your home country.)

Please note that Dublin and Cork airports or any airport in the Republic of Ireland are NOT UK ports of entry and you should therefore avoid booking travel to any of these airports.

Healthcare Insurance

You may also enquire at the International Student Support Office about healthcare / medical insurance to cover any emergencies. To contact the International Student Support Office please email E:

Please be aware that if you have to consult with a doctor at the University Health Centre a charge may be made by the Centre for non-EU/EEA citizens.

Who attends the Summer School?

The Summer School is a truly international programme, attracting a diverse range of people from all over the world. Last year we had participants from the USA, Austria, France, Spain, UK, Canada, Switzerland, Brazil, the West Bank and Australia!

Do you have to be a current undergraduate student to attend?

No, although the majority of participants are studying at undergraduate level, the only course entry requirement is that you are over 18 years of age on or by 26 June 2017. We have a range of participants including students, professionals and those who simply have a passion for Irish history and culture.

Many of our students go onto further study with Queen’s including postgraduate study. For example we currently have a Summer School student who is enrolled on our Masters in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice!


Rachel Schlegel, Fulbright Student - Villanova University, Pennsylvania

"Upon arrival to Belfast this past summer I expected to be taught about the history of Northern Ireland and peace building tactics, and the lecturers went above and beyond in this department. I could never have prepared myself for the amount that I would learn, and how the information I gained would change my perspective. I learned that the world is so much bigger then it seems. I had never travelled abroad before Belfast, and had lived in a small community for most of my life. Once I stepped out of the area that had been my world, I realized how much there is to experience and explore.

I did not expect to learn almost as many life lessons as academic lessons. To sum up a valuable life lesson that I learned while studying at Queens University this past summer, it would be; don’t fear the unknown, take an interest in it. Fearing what is unclear facilitates the continuation of close-mindedness and segregation. However, if one takes an interest in what they do not understand, their perspective widens, allowing for compassion and progress in peace-building. This summer school was an invaluable experience and I would advise anyone who is interested to apply; you won’t be disappointed."

 Anna Donley, Fulbright Student - Nebraska Wesleyan University

"My four weeks spent in Belfast were the best of my life, and I learned more about Ireland and its history than I ever would have expected to. Best of all, I got to learn all about it from experts that delivered their lectures with contagious enthusiasm. Throughout the program, we students collectively fell in love with Irish culture, and I am convinced that this program is the greatest way to experience Ireland. We got to dance to traditional music, hike through the Giant's Causeway, and visit countless museums, which taught us volumes about the issues that Ireland faces today. My favourite part, however, was being surrounded by a group of diverse, passionate, ambitious people that challenged me to think differently and learn more. It was all good craic. If I could, I would do it again and a thousand times more, so I highly encourage anyone with an interest in Ireland and a sense of adventure to apply next summer!"

Julianne Cravotto, Fulbright Student - University of California, Davis

"As a student from the United States, one learns little about the conflict in Northern Ireland. However, participating in the Conflict Transformation International Summer Programme was an invaluable and enriching experience which made me realize just how important this conflict is. The issues of identity, nationalism, and conflicting narratives are not unique to Northern Ireland but instead permeate numerous--if not all societies--across the globe. These factors in turn play a role in building and sustaining divisions, of forming in-groups and out-groups, and a sense of "us" versus "them." The numerous lectures on religion, music, parades, history, and mediation gave me the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the Troubles and the persistence of divisions in Northern Ireland. Meanwhile, the outings to places such as Derry/Londonderry and the panel discussions with religious authorities, politicians, police officers, and former inmates made the experience truly tangible and profound. I cannot stress enough how eye-opening this programme has been and how it has narrowed my focus in my own academic interests. Thanks to a multifaceted programme such as this, perhaps academics and leaders will be better able to address the issues of conflict not only in Northern Ireland, but in the United States and across the world-- tearing down the physical and mental peacewalls that divide us today."

Group Bookings

The international Summer School welcomes bookings from institutions and providers who wish to bring a group of students. To ensure your group booking process runs smoothly please contact us directly by email at to facilitate this.

Is there flexibility with dates?

The International Summer School must be taken in its entirety and is not available on a 'pick and choose' basis. Participants may be permitted to start or end at different points in the programme, but please note there is no reduction in fees for participants arriving late / departing early.

I have a disability, how do I let you know about this?

The School is committed to operating a system of equal opportunity, and will endeavour to make all reasonable adjustments to enable students to undertake the programme.  Applicants are able to indicate the nature of their disability when completing the online application form. We encourage students to contact the Summer Schools as soon as you decide to enrol for a course so that we can make special arrangements to meet your needs.


Claire McLoughlin

International Summer School Coordinator                                                                                                                                                                                    

Queen's University Belfast

Phone: +44 (0) 28 9097 1314