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  Enjoy a unique academic and cultural experience on one of our Summer Schools, the perfect way to visit Northern Ireland and get a taste of university life in the UK.

Students Free Derry Wall Summer School 2017

Conflict Transformation and Social Justice

22 June - 17 July 2020 

We offer a diverse interdisciplinary Summer School set in a unique backdrop of a society emerging from conflict. Conflict Transformation and Social Justice examines the theories and practices of conflict transformation from within local and global perspectives, including case studies of Northern Ireland, the Balkans, the Middle East, South Asia and South America, as well as evaluating how religion impacts upon peace-building. Students will learn how interventions and policies dedicated to conflict transformation have failed or succeeded.


22 June - 17 July 2020

This new International Summer School capitalises on Northern Ireland’s long established culture of storytelling and its significant, diverse contributions to creative industries around the world. Our communities have produced storytellers of international acclaim from the Nobel Prizewinning poet Seamus Heaney and the novelist C.S Lewis to Lisa McGee, the writer of Channel 4’s hit TV series ‘Derry Girls’. 

The contemporary creative landscape is vibrant environment for aspiring writers, producers and performers too with emerging voices given a place to thrive and experiment at Queen’s University, which houses the Seamus Heaney Centre, The Sonic Arts Research Laboratory, Brian Friel Theatre and Queen’s Film Theatre.

Irish Studies

22 June - 17 July 2020

The Institute of Irish Studies at Queen's University Belfast was the first of its kind to be established anywhere in the world! The International Summer School in Irish Studies has been running for 19 years and will examine the history and influence of our island on the world and uses this to gain a greater perspective on the planet we share. Lectures and seminars are given by internationally-acclaimed scholars on various aspects of the study of Ireland, including literature, history, politics, anthropology, geography, film and theatre, language and music.

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Engineering and Physical Sciences Summer School

22 July - 16 August 2019

Open exclusively to our partner universities. Students can spend four weeks with us in Northern Ireland, immersing yourself in a unique academic and cultural experience, and pursue your interests in one of six tailored EPS summer school programmes.

Ranked within the top 173 universities in the world, and founded in 1845, Queen’s University Belfast is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland with a distinguished heritage and history. From Irish Studies to Engineering, there's plenty to choose from to gain international credit points towards your study.


Alyssa Santa Cruz, Arizona State University, Irish Studies

“Studying at the International Summer School was everything I hoped for and more! One of my favourite aspects was the lectures on Irish poetry, such as the work of W.B. Yeats and Seamus Heaney, who was from Northern Ireland and wrote a lot about his hometown and the landscapes around where he lived. We even got to visit his museum in Heaney’s hometown!

All of the field trips were amazing, from the historic city of Derry-Londonderry to Stormont Parliament to the breathtaking Causeway Coast with its spectacular views. It was so hard to say goodbye, even though I only knew my classmates for four weeks, it feels like we’ve been friends for longer. Even though my four weeks in Belfast are now over I will never forget this amazing experience I’ve had. I may have said goodbye to Queen’s for now, but I have a feeling this won’t be the last time I visit!”