Study abroad

Every year over 700 Queen's students take the opportunity to go outside Northern Ireland to study or gain work related experience. Nothing is more rewarding. Whilst overseas you’ll load up on confidence and independence. You’ll experience the colour of life elsewhere. You’ll enrich your own journey.

Queen’s encourages students to take advantage of a period of study at an overseas university or an international work placement as part of their degree. Some degrees (especially those with a language element) include a compulsory year abroad.

These are generally four-year courses, during which you will spend a year either studying at a partner university or on work placement with an employer. Many other degrees offer the option of participating in a study exchange scheme for one or two semesters, usually in your second year.

The ‘semester abroad’ option will allow you to graduate within the usual three years. There are also lots of summer options available, when a longer period abroad is not possible.

Where Can I Go?

Our most popular international scheme is the European Erasmus Programme*, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2017. The scheme enables students to spend part of their degree studying or working in another European country.

Queen’s also has a growing range of options outside of Europe, including programmes in Australia, Canada, China, India and the USA.The Careers, Employability and Skills service or your School can help you to research your options.

Do I Need to Have Fluent Language Skills?

Advanced language skills are not always necessary in order to study abroad – many of the University’s European partners teach in English, as well as the University’s partners in North America and Australia. If you already have some knowledge of a foreign language, then studying abroad is an excellent opportunity to improve your fluency.

All students – not just those studying Modern Languages – are strongly encouraged to enhance their language skills and many choose to attend the University’s Language Centre, located within the McClay Library, before they go abroad. Please visit The Language Centre Website for more details.

What About Funding?

If your semester or year studying abroad is a recognised part of your degree programme, whether compulsory or optional, you should still be entitled to your student loan whilst overseas. Students going on an Erasmus exchange to Europe also normally receive an Erasmus grant to help cover their additional costs. Some semester and summer programmes are eligible for a University travel grant.

Any Other Benefits?

Students who undertake an international study placement are eligible to apply for the placement to be considered towards the Queen’s Degree Plus Award. The Award provides official recognition of the non-academic benefits of an international study placement, such as improved employability skills, global and cultural awareness and increased self-confidence and motivation.

* The Erasmus Programme is funded with the support of the European Union. Continued participation post-Brexit is to be confirmed.

How to apply

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EU nationals may apply to attend Queen's for one or two semesters under the Erasmus programme.

If your home institution does not have an Erasmus agreement with Queen's and you wish to attend for one or two semesters, you may apply to attend as a Credit-Earning Non-Graduating (CENG) student. For further guidance on submitting an application as a CENG student, please contact the Admissions Office.

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The general entry requirement is a Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0. Applicants should normally have completed at least one year of university study.

The normal closing dates for return of completed application forms are 31 May for students wishing to attend in Semester 1 or the full academic year, and 31 October for admission in Semester 2.

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Closing dates

The dates for return of completed application forms are 31 May for students wishing to attend in Semester 1 or the full academic year, and 31 October for admission in Semester 2.

You must also submit an official transcript of courses taken and grades obtained at your home institution and an academic reference. If English is not your first language, you must also enclose with the application documentation to prove proficiency in English.

Contact us

Exchange and Study Abroad team

Careers, Employability and Skills
Queen's University Belfast
Northern Ireland, UK

Tel: +44 28 9097 5255
Fax: +44 28 9097 2828

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