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Queen's University Belfast welcomes students from the USA and from all over the world.  We have 17,000 students from over 80 countries, 3,500 staff and 100,000 graduates worldwide. We're one of the UK's leading universities with a heritage dating back over 150 years.

We accept a wide variety of qualifications. Below you will find information on undergraduate and postgraduate entry requirements, English Language requirements, potential scholarships for international applicants and details of our overseas agents and representatives.

More information on studying at Queen’s for those from USA and Canada

Important information for applicants

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Undergraduate entry requirements

Generally, applicants with the following qualifications will be considered for direct entry to our undergraduate Bachelor degree programmes :

  • A US High School Diploma with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 PLUS
  • An ACT test with a minimum score of 27 OR SAT I test with a minimum score of 1800 (600 Critical Reading, 600 Writing and 600 Mathematics) PLUS
  • Two Advanced Placement (AP) tests at Grades 5,4 or two SAT II subject tests at 650, 600 or above; OR three Advanced Placement (AP) tests minimum Grades 4,4,4 or three SAT II subject tests at 600 or above.
  • Between 30 and 36 points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB). Information on required grades.

Please note that Queen’s University Belfast has an institutional code for the College Board Exams (SAT and AP). You can send score reports directly to Queen’s by using the code 7753.

To be considered for entry to undergraduate Medicine, the minimum requirements are: US High School Graduation Diploma with minimum GPA of 3.5/4.0, plus at least four Advanced Placement (AP) tests with Grades of 5,5 (Chemistry and Biology) 5,4.  Physics, Mathematics and English Language are also required, normally to Year 11 standard. Graduates may also be considered - a minimum of an Upper Second Class Honours degree or CGPA of 3.3 on scale of 4 (78%) would be required, and applicants must also have the appropriate background in the relevant science subjects to satisfy the course entry requirements.

Please note that the grades required vary depending on the programme of study. Further guidance on the entry requirements for each degree programme can be found in the Undergraduate Coursefinder.

Postgraduate entry requirements

Entry to graduate diploma or taught Masters programmes usually requires either a UK upper second-class (2:1) or a lower second-class (2:2) undergraduate degree. For most courses, your major subject or content of your Bachelor's degree may also be considered. Please check the Postgraduate Course Finder for exact entry requirements. 

The comparable US qualifications are as follows:

UK Upper Second-Class Honours (2:1)

Bachelor degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 .

UK Lower Second-Class Honours (2:2)

Bachelor degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8. 

Please note the following key differences between graduate studies in the US and a taught Masters degree at Queen's:

  • Master's degrees are normally one-year in duration.
  • There is no GRE or GMAT required.

A taught Master's refers to a program that combines academic instruction as well as the completion of a written dissertation. PhD degrees are three years in length and typically require you to have a Masters degree prior to applying and to prepare a research proposal.

Queen's University Admissions Office staff have expertise on a wide range of qualifications from around the world and will be able to assess your application's comparability to the UK entry requirement. Please ensure you upload copies of all official transcripts and final award certificates for programmes already completed and those currently being completed.

If you are interested in Computing, Finance or Management courses, but do not meet the entry requirements, you may wish to consider a a pre-masters Graduate Diploma offered by INTO Queen's.

Students interested in undertaking a PhD at Queen’s University need good grades in their Bachelor and Masters degree programmes awarded by a recognised university, in addition to a strong research proposal.

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will normally need to demonstrate a level of English equivalent to 6.5 IELTS or 90 TOEFL IBT (Internet based test). However, some courses have higher or lower requirements (please check individual programme requirements in the relevant undergraduate or postgraduate University Coursefinder. View the full list of acceptable English Language qualifications.

INTO Queen's English Language Programmes

INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a wide range of English Language courses, which may assist students to meet the required standard of English language to be eligible for entry to degree programmes at the University. If you wish to apply for an INTO Queen's English course please contact or consult the INTO website

Scholarships and financial aid

Scholarships for Students from the USA

A list of potential sources of funding for postgraduate study can be found on the Queen's University Postgraduate Office website.

There are a number of prestigious scholarships for US students which may be used for postgraduate study at Queen's:

Mitchell Scholarships  **Currently suspended for 2016/17 entry**

Marshall Scholarships

Fulbright Postgraduate Student Awards

US Federal Loans

Many US students who are unable to secure a scholarship opt to finance their studies at Queen's through US Federal Loans. Queen's is approved by the US Department of Education for participation in the Federal Direct Loan program. Our School Code is G22736.

Federal Direct Loans are generally available to eligible students who are undertaking Bachelors, Masters or PhD programs at Queen's, except for programmes in Medicine. They are not available to students on postgraduate diploma or certificate courses.

Read more about US Federal Loans

Representatives and overseas visits

Susan McCleary and Bridget Carey, International Officers for the USA, make frequent visits to the USA and Canada, and are willing to meet with prospective students.

Their contact details are as follows:

International Office
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN

Susan McCleary

Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5090
Mob: +44 (0) 7964 873601
Skype: qubsusan.mccleary 

Bridget Carey

Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 1487
Skype: bridgetcarey

Queen's has a network of agents and representatives committed to providing you with high levels of support. More information on our network and a list of agents by country can be found on the University's agent webpages.

The British Council in your country can also offer advice on studying in the UK.

How to apply

For details on the application process for both undergraduates and postgraduates, please visit the University's How to Apply section.

Further information

Queen's University Association, United States (QUAUS)

Queen's has over 700 alumni in the USA and the Queen's University (Alumni) Association, United States, organises regular events.

Students currently studying at Queen's

If you would like to correspond directly with an American student currently studying at Queen's University Belfast, please contact the member of International Office staff named above. We will be pleased to put you in touch with current students, who will be able to give you first-hand information about studying at Queen's.

Partnerships in the USA

One of the University’s guiding principles is the recognition that knowledge knows no boundaries, and the forging of international partnerships is central to the realization of its Vision for the Future. Queen’s University has links with universities around the world and is committed to enhancing these partnerships still further.

The university is currently engaged in high levels of cooperation with Georgetown University, Boston College, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell. There are also a number of significant research links with institutions all across the United States.

The University also encourages study abroad partnerships with many institutions in US, although we do allow free-movers to apply from universities where there are no formal links.


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