International Students

The International and Postgraduate Student Centre (IPSC), along with the Student Guidance Centre and the Students’ Union, forms a proactive and comprehensive support and services infrastructure for the International student body. Located close to The McClay Library, the Centre provides dedicated support to, and is a hub for many aspects of information, advice and guidance for international and postgraduate students. Students have the opportunity to meet and socialise with their peers from other Schools and disciplines in a welcoming and relaxed environment. Wireless access to the University network is provided throughout the Centre.

International and Postgraduate Student Centre
T: 028 9097 2585

All the services listed in this guide are equally available to international students and staff are happy to support you during your time at Queen’s. In addition, the International Student Support Office (ISSO) has staff specifically trained to provide advice, support and guidance for international students.

The staff in this office are the only staff in the University who are permitted to provide advice or guidance on immigration/visa matters. The ISSO is in the International and Postgraduate Student Centre (IPSC). We offer a wide range of services including confidential advice on immigration, problems affecting your studies or personal concerns. We provide information on matters relating to arriving in the UK, opening a bank account, police registration, healthcare and doctors, safety and security, working in the UK, driving in the UK, activities in the University, local activities and events, travel, British culture, local shops and services, facilities for families. More general support is provided to help with settling in the UK, life in Belfast, academic life and study methods, home sickness and culture shock and schools and childcare.

It is very important that International students meet the conditions of their visa while they live in the UK. This means that if you have a job you must not work more hours than you are permitted. If you want to work (paid or unpaid) you should make an appointment with the ISSO to discuss what you are allowed to do in the UK.

The UK has introduced new immigration rules called the Points Based System. This affects both you and the University. The University has a number of obligations to meet for the UK Border Agency which includes (but is not restricted to) keeping copies of your immigration documents, monitoring your arrival/enrolment and your attendance. The International Student Handbook contains a list of the recording and reporting obligations which must be carried out by the University. If you have any questions about these, please contact the ISSO.

You can contact the ISSO at with any questions, enquiries or to make an appointment. Alternatively, you can drop into the IPSC where we will be delighted to meet and help you. When you attend an appointment at the ISSO you should always bring your passport with you.

International Student Support Office
International and Postgraduate Centre
Ground Floor
T: 028 9097 3899

Don’t drop out – drop in!
We want you to do well during your time at Queen’s and all these services are here to help you. Staff and Sabbatical Officers have a long and successful history of supporting students in a range of situations, so do not hesitate to ask for help. You certainly will not be the first!

Every year we come across students who wish they had asked for help sooner - so take their advice and come and speak to one of the support services listed here. And if you are not sure which one to talk to come to the Student Guidance Centre and speak to one of our friendly Information Assistants who will be able to point you in the right direction.