Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom located on the island of Ireland. Immigtration rules, government and currency are therefore the same as those of the United Kingdom. The population is 1.6 million, Belfast 0.3million, and the area is 160km by 120 km.

The University is located in the capital city, Belfast, which has two main airports; Belfast City (George Best) Airport, 5 km from the city centre and Belfast International Airport, 29 km from the city centre. There are regular connecting flights both within the UK and internationally.

The capital of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin is 150 km, and can be easily reached by road (approximately 150 minutes) and by rail (120 minutes).

The images on the right from the top: Whitepark Bay, the Botanic Gardens (located just off the main campus), Stormont (Parliament Buildings) and Castlewellan Park.