Supporting Your Studies

1. English Language Tuition

INTO Queen’s University Belfast offers a wide range of English language courses designed specifically for international students, including 10, 6 or 4 week pre-sessional courses.  Those who have satisfied the other course entry requirements and who achieve the required level of performance in the pre-sessional English course, will be permitted to progress to their postgraduate degree programme without having to re-take the IELTS or TOEFL test.

Further details are available from the website at

For contact details - see Useful Contacts at Queen's.

Please note that you have to meet the University’s English Language requirement before being permitted to register on to your postgraduate programme of study.

2. Students with Disabilities

The University has developed a range of services for students with disabilities, overseen by Disability Services, a centralised unit that co-ordinates support for students with a wide range of disabilities/special needs.  If you indicated that you have a disability/special need on your application form you should have received further details and a questionnaire with your offer letter.  If these details were not included or if you wish to receive further information please contact the Admissions and Access Service. 

For contact details - see Useful Contacts at Queen's.

3. University Student Accommodation

The University offers a range of accommodation for single occupancy students.  The Queen’s Accommodation and Hospitality Handbook will be available online from May 2016 together with details of how and when you can apply online.  It is recommended that you apply by 1 August.

Student accommodation will be available from 17 September 2016 (provisional date) or during the previous week if you are attending the Orientation Programme for International Students. 

Any queries about accommodation should be addressed to Elms Village Reception Office. 

If you intend bringing your spouse/family, you are strongly advised to arrive by yourself in the first instance. You can then make suitable arrangements for your family to arrive later.

For contact details - see Useful Contacts at Queen's.

4. Welcome and Orientation

You are advised to attend the Welcome and Orientation programme for new students prior to the beginning of the academic year.  The programme covers basic academic and practical matters and enables you to familiarise yourself with the University and living in Belfast before you commence your studies. 

The provisional dates of the Welcome and Orientation programme are: Wednesday 14 September 2016 to Friday 16 September 2016

Full details of the programme, along with details of support services available to international students, will be available to applicants from July 2016 at the International Student Support website at:  

The website contains a range of useful advice on preparing to leave for the UK, arrival in the UK, immigration advice, living in Belfast, studying at Queen’s and other general information.  Further information is available on at - click on Living in Belfast

5. The Graduate School

The Graduate School offers a unique facility for postgraduate students, providing a range of support services including researcher and taught training, learning workshops and events to maximise their postgraduate experience at Queen's. The Graduate School aims to support postgraduates in the development of transferable skills to assist them in the completion of their studies and to support them in their future careers.

The Graduate School has a team of dedicated Information Assistants based at reception tasked with signposting postgraduates in the right direction, whether for information on postgraduate awards or applying for student-led initiative funding. The Graduate School also offers a calendar of events for students and staff alike with more information found on the Graduate School Annual Planner.

As well as offering a range of support services, the Graduate School offers an ideal place to meet fellow students and colleagues within stunning surroundings. It also provides students with a dedicated study space with up to 6 group study rooms as well as a silent study with seating for up to 65 students for computer and laptop use. Postgraduate students and staff can also use the larger Graduate School rooms for postgraduate related activities.

Teams based at the Graduate School:

Postgraduate Training Team
Postgraduate Community and Information Team
Postgraduate Awards Team


The Graduate School is located north of the main Lanyon Building (it can be seen from the front of Queen's, on the left hand side).

Opening Hours:

Opening hours are from 8.00am - 10.00pm, 7 days a week


For contact details - see Useful Contacts at Queen's.