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 2014 together with details of how and when you can apply online.  It is important to note the deadline dates for you to submit your application.

Student accommodation will be available from 20 September 2014 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.  Full details of the programme, along with an International Students’ Handbook, will be available to applicants from July 2014.

The Handbook 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.  The Handbook is available on the University’s website at


5.   International and Postgraduate Centre (IPSC)

The International and Postgraduate Centre (IPSC) provides dedicated spaces and services for international and postgraduate students. 

Postgraduate taught and research students are able to enjoy dedicated social and study facilities on the upper floors of the Centre, which includes a study area with open access computers, social space giving you the opportunity to meet other postgraduate students from across the academic disciplines and a quiet zone for those who need to take time out.

The Postgraduate Student Association also hosts a number of organised social events such as film nights and stimulating lectures. The Centre is the base for the Postgraduate Skills Training Programme. Courses are specifically designed to give you the skills needed to be successful academically and personally on your course, as well as equip you for future employment.

The IPSC is also home to the International Student Support team, which specialises in immigration advice for international applicants and students as well as support while you are in Belfast. Staff in this office are the only staff at the University who are permitted to give you immigration advice and will liaise closely with the Admissions Service to ensure you have the proper documents to be able to study at Queen’s.

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