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 2015 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 19 September 2015 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 2015.

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 - click on Living in Belfast


5.   International and Postgraduate Centre (IPSC)

The current International and Postgraduate Student Centre (IPSC) provides dedicated support to international and postgraduate students and acts as a hub for many aspects of information, advice and guidance. 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.

In line with the University Vision 2020, a new Graduate School specifically designed to meet the needs of postgraduate students is planned for launch in 2015. The new School will provide an enriched environment of learning, support facilities, research and innovation in which postgraduate students can prosper and develop.

From 2015, the Student Guidance Centre will be home to International Student Support, which specialises in immigration advice for international applicants and students as well as support while you are in Belfast – see Section 5 for contact details. Staff members 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.