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Choose Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland for your Study Abroad adventure.

Come to an island flanked by rugged coastlines, a border country which is as wild as it is welcoming; to this city built and rebuilt by architects and artisans with a vision to make their mark on the world.

Make new friends and live alongside local young people from Ireland and the UK for a truly immersive experience in another culture.
Just an hour by air from London and a two hours drive from Dublin, Belfast is awash with enthusiasm, culture and that famous Irish friendliness.
Choose from a wide range of unique module choices - study topics as diverse as Irish Gothic, British Cinema, Criminology Beyond Borders, Environmental Economics and Cognitive Psychology.

Make our historic city centre campus your home from home, join our community of scholars and start your journey.

Please note the application deadline is Oct 31, 2019, for Semester 2 (January/Spring Semester).

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Follow your semester with a 6-Week Placement

New for 2020 - Study Abroad Political Science Internship

Complement your study abroad experience at Queen’s with a 6-week Summer political science internship in the field of social justice and peacebuilding. 

The semester of study will be followed by a 6-week accredited placement (AHS3001 Study Abroad Placement), which is a fantastic opportunity to build college credit as well as an international work experience portfolio.  The placement combined with the standard semester of study is worth a total of 80 CATS credits. 

Students choosing the placement are advised to take ANT1006  “Understanding Northern Ireland: History, Politics and Anthropology” as well as two additional modules in the field of social justice and peacebuilding during their semester at Queen's. More information is provided below.

Tuition Fee for Study Abroad Semester Plus Placement £9600
Programme Duration: (Spring Semester Only) January - late June
Application Closing Date: 31 October 2019

How do I apply?

Students wishing to undertake the Study Abroad Plus Placement pathway must indicate the module choice AHS3001 Study Abroad Placement in Section 2 on the full Study Abroad Application form and then must also submit the Study Abroad Placement Application Form.


Cumulative GPA of 3.0

Fee-paying Study Abroad students in Semester 2 only (exchange students are ineligible to apply)

Please Note: Students must be eligible to apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa - further guidance will be provided after acceptance to the programme.

What will I study?

During the semester, all Study Abroad Plus Placement students are advised to take ANT1006  “Understanding Northern Ireland: History, Politics and Anthropology.”  This module uses a variety of historical, political, sociological and anthropological perspectives to look at key issues relating to Northern Ireland, which will ensure a solid overview prior to the placement. Dr Dominic Bryan explores anthropological understandings of ethnicity and nationalism to examine how Unionism and Irish Nationalism developed. The class will look in detail at the various political solutions which have been applied to ‘the Province’, with a particular focus on the Peace Process and examines the realities and legacies of the conflict since the signing of the 1998 Agreement.

Students will then select two additional modules from the list below, which will build upon their understanding of Northern Ireland’s historical, political and social context.  Please note that some modules may have a prerequisite of prior study in the subject area. 

Optional Modules

  • ANT1007: Us and Them: Why do we have ingroups and outgroups?
  • ENL2002:  Language and Power
  • SPY1005:  Themes and Issues in Social Policy
  • PAI2055:   Security and Terrorism
  • PAI3059:   National and Ethnic Minorities in European Politics
  • ANT2020:  Sex and Gender
  • PAI3044:   War, Visual Culture and Surveillance
  • CRM2008:  Policing and Society
  • CRM2006:  Crime and the Media
  • PAI2056:  International Organisations
  • SOC3048:  Global Risk Society
  • PAI2013:  Irish Politics
  • SPY2009: Questions for an Ageing World
  • HIS2063: Recording History
  • PAI2002: British Politics in Crisis?
  • PAI2045: The Politics and Economics of the Devolved UK
  • PAI2065:  Peace and Conflict Studies
  • ANT3035:  Love, Hate and Beyond
  • ANT3151: Ireland and Britain: People, Identity, Nations
  • HIS3022: The Origins of Protestantism
  • PAI3012: The Global Political Economy of Energy
  • PAI3056: The Far Right in Western Europe and North America
  • PAI3058:  Political Parties and Elections in Northern Ireland
  • CRM3007: Criminology Beyond Borders
  • SOC3053: Emotion, Power and the Politics

You will also be enrolled on module AHS3001 Study Abroad Placement.

Where will I Intern?

Our team at Queen’s will review applications and select a bespoke placement to match the interests and skills of each participant with the needs of the organisations on the ground.  From local NGOs to non-profits and internationally renowned peacebuilding organisations, there is no better way for students to get a leg-up in their careers and grow global networks.  This opportunity is designed to improve student employability in a competitive sector by combining research and study with practical experience.


For application queries, please email

For further information on the programme, please contact Mary Hassan, Study Abroad Recruitment Officer at

Please note that the Study Abroad placement module is subject to QUB terms and conditions

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Apply by 31 Oct 2019


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