Orientation activities are normally held prior to the start of both semesters and assist new students to adjust to studying at Queen’s. The activities give students the opportunity to meet the staff of the International Student Support team, other academic and administrative staff, Students’ Union representatives and other students.
2023-24 ORIENTATION PROGRAMMES:
Please visit the My Queen's webpage to view the Pre-Semester Engagement Programme to view and register for events, as well as view information on arriving and living in Belfast.
Expand the sections below for some helpful information about arriving in Belfast and settling in.
AIRPORT WELCOME SERVICE
Details will be confirmed closer to the beginning of the new academic year.
- FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
For more information on coming to Queen's and Northern Ireland please see our Frequently Asked Questions.
- STUDENTS' UNION - HERE TO HELP YOU
Once you have arrived we know it might take some time for you to adjust to life in a new country. Should you need a helping hand, Advice SU is available to offer just that. Situated on the second floor of the Students’ Union, Advice SU has four advisers who are all dedicated to providing students with free, independent, confidential, accurate advice.
The Students' Union is also the home to more than 215+ clubs and societies which you can join to socialise and make new friends. It houses bars, shops and places for you to relax outside of university.
It's also a place for you to enhance your skills with Enterprise SU's programme of workshops and business one-to-ones.
Student blog: Lily West, South Carolina USA, 10 Ways to Deal With Culture Shock as an International Student in Belfast
Student blog: Tuba Aisha Sharif, Pakistan, International students: Ways to cure culture shock and homesickness
Student blog: Carmen Chen Chinq Lih, Malaysia, How to Cure Homesickness at University
GETTING TO KNOW BELFAST
Get to know Belfast through our student blogs and guides.
8 Things you can do in Belfast that you can’t do anywhere else
Belfast: A Student Guide to Festivals and Events
10 things about studying in NI that’ll stop your parents worrying
Once you get here there's so much to do beyond Belfast.
Five places to visit in Ireland from Belfast
10 cool things to do that are less than 2 hours away from Belfast