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Information for Parents


“I knew that Belfast had moved on a lot from the troubles it had in the past and I knew that it was now a much different place. We went to visit it with Holly and she was very happy with Belfast and I love Belfast so I was really pleased when she decided that was where she wanted to go.”

Paul Adams, parent from England


“Queen’s felt right for my daughter. Aesthetically, Queen’s is gorgeous; educationally, it’s a Russell Group, it’s well established, its historic and it has a great reputation.”

Liza Rossiter, parent from Isle of Man


“I thought he would go away and he did have a couple of other universities on his UCAS form...his decision was to stay in Northern Ireland. Locally there is a reputation with Queen's, so there is a big attraction and a big pull to attend there.”

Paddy Robb, parent from Northern Ireland

Sandjaja/Martono family
"Studying abroad at Queen’s is a great investment"

“It is very worth it. All companies worldwide are developing vastly and our children will have to be prepared for the change and the competitiveness in terms of job seeking. We think that by getting better education, taught by experts, as well as learning more about the language will equip our children with the knowledge, the experience that is needed so that they have great and creative minds.

By enrolling our kids at Queen’s University Belfast, which has great history and reputation, they can interact and learn with international friends from all around the world which we think is very important. Studying abroad at Queen’s is a great investment and will give them a grasp in facing the world’s future development.” 

Mr Martono from Indonesia, is the proud father of sisters Fannya and Ferensky Sandjaja.

Fennya is currently at INTO Queen's and Ferensky is at Queen's.

Vicky Chan Alumni parent
"Queen's was the best choice"

"As a graduate of Queen's myself over 20 years ago, I graduated with the same doll my daughter is holding. My son is also a graduate of Queen's. I felt the UK was a good choice for education for my children and Queen's was the best choice as it is a good UK university.

The one year at INTO Queen's helped my children adapt to their environment and prepare for their degree. The scholarship she received was also very helpful in releasing a bit of financial burden. I am very proud of my daughter and what she has achieved". Mr Chan, Hong Kong (SAR)

Mr Chan is parent of alumna Vicky who completed International Foundation in Science and Engineering then progressed to BSc Actuarial Science and Risk Management. Vicky completed a one year internship in Hong Kong (SAR) and is now working as an Actuarial Consultant for RNA Analytics in London.

Mr and Mrs Chan, Hong Kong

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Supporting your child

We’re dedicated to helping students get the most from their time at Queen’s. We provide students with all the necessary advice and support needed to develop their skills, knowledge and confidence and to realise their dreams. Students coming to Queen’s can expect:

  • Advice before arrival and a leading welcome and orientation programme designed to maximise university life.
  • A guaranteed place in Queen’s accommodation with living options including our new city centre student apartments.
  • Residential Life programme which features events and pastoral care, 24/7 safety and security, as well as maintenance and cleaning support.
  • Access to our Undergraduate Award worth over £2,500 for GB students*

*Terms and conditions apply, please see our website for further details

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Here to help

We will provide students with:

  • Support in making career decisions and developing employability through work-related learning and placement opportunities.
  • Health, disability and emotional wellbeing support including counselling services.
  • Access to the Student Centre, a one-stop shop for information, advice and guidance throughout their time at Queen’s.
  • World-class teaching and study support including allocation of a personal tutor.
  • £700 million investment in our teaching facilities transforming our historic campus into an innovative learning environment.
  • An active Students’ Union with volunteering opportunities, enterprise programmes and competitions, funding for new business start-ups and access to over 200 clubs and societies.
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Dedicated to Student Employability

At Queen’s, we offer students so much more than a degree, from bespoke careers guidance, work placements and global opportunities to international workplace study tours and internship programmes. We equip our students with the skills and confidence they need to succeed in their chosen field. Discover the professional development opportunities we offer.

  • Our employer-sponsored skills award, the Future-Ready Award, allows students to gain accreditation for personal development and work-related activities they undertake outside their degree.
  • Our specialists Employer Engagement team works to communicate the value of our students to potential employers around the world through our pioneering workplace study tours to Brussels, London, Asia and the USA.
  • Our internship programmes and alumni mentoring schemes connect our students with high-level employers around the world.
  • Students also have the opportunity to travel overseas to study or gain work-related experience in Europe, or further afield in Australia, Canada, China, India, New Zealand or the USA.
  • Work-related learning is integrated into our degree programmes, offering students hands-on industry experience valued by employers.
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Belfast: The Perfect UK Student City

One of the UK’s most welcoming, vibrant and affordable student cities, Belfast has the lowest student rent in the UK (NatWest Student Living Index 2019).

Although Belfast is a major capital city, it boasts the friendliness of a small town, making it the perfect destination for students living and studying away from home for the first time.

Street crime and burglary rates in Belfast are much lower than in comparable European or American cities; and Belfast is in the safest region in the UK (UK Crime Surveys 2021/22).

Student at accommodation with parents
Quality Accommodation

We know that living away from home for the first time is a big step so we have lots of support available in our high-quality accommodation. From Residential Assistants,to a series of events to help everyone settle in and make friends, there's a home from home at Queen's accommodation.

We currently have 3,485 places spread over three sites, including two brand new city centre locations, and the range of living options includes private studios and two-to six bedroom apartments with en suite rooms.

They provide a safe, secure place to live, with 24/7 security and reception staff, and a residential support team, and all located just 15 minutes walk from Queen’s.

Maire Coleman and student in her office
Home to teaching excellence

As a member of the Russell Group, Queen’s is recognised as one of the UK’s 24 leading research-intensive universities, and 99% of our research environment is world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021).

Our researchers are addressing many Global Challenges, tackling the problems facing society, such as Health, Food, Conflict and Technology and we provide world class facilities in which they can carry out their ambitious work.

Queen's is ranked 85 in the world for impact (Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023), and as the UK’s 9th oldest University, our history is rich with brilliant leaders, inspiring thinkers and incredible global achievers.

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Other Routes to University

Study a foundation degree or other higher education qualification at one of Northern Ireland’s six further education colleges then progress to complete your degree at Queen’s University or other local institutions, or enter full time employment.

Find out how we can help you enter university, with hundreds of course options across Northern Ireland.

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