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We’re the 9th oldest university in the UK and part of the elite Russell Group, so a degree from Queen’s is something to be proud of.

A truly international university, we are ranked 22nd in the world for global outlook. (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020) Join the 1200 students from China currently studying at Queen’s and get the edge in the global job market.

Visit our Chinese Language Website to learn about our courses, studying in Belfast, life at Queen’s and more:

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Upcoming digital events

We will be meeting with students at a range of digital events over the coming months and invite you to speak with us there. You will find information about our upcoming events below.

You can apply to study at Queen’s from anywhere in the world. The grades required for admission to Queen's will vary according to your chosen course of study.

View entry requirements on your course of choice by using the search tool, then check your comparable grades below, to determine eligibility.

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Entry Requirements

The application procedure varies for undergraduate and postgraduate students, so we publish separate information for each. You'll also need to be able to provide evidence of a specified level of ability in the English language.

The following qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate programmes:

  • Students who have completed 12 years of education in China and attained the Secondary School Leaving Certificate with good grades must complete an approved Foundation programme or GCE A Levels for progression to undergraduate degree programmes.
  • The Gaokao Chinese University Entrance Examination will be considered, along with performance in the Senior High School examination for entry to Stage 1 of our undergraduate programmes (excluding Medicine and Dentistry), with a minimum score of 75% overall average in Gaokao and 75% in all subjects.  Subject-specific requirements must be met.  Where A-level Mathematics is a course requirement, both Mathematics and Physics must be taken as part of the Gaokao, and a score of 80% in each subject will be required.  If a subject is a specified as a requirement at GCSE grade C, a score of 75% in this subject in Senior Secondary school HUI Kao (Graduation Certificate) will be accepted.  If Grade B in GCSE is required, a score of 80% in the subject in Senior Secondary school HUI Kao will be accepted.
  • Progression to Stage 1 of an undergraduate degree programme at Queen's (with the exception of Agricultural Technology, Medicine, Dentistry and Social Work) is guaranteed for students who successfully complete the INTO Queen's International Foundation Programme at the required standard.
  • Students who have completed one or two years of university study in China may be eligible for admission to Bachelor degree programmes, if relevant subjects have been studied and strong grades have been achieved.
  • Applicants who have already completed A-Levels/a recognised Foundation programme or the first year of a relevant degree programme in China, but who do not meet the academic or English language requirements for entry, may wish to consider INTO Queen's International Year One. Successful completion at the required standard offers direct entry to the second year of selected undergraduate degree programmes in Management, Economics, Finance and Engineering.
  • Between 30 and 36 points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB). Information on required grades.

Please note: Grades required vary depending on the programme of study. Further guidance on the entry requirements for each degree programme can be found in the Undergraduate Coursefinder.

Entry to graduate diploma or taught masters programmes usually requires either a UK upper second-class (2:1) or a lower second-class (2:2) undergraduate degree. For most courses, your major subject or content of your Bachelor degree may also be considered. Please check our Course Finder for specific entry requirements.

Applicants from China should hold a good four-year bachelor degree from a recognised, well ranked university with an average grade of at least 70-85%.

Type of institutionUK 2.1 Hons standardUK 2.2 Hons standard
Tier 1 Final average 75% Final average 70%
Tier 2 Final average 80% Final average 75%
Tier 3 Final average 85% Final average 80%

Tier 1: Prestigious Universities (Double First Class Universities and Top 100 Academic Ranking of World Universities). Tier 2: Other Recognised Universities and Independent Colleges affiliated to a Tier 1 Institution (as defined by Queen's). Tier 3: Other Independent Colleges recognised by Ministry of Education and Self-Study Degrees.

Supporting Documentation

When submitting your application, please ensure that you upload copies of official transcripts for completed programmes as well as those currently in progress. Final Bachelor Degree and Graduation Certificates for programmes already complete should also be provided.  

Applicants should upload official English translations of their qualifications documents, for example, official translations (signed and stamped) issued by the degree-awarding university/institution in China.

We will also accept online verification reports (in English) of the degree certificate, transcript and the qualification certificate issued by CHESICC (China Credentials Verification service) – please see for further details.  There is a fee for this service. 

Borderline Cases

We will consider students who have completed their degree with lower grades than those outlined in their offer letter. For many postgraduate taught programmes, Chinese graduates will normally be accepted with a final average mark of up to 2% below the condition stated in the official offer letter, assuming that performance in key modules is of an appropriate standard. 

Sometimes, it may be possible to exercise flexibility in the case of applicants who have fallen more than 2% below the target grade when final results are known. In these cases, the decision will be at the discretion of the Academic Selector.

On completion of your degree, you should forward a copy of the following documents to to confirm the award of your qualification and the overall grade:

  • Official transcript (final version including all your grades)
  • Bachelor degree Certificate
  • Graduation Certificate

It is only on receipt of these documents that we will be able to confirm your acceptance.

INTO Queen's Preparation Courses

For those interested in Computing, Finance and Management courses, but who do not meet the entry requirements, you may wish to consider a a pre-masters Graduate Diploma offered by INTO Queen's.

PhD Study

Students interested in undertaking a PhD at Queen’s University need good grades in their Bachelor and Masters degree programmes awarded by a recognised university, in addition to a strong research proposal.

English Language Requirements

Applicants will normally need to demonstrate a level of English equivalent to 6.5 IELTS or 90 TOEFL IBT (Internet based test). However, some degree programmes have higher or lower requirements (please check individual courses for programme requirements). The full list of acceptable English Language qualifications is available here.

Improve your English language skills to prepare for further academic study or the level required for your degree.

Academic English
For students who need to increase their IELTS level in order to progress to university.

Pre-sessional English
For students who are academically qualified and hold an offer from Queen’s but need to improve their English language skills to the level required for their degree.

How to Apply

We’ll help guide your application to Queen’s, whether you apply directly or via UCAS.

  • INTO Foundation Courses

    Prepare for your university degree with tailored, academic pathway programmes from INTO Queen’s. You’ll benefit from university-style teaching for subject-based modules and high academic standards.

    Then, when it comes to progressing to your chosen degree, INTO will support you with your university application.

    Courses include:

    • International Foundation courses in Architecture, Business and Engineering, providing a pathway to the first year of a wide range of undergraduate degrees.
    • International Year One courses in Management and Finance, Engineering disciplines, and Computer Science, allowing direct entry to year two of Undergraduate degrees.
    • Graduate Diplomas that prepare you for direct entry to selected Master's courses in Finance, Management and Social Sciences.
  • Undergraduate

    Most students make their applications through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for full-time undergraduate degree programmes at Queen’s. The UCAS application deadline for international students is 30 June 2021.

  • Postgraduate

    Applications for Postgraduate Taught Masters and PhD programmes must be made using the University's online application system. There is no application fee to apply for Postgraduate programmes.

    All Masters degree programmes at Queen’s begin in September each year.

    Postgraduate research programmes can begin at different times throughout the academic year. The start date has to be agreed with your PhD supervisor.

    Applications should be submitted online via the Postgraduate Applications Portal for admission to the vast majority of postgraduate programmes.

    More information on how to apply for postgraduate programmes.

Queen's offers lower tuition fees and living expenses than many other similarly well-regarded universities in the United Kingdom. The fees you will pay will vary depending on the course you choose and the level of study.

From £17,400

Undergraduate tuition fees

From £17,700

Postgraduate Taught tuition fees

From £17,460

Postgraduate Research tuition fees

Fees shown are for Fee rate 1. Laboratory based courses and other courses have different fee rates. Check the relevant course page for Tuition fee costs. All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2021-22, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise. If you receive an offer of admission, you will be provided with details of the tuition fee payable in your offer letter. View all International Tuition Fees


We are committed to helping students realise their ambitions and we offer a generous range of scholarships and awards for international students. These include:

Canadian Loans

For Canadian students applying for a Canadian federal or provincial loan,  Queen’s can provide details of programme and fees as well as confirmation of enrolment.  The Awards Officer will complete your enrolment information at the start of the enrolment period and Student Finance will then complete details on tuition and sign off the form.  Please email your Canadian loan to the Awards Officer  

Email Awards Officer 

Examples of Canadian Student Finance include:

  • OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program)
  • Alberta Student Aid
  • British Columbia
  • Nova Scotia

Scholarships from Queen's include:

There are a number of prestigious scholarships for Canadian students which may be used for postgraduate study at Queen's:

A list of other potential sources of funding for Postgraduate study can be found on the University's Graduate School website.

British Council

The British Council in Canada can offer helpful advice on studying in the UK. A useful resource is their Scholarships and Funding website.

The lowest cost of student living in the UK

Northern Ireland has the lowest student cost of living in the UK (Which? University, 2018), making Belfast a great city to live in for international students compared to other UK cities.

Total: £20,177

Total for UG (classroom based)

  • £14,000
  • £4,500
  • £613
    Going out
  • £328

* Costs are for 1 year of study or two semesters.

Queen’s is a world-class university with a thriving international community. One of the oldest Universities in the UK and Ireland, we have a strong global reputation for our high quality teaching and research.

World class teaching and research

The world-leading research by our academics contributes to the latest thinking in how we tackle the great global challenges of our age, such as health, food, conflict and technology. Our state-of-the-art education and research facilities are some of the best in the UK and Ireland.

A vibrant friendly place to live

Our international students are guaranteed a place in our accommodation, which means you can be confident you'll be living somewhere safe, comfortable and affordable. We provide a supportive community, events and pastoral care, 24/7 safety and security and well-being support.

Your future career

As a student at Queen's, you'll gain skills and knowledge valued by employers all over the world. Whether you plan to pursue opportunities here in the UK, or further afield, our links with many industries, specialist career resources and international network can take you anywhere.

We have strong links with Malaysia and there are currently 321 Malaysian students studying with us. This number is growing each year and we would be delighted to have you join our dynamic student community.



Queen’s University Belfast has a long history of international students studying law with us. Upon completion of their studies, some students choose to stay and practice in the UK or Ireland whilst others return to their home country or other jurisdictions to embark on their legal careers.

International Law Accreditations

Guidelines on Canadian Accreditation for LLB and Senior Status Law Students

Affordable travel

Belfast has two airports, sea crossings from England and Scotland, and a direct rail link from Dublin. You can fly direct to Belfast from over 20 European cities and a number of North American locations.

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It won’t be long until you feel at home here. There’s plenty of ways to meet new friends, develop life skills and find support when you need it.

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Cathedral Quarter, Belfast

Students at Queen's get the best of both worlds - a safe and easy to navigate campus with the wider city of Belfast nearby.

Known as the "Queen's Quarter", the area surrounding our campus is the most vibrant district of Belfast. Here, you’ll find everything from museums and art galleries to world cuisine, all within easy walking distance.

What our students say

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Are you travelling to Belfast for the first time in your life? Don’t miss one of our overseas pre-departure seminars for everything you need know.

8 Things you can do in Belfast

Belfast is a unique place, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

We’re famed for our warm welcome and there’s a strong support network and sense of community on campus. We’ll support you every step of the way through our wide range of support services.

Whether you need help with your visa application, a welcome at the airport, academic or English Language support throughout your studies, advice on finances or career guidance – we can help.

Indonesian Society

The Indonesia Student Society was established as a social, cultural and educational platform for Indonesian Students in Belfast. We would like to create a home away from home environment for Indonesian Students in Queen's with Indonesian values. Check us out on Instagram and YouTube!

Supporting you every step of the way

Information for College Counsellors

Queen's University has a team of three International Officers responsible for working with prospective students and counsellors from North America.  In 2019 we visited over 20 different states across the USA. We are happy to attend your local college fair or schedule a high school visit, and hope to meet you at the annual NACAC Conference.

We appreciate that some College Counsellors may not be familiar with the UK Higher Education system or the method of making an application. Should you require any further information, either about Belfast or the UK in general, please feel free to contact our office. The British Council USA website is also a good source of general information. If prospective students, or counsellors, have questions, then please direct these to the email address below:

Email: ______

If you would like to receive a pack of printed materials or would like to be placed on our mailing list, please email the address above.

If you would like us to run a virtual event for your college or book a call on Zoom, please get in touch with us.

  • Watch video profiles of some of our current US students
  • Read our US Student Handbook
  • Get in touch with one of our International officers