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Currently 300 students from USA studying at Queen's. Queen’s has significantly lower course fees than studying in US. Complete your postgraduate study faster than in the US, with one year Masters’ study. Have a unique student experience and develop yourself in a rich cultural hub. We also offer study abroad opportunities.

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Students from USA

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.

North America Team

If you have any questions or would like guidance about studying at Queen's, the team is here to help you.

Anya O'Connor Senior International Officer
Peter Brimstone International Officer
Susan McCleary International Officer
Claire Castles Partnerships and Events Officer

We offer prospective students the chance to book a 1-1 information session with our team in which we can provide you with an introduction to the University and answer any questions you may have.

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.

We understand that due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic there has been severe disruption to schooling and exam schedules in the academic year 2020/21. If you have been negatively impacted by cancelled examinations, please reach out to the North America team – contact details are listed on this page. We will explore other avenues and work with colleagues in admissions and Schools to see if it is possible to evaluate applications where students are unable to submit test scores.

Please note that there is no requirement to have completed the necessary testing requirements at the point of application to study at Queen’s. We operate a conditional offer system, meaning that you can apply before you have completed testing. This means that your offer letter would be conditional upon completing your exams at a later point.

The grades required for admission to our undergraduate Bachelor degree programmes will vary according to your chosen course of study. Please check our Course Finder for detailed entry requirements which are normally expressed in terms of three A-level grades.  The comparable US qualifications and grade requirements are shown in the table below.  Subject-specific requirements must be met.

An Honors/College level class or SAT I or ACT test may be accepted in place of one AP or SAT Subject test, where the A-level requirement for the course is AAB or lower:

A-level Grade




Advanced Placement (AP)




SAT II Subject Test





1350 (min 700, 650)

1290 (min 620, 650)

1250 (min 620, 620)





Honors/College Course




For example, if the requirement is BBB at A-level, the following combination is possible:

Two from

  • Advanced Placement Test with minimum Grade 4
  • SAT II Subject Test with minimum score of 650

Plus one from

  • Honors/College level course with minimum Grade B+
  • SAT I test with a minimum of 1290 (with a minimum of 620 in Mathematics, and 650 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section)
  • ACT test with a score of 27

Subjects cannot be counted twice, ie. if you are submitting an AP in US History, you cannot also submit a SAT Subject test or Honors course in US History.

If A-level Mathematics is a course requirement, Advanced Placement Calculus (AB or BC) at grade 4 or higher is required.

Please note that Queen’s University Belfast has institutional codes for the following College Board Exams. You can send score reports directly to Queen’s using the following codes:

ACT: 7799
SAT and AP:  7753

  • Applicants who have successfully completed an Associate Degree with an overall GPA of 3.0/4.0 awarded by a recognised US institution will be considered for admission to Stage 1 of an undergraduate degree programme.  Any subject requirements must be met.
  • Applications are welcomed from applicants completing the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD).  Scores of between 30 and 36 points overall are required depending on individual course requirements. Information on required grades.

Medicine and Dentistry

For Medicine and Dentistry, a High School Graduation Diploma with minimum GPA of 3.5/4.0 will be required, plus four AP tests with scores of 5,5 (Chemistry and Biology) 5,4.   Mathematics is also required to GCSE standard, normally Grade 12 in High School.  GCSE Physics or equivalent is also required for Medicine.  SAT Subject tests are not accepted in lieu of AP tests.

A minimum of 36 points overall is required in the International Baccalaureate Diploma with grades 6,6,6 in Higher level subjects including Chemistry and Biology. Mathematics and English (and Physics for Medicine) is also required to Standard Level, or grade 11 (or GCSE Equivalent) if not taken as part of the IB. Points obtained for the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge can count towards the total. 

Graduates may also be considered - a minimum of an Upper Second Class Honours degree or CGPA of 3.3 on scale of 4 (78%) would be required, and applicants must also have the appropriate background in the relevant science subjects to satisfy the course entry requirements.

Applicants for Medicine must also undertake the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) and the University will normally interview international applicants.  For Dentistry, shortlisted applicants will be interviewed via an online process.

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. Degree award certificates for programmes already complete should also be provided.

Borderline Cases

Sometimes, it may be possible to exercise flexibility in the case of applicants who have completed their degree with slightly lower grades than those outlined in their offer letter. 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 your official transcript and award certificate to to confirm the award of your qualification and the overall grade. Unfortunately we cannot advise you further until we receive this documentation .

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 .

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's degree may also be considered. 

Click here for detailed entry requirements

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:

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.

Study Abroad

Experience Queen's for a Summer, a semester or a full year with one of our study abroad programmes.

Queen's offers three unique Summer schools as well as a study abroad programme which allows international students to join us for up to one full academic year in a number of courses.

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.

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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.

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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.

Connect with your student society

Canadian and American Students' Association is QUB's official Canadian-American society! Great way to meet other students at Queen's that may share your interests. Membership is open to all students - you do not have to be Canadian/American! Check us out on Facebook - 

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