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Founded in 1845, Queen’s is one of the oldest and most respected universities in the UK. We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group, of 24 research intensive universities, which has been compared to the US Ivy League as an indicator of academic quality and reputation.

We have been welcoming US students to Belfast for decades, with around 200 US students enrolling every year on a variety of undergraduate, graduate and short-term study abroad programmes.

US students choose Queen’s for a variety of reasons – the chance to study a focused three year Bachelors degree, the lower cost of studying and living, or reconnecting with their heritage on the island of Ireland. 

24,000+
Total students studying with us
300
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

We have a dedicated team in place to support prospective students, parents and counsellors in the USA. 

Anya O'Connor SENIOR INTERNATIONAL OFFICER
Anya O'Connor
Senior International Officer
Peter Brimstone INTERNATIONAL OFFICER USA
Peter Brimstone
International Officer
Claire Castles PARTNERSHIPS AND EVENTS OFFICER USA
Claire Castles 

Partnerships and Events Officer
 

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

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 also join our mailing list to receive information directly related to your subject interests and details of any upcoming events for students in your area.

Book a call   Join mailing list

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.

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.

USA Admissions Guide

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

A

B

C

Advanced Placement (AP)

5

4

3

SAT II Subject Test

700

650

600

SAT 1

1350 (min 700, 650)

1290 (min 620, 650)

1250 (min 620, 620)

ACT

28

27

26

Honors/College Course

A+

B+

C+

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) www.ucat.ac.uk 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 intl.student@qub.ac.uk 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. Please visit our  for detailed entry requirements. 

The comparable US qualifications are as follows:

UK Upper Second-Class Honours (2:1)

Bachelor degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2.

UK Lower Second-Class Honours (2:2)

Bachelor degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8. 

Please note the following key differences between graduate studies in the US and a taught Masters degree at Queen's:

  • Master's degrees in the UK are normally one-year in duration.
  • There is no GRE or GMAT required for entry to Queen's.

A taught Master's refers to a program that combines academic instruction as well as the completion of a written dissertation. PhD degrees are three years in length and typically require you to have a Masters degree prior to applying and to prepare a research proposal.

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 intl.student@qub.ac.uk 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.

PhD Study

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

  • Undergraduate

    Undergraduate 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.

    USA Admissions Guide

    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

    A

    B

    C

    Advanced Placement (AP)

    5

    4

    3

    SAT II Subject Test

    700

    650

    600

    SAT 1

    1350 (min 700, 650)

    1290 (min 620, 650)

    1250 (min 620, 620)

    ACT

    28

    27

    26

    Honors/College Course

    A+

    B+

    C+

    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) www.ucat.ac.uk 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 intl.student@qub.ac.uk 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 .

    How to Apply

    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

    Postgraduate 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.

    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. Please visit our  for detailed entry requirements. 

    The comparable US qualifications are as follows:

    UK Upper Second-Class Honours (2:1)

    Bachelor degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2.

    UK Lower Second-Class Honours (2:2)

    Bachelor degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8. 

    Please note the following key differences between graduate studies in the US and a taught Masters degree at Queen's:

    • Master's degrees in the UK are normally one-year in duration.
    • There is no GRE or GMAT required for entry to Queen's.

    A taught Master's refers to a program that combines academic instruction as well as the completion of a written dissertation. PhD degrees are three years in length and typically require you to have a Masters degree prior to applying and to prepare a research proposal.

    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 intl.student@qub.ac.uk 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.

    PhD Study

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

    How to Apply

    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.

  • INTO Foundation Courses

    How to Apply

    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.

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.

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.

Currency:

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.
All fees are payable in £ sterling. Approximate equivalencies were correct at June 2021 (xe.com).

Scholarships

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

Fees and Funding at Queen's for USA Students

Your major is only three years long, so you’re automatically saving 1 year of costs. 

It is common in the US for tuition fees to be tied to the amount of credits you’re taking in an academic year, but at Queen’s your tuition cost is tied to your major. Your credit load is fixed each year, so you won’t find yourself in the position of reaching your graduation date and still needing to take (and pay for) extra credits or classes. The tuition fees you see are the actual cost you will pay.

USA Scholarships include

US Study Loans

US students can access US Federal Aid to support the cost of studying at Queen’s, the same way you would if you were studying in the United States. We even have a dedicated US Loans team to help you apply usloans@qub.ac.uk.

 

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: £22,577

Total for UG (classroom based)

  • £17,400
    Tuition
  • £4,500
    Accommodation
  • £613
    Going out
  • £328
    Food/Drink

* 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 make a difference

We’ve been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize on seven occasions – a prestigious UK award which recognises excellence, innovation, impact and societal benefit. Queen’s plays a key role in the internationalisation of Northern Ireland and we’re proud that Belfast is a socially-diverse and inclusive city. 

Low student to staff ratio - 15:1

Our teaching philosophy focuses on staff-student contact. Our classes are taught directly by our professors and lectures, giving students the opportunity to engage personally with world-leading academics day-to-day.

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.

International Summer Schools

Spend four weeks with us in Northern Ireland.

Immerse yourself in a unique academic and cultural experience, and pursue your interests in one of three tailored summer school programmes:

  • Conflict Transformation
  • Education for Transformation

Find out more about our Summer Schools

The Language Centre

Students can study a new language or improve language skills at the Language Centre which offers over 20 languages at various levels as well as a dedicated Language Lab. 

Learn more about The Language Centre 

Student Blog on improving Language Skills at Queen’s 

Recent Information Sessions

See below for a list of recent University and Programme webinars that you might find interesting and informative.

Queen's Podcast Series

Introducing Queen’s academics and their research from schools across the university, available to listen via the below links as well as via Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

The podcasts include a wide-ranging set of brief talks by Queen's academics across many disciplines and subjects including:

View all Podcasts

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

10 Hours in Winterfell: Inside a Game of Thrones Tour!

When you arrive at Queen’s, prepare to get your GOT nerd on and express your inner Stark., says Master's student Marissa Piccolo, from Connecticut, USA.


10 Ways to Deal With Culture Shock as an International Student in Belfast

Queen’s MA student Lily West, from South Carolina in the USA, shares her experiences and tips for dealing with culture shock when living and studying in Belfast.


17 Things You Should Know About Living Abroad

Queen’s MBA student Jessica Gambrill, from Minneapolis in the USA, has lived abroad in two separate continents for over six years so she knows a thing or two about living, working and studying away from home. Here are her top tips.


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 Queens' official Canadian-American society, and a 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

Make friends and get involved

Our soccer clubs offer a competitive and fun atmosphere as well as a great way to make friends and keep fit. We participate in charity tournaments, as well as five-a-side and more competitive matches with various universities and clubs throughout Ireland.

Why not try the Surf club, that meets regularly for trips to the North and West coasts of Ireland. We both organise lessons with safe and professional companies for those new to the sport, whilst taking the intermediate groups to beaches with suitable waves.

Chat to current students

Get in touch with one of our friendly student ambassadors. They'd be happy to share their experiences and answer any questions you have.

Talk to Students

North America Team

We have a dedicated team in place to support prospective students, parents and counsellors in the USA. 

Anya O'Connor SENIOR INTERNATIONAL OFFICER
Anya O'Connor
Senior International Officer
Peter Brimstone INTERNATIONAL OFFICER USA
Peter Brimstone
International Officer
Claire Castles PARTNERSHIPS AND EVENTS OFFICER USA
Claire Castles 

Partnerships and Events Officer
 

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

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 also join our mailing list to receive information directly related to your subject interests and details of any upcoming events for students in your area.

Book a call   Join mailing list

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Applying to Queen's

Search our 400+ courses, apply online and contact our friendly international team if you need any help with your application or questions on your journey to Queen's.