Information for George Washington Study Abroad Students
Taking part in a semester or academic year period of study abroad at Queen's gives you access to a range of Queen's support services to help with your transition to studying at Queen's and living in Belfast, similar to a full time degree international student.
There may be some differences on accessing services as a study abroad student, which are highlighted in this section.
All students can access our Student Wellbeing Service, so if you need to talk to someone or feel you are struggling, they can help.
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The type of student visa you will need will depend on your citizenship and the length of time you plan to spend studying in the UK at Queen's. Our International Student Support team provide guidance to prospective Study Abroad and Exchange students for their visa application.
From the 1 December 2020 most international students who study for less than six months at Queen's will study on a Visitor Visa for Study, whereas those studying for more than six months will apply to study on a Student Visa.
You will receive guidance on applying for a visa once your application to study at Queen's has been approved. Please note only the International Student Support team can provide advice and guidance on visas and immigration at Queen's. Academic and support staff are not permitted to give visa and immigration advice.
The University Health Centre at Queen's is an independent National Health general medical practice located next to the Student Guidance Centre. The practice provides both student-focused and general National Health services. More general information on healthcare while studying at Queen's can be found here
However you should be aware that your citizenship, immigration status and length of time you are studying in the UK will impact on how you access healthcare while living in Belfast. As a student on Visitor Visa for Study (less than six months) you will not be entitled to free NHS care.
Please note: All students regardless of immigration status will be able to access COVID-19 testing in Northern Ireland via the Public Health Agency free of charge. You can find out more about COVID-19 here.
Visitor Visa for Study (international students usually studying for less than six months)
If you are an international student studying for less than six months in the UK you are advised to take out private medical insurance as you are not entitled to free general NHS care and will be liable for charges for any treatment you receive in the UK. The University Health Centre does not usually have capacity to treat non-NHS patients. You should always firstly check with your insurance to see what private providers in Belfast they will cover. Often students will make an appointment with a local private provider such as Kingsbridge Private Hospital which is located on the Upper Lisburn Road, which is on the number 9 Metro bus route.
Remember for any minor ailments it is recommended you visit a pharmacy where a pharmacist can provide free advice. You will however have to pay a small charge for any over the counter treatments they recommend. The closest pharmacies to campus are located on the Stranmillis Road, Botanic Avenue and Urban Pharmacy on the Dublin Road.
Remember; if you are on any medication you should bring any regular medication with you where possible.
Student Visa (formerly Tier 4- international students usually studying for a full academic year)
Those applying for a Student Visa and coming to the UK for 6 months or longer will be required to pay an immigration health surcharge as part of their visa application fee. The immigration health surcharge will entitle Student Visa holders to access NHS care in the UK at no additional cost in the same way as a permanent UK resident. You can register with the University Health Centre and may receive free NHS care.
International students who are studying at Queen's for less than six months on a Visitor Visa for Study are unable to undertake paid or voluntary work. You are however allowed to undertake volunteering activities, but you must be careful these do not meet the definition of voluntary work. All activities advertised by Volunteer SU meet the definition of volunteering, so we recommend you speak with the Volunteer SU team in the first instance. If you are unclear on what meets this definition you should speak with our International Student Support team, who can give advice on your visa and immigration permissions.
International students on a Student visa (formerly Tier 4) are permitted undertake paid or voluntary work, but there may be certain restrictions on this. Please visit the International Student Support webpages here or contact the team for specialist advice on email@example.com
Careers, Employability and Skills Service
All students have access to services offered by our Careers, Employability and Skills team. You can request a one to one appointment with a specialised Careers Consultant via MyFuture, the QUB digital platform which advertises employability opportunities to students. You log into My Future using the same Queen's credentials which you use to access the QUB systems. They often run events and workshops thoughout the year which can help you to develop your employability skills and also make the most of your study abroad experience.
Volunteer SU is part of the Queen's Students' Union and volunteering is a fantastic way to meet new people, engage with your adopted community, develop your employability skills, as well as get the feel good factor of giving something back! For students here for only one semester, we recommend the Handy Helpers scheme, which is a great way to get involved in volunteering with flexible one-off opportunities, with no long term time commitment.
Getting involved in a club or society during your time at Queen's is another great way to get more involved in campus life, and also hone valuable skills in communication, teamworking, event management and leadership. You can find out more about Clubs and Socs at QUB here