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Keen to explore the world?

Every year over 900 Queen's students take the opportunity to go outside Northern Ireland to study or gain work-related experience – why not be one of them?

Some courses offer periods of study and work abroad as part of your degree. However, all Queen’s students have access to a range of life-changing travel opportunities suited to every study level and discipline. You can go abroad for the summer, for a semester or for a whole year.

Find out more about these opportunities during Go Global Week

Information on Go Global Week
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Go Global Week and Go Global Fair

Our Go Global Week and Go Global Fair are held each year in October, with a Go Global Showcase being held on 07 February 2024 in the Cube, One Elmwood from 12 - 2pm. 

The Go Global Fair is the highlight event of Go Global Week, where we will be holding a series of in-person workshops, where you get to chat to organisations that can offer you an experience of a lifetime to study, work or volunteer abroad during your degree.

Find out more about Go Global Week

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Focus on Summer Fortnight

04 - 15 March 2024

Focus on Summer Fortnight will take place from 04 - 15 March 2024, when you can find out about all the global opportunities on offer to you as a Queen's Student this summer.

We will have a pop up in the foyer of One Elmwood on 04 and 11 March from 10am-1pm, to chat to you about work abroad and study abroad opportunities.

Our Focus on Summer information session will take place on 06 March at 1pm in the  Cube, One Elmwood.

Register for the Focus on Summer Information Session on our Careers events listing

91.6% of students who go abroad obtain first-class honours or an upper second-class degree

(Gone International: Rising Aspirations, 2022)

Students who go abroad get better degrees and better jobs


(Gone International: Rising Aspirations, 2022)

Students who go abroad are more likely to be in a graduate job six months after graduating.

(Gone International: Rising Aspirations, 2022)

Students who go abroad earn 5.5% more six months after graduating.

(Gone International: Rising Aspirations, 2022)

Study Abroad

Fancy a taste of campus life in an exciting new country?

Our study abroad programmes range in length from one week to one year.

You can choose to spend a semester at a European or Australian university, a year in America or spend the summer in Canada.

Work abroad

Whether it’s gleaning industry knowledge inside the skyscraper offices of New York; tackling the policy makers in Capitol Hill or gaining hands-on work experience in global organisations in based in Northern Ireland, Europe and across the globe, our range of work abroad programmes will enrich your Queen’s experience and boost your CV.

We have placements and internships to suit all disciplines.

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Global Opportunities Events

We’ll keep you informed about the Global Opportunities available to you throughout the academic year through fairs, information sessions and talks.

We have a range of in-person information sessions during Go Global Week which typically takes place in October, and you can also chat with us in person at our annual Go Global Fair in the Mandela Hall.

Hear from other students

Many of our students vlog or blog about their travel experiences.

Check out our blog to read their inspiring stories.

Chat to us

You can chat to a member of the Global Opportunities team about the travel options available to you. Normally drop-in appointments are available every Tuesday & Thursday, 12 - 1pm. We are currently offering these chats through virtual appointments via video call.

Funding your travels

Travelling while at university can be a fantastic and life-changing experience. However, we are aware that the cost can be a barrier for many students. Some programmes provide funding or scholarships to help finance your trip.