Skip to Content

Study USA

Study USA

Fancy experiencing campus life in America?

Spend a full academic year at a US College or University.

Each year between 50-60 students from Northern Ireland participate in the Study USA programme which has been running since 1994. The programme is funded by the Northern Ireland Department for the Economy and delivered by the British Council, with tuition fees generously waived by the participating US colleges

students standing holding American flag at Queen's University roof terrace
More on Study USA

Students take a year out from their degree and participate on the Study USA programme between Level 2 and Level 3. As well as a choice of elective classes, successful applicants will be studying a combination of subjects related to your home degree and subjects from the list below:

  • Communications
  • Public Speaking
  • Leadership
  • Marketing and PR
  • Management
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Foreign Languages
  • Finance
  • Economics


students standing holding small American flags
Benefits of Study USA

The scholarship funding package (worth approximately £45,000) includes:

Room and board for the academic year 

A generous text book allowance 

One return flight to the US 

Tuition fees are waived by the participating US colleges and universities. 

Students cover:

US student visa costs - £400-£550 approximately 

Travel and health insurance – £400 - £600 approximately 

Participation fee of £1500.  If a student is in receipt of a maintenance grant this fee will be waived. 

students standing looking at bridge in the USA
How to apply

Approximately 50 places are available at institutions from Florida to Montana or Washington to North Carolina.  

Applications open to students in their second year of study from any discipline in September 2024, for participation in the programme the following academic year.

Applications usually open around September

PHOTO:  Clíona
I was particularly drawn to the Study USA programme because it allowed me the opportunity to study in a completely different area and pursue my interest in business, despite being a law student here at Queens.                  

I was also able to travel as much of the west coast as possible, including Mt. Rainer National Park, San Francisco, and LA.

I made so many lifelong friends from across the world, which I would never have had the opportunity to meet if not for this amazing experience. Clíona
Clíona spent a year at St. Martin’s University in Washington.