International Student Experience
Studying abroad is an exciting, life-changing experience. The journey is full of twists and turns, of new experiences, challenges and adventures. As with any new experience, you will have many questions and our International Student Advisor is here to support you from before you arrive on campus, continuing right up until your graduation and beyond. At any point in your journey, the International Student Advisor provides one central point at Queen’s Management School for academic and pastoral support, guidance and information to help you make the most of the excellent student experience offered by Queen’s.
To help you, we have put together a list of common questions but please contact us directly and we will be happy to answer any questions you have.
International Student Advisor
Mrs Natalie Le Seelleur
International Student Advisor
Natalie joined Queen’s Management School in 2018. She is an experienced English language professional with a background in banking and finance. Over the past 16 years, she has worked in 7 different countries and taught more than 97 different nationalities from school level to university and beyond, specialising in designing programmes to help international students transition to new academic environments where English is the language of instruction. As International Student Advisor, she provides a safe, supportive environment to help students take control of issues and develop strategies to overcome them, allowing students to build confidence and trust in their own abilities.Contact Natalie
Frequently Asked Questions for New Students
What do I need to know before arrival?
Our pre-arrival guide contains essential information for international students and it is very important that you take the time to read through it. The guide contains information you will need to help you plan your journey to the UK. If you have questions about your journey to Belfast you can contact International Student Support by email email@example.com.
Who do I contact regarding information related to Visas and Immigration?
The International Student Support office provides a professional immigration advice service to international applicants and current international students of the University in relation to visa and immigration matters including applying for your visa to come to the UK and assisting you with any queries you may have. You can visit their web page directly or email the team through firstname.lastname@example.org
Will I manage?
The experience of living and studying in another country is challenging. Some days will be better than others but each day you will become stronger. You need to take things step by step; manage each task by breaking it into manageable chunks. Make an appointment with our International Student Advisor who can guide you through the process. Progress takes hard work but the rewards you will gain from finding solutions and recognising your strengths will help you at every point in your life in the future.
What will happen when I arrive?
At the start of each semester the University holds a Welcome and Orientation programme for new international students. The programme includes lots of useful and interesting sessions and exciting activities to help you make new friends and get settled in to life at Queen's. This year’s programme includes:
- How to speak 'Belfast' - learn about local slang
- Cultural Adjustment - making the most of differences
- Studying at Queen's - preparing you for a different academic experience
- Accommodation - both University and private sector. Learn about how housing contracts work, what is expected of you, and how to make sure you get the best value for money!
- Keeping healthy - from local food to fitness facilities and doctors.
- Having fun!! - join in the busy programme of social events and activities for international students
The first International Welcome and Orientation Programme for the 2019 / 2020 academic year will take place 11 - 15 September 2019. Attendance on the International Welcome and Orientation programme is compulsory, so please ensure that you arrive on time to attend the programme so that you get the best possible start to your studies.
Everyone is on a different journey and each has their own strengths and areas of development. Self-awareness and evaluating your own needs to key to recognising when to ask for advice. Managing problems before they become issues is crucial. The International Student Advisor offers advice and guidance on:
- English Language
- Academic difficulties related to studying in another language
- Academic Study Skills
- Presentation Skills
- Academic Reading and Writing
- Reading Circles and Small Group Learning
- Study Plans
- Placements and Applying for Roles
- Health and Wellbeing
- Financial issues
- Cultural Adjustment
Email the International Student Advisor directly to book an appointment