Incoming Exchange & Study Abroad Students

Visa Options

Incoming Exchange & Study Abroad Students

If you are a non-EEA/Swiss national and you are coming to Queen’s University Belfast to study for one or two semesters on the Study Abroad Programme, you will need a visa to study in the UK.

It is your responsibility to check which type of visa you will need and how to get it. If you arrive at the University without the appropriate visa which permits you to study in the UK for the duration of your course, you may not be permitted to register on your course until this is corrected. In some cases, you may have to leave the UK and re-enter in order to get your immigration permission corrected.

Visa Options for Incoming Exchange & Study Abroad Students

If you have any further questions about your visa, please contact the International Student Support team at, where the immigration advisers will be happy to help.

You can also read our helpful guidance document for further information:

Study Visa Options

You can find further information about the Study Abroad Programme for incoming students on the Queen’s International webpages at For all general non visa-related queries about the Study Abroad Programme, contact the Study Abroad team directly at

Arrival via Republic of Ireland

If you are considering arriving in the UK via Republic of Ireland e.g. Dublin airport, you must obtain your UK visa before travelling and keep evidence of your date of entry to the UK e.g. your bus or train ticket from Dublin to Belfast. You are also advised to check before travelling whether you are a national who needs an Irish visa to enter the Republic of Ireland. You can check this on the Irish Immigration website at

Students with Dual Nationality

Please note that if you are a non-EEA/Swiss national who also holds a current valid passport for the UK or Republic of Ireland, and you will be travelling to the UK using this passport, you will not need a visa for the UK. To confirm if this applies to you, you can email International Student Support at

Visas & Immigration

V&I Webpage

International Student Support

ISS Webpage