Welcome and Orientation Week

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Welcome and Orientation programme

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.

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.

In January 2020 we will also offer International Welcome and Orientation Activities. Details will displayed here in due course.

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We'll greet you at the airport

We'll make sure you arrive safely, then take you to your accommodation.

It’s a great opportunity to get help finding your way around. Prior to the orientation programme, a welcome service is provided at Belfast International Airport and George Best Belfast City Airport.

The welcome service will operate on: Sunday 8 September, Monday 9 September and Tuesday 10 September 2019

Register here from 1st August 2019!

When you register online you will receive a booking confirmation email and further information including an emergency phone number.

Do I need to register online in advance?

Yes, you must register your details online so we know when and where you are arriving. We also need to know that you are arriving in time for the Welcome and Orientation Programme.

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Queen's welcome team

Will be on duty at both Belfast airports between 8:30am and 9:30pm on the above date.

They will be there to meet you and provide you with important information and assist you getting to Queen's.

Registration is open from 1st August 2019!

How will I recognise the welcome team?

Look out for the team who will be wearing red Queen's University branded t-shirts.

What happens if I arrive before 08:30 or after 21:30?

If you arrive before 08:30 either wait for the International Welcome team to arrive or take a taxi to your accommodation.

If your flight is scheduled to arrive in Belfast by 21:30 but is delayed, the International Welcome Team will wait for you until 22:00. After this time, take a taxi to your accommodation, where a staff member will be on duty 24 hours a day.

Taxi fares to the University are approximately £35 from Belfast International airport and £15 from Belfast City Airport. You can use your cash card at the ATM in the airport.

Is there a meet and greet service at the ferry terminals?

We do not have a Meet and Greet service from ferry terminals and you will need to make your own travel arrangements to get to Belfast.

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See what's happening

Check out the Welcome and Orientation Programme of events and activities here from 1st August 2019

Here is a taste of the programme:

  • 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
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Right to Study Checks for NON-EU/EEA/Swiss Nationals

If you are a non-EU/EEA/Swiss national, the University is required to check your immigration documents to ensure that you have the correct immigration permission to study at Queen's before you can enrol. During International Welcome and Orientation, all non-EU/EEA/Swiss students must present their passport and visa to International Student Support who will be located at the Enrolment and Registration site, where they will take a photocopy of your documents and check your right to study. If you have selected Queen’s University Belfast as your designated Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) collection point in your visa application form, you will be able to collect this from International Student Support when you are completing your Right to Study Check. 

Please note: if you have an ATAS certificate, you must provide a copy of this to International Student Support when your Right to Study check is being carried out.

It is very important that you get the correct immigration permission to study at Queen's. For more information about immigration, please see our Visas and Immigration section, read our FAQ section, or contact us at immigration@qub.ac.uk.

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Looking for accommodation?

Get a room!

Queen’s Accommodation is delighted to announce that we are now accepting applications from Queen's and non-Queen’s students.

Local students starting university or college next month will have the opportunity to live in Queen’s Accommodation – even if they aren’t studying at Queen's University Belfast.

So whether you’re studying at St Mary's University College, Ulster University, Belfast Met or Stranmillis University College or any other further education college you can apply now for one of 3,484 quality rooms in and around campus.

Queen’s students and Non-Queen’s students can view more information here. 

Apply today 

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On arrival

10 Key things to do when you arrive

1. Go to your accommodation

Your student arrivals team at the airport will show you the way to your Queen's accommodation where you can offload your luggage and make yourself at home after your long journey.

2. Call home

Let them know you’ve arrived safely. You can do this using the payphones at your Queen's accommodation.

International calling cards are on sale in the Students’ Union. You can Skype from your Queen's accommodation.

3. Eat!

It’s easy to forget to eat in all the excitement.

So grab a bite to eat – there’s lots of info on finding food and shopping for the things you like in our living in Belfast section.

4. Discover the Student Guidance Centre

They’re waiting to meet you!

They have all the answers to your questions and can give you great advice on settling in and finding your way.

5. Get enrolled 

The International Student Support team will know what you need to do.

If you’re a non-EU/EEA/Swiss national, you’ll need to complete a Right to Study check and they can do that for you. 

6. Check out the library

Once you’ve got your student card, you can head over to the McClay Library.

Here you will meet the staff who can show you how to make the most of this amazing resource.

7. Take a tour

Led by some of our current students this tour is a great opportunity to find your way around and ask any questions.

8. Open a bank account

Once you're fully enrolled you can open up a bank account.

9. Get to know Queen's

There’s always lots to see and do at Queen’s – and having a good network of friends is an essential balance to your studies.

So check out what’s on and when it's taking place, and sign up for the things that interest you the most.

10. Get to know Belfast

The International Student Support team have organised lots of things for you to do to discover the city.

If you’d like to get going and find out more for yourself, you can start planning trips and find out what’s on at Visit Belfast.

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