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Tessa Rendina | 2 September, 2022

Postgraduate student Tessa from America discusses how her expectations differed from the reality of student life in Belfast- spoiler alert- it was better than she thought!

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Tessa Rendina | 8 August, 2022

Looking for your next weekend adventure? Whether it's somewhere closer or a little further afield, Tessa's here to share some of the trips she's taken this year.

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Madelyn Nowak-Roddy, PhD Parasitology | 11 March, 2021

Meet American PhD student Madelyn Nowak-Roddy and read about her passion for hiking, photography and the 'Beans Challenge'. Intrigued? You should be!

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Zachary Pfannes | 20 July, 2022

Coming to Belfast opens up a world of opportunities for travelling around the UK and Ireland. Here are three examples of weekend adventures easily accessible while studying at Queen’s.

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Zachary Pfannes | 18 July, 2022

Moving to a new country or city for university can be challenging. American student Zach has four positive surprises about the city he discovered after coming to study at Queen’s.

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Jamie-Lukas Campbell | 15 July, 2022

International Public Policy student and class rep Jamie-Lukas Campbell was one of a group of Queen's students who attended the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in London.

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Tessa Rendina | 6 July, 2022

Belfast is a great base for European travel. Take a look at American student Tessa's trips so far!

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Tessa Rendina | 1 July, 2022

Give back and gain skills when you volunteer with the Language and Solidarity Initiative (LASI). Learn about the initiative from American student blogger Tessa.

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Tessa Rendina | 29 June, 2022

Join Tessa to learn more about Queen's Surf and their trips to the beach and the clubs! Whether you’re a novice or an expert surfer, the Queen’s Surf Club is open to all skill levels.

Allison Linzing | 7 March, 2022

Allison tells us what she wishes she’d known when she moved from Chicago to Belfast.

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Tessa Rendina | 26 May, 2022

Joining a club is a great way to make new friends at uni. American blogger Tessa joined the Ladies Gaelic football team at Queen's and has been having a ball.

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Allison Linzing | 10 May, 2022

There's never a dull night in Belfast. With so many places to choose from American blogger Allison has put together her top picks for the best craic every night of the week!

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Allison Linzing | 4 May, 2022

Curious about studying Inclusion and Special Needs Education at Queen's? Hear all about a day in the life of a student on the course from our American blogger Allison.

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Tessa Rendina | 28 April, 2022

See more than the library walls with Tessa's guide to hidden gem study spots around campus and beyond.

Tessa and pals at the Ulster rugby match
Tessa Rendina | 8 April, 2022

Wondering how to find the right accommodation for you? From settling in to making friends, Tessa shares her tips and her experience of living in Queen's postgraduate accommodation.

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Tessa Rendina | 5 April, 2022

Take a trip with Tessa around some of the most beautiful spots in Northern Ireland that are easily reached by public transport.

Raven Undersun | 15 March, 2022

Raven tells us about Belfast's rich literary past and present.

Allison Linzing | 25 February, 2022

Allison gives us a rundown of her favourite things to do in Belfast and Northern Ireland.

Llarely Saldivar | 25 November, 2021

Llarely Saldivar tells us about her time on a recent student wellbeing trip to watch the sunrise from the top of Cavehill. She talks what you need to bring, the joy of early starts and the small differences between Belfast and Southern California...

Madelyn Nowak-Roddy, PhD Parasitology | 12 November, 2021

Meet American PhD student Madelyn Marie Nowak-Roddy. She tells us about her passion for hiking, photography, all things Game of Thrones and…her personal 'Beans Challenge'.

Clare Rhine, MBA | 20 October, 2020

Just how much cheaper is uni life in Northern Ireland compared to the USA? MBA student Clare Rhine crunched the numbers.

Morgan Mattingly, MA Conflict Transformation | 29 June, 2020

From teaching to library resources and group meet-ups, everything's moved online. Master's student, Morgan Mattingly says Queen's students are getting the same education, as if they were on campus.

Clare Rhine, MBA | 13 March, 2020

A Dragon’s Den-style competition for Queen’s budding female entrepreneurs, InnovateHer comes highly recommended by our blogger Clare Rhine.

Clare Rhine, MBA | 24 February, 2020

You don’t just get a quality room for a great price when you move into Queen’s Accommodation – you get to go on a range of fantastic trips, including to the Game of Thrones filming locations, says Clare Rhine, MBA.

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Anne Marie Hawley, Study Abroad student | 16 February, 2018

Thinking of spending a semester or year abroad at Queen’s? Student vlogger Anne Marie Hawley from the USA explains why Belfast is the perfect destination.

Clare Rhine, MBA | 6 November, 2019

MBA student Clare Rhine, from Oregon in the USA, lists cost of living and the beauty of Belfast city as top reasons to come to Queen’s for postgraduate study.

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Marissa Piccolo, MA Global Security | 25 January, 2018

Combining sea and mountains and more fresh air than your lungs can handle, the stunning Mourne Mountains should be top of your Northern Ireland travel bucket list, says Master's student Marissa Piccolo, from Connecticut, USA.

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Marissa Piccolo, MA Global Security | 1 February, 2018

Need a study break? Dramatic limestone cliffs and an old-world charm make this coastal resort a must-do day trip, says Master's student Marissa Piccolo, from Connecticut, USA.

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Marissa Piccolo, MA Global Security | 9 February, 2018

Just over an hour and forty minutes by train at the reduced Sunday fare of £7.50, Portrush inspired a #StaycationSunday tradition for Master’s student Marissa Piccolo, from Connecticut, USA.

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Marissa Piccolo, MA Global Security | 14 March, 2018

Master’s student Marissa Piccolo, from Connecticut, USA, on why a cultural trip to Downpatrick is a must while you’re studying in Belfast.

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Marissa Piccolo, MA Global Security | 11 April, 2018

When you arrive at Queen’s, prepare to get your GOT nerd on and express your inner Stark., says Master's student Marissa Piccolo, from Connecticut, USA.

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Marissa Piccolo, MA Global Security | 11 April, 2018

Borders are a hot topic these days (Brexit, anyone?) and as Master’s student Marissa Piccolo explains, it’s incredibly rewarding to study some of the greatest challenges facing us all.

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Marissa Piccolo, MA Global Security | 5 June, 2018

On your next Causeway roadtrip, don’t miss this hidden gem.

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Marissa Piccolo, MA Global Security | 11 June, 2018

Belfast has affordable student housing to suit all lifestyles and budgets.

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Marissa Piccolo, MA Global Security | 6 July, 2018

Want to explore Northern Ireland? Derry-Londonderry makes a great day or overnight trip from Belfast.

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Marissa Piccolo, MA Global Security | 6 July, 2018

Did you know the most northern point of Ireland is in the south? You read that right: it’s in Donegal, the county of the Republic of Ireland that borders Northern Ireland in the Northwest.

Ashlyn Brisley, Creative Writing | 23 November, 2018

It's time for something a little creative. Queen’s University Study Abroad Ambassador, Ashlyn Brisley who is studying abroad from Young Harris College in the USA has covered the Friendship Four Tournament in her own unique style.

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Jessica Gambrill, MBA | 14 October, 2019

Queen’s MBA student Jessica Gambrill, from Minneapolis in the USA, has lived abroad in two separate continents for over six years so she knows a thing or two about living, working and studying away from home. Here are her top tips.

Clare Rhine, MBA | 21 October, 2019

Queen’s MBA student Clare Rhine and some of her new friends at Queen's bundled up for a day of exploring the North Antrim Coast. They saw it all, including the famous Giant's Causeway and The Dark Hedges!

Lily West, MA | 5 November, 2019

Queen’s MA student Lily West, from South Carolina in the USA, shares her experiences and tips for dealing with culture shock when living and studying in Belfast.

Jessica Gambrill, MBA | 15 November, 2019

The human-centred approach to innovation is defining the business zeitgeist, but what is it and how can you use it as a roadmap to personal fulfilment? Queen’s MBA student Jessica Gambrill explains how she did it.

Daniel Gonzalez, MA Creative Writing | 3 January, 2020

International MA student Daniel Gonzalez gives us a sneak peek into his day.

Lily West, MA | 10 January, 2020

Queen’s MA student Lily West gives her top picks for the best bookshops in Belfast for students