Art, Biology, Business, Computer Science, Design, English, Gen Eds, Government, History, International Studies, Mathematics, Music, Psychology, Social Work, Theatre
Must have completed 24 credits
Type of GO Program:
Queen's University is one of the UK's leading universities and is an historic and attractive campus set in the leafy suburbs of Belfast, Northern Ireland. A 15 minute walk from campus, Belfast is a bustling, cosmopolitan city boasting a vibrant social life and rich cultural heritage and only an hour's flight from most major British cities. The university has over 17,000 students from over 80 countries and is ideal for students desiring a personal and friendly campus environment packed with student facilities and amenities (everything from nightlife to sporting facilities, restaurants and an art house cinema) - all within walking distance. It is a great place to meet Northern Irish and European students and to experience Northern Ireland's lifestyle. Belfast has been named "a city on the rise" and "the city of students" with millions of visitors each year, a rich maritime history, and one of the youngest populations in Europe.
The education buildings are all within about four blocks of each other and it takes no more than ten minutes to walk across campus. The student center is located right in the heart of the campus where you can get any help you need whether it be searching for a job, financial advice, food, computer labs, and more. The library is state of the art with lots of private study areas and additional computer labs. The sports center and gym are located about a 5 minutes’ walk past the library and through the Botanic Gardens. Accommodations are also a 10 minute walk from campus either through the Botanic Gardens or along the leafy suburban Malone Street.
For more information about Queen's University Belfast, visit the following website HERE. Or review the Belfast Student Guide.
Students may study at the Queen's University for one semester or a full academic year. To see the academic calendar click HERE.
Fall semester: Mid-September- Late-December
(Student must arrange early assessments or risk staying over the holidays into January)
Spring semester: Late-January - Early-June.
Student housing will be applied for online prior to going to the Belfast. Typically, students are placed in Elms Village, a Queen’s University residence. Elms Village is a 10 minute walk to the heart of campus and is situated in a desirable residential area of Belfast. There are 1127 ensuite and 505 standard single study bedrooms (standard rooms have a sink, but share a bathroom between five). Each room and all common areas have internet connection. The accommodation is in apartment blocks which are three floors high, each floor with 10–11 bedrooms with a shared kitchen and common room.
Queen's Accommodation and Hospitality is designed to provide students with a place to live which offers a balanced environment for studying and having fun. The accommodation team is dedicated to supporting international students and assists them with their stay. Elms Village also regularly plan trips and excursions so be sure to pay attention to flyers, emails and other announcements! The housekeeping staff provide a weekly clean during core teaching times of all communal areas including hallways, stairways, landings and corridors, kitchen/common rooms, communal toilets and showers. Please see the following website for a full list of offerings HERE.
Elms Village Accommodations include:
Single Rooms (Students may choose to have an ensuite bathroom or shared bathroom facilities)
Shared kitchen facilities
Reception/Security that is staffed 24 hours a day/seven days a week.
Student center/ study room
Café in the Village
A Bedding Pack and Kitchen Pack can be purchased for an additional cost. A single bedding pack costs about £35 and includes a pillow and pillow cover, duvet and duvet cover, sheet and a mattress protector. You can order either or both packs on Queen's website when completing your application form. Alternatively you can purchase the packs on your arrival at Elms Village.
The kitchen pack costs £30 and includes:
1 x White Ceramic Dinner Plate
1 x White Ceramic Side Plate
1 x White Ceramic Cereal Bowl
1 x White Ceramic Mug
1 x Table Knife (Please note: knives will not be included in kitchen packs being sold to students under the age of 18)
1 x Table Fork
1 x Dessert Spoon
1 x Teaspoon
1 x Medium Saucepan
1 x Small Frying Pan
1 x Utensil Set
1 x Can Opener
1 x Vegetable Knife
1 x Oven Tray
1 x Tea Towel
Students are responsible for purchasing and cooking food on their own. Students have access to a kitchen to prepare meals or may choose to dine out at restaurants and cafes around their apartment or university. There is a Tesco supermarket on the Lisburn Road, just 10 minutes walk from the Elms site or 15 minutes from the main campus. The Residential Life team regularly provide transport shuttles for shopping trips to larger supermarkets.
"Queen’s does not offer a mean plan, however there is a very large cafeteria located in the student center on campus. There are also several cafés in the education building including the medical center, biological sciences building, and library. Besides on campus food, students can choose to go to Tesco, the largest local grocery store and purchase their own food to cook. There is a Tesco located 5 minutes up Lisburn Rd from the student center. In addition, Belfast offers an endless amount of pubs, fast food, and sit down restaurants where students can eat."
Classes (modules) are reviewed ahead of time during your applications stage – in terms of eligibility to take them. However, registration for your modules does not occur until after arrival at Queen’s. Registration is completed in consultation with an advisor assigned to you during orientation. During orientation you will receive your advisor's name and a date and time you are set to meet with them. At this meeting they will go over the classes you wish to schedule and schedule them right on the spot. For more information about how to choose courses and teaching methods at Queen's click here. To browse courses available to you click here.
Typically the teaching of a class will be based on lectures, supported by tutorials or seminars . Depending on the subject, some modules may include practical sessions, for example, laboratory or fieldwork. Students are also expected to supplement formal teaching with their own private study.
Lectures are formal talks given at set times according to a timetable published in advance, and normally last one hour. Depending on the subject and the module, the size of the class may vary from a few students to two hundred students. A lecture gives students the starting point for their work, brings them up to date with the results of recent research, and, in some cases, provides a view of the topic with which they may agree or disagree. Some lecturers allow time at the end for questions but lectures are not the place for discussion of the material covered. Many students take notes of the main points the lecturer makes or in some cases the lecturer may provide hand-outs summarizing them.
A tutorial or seminar is a group discussion lasting one or two hours. Typically a tutorial group might contain ten students and will be led by a tutor. The exact topic of the subject under discussion will be determined in advance and students will be expected to have prepared beforehand by reading. Students will be expected to contribute to the discussion, perhaps offering different perspectives or suggesting new approaches.
Most lecturers will provide students with readings lists for their modules and thereafter it is up to the student to decide how much reading he or she wants to do. How much time is devoted to private study is a matter for the individual but students are expected to demonstrate a certain degree of maturity in their approach to private study.
The assessment requirements of each class can be found in the Course Cataloge. It is normally made up of essays or coursework to be submitted throughout the semester, and an end-of-semester examination. Additional tutorial requirements may be added. Study Abroad students are expected to undertake the same workload as local students and to follow all aspects of the module, including attendance at classes and tutorials, preparation of essays and projects and taking examinations. There will be considerably fewer assessments than typically required in your classes at Millersville. It could be that one assessment is all that is required and is the basis of your entire grade for that module.
"Most classes only have midterms and finals. The final accounts for most of the class grade and is administered in a three hour time slot."
There are 20 vibrant academic Schools at Queen's. Each School offers world-class education programs and incorporates a number of world-class research clusters. The Faculties and their constituent Schools are:
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: Education, English, History and Anthropology, Languages, Literature and Performing Arts, Law, Queen's University Management School, Music and Sonic Arts, Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Ireland & Irish Culture, Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work.
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences: Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Electronics-Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Planning-Architecture and Civil Engineering, Mathematics and Physics, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Psychology
Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences: Biological Sciences
Note: Students take 3 classes called modules, which are worth 20 CAT units each at Queen’s. Each module is equivalent to 5 U.S. credits. Therefore, students will bring back a total of 15 U.S. credits from Queen’s per semester if the modules are completed successfully.