Skip to main content

Overview of Study Abroad Programs in Northern Ireland

Studying abroad in Northern Ireland offers a unique and enriching experience for international students. Renowned for its vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and rich history, Northern Ireland provides a dynamic backdrop for academic pursuits. Home to prestigious universities, students have access to high-quality education across a wide range of disciplines. The welcoming and inclusive atmosphere of Northern Ireland fosters a sense of community, allowing students to engage with both local and global perspectives.

Beyond academics, students can immerse themselves in Northern Ireland’s captivating heritage by exploring iconic sites like the Giant’s Causeway and the historic city of Derry/Londonderry. The region’s proximity to the rest of the UK and Europe also makes it an ideal gateway for travel. With its strong emphasis on research, innovation, and cultural exchange, studying in Northern Ireland offers a fulfilling blend of academic growth and personal exploration in a captivating and welcoming environment.

WHY STUDY IN NORTHERN IRELAND

Embarking on a study abroad journey in Northern Ireland presents a multitude of compelling reasons.The region boasts a world-class education system, with renowned universities consistently ranking high on global scales. Whether you’re pursuing a degree in humanities, sciences, or arts, Northern Ireland’s institutions offer a diverse array of programs taught by esteemed faculty, providing a solid foundation for your academic and professional growth.

You’ll have the opportunity to explore ancient castles, lush landscapes, and vibrant cities, all while engaging with a history that has left an indelible mark on the world. The chance to develop a global perspective, make lifelong friends from diverse backgrounds, and gain a deeper appreciation for history and culture makes studying abroad in Northern Ireland an unforgettable and transformative experience.

HIGHLIGHTS OF STUDYING IN NORTHERN IRELAND

Here are just a few of the best things about studying in Northern Ireland:

  • Benefit from high-quality education at prestigious universities like Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University, renowned for their academic programs.
  • Immerse yourself in the rich Irish culture, traditions, and vibrant arts scene, contributing to a deeper understanding of the global community.
  • Explore historical sites such as the Titanic Belfast museum, the murals of Belfast, and the ancient castles that tell the tale of Northern Ireland’s captivating past.
  • Marvel at the breathtaking landscapes, from the dramatic Giant’s Causeway to the serene countryside, which offer endless opportunities for outdoor activities and exploration.

Our Northern Ireland Study Abroad Programs

Browse all of our opportunities to study in Northern Ireland below. If you can’t find a suitable program, check out our main program finder to continue your study abroad search beyond Northern Ireland.

Study Abroad
Northern Ireland

Summer Study in Northern Ireland (Queen’s University Belfast)

The World Endeavors Summer Study in Northern Ireland, Queen’s University Belfast offers students the chance to take an intensive course in Irish studies at the prestigious and historic Queen’s University Belfast.

Summer Study in Northern Ireland (Queen’s University Belfast)

Students gain a richer, deeper understanding of Irish culture, particularly the unique atmosphere of Northern Ireland, while experiencing life in the fascinating city of Belfast. Outside the classroom, students have the opportunity to meet with representatives of Northern Ireland’s political parties, who help students learn more about the tumultuous history and current political issues of Northern Ireland.

Location

About Belfast

The city of Belfast is set on the shores of Belfast Lough. Choosing to study abroad here offers you the perfect mix of cityscene and outdoor adventure. From Cathedral Quarter, which has the best restaurants, galleries and bars in the city, to St George’s Market, one of the best markets in the U.K. and filled with fantastic food stalls, this vibrant city offers you a wealth of choices.

Hike up Cave Hill for a sprawling view of the city and outskirts, opt for a Titanic Boat Tour to explore the docks and harbor, or simply grab an impromptu picnic and head to the Botanic Gardens. In the evenings, you’ll have a tempting array of live music bars to visit, where you can choose between traditional Irish folk music, or the latest Irish grime, in this UNESCO-listed City of Music.

Dates & costs

Our study abroad programs dates vary based on the particular university you’ll be placed in and the costs vary based on how long you intend to study as well as what your course load will be.

To learn more about the costs and dates available, please select an individual study abroad program from the list above, or Request a Call and one of our team members will get in contact with you.

Semester Study in Northern Ireland (Queen's University Belfast) | $15,990
Summer Study in Northern Ireland (Queen's University Belfast) | $6,390

Eligibility

  • World Endeavors study abroad participants should be 18 years or older (in most cases).
  • Have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the start of their program.
  • Keep in mind that all countries have different visa restrictions for varying types of passports.
  • Must have completed high school (or equivalent)
  • While some programs have minimum GPA requirements and require that applicants be currently enrolled in a college or university, others are open to all participants regardless of age or student status.

See individual study abroad program pages for more details, or contact a World Endeavors advisor.

Housing

Furnished single student accommodations with self-catering options are available. Those who submit their applications promptly stand a good chance of securing a spot in a university residence hall, as priority is granted to international students during the allocation process. All university housing is conveniently located within walking distance of the primary campus. Students have the convenience of using kitchen facilities for meal preparation, and a variety of restaurants and cafés are situated in close proximity. Additionally, the university’s Student Union offers affordable dining choices for students.

Every World Endeavors Study Abroad Program Includes

Our study abroad programs are as unique as our destinations, but there are program features that unify all of our study experiences.

YOUR STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM

  • Top accredited universities
  • Flexible durations – 2 to 4 weeks to a full academic year
  • Expansive destination options
  • English instruction offered in all locations

ACCOMMODATION

  • Vetted campus accommodations selected with quality and safety in mind
  • Friendly community of peers from local host country and around the world

TEAM OF EXPERTS

  • Dedicated one-on-one advisor
  • Local on-site coordinator

PREPARATION AND SUPPORT

  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support
  • Activities and cultural engagement
  • On-campus social events, clubs and sports

ACADEMIC CREDIT

  • Professional assistance and collaboration with home institution on course approvals and credit transfers
  • Transcript received directly from university abroad

PEACE OF MIND

  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Mental Health First Aid-certified staff
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance

HEALTH & SAFETY

When you feel safe and respected abroad, you will flourish. World Endeavors participants are transformed through enriching, rewarding and safe experiences around the world. We meticulously monitor travel recommendations and will only facilitate programs where we can ensure our participants’ safety. 

We take key steps to ensure our participants’ well-being, including providing a pre-trip success guide, 24/7 local support, in-country trained staff, pre and post-arrival orientation, comprehensive travel medical insurance, and Mental Health First Aid-certified staff. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.

WHAT TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME IN NORTHERN IRELAND

Northern Ireland offers a variety of activities to enjoy during your spare time, Whether you’re interested in nature, history, or culture. Here are some ideas:

  • Explore Belfast: The capital city is known for its vibrant arts scene, historic sites, and Titanic Belfast, a museum dedicated to the ill-fated RMS Titanic. Take a Black Taxi Tour to learn about the Troubles, a period of conflict in Northern Ireland.
  • Giant’s Causeway: This UNESCO World Heritage site features stunning interlocking hexagonal basalt columns that have inspired myths and legends. It’s a great place for hiking, photography, and enjoying coastal views.
  • Castles and Historic Sites: Northern Ireland has numerous castles and historic sites, such as Dunluce Castle, Carrickfergus Castle, and the Navan Centre & Fort.
  • Music and Entertainment: Enjoy live music and performances in various pubs and venues in Belfast.

How to choose the best Study Abroad program

Selecting the perfect study abroad program can be easy! Follow these steps to find the program that will help you achieve your goals.

Earn Credit Toward Your Degree

Studying abroad offers a great opportunity to explore your academic interests in an international context! Use our Program Finder tool to search by field of study and take classes toward your major.

Choose Your Dream Destination 

Combine education and exploration of your dream destination! Evaluate which program countries align with your interests and academic objectives.

Improve your Language Skills

Immersing yourself in a language-rich environment is the ultimate method for developing fluency. If language-learning is your goal, favor destinations that use your language of choice.

Fit Your Budget

Explore scholarships and financial aid to determine if these may impact your destination options. Consider the overall cost of the program and cost of living in-country to identify the optimal match.

The Time is Right

Explore programs offered in just the right window of opportunity. We offer semesters in the fall or spring, full academic year programs, or shorter summer study programs.

Try our program finder to filter based on your choices.

SEARCH

Academic Credit

World Endeavors study abroad programs take place at top accredited universities and schools around the world. World Endeavors program advisors assist students with the process of credit approvals, transcripts, and credit transfers. We work with students’ academic advisors and universities to ensure that the process goes smoothly, allowing students to focus on the cultural and academic experience of studying abroad.

Have a specific course or requirement to fill? Contact a World Endeavors advisor to see what programs will be the best fit.

ACADEMIC CREDIT INFORMATION

Recent Testimonials

JillianStudy in France

I realized once I got back that I learned more than I thought I did—not that I didn’t think I learned a lot, already. Three of my goals were to make more international friends (check), amp up my French comprehension (check), and expand my worldview (check).

EdenStudy in Spain

Honestly it was the best semester I’ve ever had. I met so many people and learned so many things. I found a new love for a different country. I would definitely recommend World Endeavors to anyone who wants a life-changing experience!

JenniferStudy in Spain

My advisor at World Endeavors was absolutely excellent! Her expertise and delightful people skills were exactly what sealed the deal, making World Endeavors my final decision for study abroad.”

AliciaStudy in Thailand

I have to say that what I remember, as much as the delicious colors and flavors of Thailand, are the people I crossed paths with – the other students who became such good friends, and the local Thais who showed me such kindness. And of course the food. I still dream of the food.”

HeatherStudy in England

It was amazing to be able to say I traveled to six countries in one semester.

KristenIntern in Morocco

It was amazing! Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone - the spontaneous adventures are gold!

Northern Ireland FAQs

Is Northern Ireland safe?

Northern Ireland is generally safe for travelers, but awareness of its history and politics is essential. Stay updated on current events and follow travel advisories for a well-informed and respectful visit.

What is the capital of Northern Ireland?

The capital of Northern Ireland is Belfast.

What currency is used in Northern Ireland?

The currency used in Northern Ireland is the British Pound Sterling, often denoted as GBP (£).

How big is Northern Ireland?

Northern Ireland covers an area of approximately 14,130 square kilometers (5,460 square miles).

Recent blog posts

BlogEndeavor InsightsNews & EventsStudy Abroad Fields
February 26, 2024

Study Abroad Day 2024 – A Conversation with Co-Founder Erin Kunert

Study abroad day is simply a celebration of what we at World Endeavors love most, sending students abroad! We’ve been…
BlogNews & Events
September 15, 2023

Summer 2023 Photo Contest

The 2023 World Endeavors photo contest has come to a close and the winners have been decided! Thank you to…
BlogIntern AbroadScotland
April 5, 2023

Top 4 Reasons to Intern in Scotland

Cover Photo by Steve Collis via Wikimedia Commons When people think about the UK, they usually think London - and…

Our Top Study Abroad Destinations

World Endeavors offers study abroad programs in several destinations in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. Our programs are located in a variety of sites, including urban and rural, English-speaking and non-English speaking. Semester, year-long, and summer programs are all available. Our wide range of options means you can find the program which is just right for you.

How to apply for a Study Abroad Program

You’ve decided to study abroad – congratulations! Applying for your World Endeavors program is easy and stress-free. Get ready to CHANGE YOUR WORLD!

STEP 1
EXPLORE & ASK

Research and compare. If you can’t decide on a program, we can guide you toward the best fit.

STEP 2
SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Fill out our online application form to share all your relevant details with our team.

STEP 3
ENROLL & PREPARE

Receive your official acceptance and enroll. We’ll give you all the info you need to get ready!

STEP 4
START YOUR ADVENTURE!

You’ve researched, planned and saved. Now you’re ready to study and explore like never before!