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  • Locations: Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UMASS BDL applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Year 2022-2023 03/15/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2022 03/15/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Who can apply: UMass Lowell Students Language of Instruction: English
Program Category: Study abroad Minimum GPA: 3
Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:
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Nick Gates Picture"Studying abroad was one of the best experiences I've had in my life to date. The classes at Queen's University were fantastic and all touched on issues that I was interested in and topics I want to study throughout my career, such as the role of race and ethnicity, asylum and migration, and postcolonial history. Not only that, I got to travel throughout Europe and got the chance to live with people from all over the world. Because of my experiences studying abroad, I have been encouraged to apply to graduate schools in International or Global Development throughout Europe. I could not be more grateful to have had the experience, both for the people I got to meet and the places I got to see." 

-- Nicholas Gates, '16

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About Queen's University Belfast:
If you are looking for a welcoming institution with very strong academic leadership and a progressive, inclusive approach to campus life in a fascinating city, then Queen’s University Belfast could be for you. It offers a friendly atmospheric campus that is convenient to Belfast’s thriving social scene, shopping and cafe culture. It’s quiet Victorian quad offers peaceful study areas and meeting places just a stone’s throw from your accommodation and the excitement of city life.
  • Queen’s has earned an international reputation for academic excellence in all branches of engineering, history, physics, music, English, law, archaeology, Irish studies and politics.
  • You’ll find outstanding courses in each of these areas, including a selection of unique courses focused on divided societies, and a flexible approach to curriculum choices.
  • You will typically enroll in three courses per semester, for a total of 15 credits.
  • An Orientation Program for new international students is held prior to the first semester in mid-September. A second program is also held in late January. Both program give new students the opportunity to meet the staff of the International Student Support Office, other academic and administrative staff, Students' Union representatives and other students. 
Tuition and fees are paid to UMass Lowell. Room and Board and other expenses will be paid to the host institution or other arrangement. 

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How to Apply:
The general entry requirement is a Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.  Applicants should normally have completed at least one year of university study at the time of application. UMass Lowell students should first complete the UMass Lowell application process by clicking "Apply Now" on this site.  Once approved for participation, students will be guided through the necessary application to the host university, as well as all the other steps to complete the Pre-Depature and Post-Departure components of their application. The deadlines for student exchange applications are March 15 for the Fall semester and October 15 for the Spring semester.

If students ever have any questions, they can always reach us with their inquiries by email at or by phone at 978-934-4660, and they can find us located on the third floor of University Crossing, Suite 370.

Queen's Campus

Why Study in Northern Ireland?:
Discover how peace and prosperity can transform a culture and how conflict, politics, and policy have interacted with Irish culture to form today’s thriving society. Northern Ireland is a welcoming country that’s left discord behind. Queen's University Belfast will show you how it got that way through a combination of focused academics and up-close exposure to history and culture. There are many social, political, and cultural realities to this country that was once marked by intense conflict and sectarian violence.
  • As both the largest city in Northern Ireland, and the capital of the country, Belfast is home to approximately 673,000 people and is one hour and forty-five minutes north of Dublin by car Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom, so students should expect a mix of both Irish and British cultures.
  • Belfast has the lowest cost of living out of all major UK cities.
  • The Queen’s University Belfast is a leading UK university in both teaching and research, the campus is a 15 minute walk from the city center, the university has 17,000 students from 80 countries.
  • In 2013, Queen’s was awarded one of the top 200 universities in the world by a UNESCO/IAU ranking.
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Student Life:
The Queen's campus is close to the city center, so students are never far from the shops, restaurants and sights of Belfast. With pubs, restaurants, study areas, a bank, and a post office, everything students might need is also close by on-campus, and students are never far from all that Belfast has to offer. The campus also has:
  • Four chaplaincy centers,
  • A Student’s Union with shops and recreation options,
  • A choice of over 50 different sports clubs,
  • The university also has excellent student facilities, including the Physical Education Center (PEC) which provides students many options for individual and group fitness.
Learn more about Student Life at Queen's.

Queen's Belfast Students
Queen's provides housing for both undergraduates and postgraduates, although because of the compact size of Northern Ireland many students chose to live at home and commute to the university.
  • In 2005/06, 36 per cent of Queen's students lived in private accommodation within Belfast, 29 per cent lived with parents or guardians, 20 per cent in private accommodation outside of Belfast, and 10 per cent lived in university maintained accommodation.
  • Queen’s has some of the best housing options in the world, all located within walking distance of the university.
  • Styles include dormitories, individual rooms, shared rooms, and apartments.
  • The majority of housing options available to students are in single rooms, and students are encouraged to apply early as there are limited accommodation options for students studying for one semester only. 
  • The university provides accommodation on a purpose-built 'student village' called Elms Village, which has its own bar and shop, located on the Malone Road, south of the main campus, as well as in a number of houses in the South Belfast area, including at College Gardens and on Mount Charles.
A room may only be reserved in university accommodation for a minimum of one full semester.  Any student who accepts an offer of University accommodation will be required to pay fees for the full semester, even if the duration of the study placement is less than one semester or if the student decides to leave their accommodation early. Accommodation will be available from mid-September onwards, at an additional daily rate, for students attending the International Welcome and Orientation Programme who have a Full Year or Semester 1 contract. Visit the Queen's Accommodation and Hospitality website for more information and to apply online at their housing website.

Learn more about Accomodation at Queen's.

Queen's College Gardens

Queen's has an excellent academic reputation. Its students enjoy being taught by world-leading academics. The University has a variety of courses available between three different faculties, including the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, and the Faculty of Medicine, Health, and Life Sciences.
  • The university has won Queen's Anniversary prizes for further and higher education on five occasions.
  • The university is dedicated to helping all graduates think of life after Queen's, and gain practical experience during their time there.May of their degree programs feature a year in industry ether locally or abroad, and students benefit from the links we have built up with some of the country's biggest employers.
  • Alongside other UK heavyweights such as Oxford and Cambridge, Queen's is in the UK top ten for research intensity. 
  • The Research Excellent Framework 2014, a UK-wide research assessment of higher education institutions, has placed Queen’s in the top 20 for research quality and impact. 
  • It is also confirmed that over 75 per cent of the University's research is world-class or internationally leading.
Learn more about Academics at Queen's University Belfast
Queen's Belfast Coat of ArmsDepartment Links: Important: The courses should be chosen at one faculty only to which the application is consequently sent. It is also necessary to select primarily courses corresponding to the student‘s major at the home university so that the application could be forwarded to a specific department. Only a minor part of courses not corresponding to the major may be selected. 
  • Only after the admission by the relative faculty, the student may apply to one or two courses at another faculty.
  • Courses offered to the Erasmus program students are available for non-European exchange students.
  • It is better though to choose more courses in case some of them would be full.¿
Visa/Immigration Advice:
If you are coming to the UK to study for LESS than six months (eg under the Study Abroad Programme), you can apply for a ’Student Visitor Visa’. This will allow you to enter and remain in the UK for up to six months; you will not be able to extend the visa in the UK and you will not be able to work (paid or unpaid) while you are in the UK. If you might want to continue your studies and/or you want to work while you are here then you should apply for a Tier 4 (General) Student visa.
Queen’s University, as Sponsor, is required by law to undertake certain recording and reporting duties, including:
  • Taking and keeping a copy of your passport and visa(s)/immigration documents.
  • Keeping an up-to-date record of your UK address, email address and telephone number(s).
  • Informing the UKBA if you defer your studies, change or withdraw from your studies, change to another Sponsor, change your visa status, or if you do not arrive on the expected date to start your course.
  • Monitoring your attendance and informing the UKBA if you miss expected School contact points.
As a visa holder you are required by law to keep the conditions of your visa. Failure to do so may result in the University withdrawing sponsorship of you as a student in the UK, which may result in your registration being terminated. PLEASE NOTE: we strongly recommend that you arrive via a UK ’port of entry’ such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Belfast or Manchester so that your visa will be stamped granting you ’leave to enter’ the UK. If you are planning to arrive in the Republic of Ireland you must obtain a prior entry clearance visa, but firstly you must contact our International Student Support team for further advice at
Before leaving your home country for the UK (or Ireland) please make sure that you have the necessary documents to enable you to enter the country. All students (except those from EU countries) are required to bring evidence that they have sufficient funds to support themselves for the duration of their studies in the UK. If you require any further information about immigration or other issues relating to international students, please email

Academic Year:
The Fall semester starts at the end of September and finishes before Christmas and January is the exam period. The Spring semester starts at the end of January, finishes in May and May-June is the exam period. Official information can be found on their website.

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