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Queen's University Belfast (QUB)
Belfast, Northern Ireland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
Budget Sheets Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
Fact Sheet:
Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Dormitory
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Erica Sebastian
Program Description:
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Queen's University Belfast

Princeton students from all disciplines may study at Queen's University Belfast in the fall or spring semester.

Be sure to review the QUB Fact Sheet for helpful information regarding their study abroad program.

The University

Queen’s University is the largest higher education institute in Northern Ireland and a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s 24 leading research-intensive universities. Founded in 1845, it is recognized as one of the top universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Queen’s University enrolls 17,000 students from over 80 countries.

The Setting

Queen’s historic campus is located in the attractive, leafy suburbs of South Belfast—a lively area full of coffee shops, restaurants, and pubs—only a 15 minute walk from the city center. Rich in history and known for being friendly, Belfast is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland. The city of Belfast has a population of 286,000 and lies at the heart of the Belfast Urban Area, which has a population of 483,418 and the Belfast Metropolitan Area, which has a population of 579,276. It has been rated the safest region in the UK (British Crime Survey 2011) and has the lowest cost of living in the UK (Mercer.com 2012).

Academics

Queen's offers undergraduate degree programs in a diverse range of subject areas. Teaching and research in the different subjects in the University are carried out in Schools, for example, the School of English or the School of Biological Sciences. The Schools are, in turn, grouped into three Faculties. There are 20 academic Schools at Queen's. For information on the academic Schools, please consult the Schools list. Study Abroad students are permitted to enroll in most subject areas, with the exception of Medicine and Dentistry.

Courses:

A full workload for one semester is 3 courses (or “modules,” as they are called at Queen’s). The courses/modules must add up to 60 CATS per semester.

Review the course information on the QUB website to find course offerings.

Eligibility:

For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad.

Grading & Credits:

A full course load at Queen's University Belfast (60 credits) is considered equivalent to a full course load at Princeton (4 credits). At the end of the semester abroad, students will be issued an official grade report from Queen’s University, which will be reviewed and processed by the Office of International Programs for Princeton credit. Students must earn the equivalent of a C or above in courses taken at Queen’s University to receive Princeton University credit. For detailed information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.

Academic Calendar

Fall semester typically runs from mid-September to mid-December.
Spring semester typically runs from late January to early June.
 
You can view exact program start and end dates on the QUB academic calendar.

Housing

Every effort will be made by Queen’s to house students in university accommodations . However, this is offered on a space available basis so you should complete the housing application as soon as you know you will attend Queen’s.

All rooms are self-catered, which means that students share kitchen facilities and make their own meals. Rooms are either ensuite (with a private shower room) or standard (with a washbasin but students share bathroom facilities). All rooms are single study bedrooms. Some accommodation blocks are for male students only, some are for female students, and others are mixed.

A team of Community Youth Workers and Residential Assistants work to build a student community across all the accommodation locations. They organize a social program that suits the tastes of all students to create opportunities to make friends and settle in quickly to university life.

For detailed information regarding campus accommodation, visit the QUB accommodation website.

Student Life

Students have access to the Student Union and all of the events and activities that take place there. The Physical Education Center at Queen’s is one of the largest sports centers in the British Isles and served as a training venue for the 2012 Olympics.

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.
 
For estimated program costs, please click on the Budget Sheet at the top of this brochure.

Passport and Visa

Students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their study abroad program.  For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport, please consult the US State Department Passport Website.

If you are studying in the UK for six months or less (one semester) and do not plan to intern/work/volunteer while you are there, then you can enter as a student visitor. Non-visa nationals (which include U.S. citizens) do not need to apply for student visitor clearance before arriving in the U.K. They do, however, need to bring specific documents to show the entry clearance officer upon arrival. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you should check to see if you need to apply for student visitor clearance ahead of time. If you enter as a student visitor, you must leave at the end of six months.

If you are studying in the UK for more than six months or want to have the option to intern/work/ volunteer while you are there, then you need to get a Tier 4 Student Visa. This visa can be complicated, and thus is only recommended if necessary. To obtain a Tier 4 visa, you will need to begin the process 6-8 weeks before you plan to leave for the UK.

Application Process

Students interested in studying abroad on the QUB program must complete the following application steps.

Click "apply now" here on the GPS brochure to begin an application. Submit the following items listed in your GPS application to the Princeton Office of International Programs by the deadline stated in GPS:
  • Queen’s University Belfast application form. Complete the form electronically, print it, and submit it to OIP. OIP will submit the form to Belfast for you along with your other materials. You may download the form from the QUB website here at the bottom of the page under "Apply Now."
  • Official Princeton transcript
  • One letter of academic reference. This reference letter should be requested and submitted via the online GPS application.
Once all items are received, OIP will review the application and will submit application forms to QUB by their deadline on behalf of qualified students.

In addition, applications must complete the Princeton Semester Study Abroad Course Approval Form, available for download in the GPS application, and submit to OIP by the deadline listed in GPS. The course approval form is due by October 31 for spring semester applicants, and by May 1 for fall semester applicants. This form will be reviewed by the Committee on Examinations and Standing, which grants final approval to participate in the program. Students who meet the university eligibility requirements to study abroad and who have the support of their department are normally approved by the Committee.

Resources

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 10/27/2017 11/03/2017 02/01/2018 06/01/2018
NOTE: Please note, these are DEFAULT program start and end dates. Please check with your program for specific term dates.