Queen's University Belfast International Irish Studies Summer School (Direct Enroll)

United Kingdom
Queen's University Belfast International Irish Studies Summer School (Direct Enroll)
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd Date
SummerMarch 25late Junelate July
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 3.0
  • Language of Instruction
  • English
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • Transfer Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Residence Hall
  • Program Type
  • Direct Enroll
Program Overview

Northern Ireland is an up and coming tourism destination, famed for our friendly locals, breathtaking landscapes, vibrant arts and cultural scene, amazing food and of course traditional ‘craic’! Queen’s University is located in the heart of Belfast, one of Europe’s most friendly and fashionable regional capitals, ranked the Lonely Planet’s number one destination to visit in 2018. The beauty is that it’s all packed into a compact city that is easy, and safe, to explore. You will study and live in the heart of the leafy Queen’s Quarter district, and your home from home for four weeks is packed with arts, culture and great food and drink establishments to suit every budget! Further afield across Northern Ireland, from the spectacular Giant’s Causeway to the historic walls of Derry-Londonderry, there are unique stories to tell, and our summer schools’ students will get a flavor of them throughout their four unforgettable weeks.


Tentative Dates for 2019: TBA

The Summer School is fully credit bearing for undergraduate students. This year the program with have specialist pathways in ‘Literature and Culture’ and in ‘History and Heritage’ as well as having a core component introducing students to aspects of Irish culture, history and society from a range of disciplinary approaches, and explaining and interrogating the recent Irish Peace Processes. It also features a range of field trips to cultural and heritage sites across Northern Ireland.

Perfect for students who are interested in a comparative international perspective on conflict transformation and social justice, drawing on the experience of conflict in Ireland where the School is delivered.

Ideal for students who want an immersive experience studying the history, heritage, culture, politics, language and literature of the island of Ireland, with a unique Irish-British perspective.

Our new program is designed to inspire students to view learning as a catalyst for transformation, and is suited to students who are interested in how education can be used as a tool for change.

The webpage for the program can be found at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/Studyabroad/Summer-Schools/IrishStudiesSummerSchool/.



British politically, Irish geographically, Northern Ireland is enriched by Irish and British cultural ties. Nearly one-third of the population of 1.5 million lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland’s vibrant capital metropolis. The campus is located on the attractive south side of the city of Belfast. One of the city’s best known thoroughfares is the so-called “Golden Mile.” This area, right beside Queen’s, is packed with restaurants, bars, cafes, clubs, and cinemas, and is popular with students and young people throughout the year. Ulster’s (the fourth province of Ireland) climate is mild and temperate, with mild winters, very little snow, and warm summers. It tends to be breezy, with sudden changes from cloud to sunny skies and vice versa. The sunniest months are May and June and the driest period is March to June. The average rainfall is 1.07m. Lightweight woolen and cotton clothes are suitable in summer, with thicker wool sweaters or jacket for spring and autumn. A raincoat is needed whatever the season.


Students will stay at Queen’s Elms, a modern purpose-built village community in the leafy suburbs of South Belfast. Rooms are private with an en suite bathroom, fully furnished and centrally heated with internet access. The village is a short walk from the main university campus. Find out more at www.stayatqueens.com.

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Program Costs

To find the estimated costs of these programs, follow these steps:

  1. Go to QUB's website, with the mouse hovering scroll down 
  2. Look over the expense items listed under "Program Fees" and "Expenses" and tally up expenses from BOTH, converting the currency from Euro to US Dollars (suggested currency converter: XE-Converter).
  3. Last, also add to the total expenses the Study Abroad Fee of $ 600, health insurance (~$40 for summer), and the costs of airfare to QUB (~$1,300).
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