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ISA Belfast Office

The on-site office, located on the Queen's University campus, offers students a source of security while abroad by serving as a common meeting place and resource center. ISA's full-time resident staff assists students with all aspects of their experience abroad. Students can take advantage of language tutoring, internet access as well as general advising and support from the ISA Belfast staff. The resident staff provides support during official course registration and arranges the program orientation, excursions, weekly meetings, cultural activities and much more. Staff members are trained to ensure the well-being of each program participant and are dedicated to facilitating a positive and meaningful study abroad experience.

Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University, Belfast
Queen's University, Belfast

Queen's University is the largest higher education institute in Northern Ireland and a member of the Russell Group of the UK's 20 leading research-intensive universities. The university, founded in 1845, is recognized as one of the top universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland. ISA students can choose from over 3,000 courses offered by the university in 100 different subject areas from Accounting to Women's Studies.

As ISA students, program participants will have access to the Student Union and all of the events and activities that take place here as well as the Physical Education Center, one of the largest sport centers in the British Isles. Students may also utilize the services of the International Student Support Office and study in the new state-of-the-art McClay Library, one of the highest quality libraries in the UK. ISA students also will have the opportunity to join any of the more than 100 student societies and sporting clubs on campus.

The university is located just 15 minutes from the city center in the beautiful Queen's Quarter of Belfast, where you will also find a large public park with lush Botanical Gardens as well as the Ulster Museum, the largest and most well-known museum in the country. Because of the large student population in the area, a high number of coffee shops, restaurants and pubs are located here. The Quarter also plays home to arts and cinema festivals, concerts held in the Botanical Gardens as well as many theaters, film houses and art galleries.

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ISA Housing

ISA students will live in dormitories located in a quiet residential area, just a short walk from the Queen's University campus. The dorms host international students as well as locals and students from other areas of Ireland and the United Kingdom. On each floor of the dorms there is a shared equipped kitchen and common area with a TV. Students will be placed in a standard room with a sink in the room and shared bathroom facilities with other students on the floor.* There is a restaurant and bar located in the dorm area with a to go and deli counter. The restaurant often hosts events and is a good central meeting place for students. There is also a lounge with a pool table, board games and computers with internet access and skype. There are ATMs and laundry facilities in the dorm area as well as wireless internet access to the Queen's network. 24-hour security makes this a safe and secure location for students to live.

*En suite options may be available for an extra cost.

Please note that a $600 housing deposit is required for this program, and is due by the Final Forms and Payment Deadline.

To find out more about housing assignments, please visit the Housing section of the Belfast page.