Prior to their departure and on-site orientation, students will receive a lengthy and detailed pre-departure orientation handbook which serves as a primer for their study abroad experience in Northern Ireland. This handbook is designed to be used in conjunction with the Online Orientation in the Student Portal. Although the on-site orientation will cover the nitty-gritty of life in Northern Ireland, the handbook allows students to read up on pertinent information before their arrival in Belfast. The handbook covers academics, culture, gender relations, useful phrases, food, housing, the university, ISA facilities, money matters, visas, and numerous other details that students also learn about during their on-site orientation. Of course, students are always welcome to contact the Belfast Site Specialist
with any questions.
Participants will fly into the Belfast International Airport (BFS) where they are met by the resident staff and taken to their housing location. As part of their orientation, students will receive an introduction to Irish society and culture, and take a tour of the city. Resident staff will provide students with valuable information on health and safety, housing, transportation, and currency. The orientation will also cover important academic information, including reviewing students' course selections and the course registration process. Throughout your time abroad your ISA resident staff will continue to help you assimilate into the Belfast lifestyle.