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What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

A team of helpful ISA staff members guides students through the entire study abroad process. The U.S. staff helps prospective students with program selection and completion of the ISA application. Pre-departure orientations are also available to enrolled students over the telephone and through our comprehensive online orientation. The U.S. staff is in constant contact with our resident staff abroad, who provide support to students during their program. ISA's staff members also provide assistance to students upon their return to the U.S. Contact us at 1-800-580-8826 or by email.

Visa Support

Our U.S.-based staff is trained to handle visa issues and questions for the United Kingdom and their corresponding U.S.-based consulates. Please visit the Student Visa and Embassy page of the ISA website for more information.

Tuition at Host University

Tuition and administrative fees at the host university are included in the program price. Some classes will have additional fees that are not included in the program price.

Official Transcript from Host University with ISA Cover Letter

Upon the successful completion of an ISA program, the student's host university will issue an official transcript that lists all coursework. ISA will send this transcript to the appropriate office at the student's home university. Additionally, ISA will provide a cover letter explaining the host university's grading system and a translation of the transcript, as necessary.

*Please note that transcripts and master's diplomas will be sent directly to students participating in Master's Degree programs.

Full-Time Resident Staff

ISA's full-time resident staff assists students with all aspects of their experience abroad. 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.

On-Site ISA 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. Students can take advantage of language tutoring, internet access as well as general advising by the ISA Belfast staff.

On-Site Orientation

Upon arrival students are given an on-site orientation where they are informed of academic schedules, safety information, detailed information on excursions. These orientations are conducted by our resident directors, allowing students a chance to familiarize themselves with our directors. Please click here to read more about the on-site orientation.

Computer and Internet Access

ISA students enjoy free computer and/or internet access at the ISA Belfast on-site office. Students also have access to computer labs and WIFI at Queen's University, and other places around the city.

Tutoring

Tutorial assistance is offered to participants who are enrolled in a language class during their ISA program; assistance is arranged by the on-site directors and should be scheduled in advance, and consists of a maximum of 1 hour per week.

Airport Reception

Ground transportation is provided from Belfast City Airport (BHD) for students who arrive during the ISA designated arrival date and time, and at the appropriate airport.

Housing

Dorms: Dorms are available for ISA students attending Queen's University. Students will live in a room with another ISA student and will share bathrooms, a kitchen and common room with other students on the same floor. Dormitories are included in the price of all ISA Belfast programs.

Please note that housing in a graduate dormitory for Master's Degree students is only available for the full length of the program and will therefore result in an additional cost. Contact ISA for further details.

Apartments: Apartments are only available to Master's Degree students and are included in the program price for approximately the first three months of the program. A minimum number of students must select this option in order for it to be available. A $500 refundable security deposit will be charged to students living in ISA arranged housing. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the case of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

A $600 refundable security deposit will be charged to students living in ISA arranged housing. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the case of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Excursions

Excursions are included in the price of all ISA programs except Master's Degree programs. Excursions are designed to complement the academic component of the student's study abroad experience. Transportation and guided tours are included. During multi-day excursions, hotel accommodations and breakfast are also included. Additional optional excursions may be offered but are not included in the ISA program price. Students may sign up and pay for these excursions after they arrive at their program site.
Click here for a list of excursions (may vary according to session).

*Master's Degree students may add excursions for an additional cost on site.

Cultural Activities in Belfast

In order to maximize cultural immersion, the ISA program staff develops unique cultural activities. These custom-designed activities invite students to experience the local color of their host city, while learning about the history and culture of their new surroundings. Speaking the native language (Gaelic) with locals, tasting the regional cuisine, and partaking in the native traditions are just a few of the ways these cultural activities lead to full appreciation of Belfast.

*Cultural activities are not included in Master's Degree programs.

Medical Insurance

Comprehensive medical insurance is provided during the official period of the program. Extensions of medical coverage can be made for an additional fee if students plan to be abroad before or after the program period. A full description of coverage can be found here.

24-Hour Emergency Assistance

ISA regular office hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:00am - 7:00pm and Friday, 7:00am - 5:00pm Central Time. For students or parents who need assistance in an emergency situation outside of the regular office hours, please call the ISA office at 1-800-580-8826 to access the ISA emergency contact information for that particular week.