Queen's University Belfast is home to over 2,300 international students; the university is the fastest growing Russell Group for international students (HESA, 2011-2014).

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

This institution did not take part in the TEF. Participation is voluntary. Find out more about TEF.

International Student Statistics

2,505 international students in 2016–17

Welcome Arrangements

  • A Welcome and Transfer Service is provided from both Belfast International Airport and George Best Belfast City Airport to the university on specified arrival days in advance of the orientation programmes. A welcome service is also provided upon arrival at Queen's Elms Village student accommodation.
  • International Student Support (ISS) organises an annual five-day orientation programme for international students in mid-September, prior to the start of the first semester, during the overall Welcome and Orientation period for all new students to Queen's. A four-day orientation programme is held in late January for international students commencing their studies in the second semester.
  • The orientation programmes give students the opportunity to meet ISS staff, academic staff, Students' Union representatives and fellow international students. The programme includes tours of the university's academic and recreational facilities and the city of Belfast. Students are also given advice on adjusting to university academic study, life in university accommodation, living expenses and local immigration requirements.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet both the academic and English language entry requirements for their course. In general the minimum requirements are:

  • IELTS Academic: 6.0–6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in all four components of the test); or
  • TOEFL iBT: 80–90 (minimum marks for Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 17); or
  • INTO English for University Studies Test: 65% (minimum of 55% in each test component). INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a wide range of English Language courses to assist students to meet the required standard of English language to be eligible for entry to degree programmes at the university.
  • Please refer to the university website for other acceptable English language qualifications, information for nationals of majority-English speaking countries, and English language requirements for specific undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Accommodation for International Students

  • Student accommodation is located within easy walking distance of the university, including new city centre apartments and studios available from September 2018.
  • International students, including those studying a one semester course (such as Erasmus and Study Abroad Programmes), are guaranteed a place in university accommodation. 
  • A range of accommodation is available, some exclusive to international and postgraduate students. Room types include twin rooms, single en-suite and premium double rooms. There is accommodation for students travelling with a partner or spouse subject to availability, please contact the Accommodation office in advance.
  • Contracts are for 39 or 51 weeks which includes the Christmas and Easter breaks. The price includes heating, hot water, electricity and Internet, as well as a range of support services including pastoral care and social events.
  • There is also lifestyle accommodation as follows: single-sex, i.e. male- or female-only; no-alcohol; and quiet-living accommodation, for students preferring a quieter, more study-focused environment.

International Tuition Fees

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2018–2019). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Undergraduate (£) Taught Postgraduate (£)
Classroom 15,550 15,700
Mixed 19,500 19,600
Laboratory 19,500 19,600
Clinical 37,695 35,800
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Clinical subjects can include dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine.