Queen's University, Belfast

Why Study Here?

  • Queen’s is in the top 1% of universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, UNESCO IAU 2015–16).
  • Queen’s has established itself in the premier league of UK research-intensive universities and is a member of the Russell Group. The UK-wide 2014 Research Excellence Framework exercise placed Queen’s 8th in the UK for Research Intensity.
  • The university has more than 17,000 students from 120 countries, with 3,500 staff and some 160,000 graduates worldwide.
  • Queen’s places emphasis on ensuring its students develop entrepreneurial and employability skills – one of the reasons why 95% of students are in employment or further study 6 months after graduating.
  • Safest region in the UK (British Crime Survey 2014).
  • Ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for international faculty and international students.
  • The university has 14 subject areas ranked within the UK’s top 20, with 6 of these in the top 10 and 2 in the top 5, and 76% of its research classified in the top two categories of world leading and internationally excellent (REF 2014).
  • Fastest growing Russell Group university for international students (HESA, 2011–14)
  • To ensure its global standing continues to grow and that its students are taught by those at the leading edge of their field, the University has been actively recruiting the world’s top innovators and inventors, including the appointment of academic leaders across all areas.
  • Six Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education, most recently for the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) (2016).
  • Dating back to 1845, Queen's is the ninth oldest university in the UK with a heritage dating back over 160 years. Its historic campus is located in the attractive, leafy suburbs of south Belfast, a lively area only 15 minutes' walk away from the city centre, and packed with student facilities.
  • 88% satisfaction score (National Student Survey 2015).
  • Belfast: the UK’s most affordable student city (NatWest Student Living Index 2015).

According to the QS World University Rankings, UNESCO IAU 2015–16,  13 Queen’s subjects in the top 200 in the world:

  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Education and Training
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • English Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • History and Archaeology
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Politics
  • Statistics and Operational Research

What Do International Students Study?

English Language Requirements

  • Applicants whose first language is not English must meet both the academic and English language entry requirements for their course. International applicants with queries about the acceptability of their academic or English language qualifications should refer to the Your Country section of the website for advice on comparability with UK qualifications.
  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in all four components of the test).
  • TOEFL iBT: 90 (minimum marks for Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 17).
  • CAE Cambridge Advanced: grade B/C (if taken before January 2015), or 176 overall with 162 in each test element (taken from January 2015).
  • CPE Cambridge Proficiency: grade C (if taken before January 2015), or 176 overall with not less than 162 in each test element (taken from January 2015).
  • INTO English for University Studies Test: 65% (minimum of 55% in each test component).

Please consult our University Course Finder for details of the academic and English language requirements for entry to individual undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.

  • Further information on other acceptable qualifications is available on the website, as well as information for nationals of countries deemed by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to be majority-English-speaking, and therefore assumed to meet the UKVI English language requirements for immigration purposes.
  • 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. More information is available on the INTO Queen’s website.
  • The English Language Requirements section of the website provides a list of acceptable English language qualifications and minimum grades which are accepted by the university for admission to degree level study. Some degree programmes may require a higher score overall or in individual test elements.

Fees and Funding

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2016–2017):

Type of Course Undergraduate Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £13,945 £14,100
Mixed - -
Laboratory £17,885 £18,100
Clinical £34,830 £33,045

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • Queen's offers a range of scholarships for international students – further information is available on our website.

Pre-Arrival and Welcome

  • 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. This falls within 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, of course, fellow international students. The programme includes tours of the university’s academic and recreational facilities and the city of Belfast. Students will also be given advice on adjusting to university academic study, life in university accommodation, living expenses and local immigration requirements.

Accommodation for International Students

  • International students are guaranteed a place in university accommodation for at least their first year at Queen’s. There are limited accommodation places for international students studying on one-semester courses, such as Erasmus and Study Abroad Programmes. International students can opt for a contract for either 40 or 51 weeks which includes the Christmas and Easter breaks.
  • Queen’s offers a range of accommodation across campus to support a variety of student requirements, all of which are located in pleasant residential surroundings within easy walking distance of the university. A programme of continual refurbishment ensures that the accommodation continues to meet the needs, expectations and financial budgets of students attending Queen’s.
  • Elms Village is a purpose-built accommodation complex which provides a range of room types in self-catered accommodation where students share kitchen and common room facilities.
  • Queen’s offers exclusive accommodation to international and postgraduate students in Willow Walk, which was built in 2012 and provides modern contemporary apartments, each with their own front door. There are a total of 257 double bed spaces available within this development in a mix of studio, 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments.
  • Closer to campus, Queen’s Houses provide a more independent living experience and are therefore a favourite of returning students.
  • There are a range of accommodation options available, from twin rooms, to single en suite and premium double rooms. The weekly costs for 2016–17 range from £71.00 sharing a twin room to £139.00 for a premium double room in Willow Walk. All accommodation (with the exception of Willow Walk) is inclusive of living costs, ie heat and hot water, electricity and internet (30Mb wiredinternet access and up to 30Mb wi-fi provided to all students), as well as a range of support services.
  • A central student centre in Elms Village provides retail services, a chill out lounge with TV/DVD, a laundry facility, printing and copying facilities, as well as study spaces and luggage/bicycle stores. These services are available to all students living in university-managed accommodation.
  • Live-in support is provided by the Residential Life team, whose role is to enable students to settle in quickly, and to signpost University support and pastoral care. The team also organises a range of social events and trips throughout the academic year to build community, have fun and support international students in making new friends, and to experience the culture of Northern Ireland.
  • Accommodation for students travelling with a partner/spouse is available. Married international students are advised that it is difficult to obtain suitable accommodation at short notice.
  • More information, including details of all the university’s accommodation and private sector accommodation is available on our website.

Students with more specific requirements can choose from one of the three lifestyle accommodation types:

  • Single-sex accommodation – male- or female-only accommodation.
  • No-alcohol accommodation – alcohol cannot be consumed by residents or guests anywhere in the house, floor or apartment.
  • Quiet-living accommodation – living with other students who prefer a quieter, more study-focused environment.

Organisations for International Students

  • International Student Support offer advice on visas/immigration, finance, opening a bank account, counselling support, safety, studying, transport, shopping, and other general living advice.
  • An international student 'buddy scheme' is available for students as an informal way of getting in touch with friendly and approachable second and third year students (both international and local), who have volunteered to help students settle into university life.
  • Queen’s boasts over 190 sporting and non-sporting clubs/societies offering a wealth of experiences, including the Queen’s International Student Society (QISS).
  • In addition to bars, shops and restaurants/cafés, the Students’ Union provides finance/study advice services, employability and enterprise support, a relax and study area called the Space, banking facilities, and meeting rooms.
  • Careers advice is available via the university’s Careers, Employability and Skills service.
  • Healthcare advice is available via the university health centre.
  • The university’s chaplaincies provide pastoral and spiritual support for students of all faiths and none.

Overseas Campus


  • Queen’s is one of the few UK universities to have a physical presence in China, and we are delighted to announce the opening of the new China Medical University - Queen's University Belfast Joint College (CQC), in collaboration with the China Medical University.
  • The new college will build upon the success of Queen’s previous collaboration with Shenzhen University.


  • Queen’s officially opened its India office in New Delhi in 2014.
  • This initiative builds upon the strong educational and research links that Queen’s already has with many of the country’s top universities and businesses.
  • It also enables the development of new partnerships and research collaborations that reap mutual benefit for both India and Northern Ireland, and provides student recruitment support and strong links to develop training programs and joint research initiatives.