Why Study Here?

  • One of the world’s top 200 most outward looking universities (Times Higher 2016)
  • One of the world’s top 100 young universities (Times Higher 2015)
  • Ranked within the top 25% of all UK universities for overall research (REF 2014)
  • 89% overall student satisfaction (National student Survey 2014)
  • 2,000 of our students undertake work placements each year
  • Over 90% of graduates are in work or further study 6 months after leaving university
  • No. 1 UK university for outstanding impact in law research (REF 2014)
  • 100% of biomedical research environment is judged as world leading (REF 2014)
  • GBP£40million invested annually in research
  • GBP£3.4million invested per year in innovation
  • A top 10 UK entrepreneurial universities
  • Belfast School of Arts boasts two Turner Prize winners
  • Leading in sport – Ulster is a leading university for sport in Ireland and the UK. Across our campuses are opportunities to participate in a wide variety of individual and team sports for fun or at a more competitive level. Most sports are represented by one of our clubs and societies.
  • If your home university has a study abroad and/or student exchange agreement with Ulster University you can apply directly using our online application system. If you are applying as an independent student, we will be happy to consider you as an occasional student. Please contact the International Department directly for further information.

What Do International Students Study?

English Language Requirements

  • If English is not your first language, to study at Ulster University you must be able to demonstrate that your English language competency is of a standard suitable for succeeding in your chosen course of study.

Most of our courses require you to have a minimum of the following:

  • IELTS 6.0 (with no contributing band less than 5.5).
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) 56 (with no less than 51 in each part).
  • GCSE/GCE Ordinary Level in English Language: Grade C (or equivalent).
  • We also accept a range of other secure English language tests.
  • For international students who do not meet our English language requirements we offer a range of English language courses, which are designed to prepare you with the necessary language skills for academic study at Ulster University.

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 £12,890 £12,890
Mixed £12,890 £12,890
Laboratory £12,890 £12,890
Clinical £12,890 £12,890

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • Information on scholarships available to international students, together with advice on potential funding opportunities, is available on our website.

Pre-Arrival and Welcome

  • Our International Student Experience Team engage with international students well in advance of them arriving at Ulster. Students receive relevant information on a timely basis and are also directed to our website, which provides appropriate pre-arrival advice and assistance.
  • We have a dedicated one-week Welcome Programme for international students across our campuses in September and January, which includes a free coach pick-up service from George Best Belfast City and Belfast International airports. It also enables students to settle into their new University life and living in Northern Ireland.
  • Orientation takes places the week prior to the start of term and offers new international students the opportunity to: get to know our campuses; meet academic and support staff and other students; avail of a range of information sessions and social events designed to help new students settle in at Ulster.

Accommodation for International Students

  • All international students who have firmly accepted an offer and have applied before 1 August for semester 1 and 2 are guaranteed university accommodation, those applying for semester 2 only by the 30th November are also guaranteed. All of which offer free Wi-Fi and/or internet access.
  • We offer 2,400 places across, and in the vicinity of our campuses, all of which are within five-minute walking distance.
  • All University accommodation is self-catered. Students have access to shared kitchen facilities, as well as a wide range of cafés and restaurants on our campuses.
  • International students are integrated throughout our accommodation meaning there is no separation between home and international students.
  • Adapted accessible accommodation is available for students with mobility needs.
  • Accommodation contracts enable international students to remain in their University accommodation during vacation periods.
  • A range of accommodation is available off-campus for students seeking more independent living.

Organisations for International Students

  • International Department – a dedicated team of people to support you in all aspects of your university life from application to graduation.
  • Students Union – the hub of the student social scene at Ulster. With over 140 sports clubs and societies on offer it’s a great way to make new friends and continue your hobbies and interests.
  • Ulster EDGE Award – provides official recognition and evidence of activities outside of your studies. It is awarded in addition to your degree and gives you the opportunity to engage in a wide range of activities that will boost your career prospects and show commitment to your personal development.
  • Career Development Centre – offers career advice, access to a comprehensive range of careers information resources, vacancy information and opportunities to meet employers and representatives from professional bodies, many who have international links.
  • Student Support – provides a range of services designed to help you cope with any problems so you can make the most of your Ulster experience.
  • English Language Support – support for students whose first language is not English.
  • Chaplaincies – provide pastoral and spiritual support for students of all faiths and none.