Ulster University welcomes international students to its four campuses: Belfast, the cultural heart and capital city; Coleraine, on one of the world's most stunning coastlines; Jordanstown, a suburban campus on the Lough shore, 7 miles from Belfast; and Magee, which offers students a friendly atmosphere with an intimate learning environment.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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

International Student Statistics

1,590 international students in 2017–18

Welcome Arrangements

  • The International Student Experience Team engages with international students well in advance of their arrival at Ulster. The university website also provides lots of pre-arrival advice and assistance.
  • A one-week Welcome Programme runs in September and January prior to the start of term. At Orientation, students get to know the campuses, meet academic and support staff as well as other students, and attend a range of information sessions and social events designed to help new students settle in at Ulster.
  • A meet and greet service is provided at both Belfast International and Belfast City airports, with onward travel provided to the relevant campus.

English Language Requirements

  • Most courses require a minimum of IELTS 6.0 (with no band less than 5.5), or Pearson Test of English (PTE) 56 (with no less than 51 in each part), or GCSE/GCE Ordinary Level in English Language: Grade C (or equivalent).
  • The university also accepts a range of other secure English language tests.
  • Ulster offers a range of English language courses to prepare students for academic study at the university.

Accommodation for International Students

  • All international students who have firmly accepted an offer and have applied before the relevant deadline are guaranteed accommodation.
  • All university accommodation is self-catered, with access to shared kitchen facilities, and includes free Wi-Fi and/or Internet access. Adapted accessible accommodation is available for students with mobility needs. All locations are within a 5-minute walk of the campus.
  • International students are integrated with home students throughout university accommodation, and international students do not need to move out during vacation times.
  • A range of accommodation is available off-campus for students seeking more independent living.
  • The university offers a range of scholarships to support students with living and accommodation costs. These are open to all applicants and students can apply directly through the university.

Ongoing Support

  • The International Student Experience team have a presence on each campus; they provide accessible advice, support and signposting for Ulster's international students. This includes immigration advice and guidance to students and their dependants.
  • An ongoing programme of social activities encourages integration between international and home students.
  • Informal drop-in sessions every week encourage students to open up about their experiences at Ulster, discuss any issues they may have and provide an opportunity to meet other students within other departments.

Quick Guides to International Tuition Fees and Finance