Engineering and Irish Studies
We're so excited that you're preparing to study abroad on this engineering and Irish studies program for the summer. This program is hosted by Ulster University and based at the university's attractive Magee campus in lively Derry.
What the Engineering and Irish Studies program has to offer
What is this program's structure?
Are there any course prerequisites?
Is there a social program as part of the program?
Program participants take the mandatory Irish Studies course and choose either the Microcontrollers or Dynamics course. Please note that Engineering courses require a minimum enrollment of six students to run.
Irish Studies (required)
Course RestrictionsStudents attending this program are required to take two courses for credit and to complete all required work.
CreditsStudents will receive 4 U.S. semester credit hours for each course, for a total of 8 credits for the summer. Courses are graded on an A–F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or audit.
ExamsStudents are required to take all course exams. See course descriptions for specific course requirements.
TranscriptsAfter you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned from Ulster University. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.
About Ulster UniversityUlster University is a large, multi-campus university in Northern Ireland. It is world renowned for its peace and conflict studies program and offers highly ranked studies in engineering and other pre-professional studies. The university enrolls over 30,000 students across its campuses and attracts students from throughout the U.K. and around the world.
Duncreggan Student Village comprises 14, three-story blocks offering a mix of self-catering accommodation ranging from en-suite study bedrooms to a selection with shared bathrooms. Recent redevelopment of onsite sports pitches have created a great community feel. A dance studio, cash machine and convenience store serving hot food and drinks is available within the Village. The site contains two launderettes with vending machines for after-hours snacks. En-suite apartments are equipped with a dishwasher. Reception located onsite with residential advisors on call 24/7. Picnic tables and BBQ space creates a lovely ambience in the halls.
MealsStudents are responsible for preparing or purchasing their own meals. Residences include kitchens, and there are grocery stores, cafes and restaurants within walking distance.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
Will I have access to a computer?
Will I need to bring my own sheets?
What should I do if I have any special needs?
When will I receive my housing assignment?
Can I arrange my own housing?
Dates & Fees
* There are no longer direct flights from the U.S. to Belfast. Summer students should plan to fly into Dublin. IFSA-Butler will arrange for group transportation from Dublin to Belfast via a coach. Please contact your program advisor for more details.
Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
Program housing is available only until the day shown on the calendar as “Program ends.”
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed.
Engineering and Irish Studies at Ulster
Payment Due: May 15
Program Fee Bills
† Housing Deposit
Personal Cost Estimates
These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs. Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one or two meals out. If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate. If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
*Student Visa: U.S. citizens studying in the U.K. for less than six months (180 days) do not need to apply for a visa, but can instead enter the country as a student visitor at no cost. Student visitors are allowed to remain in the U.K. for up to six months but are not allowed to undertake any paid work, internships or unpaid volunteer activities. Citizens of some countries may be required to obtain a student visa. If this applies to you, your IFSA-Butler program advisor will notify you. Detailed instructions regarding U.K. visas will be sent to all students upon acceptance.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for the Engineering and Irish Studies program:
Program Advisor Julia Lieberman assists the student through the application process in addition to answering cultural and logistic questions about the study abroad experience. Julia graduated from Clark University with a Bachelor’s degree in Geography. She studied abroad twice during undergraduate, for a semester in Belize and then for an independent study in Nicaragua. She has traveled extensively studying, working and living abroad, mainly in South America and Europe. These life-changing experiences lead Julia to her interest in study abroad and he desire to help others do so. Currently, Julia advises students traveling to the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. She can be reached through the email link above or by phone at 800-858-0229 ext. 3638.
Academic Records Coordinator Abby Miller graduated from Butler University where she worked as a guide for international students from all over the world. From that experience and combined with her own world travels, she knows the amazing experiences that studying abroad can provide. Abby is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students and to help answer any questions about their academic records. Abby can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4217.