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Program Overview

INNOVATE ON A STATE-OF-THE-ART CAMPUS IN BELFAST

Formerly focused on art, Ulster’s newly expanded, cutting-edge campus in Belfast offers exciting range of subjects, including computing, engineering, business, politics, policy, law, communication, sports, architecture, hospitality, event management, photography, and digital animation. The university focuses on active learning and employable skills, and students enjoy strong ties to industry, from film, animation, and gaming to energy and robotics.  

In lively Belfast, you’ll have ample opportunities to enjoy the advantages of a modern city as you experience Irish traditions. The campus sits in the Cathedral quarter, an artsy area full of historic architecture, galleries, pubs, cafes, and street art.  

Ulster also has campuses in Derry-Londonderry (offers cinematic arts, business, computing, drama, engineering, law, music, and nursing) and coastal Coleraine (include biomedical sciences, environmental sciences, journalism, media, and more).  

Ireland offers so much more to explore beyond the city. That’s why we complete your program with IFSA excursions to places like the stunning West Coast and Kilkenny, the ideal place to sample artisan foods and try your hand at hurling, a unique Gaelic sport (included, no extra fees). 

Details at a Glance

Application deadline

Fall: April 15
Spring: Oct. 15
Academic Year: April 15

Minimum GPA

3.00

Credit load

15

Housing

Apartment/Flat, Single Room Option

Instruction language

English

Language prerequisites

None

Visa required?

Not in most cases. Learn more.

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Academics

Ulster University has three campuses in Northern Ireland and each campus is home to different subjects. Search classes at each campus on the Ulster University Global online modules catalogue.

Each course description will have a module code, the semester when the module is offered and the number of Ulster University credits the course is worth. Classes offered in the fall are listed as semester 1 courses, classes offered in the spring are listed as semester 2 courses and classes that are year-long are listed as semesters 1/2. We recommend that you choose modules in Level 4 or Level 5 to ensure the best experience at Ulster. Some students may qualify for advanced Level 6 modules, and Level 7 modules are strictly unavailable to visiting undergraduate students.

If you’re looking for particular subject areas, see below which campuses typically offer relevant classes:

  • Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences: Belfast Campus, Coleraine Campus, Derry-Londonderry Campus
  • Computing, Engineering, and the Built Environment: Belfast Campus, Derry-Londonderry Campus
  • Life and Health Sciences: Coleraine Campus, Derry-Londonderry Campus
  • Ulster University Business School: Belfast Campus, Coleraine Campus, Derry-Londonderry Campus

Past IFSA students have found Ulster a great match for nutrition and health sciences majors as well as engineering and built environment-related majors.

Credit Conversions
A full class load at Ulster University is 60 CATS credits, which is equivalent to 15 U.S. semester credit hours.

CHART Your Course
Find the classes you need fast with CHART. Our easy-to-use tool shows you classes recently taken by IFSA students

Lab & Field Trip Fees
Please review syllabi and course materials when registering for direct-enroll classes. Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee disclosed in the syllabus or during the first meeting of the class. These fees are not included in your IFSA program fee. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Eligibility

  • You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
  • You must have completed at least two (2) full-time years of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term. However, students with just one (1) full-time year of study will be considered.

Recommendation Letter
Your application to this program will require one (1) academic letter of recommendation.

 

TRANSCRIPT
Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects classes taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.

Excursions

Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.

Below are a selection of activities and excursions from previous terms; options may vary for your program. Due to the seasonal nature of many of program activities, we cannot guarantee a specific activity or excursion will be available in a given term or program.

  • George’s Market: Explore Belfast’s last surviving Victorian covered market, an active site for trade since 1604. Sellers offer fish, coffee, sweet treats, crafts, art, collectables, and more, while buskers play live music. Check out displays that trace the history of the market and the city.
  • Stand-up Comedy at The Empire or The Black Box: Visiting a local club is a not only sure to make you laugh out loud, it’s also a great way to catch local perspective and the humor that’s such a huge part of Northern Irish culture. Popular in Belfast, shows range from amateur night to professionals who showcase their unique local take on world events and Northern Irish culture.
  • The Titanic Museum, Titanic Quarter: Learn the story of the famous ship, from conception and construction through its fated 1912 maiden voyage, all in the place Titanic was built and launched.
  • Rugby Match at Kingspan Stadium: Soak up the atmosphere as you walk with local Ulster Rugby supporters to the stadium, just outside the city center. Then catch the excitement as you cheer on the home team.
  • North Coast Day Trip: You won’t want to miss this chance to explore this jaw-dropping region, world famous for beautiful beaches, folklore, charming villages, and geological stunners like Giant’s Causeway, a series of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. You’ll also see Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge and the ruins of Dunluce Castle, a treat for Game of Thrones fans.
  • Kilkenny Weekend: Don’t miss this two-night trip to Kilkenny, a charming medieval city dating back to 1195. Stay in a hostel with IFSA students who are studying all over Ireland and explore this small central Ireland standout, known for its history, artisan food, sporting culture—and Ireland’s most notorious witch. Visit a local farm, try hurling with a local coach, test yourself with a pub quiz, explore Kilkenny Castle, and more.

Housing and Meals

Housing

Apartment/Flat, Single Room Option

Meals

Self-Catering

Details

Ulster’s housing is a little different on each campus. Most students live on or very close to campus in furnished apartments owned by the university, with single bedrooms and shared bathrooms, kitchens, and living space for five.  

Some housing options feature extra amenities—like private bathrooms—that warrant higher rent. Keep in mind that if you choose or are placed in more expensive housing, you’ll need to pay an additional fee to cover these costs. 

Belfast campus sample housing 

  • Location: On campus in the lively Cathedral Quarter.  
  • Living space: Most apartments accommodate five students in single bedrooms with shared bathroom, living space, and fully equipped kitchen. Students provide bedding and towels.  
  • Meals: No meal plan. Students prepare and eat their own meals, and often say cooking and sharing meals is a fun, social part of their day. 
  • Additional details: 24/7 security. On-site support from residential advisors and facilities managers. Bike storage. Laundry on-site. Outdoor courtyards and amphitheater. Free travel card and sports center membership.  
  • Nearby: Belfast city center. Titanic Belfast. St. George’s Market. The MAC. Crumlin Road Goal.  

Coleraine campus sample housing 

  • Location: On campus.   
  • Living space: Most apartments accommodate five students in single bedrooms with shared bathroom, living space, and fully equipped kitchen. Students provide bedding and towels.  
  • Meals: No meal plan. Students prepare and eat their own meals, and often say cooking and sharing meals is a fun, social part of their day. 
  • Additional details: 24/7 security. On-site support from residential advisors and facilities managers. Bike storage. Laundry on-site.  
  • Nearby: River Bann. Coastal towns, Portrush and Portstewart. Giant’s Causeway. Mussenden Temple. Binevenagh Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  

 Derry-Londonderry campus sample housing  

  • Location: A 7-minute walk to campus.  
  • Living space: Most apartments accommodate two or five students in single bedrooms with shared bathroom, living space, and fully equipped kitchen. Students provide bedding and towels. 
  • Meals: No meal plan. Students prepare and eat their own meals, and often say cooking and sharing meals is a fun, social part of their day. 
  • Additional details: 24/7 security. On-site support from residential advisors and facilities managers. On-site laundry. Floodlight football field and sports pavilion. BBQ area. 
  • Nearby: River Foyle. Derry City Walls, Tower Museum. The Siege Museum. Guildhall. Peace Bridge. Bogside Murals.  

Dates and Fees

Term
Term begins
Term ends
Program costs
Application deadline
Fall 2024
September 11, 2024
December 22, 2024
$19,975
Passed
Academic Year 2024-2025
September 11, 2024
May 24, 2025
$38,450
Passed
Spring 2025
Late Jan. 2025
Early June 2025
$22,175 (estimated)
Oct. 15, 2024
Fall 2025
Mid-Sept. 2025
Mid-Dec. 2025
$19,975 (estimated)
April 15, 2025
Academic Year 2025-2026
Mid-Sept. 2025
Late May 2026
$38,450 (estimated)
April 15, 2025

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Kristen Clark

Enrollment Counselor