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Study in Belfast

Belfast is an open, welcoming and increasingly international city which welcomes students from across the globe. Our schools, colleges and universities rival the best in the world, while the city itself is a great place to live.

Belfast is the birthplace of the Titanic and gateway to Northern Ireland. It is a city full of ambition, optimism and above all energy.

It is a modern, compact capital city with a great quality of life. The city is packed with history, exciting events and festivals, great food, fantastic shopping, and world-class culture.

It is also an inexpensive place to live and study - it is the most affordable major student city in the UK.

Schools

Northern Ireland (NI) has the highest achieving primary school pupils in Europe in major international tests in maths, while the latest figures also found that it is second in Europe for literacy. 

We are also the top performing region in the UK for GCSEs and A Levels:

  • GCSEs - 79.1 per cent of NI pupils achieved A*- C in 2016 (compared to the national average of 66.9 per cent)
  • A Levels – 29.5 per cent of NI pupils achieved A*- A in 2016 (compared to the national average of 25.8 per cent)
There are five excellent boarding schools in NI, each with a rich history of academic excellence. 

Further education

Belfast Metropolitan College (BMC) is the largest college in NI and the sixth largest in the UK. With 37,000 students, it offers a variety of courses from apprenticeships through to post-graduate study. For more information visit www.belfastmet.ac.uk

Universities

There are 45,000 students currently studying at Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University.

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB)

QUB is ranked in the top 1 per cent of universities worldwide and it is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of 24 research intensive universities. It was also recently named the top university in the UK for medical science and pharmacy studies.

Queen’s currently has 1,800 international students from around 100 countries. For more information visit www.qub.ac.uk

Ulster University (UU)

UU is undertaking an ambitious project to relocate 15,000 students and staff to a new £250m state-of-the-art purpose built campus in Belfast city centre, due to open in late 2019.

It is currently ranked in the top 150 universities in the world under 50 years old and has also been identified as one of the top five universities in the UK for world-leading research in law, biomedical sciences, nursing and art and design. 

UU also has the largest ICT course provision in Ireland. For more information visit www.ulster.ac.uk/international

Study visas

International students from outside the EU need to apply for a visa in order to study here. For more information visit the UK government website.


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