Belfast an International City

Belfast as a port city has always had an international feel and has thrived on building links with the world. Today Belfast City Council are deeply involved in building these partnerships and we believe that local international communities should be at the heart of that outreach.

From long established communities like the Jewish, Italian and Chinese to the more recent Eastern European communities we all have a role to play helping our new home country build bridges to others.

Belfast City Council has been a great partner and we hope that that work will continue. Thet=y are currently involved in:

EU and International relations

We’re building international relationships across Europe, USA and China in order to attract investment, encourage trade and develop our tourism, cultural and educational links.

We also collaborate with a number of key institutions in the city including universities and colleges, international consulates, Belfast Chamber of Commerce, the British Council, government departments including The Executive Office, Invest Northern Ireland, Visit Belfast, the NI Executive Office in Brussels, the Special European Programmes Body and potential investors.

Links to our key stakeholders are provided below.

All of these partnerships enable the European and International Relations unit to provide connectivity and service within the city and internationally.


Belfast's membership of EUROCITIES and strong links with the European Union (EU) help us to secure funding, promote Belfast across Europe, and influence EU policy development.

We're working with Dublin City Council to explore the potential of the 100 mile Belfast-Dublin economic corridor to improve transport connections and boost trade.


Belfast is a Sister City of Boston, Nashville (USA) and Shenyang (China) which allows us to strengthen trade, investment, tourism, cultural and educational links.

Organisation Website (link opens in new window) Contact
All Consulates in Belfast and NI (Consulate Association NI) (List of all Consulates in NI with contact details)

028 9187 4697
Belfast Chamber of Commerce 028 9033 1399
Belfast Metropolitan College (International) 028 9026 5025
Eurocities +3225520888
International Relations Queen’s University 028 9097 5088
International Relations Ulster University 028 9036 8220
Invest Northern Ireland 0800 181 4422
NI Bureau Washington +1 (202) 674 3874
NI Connections 0800 181 4422
NI Executive Office Brussels +32 2 290 13 30
SEUPB Belfast 028 9026 6660
St Mary’s University College (International) 028 9032 7678
Stranmillis College (International) 028 9038 4255
The British Council Belfast +44 (0)161 957 7755
The Northern Ireland Executive Office 028 9037 8151
Tourism Ireland 028 7035 9200
Tourism NI 028 9023 1221
Visit Belfast 028 9023 9026

Chinese Chamber of Commerce Business Consultancy Centre

Chinese Chamber of Commerce N.I.

Business Consultancy Centre


 A non-profit organization set up to promote and facilitate investment and trade between Northern Ireland and China.

We focus on delivering value by connecting the small and medium-sized enterprises with the Chinese market and creating opportunities for Northern Ireland companies.

We are committed to provide a range of professional services which include facilitating global trade by opening up new Chinese markets for Northern Ireland SMEs, offer SMEs the highest possible quality of service and business and financial consultation.


Our mission is to effectively promote and facilitate investment and trade for economic development and to passionately use our knowledge and expertise to develop business ties between Northern Ireland and China.

Our Objectives
  1. To act as a bridge between Northern Ireland and China – attracting investors from China and creating business ties.

  2. To facilitate trade between Northern Ireland and China .

  3. To provide translation services.

  4. To recruit students from China for Universities and Schools in the UK.

  5. To provide basic market consultant services for business and investors in Northern Ireland and China.

Why Study at Queens University Belfast

Queens University has invested heavily in making international students welcome. As one of the oldest universities in the United Kingdom with a long history of excellence it has become a firm favourite with Chinese students.

Every year international students start their study abroad journey by exploring a host of options looking for the university that best suits and fulfills their personal and academic aspirations. International students often look for the best university for their desired discipline, the tuition and living costs in the country/city in which the university is located as well as after-graduation employability, among many other criteria. This article sheds light on reasons why international students choose Queen’s University Belfast as their university of choice pursuing their education abroad.

Academic Reputation & Faculty Quality

As the 9th oldest university in the UK, Queen’s University Belfast has been providing top education since 1845. With world-renowned faculty members, Queen’s University Belfast is able to provide students with top-class undergraduate as well as graduate education in many different disciplines. The university has a wide reputation as a leading research university in the UK. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of the UK’s 24 leading research-intensive universities and has been ranked as first in the UK for research intensity in disciplines like Biological Sciences, Dentistry and Mathematics. Its research ranking received as high as first in the UK for Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Food Science and Agriculture and Forestry making it one of the most popular study destinations for foreign students.

Faculty Members

Degree Programs & Disciplines

Queen’s University Belfast is known to provide a wide spectrum of undergraduate as well as graduate degree programs. Its programs cover a host of disciplines; from Accounting and Economics to Medicine, Computer Engineering and Architecture. Its population of 3000 International students from more than 80 countries around the world are not only attracted by the highly-ranked disciplines, but they also choose to study at Queen’s University Belfast for the variety of specializations as well as its academic excellence; 96% of current international students are satisfied with the subject area expertise of their lecturers while 93% of current international students at are satisfied with the teaching ability of their lecturers.

Teacher in Class

Top Ranked University

Queen’s University Belfast is amongst the top ranked universities in the world and in UK. The University has been ranked 209 in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2021 and 200 in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2021. The University also has 15 subjects with ranking in the top 200 in the world in the QS World Rankings by subject 2020; amongst which are subjects like English Language and Literature (51-100)Pharmacy and Pharmacology (51-100)Nursing (51-100) and Medicine (151-200).


Not only does Queen’s University Belfast enjoy such a high ranking amongst the world’s top universities, it also holds such high ranking amongst UK universities. It is ranked 27th in the UK with 24 subjects in the UK top 20 and 10 subjects in the top 10. Subjects like Electrical and Electronic Engineering ranks 9th in the UK while Accounting and Finance ranks 6thChemical Engineering ranks 16th, and Mechanical Engineering ranks 20th.



Queen’s University Belfast is ranked in the top 140 in the world for graduate prospects (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020). The University prepares and encourages its students to take advantage of a student exchange program or an international work placement program as part of their degree. Students will have a chance to utilize the European Erasmus Programme, through which, students will have a chance to study abroad for one year at a partner university in Australia, Canada, China, India, New Zealand or the USA. Students can also gain some work experience through a work placement program with an employer. Every year over 800 Queen’s students take the opportunity to go outside of Northern Ireland to study or gain work-related experience. This will enhance students’ employability, broaden cultural awareness and boost self-confidence and resilience. It’s worth noting that 96% OF Queen’s graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation. *

*(HESA Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17)



Amongst the top criteria international students take into consideration when deciding on a university to study abroad is the availability of scholarships. Queen’s University Belfast is considered to be one of the top universities to provide foreign students with scholarships and grants; Queen’s University Belfast avails £1.5M in scholarships to talented, fee-paying international students each year making it one of the most attractive study destinations for international students. The International Office Undergraduate Scholarship awards international undergraduate students enrolling in full-time undergraduate programs up to £3000 for one year. The Vice-Chancellor’s International Attainment Scholarship awards international students enrolled in full-time undergraduate program up to 50% discount on tuition fees paid for all years; students can apply for the scholarship by filling out this application.

International Student Friendliness

International Student Friendliness

Belfast, generally, is a modern, beautiful capital city that is welcoming to its visitors and quite easy to get around while being an affordable place in which to live and study. The city features a beautiful contrast of old and modern architecture. Being one of the most affordable cities to live and study within the UK has made Belfast a top destination for international students. Particularly, Queen’s University Belfast is a top choice for international students for its friendliness and welcoming to visiting students. The university takes into account the stress international students may fall under while being away from home thus has over 200 clubs and societies to suit everyone, including sports, gaming, creative, cultural and academic societies.



Queen’s University Belfast is located in south central Belfast and as such is close to both Northern Ireland’s main motorways, connecting it easily with the rest of Ireland. The university is also a five-minute walk to Botanic Train Station making it easily connected to Dublin and the rest of the United Kingdom. Belfast could also easily be reached by plain; Belfast’s 2 airports, George Best Belfast City Airport and Belfast International Airport, seamlessly connect it to other major cities within the UK with less-than-an-hour flights that are reasonably priced. Its 2 airports serve 74 direct flight from Belfast to UK, Europe and the USA.

Lower Cost of Living

Belfast is generally is considered one of the most affordable cities to live and study in within the United Kingdom making it an attractive study destination for international students. Average monthly living expenses certainly varies depending on individual spending habits but generally speaking, the average living cost in Belfast is considered to be a lot less than the living costs in mainland Britain. Average monthly rent ranges from £400-£550 per month for a 1-bedroom apartment, a single movie ticket costs about £7 and a fast-food combo meal would cost around £6. It is estimated that the average total expense is £950 per month.

Network of Support

Network of Support

Moving to a new country can be an intimidating experience for young international students. The Student Guidance Center at Queen’s University Belfast is the first place students visit when looking for information, support or advice. The center provides students with support services that look after their health, wellbeing, education needs, study needs, financial security and future career. The dedicated International Support Services team can provide students with specialist advice in relation to visa and immigration matters including applying for visa to come to the UK and assisting with any queries they may have during their time here.


Quality Accommodation

With accommodations costs varying between £85-£175 per week, Queen’s University Belfast provides one of the most affordable accommodations options in Belfast. The University has added 1,237 rooms across two brand new city center sites in 2018 that provide students with modern accommodation. Queen’s University Belfast offers its students different types of accommodations; students can choose to live in a twin, standard or en suite accommodation. Additionally, students who wish to live in a single-sex, quiet-living and alcohol-free accommodation have to indicate that in their application. Students who are looking for a more economic accommodation option can certainly look for private housing where they can share an apartment with other fellow students.

Tuition Fees

Cost of Tuition

Queen’s University is considered one of the most affordable universities for international students to study abroad in the UK. Its yearly tuition fees amounting to £17,400 for classroom-based level of study and £ 21,400 for laboratory-based level of study while Pre-clinical Based / Clinical level of study costs £32,200 per year. While, as mentioned earlier, Queen’s University Belfast avails £1.5M in scholarships to talented, fee-paying international students each year, international students have a great opportunity to make use of scholarships and lowering tuition fees

Local Chinese Community Support

We know how difficult moving away from home and travelling round the world to embark on challenging studied in another language. All those things we miss about home from friends and family to food and fun. While the excitement and rewards of such a move are huge there will always be a time of adjustment and home sickness. Therefore the Chinese Welfare Association which is located practically on campus provides a wide range of events and courses which will help Chinese and other international students feel right at home. A safe space where they can meet each other and enjoy friendship and food as well as a way of exploring Belfast and Northern Ireland.

Queen's University Graduation Ceremony on Weibo

Queen's University Graduation Ceremony · Weibo Online Watching Ceremony


In order to facilitate the viewing ceremony, the Weibo online virtual graduation ceremony will broadcast the whole process. Welcome to watch it.

At that time, you can invite relatives and friends to watch the ceremony on Weibo and share this exciting moment.

Click this link or scan the QR code below to follow the Weibo account of @Queen's University of the United Kingdom to watch the ceremony.

Weibo QR code to watch graduation live

I wish the students a happy graduation and enjoyable ceremony!

Queen's University · Graduation Ceremony Team






点击此链接或扫描下方二维码,关注@英国女王大学 微博账号,即可观礼。

Weibo QR code to watch graduation live



Study Here - Queens University

Stay and Study Here

Your Gateway to a World Class Education

The Chinese Welfare Association has a track record in supporting students and promoting education within our community as well as welcoming students from overseas to our local universities. Let us help you stay and study here and find the right place for you.

Queens University Reaches Out to China

The education Team at CWA would be glad to help you with any query about studying here in Northern Ireland or you can speak directly to the University

The Queens University website in Chinese is a great first point of contact for all students and have a wealth of information and insights into life here.


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Lily Guo

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Important Contact Information

Immigration Support Service (ISS) – Visa and Immigration Enquiries

Admissions and Access Service - Admissions Enquiries 

International Office - International Generic Enquiries

International Scholarships - International Scholarships Enquiries

Partnerships – Current and Prospective Partner and Partner Student Enquiries

Student Finance Office - Tuition Fee Payments

INTO Queen's University Belfast - English Language Courses and Pathway Programmes

The Graduate School - Postgraduate Funding Enquiries

Student Services and Systems - Enrolment and Registration

Queen's Accommodation and Hospitality


Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences 

Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

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Hong Ling Gets Connected

Technology has greatly enhanced our lives in so many ways. We have never seen this as much as over the last year when we have had to ‘click and connect’ with our friends and family all over the world.

A key part in this ‘Digital Multiply’ project to bridge the digital divide and connect these advancements in technology with those who are the most vulnerable in our Chinese community- our elders.

We are currently working with Radius housing to develop an exciting pilot project to utilise the Facebook Portal+ device to connect better with our Chinese elders who are resident at Hong Ling Gardens.

We hope to install this hands-free support technology to provide a direct link with our elderly support worker and in due course, with friends and family. 

With an uncertain winter ahead in terms of the pandemic, this project provides an accessible way to keep connected even if contact may be restricted. 


Training session at the Chinese Resource Centre to introduce the devices to the elderly.  We have agreed that the device will have an appropriate ‘Chinese name’ to personalise the experience.



CWA virtual resource centre

New Virtual Space Developed

Working with leading Northern Ireland digital design firm The Flex Studio and consultancy practice LEXXER Solutions CWA has helped to design a bespoke virtual space which replicates their Belfast Chinese resource Centre. The virtual space includes a conference/lecture hall space where audiences can attend events, lectures and other education or entertainment events. It can host realistic augmented reality speakers as well as traditional audio-visual presentations. The room has been designed to host a community heritage themed schools project which will allow schools to use the space as a means of completing the course.

CWA virtual resource centre

Chinese New Year - A New Start

The projects initial concept was to use the Chinese New Year to host a virtual international event with Belfast’s sister city in China. This we achieved and gave us online resources which we have utilised in the current Belfast City Council funded project. This ‘Digital Multiply’ project gave us more time to plan and consider how technology can be used across our operations to address the digital divide . It allowed us to develop our online facilities to ‘host’ events and ‘produce’ virtual spaces which were designed to be used by older people. 

The spaces were specially designed to replicate in a virtual format the Chinese Resource Centre in Belfast which is the hub of the Chinese Community. 

Many of our older members were key players in the work  to achieve a Centre and they see it as their greatest achievement. This meant that as age, disability and then COVID isolation prevented them from using even visiting the Centre there was a real sense of loss. Using technology we have allowed them to revisit and start to reuse the Centre in a virtual way using  hand held devises. 

The project allowed us to involve older people in a safe way and expose them to technology and its benefits effecting a culture shift in the organisation.