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.

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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.

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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.

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We are one of the top 150 young universities in the world (THE Young Rankings, 2018) yet our history dates back to 1865. Choose to study at Ulster and you will be rewarded with first-class teaching in state-of-the-art facilities supported by outstanding pastoral care. We are proud to welcome international students from more than 100 countries across the globe.

Why Ulster University?

With a newly built Belfast Campus, students will live and study in the heart of the city. Increasing numbers of international students around the globe are choosing Ulster University as their UK study destination. The choice of courses and campuses is one reason from the Magee Campus in vibrant legendary Londonderry to the beautiful north coast and Coleraine students can also enjoy the benefit of city life with the Belfast/Jordanstown campus.

Ulster University (UU) is a multi-campus university in Northern Ireland that was founded in 1984. Comprising six faculties, the university is home to approximately 26,000 students, 2,000 of whom are international from over 80 different countries.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), UU was ranked within the top five universities in the UK for its research in law, biomedical sciences, nursing, and art and design.

The university also boasts strong links with business and industry and courses are structured to allow students to combines their studies with vocational work placements.

Its main Belfast campus constitutes one of Northern Ireland’s largest urban developments. Situated in Cathedral Quarter, the artistic and cultural area of the city, the campus is currently undergoing a £250 million redevelopment programme to upgrade its teaching and learning facilities.

Although traditionally associated with Art, the Belfast campus has expanded to include subjects such as architecture, event management, Irish language, photography and digital animation. It also plays host to frequent fashion shows, art exhibitions and other cultural events across its 75,000sqm estate.

The course provision at UU’s Coleraine campus is broad, encompassing biomedical sciences, business, the humanities, computing, film and journalism, among others.

The campus sits on the banks of the river Bann, less than a mile from the centre of Coleraine – the largest and busiest town on the Causeway Coast – offering easy access to the nearby beaches of Portrush and Portstewart, as well as the Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site. On campus, the Riverside Theatre – the third largest professional theatre in Northern Ireland – is a main attraction.

UU is a leading university for sport in Ireland and the UK, with its Jordanstown campus, located seven miles north of Belfast city centre, providing a home to the Sports Institute of Northern Ireland where leading athletes train.

The Magee campus is another main sports centre comprising a fitness suite and floodlit pitches. The nearby River Foyle and town of Donegal offer a range of outdoor activities including sailing, rowing, canoeing, hill walking and climbing.

A Global University

Ulster University is a young, dynamic and innovative university with a spirit that transforms lives, stretches minds, develops skills and raises ambitions.

International students from over 100 countries worldwide choose Ulster every year for the unique experience studying in Northern Ireland offers them.


Shaping Futures in Northern Ireland

Ulster University welcomes international students telling them

“Let us help you fulfil your potential.

Whatever your personal or professional ambitions, we have an exciting range of courses designed to prepare you for a successful future and a rewarding career.

Experience first class teaching, an inclusive learning environment, outstanding facilities and resources, and ongoing support to help you realise your goals.

From affordable tuition fees and accommodation to high graduate employability, Ulster University offers international students an outstanding UK study experience that prepares international students as leaders in their future careers.

1. We build careers

Our courses are designed with employability in mind. To help ensure you are industry ready, we offer…

· Qualifications and accreditations to get ahead – We work with accrediting bodies to develop degrees that prepare you for future certifications or provide exemptions.

· Real-world experience – We design our courses so that you learn in highly practical environments, seminars, and working project teams that will prepare you for the real world including live industry projects and masterclasses from experts.

· Placements – Most of our courses include the option to complete a paid placement year in industry. You will gain real-world experience and a CV building Diploma in Professional Practice or Diploma in Professional Practice – International.

2. You can choose a campus and lifestyle to suit you

Each of our campus’s has its own distinctive atmosphere and you can be sure that wherever you choose to study, you will have a fantastic student experience.


Located within Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, and with digital and social connectivity at its heart, our Belfast campus has a modern, creative vibe. With a range of sporting facilities at our Jordanstown campus just 15 minutes away, it is the perfect mix of city-centre living with edge-of-town space.

        Coleraine – situated on the banks of the River Bann and just three miles from the seaside towns of Portrush and Portstewart, our Coleraine campus is an outdoor lover’s dream.

        Magee – located in the heart of Northern Ireland’s second city, Derry~Londonderry and only a short distance from idyllic Co Donegal, Magee offers the best of both worlds – a city campus with a friendly vibe.

3. Get two experiences in one – stay home and go global

You’ll benefit from an excellent on campus experience which is close to home but also the options to see the world through one of our many study partnership programmes and global placement opportunities. We have over 300 institutions available worldwide for student exchange and can connect you with global employers with placement opportunities. Students have gone to Asia, America, New Zealand, Australia and Europe.

4. We’re here to support you

University life is exciting, and we know you will experience a big change with new friends, new studies and new living situations. Our Student Wellbeing Team provide advice and guidance on a range of issues like dealing with stress, academic matters, financial advice and how to adapt to student life. All our students can also access our confidential 24/7 counselling helpline.

5. We are one of the most affordable universities in the UK and Ireland

Northern Ireland has one of the lowest costs of living in the UK. Enjoy low rents, affordable living expenses, and lots of free entertainment.

We receive over 35,000 undergraduate applications every year

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  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.