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  • Locations: Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Year
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  • Program Sponsor: IFSA-Butler 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Year 2021-2022 01-APR-2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: You must submit an application to UVA and your outside program provider. The deadline above is for UVA’s application. The deadline for your outside program application may be earlier. Confirm the outside program’s application deadline on their website.
Fall Semester 2021 01-APR-2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: You must submit an application to UVA and your outside program provider. The deadline above is for UVA’s application. The deadline for your outside program application may be earlier. Confirm the outside program’s application deadline on their website.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:



   Study Abroad in NORTHERN IRELAND

Stranmillis University College Teacher Education


   About the Program
 Dedicated faculty and outstanding curriculum that gives you the skills, knowledge and values necessary to excel as teachers. Choose classes from four degree programs: elementary, secondary, early childhood, and health and leisure education. Build your skills by specializing in assessment, curriculum studies or special education.

About Belfast
Belfast offers a vibrant social and cultural life in a location with spectacular natural views. The city has Victorian and Edwardian buildings that lend a dignified air, but the large student population gives Belfast a youthful atmosphere. 

Program Benefits
  • Semester long program dedicated to teacher education with the option of supervised practical placements in local schools
  • An acclaimed teacher education program that attracts students from throughout the U.K. and around the world
  • Dedicated faculty and outstanding curriculum that gives students the skills, knowledge and values necessary to excel as teachers
  • An active Student Union, excellent indoor sports facilities and modern campus amenities
  • Flexible course selection with a variety of practical (teaching) experience, observational components, and specialty focus areas such as assessment, curriculum studies or special education
  • Open to any student interested in education, not just education majors 


IFSA Scholarships are primarily need-based and factor in any additional cost your study abroad program might have over home school tuition The awards are $500 for summer programs, $1,500 for semester programs and $2,500 for full year programs. 

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6201 Corporate Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46278


Teacher Education

at Stranmillis University College

Belfast, Northern Ireland


The UVA Curry School of Education strives to foster teacher candidates' ability to work within an increasingly diverse and global educational environment. As such, the Curry School faculty views international education as a positive component to the strong educational foundation built within the Master of Teaching program. Future teachers must be ready to help children achieve the skills and relationships necessary to succeed in a 21st century global world. Teachers who themselves have explored and experienced multiple cultural differences and who are comfortable in diverse environments will be the ones best able to support their pupils' endeavors.

The opportunities, and the challenges confronted in an international learning experience will enrich a teacher's approach to working with all children. By participating in academic and school-based educational experiences, the UVA student will gain insight into the world of childhood from multiple perspectives. It is important for future teachers to learn cross-cultural communication, critical thinking, empathy, and tolerance. Studying abroad --- living and learning with students from other countries---will enhance the learning experience. Advantages of learning about education abroad are:

  • Appreciation of the commonalities across children from varied cultures
  • Development of cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Focus on integration of culture and instructional approaches
  • Understanding of the cross-influence of language and culture
  • Enhanced ability to foster communication within diverse environments

The Curry School of Education has partnered with the Stranmillis University College of Education of Queens University, Belfast and is proud to offer a program of study and practice teaching that can be integrated with the Master of Teaching degree offered at University of Virginia.

Program Information
Students can choose classes from four degree programs: elementary, secondary, early childhood, and health and leisure education. Course listings are available on the IFSA-Butler website. Some courses will offer practical (teaching) experience in local schools that comprises 25 percent of those courses. Other courses offer observational components, where students observe local classrooms. Credits earned during this program are transfer credits. This program is not limited to students in the Curry School--any student with an interest in education may apply, however, it is the student's responsibility to ensure credit transfer with his/her school of enrollment.

Stranmillis is a college of Queen's University, Belfast. Stranmillis was founded in 1922 to provide state-funded teacher education in the northern portion of the partitioned island. The Northern Ireland government decided to open its own non-denominational College and purchased Stranmillis House, with its very attractive and historic campus of 18 hectares only three kilometres from the centre of Belfast.

Belfast is the capital of and largest city in Northern Ireland. It is the seat of devolved government and legislative Northern Ireland Assembly. The city of Belfast has a population of 267,500 and lies at the heart of the Belfast urban area, which has a population of 483,418. Today, Belfast remains a centre for industry, as well as the arts, higher education and business, and is the economic engine of Northern Ireland. The city suffered greatly during the period of disruption, conflict, and destruction, called the Troubles, but recently has undergone a sustained period of calm, free from the intense political violence of former years, and substantial economic and commercial growth. Belfast city centre has undergone considerable expansion and regeneration in recent years, notably around Victoria Square.

The experience of living in Halls provides a basis for personal and professional development in the company of other Stranmillis students and students from other faculties of Queen's University and University of Ulster. Due to their layout - the single study bedrooms are grouped in self-contained flats - thus providing the opportunity for both privacy and community contact.

The Halls are close enough to the city centre to enable residents to enjoy Belfast's amenities - shops, theatres, and cinemas. Students will live in single-bedroom dorms with private bathroom facilities. Accommodations feature in-room wireless internet connections, shared common rooms, coin-operated laundry and 24-hour security. The housing fee includes a meal plan that provides breakfast and dinner daily to students. Students can purchase lunches at the cafeteria on campus of make their own lunches in the housing facilities.

Finances and Applications
All students interested in participating in the program must complete a UVA application before completing the IFSA application.

Students will need to visit the IFSA-Butler website to find out more specific information regarding cost for participation and course registration. Students should be prepared to pay IFSA-Butler directly for this program. Only the Study Abroad Administrative Fee will be billed through SIS at UVA. Tuition and program fees will be collected by IFSA.

Program Contact:
Sandi Cohen
Professor, Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
Curry School of Education
Bavaro Hall 326D
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904