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  • Locations: Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UVA applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

UVA Exchange
Queen's University Belfast:
MA in European Studies


Founded in 1845, Queen's University Belfast has become a leading university in the UK. As a member of the prestigious Russell Group, Queen's is ranked in the top ten in the UK for research intensity, and students are taught by world-leading academics who are working at the forefront of their disciplines. A leader in gender equality and diversity in the UK, Queen's is also a global and inclusive university which values its international students and staff. Click here to learn more about Queen's University Belfast

Announcements IconAnnouncement

Thinking about studying abroad in January Term or Spring 2022? Current passport processing times are significantly delayed. You need your passport months ahead of your actual departure date for many study abroad programs, and your passport must be valid for at least 6 months (in some cases, one year) after the end date of your intended program. If you need a new or renewed passport, APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE USING EXPEDITED PROCESSING. See the State Department for details and to apply.

Location IconLOCATION

Belfast is a small, modern city, with a rich cultural and historical heritage. Unique features of the city include a newly redeveloped Cathedral Quarter with historical pubs, event venues, and cafes, and the city's Peace Walls and murals which show Northern Ireland's past and present. Famous for building the Titanic, the Harland and Wolff shipyard is now home to Belfast's Titanic Quarter which still features the yellow gantry cranes (named Samson and Goliath), the Titanic Belfast Museum, and Titanic Studios which was used to film Game of Thrones. The city has a thriving music and arts scene; visitors can find live music and events in pubs and at festivals throughout the year. 

Northern Ireland has countless areas of incredible natural beauty. Outside of the city, visitors can enjoy the stunning Causeway Coastal Route along the coast of Northern Ireland along with popular tourist attractions such as Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Giant's Causeway, and Dunluce Castle. A couple hours to the Northwest of Belfast is the historic walled city of Derry/Londonderry; a couple hours drive to the south, and across the border into Ireland, is Dublin.

Click here to learn more about life in Belfast. 

Belfast     Belfast - Titanic   

Courses IconAcademics

Semester Dates

Students on this program are limited to courses in Queen's University Belfast's School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics. Find modules on the Course Catalogue link on the Choose A Course page. Students should take graduate level modules (i.e. MHY7081). 

Students will typically take 3 modules depending on the number of credits per module per semester for a total of 60 Units (also called CATS points). See the Choose A Course page for general information about modules, credits, teaching methods, and assessment. Note that the information on the Choose A Course page is specifically for undergraduate study abroad students and may not reflect graduate study abroad; nevertheless, it may be useful as you explore this program. Please consult with your education abroad advisor about the credit approval process for Queen's University Belfast.

Accommodation and MealsAccommodation

Queen's University Belfast has accommodation available to students studying abroad. All rooms are non-catered, which means that students are responsible to make their own meals in shared kitchens or eat out at any of the many nearby restaurants or pubs. All rooms are single study bedrooms, and students can apply for an ensuite room (with a private shower room) or a standard room (own sink, but shared bathrooms). There are a limited number of rooms available, and students are strongly encouraged to apply early if they would like to secure housing through Queen's. For more information on accommodation, including private rented accommodation, visit the Accommodation page

Resources from Queen's

Note: The following resources are for undergraduate study abroad students, however this information may be useful to students on this graduate exchange.

Giant's Causeway, NI

Cost IconCost

UVA students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program. Students are additionally responsible for housing and meals, transportation, and personal expenses. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for housing. See the “Accommodation” section above for more information about housing. 

Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa.

UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance.

See QUB's Fees and Living Costs page and page 5 of the study abroad brochure for estimated living costs and expenses. 

Expenses IconExpected Expenses

Tuition and Fees: Students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program. Tuition and fees will be billed to each student’s SIS account and can be paid as normal.

Housing and Meals: Students are responsible to pay for accommodation and any required or preferred meal plan. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation and meal plan choices, cost, and application procedures.

Travel and Travel Documents: Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa. Students should also budget for in-country transportation costs.

Insurance: UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance. More information can be found on our insurance page.

Additional Expenses: Students should be prepared to purchase required books and supplies. Students should also budget for additional personal expenses; examples include laundry, phone costs, personal travel, meals out, etc.

If you are not able to find accommodation costs or application, cost of living, or other information you need in order to prepare for your study abroad program, please contact your Education Abroad Advisor.

Financial Aid
You can find detailed information regarding financial aid and study abroad on the following websites: Please contact your Education Abroad Advisor with any questions.

Accessibility IconAccessibility

The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.


Passport IconPassport and Visa

All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. All students must consult for information about visa and other entry requirements. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.


Health Info IconHealth and Safety Information

All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.

This program is currently not accepting applications.