What makes Queen's special?
Queen's University Belfast was rated 1st in the UK for international students' overall learning experience by the International Student Barometer 2015.
Its location is a mix of modern design with historical architecture. It's the 9th oldest university in the UK but has one of the most modern campuses. It's a quiet, calm and safe campus, surrounded by leafy suburbs. But take a 15-minute walk and you'll be in the heart of the busy Belfast city centre.
You'll join a community of over 17,000 students from over 100 different countries. The Students' Union brings them all together. They have over 190 clubs and societies for you to join, so you'll have no problem making friends.
The University is one of only a few in the UK with a dedicated International and Postgraduate Student Centre. The Centre runs training sessions, events and workshops and provides support to international students.
As a member of the Russell Group, the University is committed to research. You'll be taught by academics at the top of their fields. And, you'll find unique facilities such as:
- Queen’s Film Theatre
- Virtual reality theatre
- Robotics laboratory
- Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology
- Concert spaces
- Music studios
- Film studio (newly built)
Courses tailored to your needs
Worried about learning in English? Don't be. Queen's University Belfast understands that learning in a different language is a big step and they're there to support you every step of the way.
They understand the teaching style might be a bit different to what you're used to. That's ok, they will help you adapt to things in the UK. You'll get the experience of seminars and lectures, essay writing and presentations. By the time you're finished, you'll feel completely prepared for university.
Facilities designed for you
Queen's University Belfast is committed to enhancing the international student experience for you. Over the past 10 years, the University has invested over £350 million in campus facilities. Which means you'll study at one of the most modern campuses in the UK.
The INTO Queen's Centre has been designed for you. Located in the heart of campus, it's just a short walk from everything you'll need. It's your safe haven, with support available 24 hours a day.
There are great facilities there to make your learning fun. You can photocopy, print and scan at the Learning Resource Centre. You'll also find subject textbooks, computers and language dictionaries. You can also load money on your student card which can be used for buying food from the food suppliers on campus.
If you need a quiet place to study, you'll find calm, comfortable study spaces in the Centre, with Wi-Fi throughout. When you need to take a break, you can grab a coffee and a snack at the Centre cafe.
The student services team are there to help you whenever you need them. They'll help you settle into your new life in Belfast. Whether you're opening a bank account or planning a trip somewhere, they'll be there to help.
Your experience on campus
Queen's has invested over £350 million over the past 10 years to improve the experience of their international students. They want your university experience to be the very best.
The McClay Library is open 24 hours a day and contains over 1.2 million books and journals, as well as 2,200 study spaces.
When you want to relax, you can head to the Student Union building, which contains a relax and study area called 'The Space'. You'll also find a bank, coffee shops, a food court and meeting rooms there, so you have everything you need at your fingertips.
The Union also hosts over 170 clubs and societies. You'll be able to join as many of them as you like. From origami to trampolining, you're sure to find one that's perfect for you. Love Sports? Choose from over 50 different sports clubs to join and you'll never be short of friends to play with.
INTO Queen's University Belfast: Your journey starts here
The Centre will be one of the first places you visit when you arrive, and your classes will be held here, right in the heart of campus. If you need a quiet place to study, you’ll find it here. When you want to work with your classmates, you’ll find plenty of group study areas too.
Everything is at your fingertips at the Centre. It’s your hub of learning.
Classrooms in the Centre
You'll learn in modern classrooms, some of which are equipped with interactive whiteboards and flat-screen televisions. Everything has been designed with you in mind, to give you the best experience.
Need a quiet space to read? Or a table for your group to brainstorm over? Come to the Centre. You’ll find study spaces and Wi-Fi throughout the Centre, so you can work wherever suits you best.
Learning Resource Centre
The Learning Resource Centre has books and study materials to get you started. Whether you need to type up your notes, photocopy from a book or print off your essay, you can do it all here.
Plus, as an INTO Queen's student, you will also have full access to study materials at the award-winning McClay library at Queen's, in addition to the reading materials in the Learning Resource Centre.
Studying outside the classroom
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to Queen’s Online (QOL), the University’s virtual learning environment. You’ll be able to access lecture notes and course content from any computer. You can also discuss topics with your tutors and classmates.
The McClay library has over 1.2 million books and journals for you to choose from. You’ll also find quiet spaces and study rooms providing late-night computer access. Need help connecting to the Wi-Fi? No problem, the IT Service Desk will be happy to help.
Refuel at the Centre Café
Hungry? Thirsty? Take a break at Café Carberry. This little café sits in the INTO Centre, so you’re never far from a snack break. It’s a great place to relax with friends over lunch or study solo with a coffee. You can buy sandwiches, soups, pastries and hot or cold drinks. Have a special diet? No problem, vegetarian, vegan and halal options are available.
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