Study Abroad in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Living Abroad

Queen’s University is at the heart of the city’s culture, arts and social scenes. Whatever the time of year, Belfast is the ultimate student city, offering a huge selection of places to shop, socialize, eat and relax – all within walking distance of the cosmopolitan University campus. No matter how large or small your budget is, or what your interests are, you are sure to find something to see and do in Belfast.

AIFS Resident Director

AIFS students have access to a local Resident Director who provides advice and support throughout the program. The AIFS Resident Director for this program will be appointed several months in advance, at which time their name and contact information will be posted here.

The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.

Housing and Meals

AIFS students will be housed at Queen’s Elms, a modern village community in the leafy suburbs of South Belfast within walking distance of the University campus. Rooms are private, fully furnished and include Internet access. Students will receive a cooked breakfast in the housing and for other meals students can do their own cooking or can purchase low-cost meals at the restaurants and cafés on campus.


It is less than a 10 minute walk from the housing to all classrooms, libraries, shops and public transport links.

Sports Facilities

Queen’s University has impressive sports facilities including a swimming pool, indoor and outdoor training facilities and exercise studios. Students on the summer school can purchase membership to these facilities for the duration of their time in Belfast.

Cultural Activities

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of Irish culture, cultural activities and excursions are included in your program fee. Activities may include:

  • A guided walking tour of Dublin with entrance to the famed library and Book of Kells exhibit
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • A welcome meal in Dublin
  • A Glendalough and Wicklow day trip
  • Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast and the Antrim Glens, an area of unsurpassed beauty, a unique fusion of tangible heritage and magnificent scenery
  • Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, where the Titanic was designed and built
  • A guided tour of Belfast’s murals
  • The Centre for Migration Studies at the Ulster American Folk Park
  • A tour of Derry/Londonderry (U.K. City of Culture 2013), a wonderful city, crammed full of history, heritage, interest and a vibrant cultural scene

There are many wonderful attractions close by, some of which will be included in the cultural program and others students can explore at their leisure. These include:

  • Ceilidh (Irish Dancing)
  • Botanic Gardens

Please note that students may be asked to pay a small additional fee for some cultural events.