Study Abroad in Belfast, Northern Ireland

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Living Abroad

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

AIFS students will be housed in shared apartments in a student residence in Belfast city center.

  • Single en-suite rooms
  • Towels and linens provided
  • Access to kitchen facilities to prepare own meals
  • Internet access

Transportation

A travel pass for use on the Belfast public transport system

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 the culture in Ireland and Northern Ireland a wide range of 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
  • 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
  • A tour of Derry/Londonderry a wonderful city, crammed full of history, heritage, interest with a vibrant cultural scene
  • Ceilidh (Night of traditional Irish dancing)
  • A Game of Thrones Experience: Northern Ireland’s wild landscapes served as the location for much of the award-winning T.V. series, and in and around Belfast each year there are various opportunities to interact with the show in different ways including visiting filming locations, seeing props, costumes and meeting locals who were part of the creative team

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

  • Ceilidh (Irish Dancing)
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Ulster Museum
  • St George’s Market
  • Farm experiences

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

Dublin Orientation (3 nights)

Included in the program fee

All AIFS students will start their summer program in Dublin with a 3-night stay on the beautiful city center campus of Trinity College, Dublin. Local AIFS staff will arrange a program of events to give you an overview of this most iconic of cities. These will include a welcome meal with Irish music, an introductory guided walking tour with a visit to the Trinity College Library and the Book of Kells and entrance to the famed Guinness Storehouse (Ireland’s most popular tourist destination).