Queen's University Belfast

Why choose Queen's University Belfast?

A stunning City Campus steeped in heritage yet benefiting from world-class, state-of-the-art facilities, we have a history of investing in our people and building brighter futures. This is where learning and research come together to create new and exciting global opportunities.



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Education for Transformation

It was perfect! Throughout the past month, I've had a chance to learn about a range of different topics related to education and Northern Ireland. Other than the fantastic classes, there were many field trips that provided some first-hand experience and opportunities to discuss with principals, students and politicians alike. Expect to learn about the history and conflicts of Northern Ireland, their educational system, current research and much more! Also, be ready to meet incredible classmates, teachers and staff. I'm really glad to have received Santander's scholarship, which made this whole experience possible. I can't wait to apply what I've learned and hope I can be back to Queen's soon.

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Education for Transformation

The Education for Transformation Summer Course at Queen's University Belfast was an incredible experience. I learned about the history of the country, the troubles they had, the division between Catholics and Protestants, how the educational system is, and so many other things. I am really happy that I received a Santander scholarship and had the opportunity to study during 4 weeks about education in Northern Ireland. Now I understand a lot more about this divided society, and can compare it with my country. Thank you very much for this opportunity. I hope to have the chance to come back and keep my studies.

What would you improve about this program?
I believe it would be better to have more discussion panels with students, teachers and principals.
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Incredible experience

Belfast is a great city and Queen's University a site to behold. You are surrounded by sites long told in song, story, film, and history. Every day was inspiring. Have rainwear, and plan to spend some time after the program just exploring the city. I think one could live in Belfast a full year without getting to all there is to do & see in the city, never mind the outskirts! I hope to return very soon.

What would you improve about this program?
Better communication access. Without an international cell phone contract, one is cut off in the dorms. No phones there. Have groups set up email or cell communication first day so that there can be more spontaneous group event planning & communication.
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Fantastic Study Abroad Experience

This course was a great experience and would definitely recommend it to anyone thinking of going.
The lecturers were very knowledgeable and took us to cultural events that we might not have gone to otherwise like the bonfires and the marches on the Twelfth.
Staying in Belfast means that you can clearly see the impact of the Troubles and it was really interesting to meet people who were involved in the conflict. There’s a lot to do in the city and the trips to different parts of Northern Ireland are excellent.
The best part about this course was meeting so many amazing people. The social activities that were planned by the staff and PhD students were really fun and meant that it was easy to get to know people.
I loved my time in Belfast and am so glad that I did this course.

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Loved it

I really enjoyed the whole experience. The academics were interesting and worthwhile. They related well to the activities and outings we did as a group. I really had a chance to learn and meet wonderful new people! The outings we went on will remain some of my favorite memories and seeing Northern Ireland was amazing. I highly recommend this program for anyone who wants to expand their knowledge of politics and learn about issues facing other countries. It was completely worth every second.


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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Amanda Maraschin Bruscato


Why did you choose this program?

I chose this program because I study to be a teacher, and I am interested in how education works in different countries. I speak English and have a family in Northern Ireland, so the program was really interesting for me. My dream is to take my PhD in Europe, and this was a good opportunity to know the university and the professors.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

I received a Santander Scholarship for the course. I had to pay for the flight from Brazil to Northern Ireland, my accommodation, food, and everything else. As I have previously mentioned, I have a family in the country, so I only had to pay for the flight. The course included field trips and lunch (sandwich) for the field trips.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Read the texts. Go to every class and activity. Be prepared to study a lot; it won't be easy. Make friends. Talk to the professors. Ask your questions. Bring money to buy clothes – they are really cheap (at least compared to Brazilian prices). Enjoy your time, and be prepared for rain and summer at the same time.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

The program has a lot of classes and field trips. You don't have time during the week to do anything else. On the weekends, you just want to relax. Classes usually start at 9:30 AM and finish at 4:30 PM with one hour for lunch from 1 to 2 PM. It is a very nice program, but really intense at the same time.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was about my knowledge of English. I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to communicate well or really understand what the professors were saying. However, nothing of that happened! I did the IELTS test during the program and got an 8 band, so I had no reasons to be afraid of the language.

What was your favorite moment of your program?

My favorite moment was when we went on a field trip to a forest and made a camp fire. It was awesome! It was my first time seeing a camp fire and eating marshmallows and being in a forest. I really enjoyed it, and I would like to do it again in the future.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Anya O Connor

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International Marketing and Communications Offcer
Anya works for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland. She is responsible for engaging new audiences for the University overseas and for attracting international students to campus. As an Arts graduate herself, Anya is passionate about the educational experience that the Faculty offers to students and is proud to speak about her home - Belfast - when meeting with partner institutions and prospective students from around the world.

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory is of a work trip I took to India in 2013. I was there to meet with partner Universities and future students in Kerala and, as part of my trip, a student offered to take me on a tour of the backwaters near Cochin. It was one of the most spectacular trips I have ever taken. As we wound around the gentle waters and out towards the ocean at sunset, we passed families swimming in the river, wildlife and birds feeding at the waters edge and small fishing boats coming in from a day at sea.

I remember thinking that it was these invisible or unplanned moments in life that really mattered the most. Of the two weeks I spent in India that month, it was this one, spontaneous moment that stayed with me.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I have grown immensely during my time at Queen's. Working with some of world's leading scholars is inspiring. I was always well traveled and adept at the ambassadorial role that comes with working in international education but it has been an amazing experience to get to do that alongside poet laureates, human rights lawyers and policy experts. My understanding of the subject areas that I represent has matured a lot and I feel a genuine sense of passion when I get the opportunity to speak about the work that my academic colleagues undertake.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

I'm a sucker for a good romance story and there are plenty of those at Queen's. We have had international students from different parts of the world meet during their degree programs with us and then come back to the University 5 or 10 years later to get married on campus. I think we are missing a great opportunity for a book: 'love stories of QUB'!

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

That's a very difficult question as I'm interested in such a broad range of disciplines. The summer school programs that we run are brilliant and I often try to attend a day or two of the 4 week program - if I could find the time to attend the full program, I would.

Aside from that, I would love to undertake one the Masters programs offered in our conflict suite. Belfast is an amazing location to study conflict transformation and international relations so a graduate program in that area definitely appeals to me. Our MA in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice is one of the most international programs in the Faculty so is a great option for anyone interested in working in international development, politics or social justice.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

The University is unique for being ranked in the top 1% of Universities worldwide. We are also unique for being one of only two Universities in Northern Ireland- we offer our students a blend of both British and Irish culture on campus and that really appeals to anyone torn between a British University experience and an Irish cultural experience!

I'm proud of my team as we are traveling all over the world to act as ambassadors for both the University and Northern Ireland. We had an incredibly successful summer this year with our two international summer schools and I'm particularly proud of the work that is going on in summer programming in the Faculty- we have a few new summer schools in the pipeline!

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

The most important factor in being a successful University is keeping students at the heart of everything that we do. We are very student-facing at Queen's and understand the need to integrate all of our international students into the local community during their time in Belfast - that is something we do incredibly well and is why many of our students keep coming back over the years!