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  • Locations: Belfast, United Kingdom; Coleraine, United Kingdom; Derry, United Kingdom; Londonderry, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
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  • Restrictions: ASC applicants only
  • Click here to view Program Fees: Fall
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2022 03/01/2022 04/15/2022 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Classification: Independent Affiliated Housing Options: Apartment, Dormitory
Minimum GPA: 3.2 Area Of Study: Arts, Business, Computer Science, Design, Engineering, English, Fashion, Health Science, History, Humanities, Management, Medicine, Religious Studies, Social Sciences, Sports, Tourism
Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior Languages Available: English
Program Description:
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Note: this program brochure is still being updated. Check back for new information.  

The Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities sponsors reciprocal exchanges between Agnes Scott and institutions in Northern Ireland. Students can pay for Agnes Scott's tuition, room and board to study at one of five prestigious Northern Ireland universities. This Irish American Scholars program enables chosen students to spend a semester or two at one of the following colleges in Northern Ireland: Queens University Belfast, Ulster University, St. Mary's University College, Belfast Metropolitan College, and Stranmillis University College. Students must be nominated by their home university and may take courses in any subject area available.

Academic Calendar
Vary somewhat according to specific institution.

Academic Year: Late September to early June
Semester 1: Late September to mid December
Semester 2: Early January to early June

Accommodation varies at each institution in the IAS network. Typically students live in shared apartments with a kitchen, laundry and dining area. 

All students will receive a meal stipend via direct deposit from Agnes Scott prior to the beginning of their study abroad semester. Students are then responsible for budgeting for the semester to buy groceries or purchase meals at cafeterias or restaurants.

Academic Subject Areas
Nearly any major at Agnes Scott can find appropriate courses at one or more of the institutions in the IAS network, as long as courses and their availability are carefully reviewed. Queens University and Ulster University (which has multiple campuses) are the two largest in the network.

Queens University Belfast
Departments available at Queens Belfast are Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Engineering and Physical Sciences; and Medicine, Health and Life Sciences.

Please visit the Queens website below to browse for courses:

Ulster University
Faculties available at Ulster include Computing and Engineering, Life and Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Ulster University Business School, Arts, and Art, Design & the Built Environment.

Please visit the Ulster website below to browse for courses. You must ensure you are choosing courses at only one campus and for the correct semester:

St. Mary's University College
Academic areas offered at St. Mary's are Business Studies, English, History, Irish, Physical Education and Religious Studies.

Belfast Metropolitan College
At Belfast, courses are available in Business and Management, IT and Computing, Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Health and Social Care, Engineering, and Art, Fashion and Design.

Stranmillis University College
Students at Stranmillis may take courses in the following departments: Initial Teacher Education, Early Childhood Education, and Health, Physical Activity and Sport.

Credit Hours
Students must take a minimum of the equivalent of 12 US credits while abroad to be enrolled full-time. Credit systems vary at different IAS institutions. Grading systems are also typically quite different from the United States. Grade and credit translation will take place upon receipt of the official transcript at the completion of the program. Students must request a transcript be sent to the Center for Global Learning at Agnes Scott College.

Northern Ireland has a population of about 1.7 million and the capital city Belfast has a population of about 270,000. Out of this figure, 60,000 are enrolled in one of the Higher Education institutions in the city. Northern Ireland is famous for its artistic talents and there are many museums and heritage centers to visit throughout the country. It is also known for its beautiful beaches and coastal scenery including the North Coast, the Giants Causeway and the city of Derry/Londonderry.

IAS Location

Queens University Belfast
Queens University is one of the top 20 research intensive institutions and the ninth oldest university in the United Kingdom. It offers a world-class student experience founded on academic heritage and tradition with innovation.

Ulster University
Ulster University has a national and international reputation for excellence, with four distinct campuses across Northern Ireland. Ulster is currently ranked within the top 3% of universities in the world.

St. Mary's University College
St. Mary's University College specialises in liberal arts and teacher training, and is integrated into the larger Queen's University system.

Belfast Metropolitan College
Belfast Metropolitan College is the largest further and Higher Education College in Northern Ireland, as well as one of the largest in the United Kingdom. Belfast specialises in educating students with strong career goals in areas such as business, marketing, computing, communication and Irish studies.

Stranmillis University College
Stranmillis University College was established in 1922 to provide teacher training for Northern Ireland and is a college within the system of Queen's University Belfast. The landscape of the campus is varied and on the northern side of the campus Badger Wood can be found, where badgers, foxes and many birds are frequently seen.

IAS Queens University

Language of Instruction
All university courses are taught and assessed in English.

Enrollment Size
Queens University Belfast
There are over 23,000 students and this figure includes 1,700 international students from over 80 countries.

Ulster University
Undergraduate enrollment totals about 20,570 and postgraduate enrolment about 5,510.

St. Mary's University College
Approximately 1,000 undergraduates are enrolled.

Belfast Metropolitan College
Enrollments total about 37,000.

Stranmillis University College
Total enrolment is 1,555, with 1,240 being undergraduates.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2
  • Typically must have at least sophomore class status to apply
  • Spaces are very limited and you must be nominated by Agnes Scott.
Students continue to pay their regular tuition, standard on-campus double room and 21-meal plan at Agnes Scott, and all financial aid applies.

All ASC affiliated programs have various methods of providing services and/or additional or optional fees. Every country and university is different. Typical additional costs for study abroad include program application fee, airfare, international health insurance, visa or residency permit, travel for visit to embassy or consulate for visa appointment, immunizations, refundable housing deposit, textbooks, international calling plan, and more.

See Budget Sheet above for more information about typical extra expenses in Northern Ireland (currently under construction).

There is no application fee for the Irish American Scholars program.

Other Considerations
The application deadline for both Fall and Spring students is quite early – Mid-January to Agnes Scott, followed by a February 1st submission to Irish American Scholars. All nominated applicants typically will be notified of their placement before the end of March and must accept or decline the offer (if given) by April 1st.

It is notable that Northern Ireland has a relatively low cost of living and low crime rates.

Application Notes
Students interested in being nominated for this prestigious program must complete the application in Carta by the stated Agnes Scott deadline (mid-January). Students will be notified prior to IAS' February 1 deadline if they have been nominated, and your study abroad advisor will submit your materials on your behalf. Nomination does not mean that you have been accepted on the program.

Students are asked to rank their top three locations in the network for placement, however you should not rank a location if it does not have the courses you need.