Study Abroad Office

University of Ulster


University of Missouri-St. Louis Exchange Program in Northern Ireland


University of Ulster

Students of almost any major can find the courses they want at the University of Ulster. Of special interest is a program in Peace and Conflict Studies.

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What is it like there?
Northern Ireland is famous for its natural beauty and the warmth and hospitality of its people. European Union statistics show Nothern Ireland to be among the safest places to study in the world. This was true even at the height of the political unrest which troubled Ireland for 25 years. Now, as they look forward to a peaceful future for the whole island, Americans can relax in an open and friendly society which holds special affection for American visitors.

The city of Londonderry (or Derry) has a very rich history, dating back to the 6th century. The long history is evidenced in the architecture of the city, and felt as you walk along the dramatic city walls, built in the early 16th century. Located on the river Foyle, it is the second largest city in Northern Ireland and the capitlal of the North West region.

Magee campus, located in Derry, is UMSL's main partner at the University of Ulster, but UMSL students may attend classes at any University of Ulster Campus: Magee, Belfast, Coleraine, or Jordanstown. University of Ulster website

What will I study?
University of Ulster is a comprehensive university with the possibility of courses in many subject areas (NOTE: "modules" are what we call classes or courses, and "courses" are what we'd call degrees or majors.) When you search for classes online, be sure to pay attention to which campus offers the classes that interest you. Exchange students are fully integrated into the university: you will be attending class and living with Irish students and students from throughout the world.

Please note: Most Modules are each equal to 20 UK credits = 5 US credits. A full-time load of courses for a semester is 3 Modules at Ulster. Please take this into consideration when choosing courses.

What is the language of instruction?

Where will I live?
Residential facilities vary depending on the campus. Some have on-campus dormitories, others offer off-campus housing only. Most residences have a single bedroom with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. For full details on your accommodation options, please visit this website and select the appropriate campus. Rates generally range from £55 per week (55 British pounds for a shared room) to £160 per week for a large single room. There are several options in between.

When can I go?
Students may study at the University of Ulster for the fall, winter, or academic year.

Approximate semester dates:
Semester 1: mid-September to mid-January
Semester 2: February 1 to end of May

Because final exams are not held until January for the fall semester, it is advisable to study abroad at Ulster during the winter/spring semester or for the full academic year.

What are the eligibility requirements?
Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and be a junior, senior, or graduate student.

How can I learn more?
Visit University of Ulster website, the International Students website, or stop by the Study Abroad Office in 261 MSC to browse their catalog. You can also make an appointment to discuss this program with a study abroad advisor; call 516-5229.

How much does it cost?
Below are the 2012-2013 estimated costs for one semester (4 months) at the University of Ulster compared to a semester at UMSL. When you participate in a UMSL exchange program, like UU, you continue to pay UMSL tuition and may use your financial aid. In addition, both ISP and external scholarships are available.

University of Ulster - Magee UMSL
Educational Fees1 $3187.20 $3187.20
Information Technology Fee $156.00 $156.00
Student Facility, Activity, & Health Fee $0.00 $478.20
Housing2 $2,645.00 $2964.00
Meals3 $1,750.00 $1,675.00
Airfare $1,250.00
Books $250.00 $475.00
Miscellaneous4 $1000.00
Total Estimated Cost5 $10238.20 $8995.40

1 Educational fees are based on 12 credit hours. Non-resident fees may apply.
2 Housing cost based on single room. Cost will vary depending on exchange rate.
3 UMSL cost based on Option 2 Meal Plan.
4 Includes transportation and mandatory international insurance.
5 Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include personal expenses or independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.

How to Apply/Application Process:
To apply, please visit the Study Abroad Application Deadlines & Procedures page.

Mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation:
All UMSL students who study abroad are required to attend pre-departure orientation. This session will cover registration and financial aid, credit transfer, travel, health and safety topics, culture shock, and much more. Details and location.

Last modified August 23, 2012