Location: Multiple Campuses: Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown, Magee, Northern Ireland, Europe

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program open to undergraduate and graduate students

Language of Instruction: English

UMSL Term Abroad: Spring, Academic Year

Approximate Dates Abroad:
Academic Year: September – May
Spring Semester: January - May

Application Deadline: 

            Academic Year: March 16
            Spring: September 23

UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements

Subjects Available: 

  •  Depends on campus. See campus details below.

Northern Ireland is a unique location. What makes it even more special is that it’s all so accessible. Every corner of the country is within a two hour drive so exploring distinctive landmarks couldn’t be easier. Through the University of Ulster, students may choose multiple campus options. 

With a student population of more than 25,000 and over 3,000 staff, Ulster is the largest university on the island of Ireland. We currently welcome more than 2,500 international students from 99 different countries. One University – Four Campuses. The University is a multi-campus university with four distinct campuses across Northern Ireland – Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown and Magee. Each campus is different in size and atmosphere, while delivering the same high-quality learning experience and retaining the unique character, which is Ulster.

Multiple Campuses

Belfast Campus: Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter is the artistic and cultural centre of the city and home to our Belfast campus. Ulster’s Art and Design heritage dates back to the establishment of the School of Art and Design in 1849. Although traditionally associated with Art, the campus spans an increasing and exciting range of subjects including architecture, hospitality, Irish language, event management, photography and digital animation. As a city centre campus there is no shortage of things to do and places to see. There are; nightclubs and bars, awardwinning restaurants, art galleries and museum, multi-screen cinemas, shopping centres including the popular Victoria Square and Castle Court shopping centres, the Odyssey entertainment complex, Titanic Visitor Centre and concert venues. 

The Belfast campus is continuing to expand and develop as part of one of Northern Ireland’s largest-ever urban developments. In just a few years we will have 15,000 students and staff based in the city centre. Belfast is only one hour from London by air and two hours from Dublin by road and rail. There are almost 30 daily flights to London and a daily connection to New York.

Coleraine Campus:  The feeling of community at our Coleraine campus makes for a warm and welcoming student experience. The relaxed, outdoor atmosphere of the north coast is reflected in the feel of this thriving campus. A wide range of subjects are available at Coleraine, which makes for an interesting mixture of students and staff. Subject areas include; biomedical sciences, environmental science and geography, psychology, business, the humanities and languages, film and journalism, travel and tourism, teacher training and computing. 

The campus sits on the banks of the river Bann, less than 2km from the town centre. Coleraine town is the largest and busiest on the Causeway Coast. Together with the nearby seaside towns of Portrush and Portstewart and the Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site, this area is a major international tourist destination. The area has an excellent selection of bars, clubs and award winning restaurants. For those interested in outdoor activities the local beaches, coastline and hills provide great opportunities to get outside and explore. The campus is set within 312 acres of landscaped and mature parkland. Water sports including surfing, sailing, rowing and angling are popular. For walking enthusiasts dedicated routes within the Triangle take in long sandy beaches and dunes, follow dramatic cliff lines and meander inland into sheltered woodlands.

Jordanstown campus: Our bustling Jordanstown campus is the largest of Ulster’s campuses and is found just 11km north of Belfast city overlooking Belfast Lough. The campus has a strong profile in business, engineering, social sciences, communication and academic disciplines relating to the science and coaching of sport. Sport plays a significant part in the life of the campus. It is home to the Sports Institute of Northern Ireland (SINI), a partnership between the University and Sport Northern Ireland, and most of Northern Ireland’s leading sportsmen and sportswomen train at the campus. Facilities on campus are world-class. We have a major indoor facility comprising; a 3G AstroTurf pitch, a health suite comprising a sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and plunge pool; a physiotherapy suite and climate controlled training chamber, fitness and conditioning suites, sports halls and squash courts and numerous outdoor multi-use pitches. The impressive library facilities offer study and learning facilities via 400 networked computers and a further 250 personal study spaces. 

The campus has a village feel, and is laid out around a central Mall – the main spine for 17 blocks of academic, study and recreational facilities. The Mall area is home to banks, restaurants, coffee shops, sandwich bars, a supermarket, the chaplains’ office and the Students’ Union. At Jordanstown you are midway between Belfast and historic Carrickfergus, with its 12th century castle, harbour and modern marina. The proximity of Jordanstown to Belfast (seven miles) is a major attraction for those who choose to live in the city and travel to the campus by car or via the excellent rail, bus and taxi network.

Magee Campus: The friendly, village atmosphere of the Magee campus offers an intimate learning environment where staff and students know each other by name. As part of the Magee community you will receive excellent support and can enjoy a full social life. Magee is synonymous with creativity, it is home to Ulster’s School of Creative Arts and creativity runs through every programme. Teaching strengths include; business, computing, nursing, Irish language and literature, social sciences, law, psychology and peace and conflict studies. This beautiful, leafy campus comprises a mixture of historical and new buildings and is dominated by the main building – known by some students as “Hogwarts” due to its impressive Gothic architecture.

Magee College was opened in 1845 as a centre for arts and theology. This magnificent building was opened in 1865 and remains the hub of the campus. The campus is located in the heart of Derry~Londonderry. The city was featured in Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel Guide 2013’ and was also the worthy recipient of the prestigious title ‘UK City of Culture 2013’. Picturesque country villages, the breathtaking Donegal hills, spectacular views along the Causeway Coast and the mountainous terrain of the Sperrins, are all within a 50 mile radius. Consequently Derry~Londonderry is a popular destination with visitors and the Magee campus is only eight miles from City of Derry airport.

Academics:  Assessment is usually by examination and by work submitted during the academic year. As a general rule, the approach is to integrate the visiting student to the maximum extent possible into the procedures normally observed by the Irish student. Visiting students must therefore sit the normal end of year examinations, as is the case for Irish students. UMSL students may not participate in Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, or Speech and Language Therapy.

Courses at the university are taught in modules. A module represents a self-contained fraction of a student’s workload for the year. The size of a module is indicated by its credit weighting. The number of credits allocated to each module will vary depending on the fraction of work it accounts for. UCC students take modules to the value of 60 credits per academic year and no more than 35 credits in any one teaching period/semester.

Housing: Apartment style complexes.

International Office Website: http://international.ulster.ac.uk/our-programmes/study_abroad

Course Offerings: http://study.ulster.ac.uk/prospectus/courselist/201415

Housing: http://international.ulster.ac.uk/working-in-the-uk/accommodation/index.html

Cost Estimates for 2014-15*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.



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Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2014-15 rate - 2015/16 tuition rate TBA April 2015. Non-resident fees may apply.
* Costs are based off a four month semester.
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* 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 visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
* Program information is subject to change.
* Other includes student sports fee at Ulster

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