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Orientation and Arrival

International and Postgraduate Student Centre
International and Postgraduate Student Centre

International Students' Orientation Programme

An Orientation Programme for new international students is held prior to the first semester in mid September. A second programme is also held in late January. Both programmes give new students the opportunity to meet the staff of the International Student Support Office, other academic and administrative staff, Students' Union representatives and other students.

Information is provided on adjusting to university academic study, life in university accommodation, living expenses and local immigration requirements. The programmes include tours of the University's academic and recreational facilities and the City of Belfast. These programmes have proved very popular. They help new students to adapt to University life at Queen's.

In 2015-16, the dates of the Orientation Programmes are:

14 - 20 September 2015

25 January - 31 January 2016

Welcome Week

In September, the International Students' Orientation Programme is followed by a Welcome Week of activities for all new students - national and international. This will provide you with an opportunity to get to know Queen's students from Northern Ireland and the rest of the British Isles, in addition to other international students.

For further details, please see the Welcome Week website.

Carolina Delcourt Riera, Spain
I found the three day welcome event, covering all the key aspects of the University and living in Belfast, very useful.


International Students

Airport Transfer and Welcome Service

Prior to the orientation programmes, a 'Meeting and Greeting' service is provided at Belfast International Airport, George Best Belfast City Airport and at the Elms Village halls of residence. Free transportation is provided on certain days from the airports for new international students.

The Meet and Greet Service will operate on:

Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 September 2014

Wednesday 28 January 2015

Further information and a registration form for the International Students' Orientation Programme and the Meet and Greet Service will become available on the website of the International Student Support Office in July (for the September programme) and in November (for the January programme).