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International Student Support

Studying in a new country can seem a daunting prospect, however, Queen’s University is committed to looking after students’ welfare and provides a number of support services to help international students.

Reception Desk in International and Postgraduate Student Centre

International Student Support

Our International Student Support Office has special responsibility for looking after and supporting international students before their arrival and helping you adjust to a new way of life when you arrive in the UK. The team will be delighted to hear from you before you arrive and are happy to answer any questions you might have and as often as you want to ask! Please do not worry about asking lots of questions as they want to help you avoid any problems or issues. Visit the International Student Support website.

Visa and immigration advice

The International Students Advisers offer specialist visa and immigration advice for prospective international students and also to registered Queen’s students who need to extend their visas. Please see the International Student Support website for further information. Contact them by email at  

International Students’ Orientation Programme and Welcome

International Student Support organises a five-day orientation programme for international students in mid September, prior to the start of the first semester. This falls within the overall Welcome and Orientation period for all new students to Queen’s. A four-day orientation programme is held in late January for international students commending their studies in the second semester.

The orientation programme has proved to be very popular as it gives students the opportunity to meet staff from the International Student Support Office, academic staff, Students’ Union representatives and, of course, fellow students. The programme includes tours of the University’s academic and recreational facilities and the city of Belfast. Students will also be given advice on adjusting to university academic study, life in university accommodation, living expenses and local immigration requirements.

Welcome service

At the beginning of each term we send our welcome team to Belfast city and Belfast International airport to meet new students and provide a warm welcome! Our team will be there to provide you with important information and to assist you in booking a taxi or getting a bus to Elm’s Village, Queen’s University. The welcome team will be at both Belfast airports from Sunday 13 September to Tuesday 15 September, 08:00 - 21:30 each day.

Further information and a registration form for the International Students' Orientation Programme is available on the International Student Support website.

Student Computing

To support your studies and your computing needs - there are many Student Computer Areas (SCAs), offering excellent computing faciliites, located throughout the campus. The University provides you with support in a number of different ways. To find out more, visit the Information Services website.

Library Facilities

Queen’s has built up a superb collection of books, manuscripts and periodicals over the past 160 years.
The £50 million McClay Library at Queen’s blends the best features of a traditional library with the latest technology, to create a 21st century environment for Queen’s students and staff.
The new building, at College Park, accommodates 2,000 reader places and houses 1.2 million volumes. Ground floor facilities include IT training rooms, a Language Centre, Library and Computer support areas and a cafe. The upper storeys house the University’s Special Collections, subject-related enquiry points and a vast range of printed works.

In addition, there’s the CS Lewis Reading Room, a circular reading area decorated with a selection of the Belfast-born author’s quotes from his writings and frosted imagery of the landscapes which inspired his most celebrated works. It provides a pleasant, well-lit reading area with excellent views across the campus. To find out more, visit The Library at Queen's.

The Queen's University Medical Library provides a service to staff and students of the University, especially those studying or working in medicine, dentistry and nursing & midwifery.

Language Centre

As a Queen's student, whatever your degree course, you will have an opportunity to learn a new language or improve your skills in one or more languages other than English.

The University's state-of-the-art multi-media Language Centre is there to help you develop your language skills. Apart from the formal language learning opportunities, the Centre also provides the opportunity for self-study language courses for use in its private study area. There is a growing library of resources in 50 languages, including English for foreign students, available at various levels and in various formats i.e. books, videos, DVDs, tapes, CD-ROMs and self study on-line courses.

Students' Union

All Queen’s students are automatically members of the Union.  The Union provides support and advice and ensures that you get the most out of your time spent at University. As well as housing bars, shops and advice services, the Union also contains a relax and study area called ‘The Space’, a bank, coffee shops, a food court and meeting rooms.  The Union acts as an umbrella body for over 170 Clubs and Societies, ranging from origami to trampolining.

Student Health

As a student at Queen’s, you may be entitled to Register as a patient at the University Health Centre at Queen’s.this is a general practice providing the full range of General Medical Services you can expect from any G.P. practice. However, the experience of the staff at the UHC gives it a uniquely student focus.

For further information on the University Health Centre at Queen’s:

Religious Support

Chaplains and other religious representatives are appointed by the University to represent and serve students and staff. Visit the Life at Queen's webpages to find out more.

Special Educational Needs

Queen's welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities. We will endeavour to ensure that all your individual requirements are met to ensure your time at Queen's is an enjoyable and positive experience.

Deciding to disclose your disability can be a difficult choice for students applying to University. While we accept that this is a personal decision, we strongly recommend that you inform us in order that your individual requirements can be addressed. This information will be treated as sensitive and kept strictly confidential. It will only be used to plan for your individual support requirements ensuring that your transition to Queen's is as smooth as possible.

The University has developed a range of services for student with disabilities, overseen by Disability Services, the centralised unit that coordinates support for students with a wide range of disabilities including specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Further details on the range of services and support available for prospective students can be obtained from the Disability Services unit.  Disability Services also provides a list of useful Frequently Asked Questions.