Queen's University Belfast

Russell Group excellence, unbeatable value. Queen's University Belfast offers world-class education at a fraction of the cost, with generous scholarships on offer and an affordable cost of living in Belfast.

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Aerial view of Queen’s University Belfast campus, with lush, green lawns and historic brick buildings in the centre of Northern Ireland’s capital city.

Combining excellence in research and education with a student-centered ethos, Queen’s offers a world-class education that prepares students for leadership and citizenship in a global society.

The ninth oldest university in the UK, the beautiful Queen's campus symbolizes both the rich history and academic heritage of the university. Founded in 1845, Queen’s has grown from a small cohort of students to a thriving multi-cultural community of over 4,200 staff and 24,000 students. Queen’s is also one of the 10 most beautiful historic universities in the UK, according to QS World University Rankings 2022.

Despite its rich history, Queen’s boasts a modern campus and excellent facilities, having invested more than £350 million over the past 10 years and currently undergoing a £700 million investment project to ensure students have the best experience possible.

Queen's is joint 1st in the UK for research intensity, with 13 subjects in the UK top 10 (The Complete University Guide 2023). The university has over 3,800 international students from 92 different countries and currently ranks 17th in the UK for international outlook, according to Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022.

As a study destination, Belfast is the ideal student city with the lowest cost of living in the UK (Mercer Cost of Living City Ranking 2021). Students can enjoy affordable prices, friendly locals and plenty of places to explore.

Queen’s University Belfast students walk on pavement in front of brick arches, brick buildings, and lawn on campus.

The INTO Queen's Center

The INTO Queen’s Center, located within walking distance of both campus and Elms Village student accommodation, provides an innovative learning environment for international students studying on the pre-university academic programs or English language courses.

Students are offered university-style teaching, including lectures, seminars and tutorials, and a supported e-learning environment dedicated to the welfare of students.

Located within two Georgian houses, the center has been renovated to the highest standard.

  • Over 5,000 international students have progressed to Queen’s University Belfast since the center was established in 2009
  • There were 296 students representing 30 different nationalities at the INTO center in the 2020–21 academic year.
  • Over 60 members of staff, offering an excellent student/staff ratio
  • In the 2021-22 academic year, 96% of former INTO Queen's students graduated from Queen's University Belfast with a 2:2 or above.
  • In 2021–22, 95% of students were satisfied with the overall support provided by INTO Queen's, according to the INTO Annual Student Experience Survey 2022.

Students studying on the center's university preparation courses have access to all facilities on campus, including free membership to the Queen’s Sport Center (PEC) and the award winning McClay Library.

International students walk out of INTO Queen’s University Belfast Centre, holding coffee cups next to window displaying INTO roundel decal.


Queen’s University Belfast has 24 subjects ranked top 20 in the UK by The Complete University Guide 2022. These include subjects like Food Science, Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Accounting and Finance, Architecture, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Law, Computer Science, Life Sciences and Chemical Engineering.

The courses at INTO Queen’s University Belfast have been developed alongside the university, and the academic programs are validated by QAA to meet the strategic needs of the university. In addition to the academic programs listed below, INTO Queen’s offers Academic English and Pre-sessional English programs to improve students’ language skills and bring them to the level required for study at university. English courses are validated by the British Council.

INTO Queen's Programs:

  • International Foundation: Pathways available in Architecture, Business, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Engineering. Programs typically last for 3–5 terms. On successful completion, students can progress to a wide range of undergraduate degrees at Queen’s University Belfast.
  • Undergraduate Degree with International Foundation: 4-year degree programs in architecture, engineering and computer science. Students can complete their full study plan with a single CAS and without renewing their visa.
  • International Year One: Pathways available in Accounting, Engineering, Management and Finance. Programs typically last for 3-5 terms. On successful completion, students can progress to a wide range of undergraduate degrees at Queen’s University Belfast.
  • Undergraduate Degree with International Year One: Degrees available in Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Product Design Engineering BEng. Programs typically last for 3 years.
  • Graduate Diploma: Pathways available in Finance, Management and Social Sciences. Programs typically last for 3–4 terms. On successful completion, students can progress to a wide range of postgraduate degrees at Queen’s University Belfast.


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Career outcomes

Queen’s ranks in the top 170 (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022). It doesn’t stop there — Belfast is a growing tech city, with excellent career opportunities and one of the world's top 10 digital economies of the future (fDi Digital Economies of the Future 2018/19).

INTO Queen’s University Belfast international student smiles and poses in cap and gown holding teddy bear in front of Lanyon Building on Queen’s campus.

Contact the center

INTO Queen’s University Belfast
Queen’s University Belfast
2–8 Lennoxvale
Northern Ireland

T: +44 28 9097 6850
E: into@qub.ac.uk

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