Queen's University Belfast

Member of the Russell Group. One of the UK's leading research-intensive universities.

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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 2021.

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 ranked in the top 200 universities in the world by Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021, with 10 subjects ranked in the top 200 in the world by QS World Rankings by Subject 2021. The university has over 3,500 international students from 80 different countries and currently ranks No. 21 in the world for international outlook, according to Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021.

As a study destination, Northern Ireland is the happiest place to live in the UK, according to Lloyds Bank Happiness Index 2020, and Belfast is an affordable, safe city. This makes it easy to discover the city and find fantastic places to explore, eat and socialize.

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 2019-20 academic year, 95% of INTO Queen’s students passed their Pathway program, 93% of which were eligible to progress to Queen’s University Belfast.
  • In 2020-21, 97% of students were satisfied with the student services provided by the center, according to the INTO Annual Student Experience Survey 2021.

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 2021. 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, Engineering and Science. 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.
  • 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 140 in the world for graduate prospects, according to QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020. It doesn’t stop there — Belfast is one of the top 10 cities in the UK in which to build a digital career, according to Monster’s Digital Cities 2019.

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

Center leadership

Nuala Corr

Nuala Corr

Senior Vice President, UK Partnerships
Nuala Corr

Nuala Corr

Senior Vice President, UK Partnerships

Nuala Corr is Senior Vice President, UK Partnerships.

Previously, she served as Center Director for INTO Queen’s University Belfast, a role pivotal to the success of the joint venture and is responsible for all operations and administrative functions.

Nuala has over 16 years’ experience working within international education at several institutions. Her most recent role prior to joining INTO Queen’s in May 2019 was within the International Office at Queen’s University Belfast. As part of her role, she had led on the interface between the INTO center and the University, developing both strategic and operational plans to achieve ambitious partnership aspirations. She also was instrumental in driving the delivery of direct entry targets to Queen’s University from key partners globally, working collaboratively with key internal and external stakeholders to maximize outcomes.

Nuala is fully committed to nurturing and strengthening relationships between INTO and its partner universities, developing long-term sustainable recruitment outcomes for the mutual benefit of all partners.

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