Apply to study at Stranmillis

Download the application form to start your journey at Stranmillis


Semester Fees 2019-2020 (12 weeks)

£7,200 Tuition
£2,160 Accommodation and meal plan

Peacebuilding and Reconciliation Summer School 2019

£1500 including all tuition and accommodation

Staying in Stran Halls your utilities, wifi, breakfast and dinner are taken care of and you also benefit from a host of free of charge extras including gym membership and an evening short course to learn a new language, skill or hobby. In addition, Belfast is superb value for money, delivering a youthful, cosmopolitan atmosphere in a compact, friendly city. In fact, it’s the best value UK city for students (Mercer, 2016). Your lifestyle budget will stretch a lot further in Belfast, too: A standard cinema ticket will cost you £1.55 less than in England and Scotland, and an incredible £3.80 less than in London (Source: Odeon).


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Mrs Lois Totton                       
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Dr John McMullen                
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Dr Sharon Jones                 
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If you are a national of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you do not need a visa to come to the UK to study. If you are from a country outside of the EEA, please check if you need a visa on the UK Government website

You will just need your EEA national / Swiss passport or ID card to enter the UK. Before coming to study, you should apply in your home country for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to obtain any medical treatment necessary during your time in the UK and to facilitate possible residence applications in the future.


If you are planning to travel to the UK to undertake a course at Stranmillis University College and are not a national of the EEA or Switzerland you may need to apply for a visa before travelling.


We welcome applications from students:

    • Who have completed at least one year in full-time higher education by the point of intended entry to Stranmillis University College.
    • Who have been nominated by one of our non-European partner universities to study through an exchange or study abroad (fee paying) programmes.  (Please consult with your home institution to check if your university has a study abroad or student exchange agreement with Stranmillis University College.)
  • We also work with the Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA) who offer a complete study abroad package for students. You can contact them directly: Institute for Study Abroad


You should be in good academic standing with your home institution, with an accumulative US GPA of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) or equivalent.

The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5.

Students who are applying to study abroad through an existing exchange agreement must be nominated by their home institution. Nominations should be emailed to our International Office. Once you have been nominated we will be in touch directly.

If you are applying through IfSA you should use their application form and follow their procedures.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis until the application deadline. You may normally expect to hear from us within four weeks of submitting a completed application.

Nomination Deadline: 31 May
Application Deadline: 30 June

Nomination Deadline: 31 October
Application Deadline: 30 November

An application is only considered complete when we have received the following information:

    • Nomination from a partner institution
    • Completed Stranmillis University College application form
    • Up-to-date and official academic transcript (in English)
    • One academic reference
    • Copy of the personal details page of your passport
  • Evidence of your English proficiency, where appropriate

Applicants who are not in good standing with their home institution will not be offered a study abroad place at Stranmillis University College. Nomination by a partner institution or study abroad provider does not guarantee a place with us. All decisions on admissions are made by Stranmillis University College.



If your university has an agreement with Stranmillis University College you are welcome to apply as an exchange student.  Please contact your University’s International office as students participating through both the Erasmus+ and International Student Exchange Programmes must be nominated by their home university.

Stranmillis University College’s International Office will then contact you with the application procedure.

Semester 1 (Fall) or full academic year:

Nomination Deadline:         1 May

Application Deadline:         1 June (Non-European/International students requiring a visa)

15 June (Europe)

Semester 2 (Spring):

Nomination Deadline:         1 October

Application Deadline:         1 November (Non-European/International students requiring a visa)

15 November (Europe)

To study at Stranmillis University College you require a good level of English.  Our courses require a minimum of a B2 level of English (IELTS minimum overall mark of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5).  Those students from a non-English speaking country will be required to provide a recent copy of their IELTS Certificate (achieved within the last 2 years).

Stranmillis does not offer in-sessional English courses in College.  However, the College is affiliated with Queen’s University of Belfast which does offer an in-sessional English Language Programme.  The in-sessional programme provides English language classes aimed at helping International and Erasmus students whose native language is not English.  These classes are offered to incoming QUB/Stranmillis International and Erasmus+ students at preferential rates.  For more information, contact INTO at Queen’s University Belfast. 

Students also have access to the Student Communication Skills Centre where peer support is provided to help with academic writing.

Students should review the course information on this website and discuss their choices with faculty at their home institution. Learning Agreements must be completed before arrival at Stranmillis and changes can only be made in exceptional circumstances.

On completion of your study period, the Transcript of Records containing a full and accurate record of achievements will be forwarded to the International Offices of University partners.

EEU / Swiss students are entitled to work in the UK.

International Students on a Short Term Study Visa are NOT permitted to work (paid or unpaid).

International Students on a Tier 4 (General) Visa are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week. This is a maximum of 20 hours in total in any one week, including paid or unpaid work and for one or more organisation. The 20 hours cannot be averaged over a longer period.  A ‘week’ is defined by the Home Office as a period of 7 days beginning with a Monday.

However, students should note that they are studying a full-time course and therefore care should be taken to allow sufficient time to complete study preparation, assignments, etc in order to complete the course.


If you are studying under a Tier 4 (General) Visa, you can complete a placement which may include school observations, teaching practice and voluntary work placements.

Students studying under a Short Term Student Visa cannot complete any type of placement.

Students from the European Union (EU) can arrive via any UK or Republic of Ireland airport or seaport and travel onward to Belfast and Stranmillis University College

Students coming under a Tier 4 (General) Visa should arrive into the UK with the exception of students coming from the USA, who can enter via Dublin but must retain their boarding pass as evidence of entry.

Further information regarding arriving via the Republic of Ireland is available on the UKCISA website.

Some students may be required to register with the police – See the UK Government website for advice


Stranmillis University College does not have an airport collection scheme.  It does have Student Buddy’s.  These are Stranmillis students who volunteer to support incoming Erasmus+ and International students.  It is sometimes possible to meet students at the bus station in Belfast city centre.

Belfast is within an hour of all major UK cities by plane and Dublin Airport is just a couple of hours drive away.

Belfast is served by two airports: George Best Belfast City Airport and Belfast International Airport which are both linked to the city by regular bus services. Dublin International Airport is located approximately 100 miles to the south.


Located 13 miles (21 Kilometres) northwest of Belfast.

Getting from the airport to the City

Bus: The Airport Express Bus Service (Service 300) operates a regular service on weekdays and weekends. The bus leaves from the bus stop located opposite the terminal exit.

More information

Taxi: The International Airport Taxi Company, official taxi operator for the Belfast International Airport, are available for hire 24 hours a day 7 days a week outside the right hand door of the airport Exit lobby.  Only taxis approved by Belfast International Airport are permitted to use the taxi rank.  A list of sample fares is displayed in the exit hall of the terminal building. A taxi share scheme to Belfast is available for those who wish to use it. For bookings, contact the Belfast International Airport Taxi Company on +44 (0)28 9448 4353.

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Located just three miles (5 kilometres) from Belfast City Centre.

Getting from the airport to the City

Bus: The Airport Express Bus Service ( Service 600) operates every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 40 minutes on Sunday from outside the airport to the Belfast Europa Bus Centre adjacent to the Europa Hotel, in the heart of the city. The service, Airport Express 600, operates between 5.45am and 9.25pm.

Train: When travelling to the airport by train, you’ll want to disembark at Sydenham train station. Translink operates a rail service (0600-2300) Monday-Saturday to Central and Victoria Street Stations every 20 minutes. The service is hourly on Sundays (0900-2200). Connections are available from Central Station to the rest of the rail network in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. A shuttle bus service operates between the airport terminal and the rail halt at Sydenham. Please go to the information desk and ask for the service. You’ll be instructed to wait by the taxi rank where the shuttle bus will collect you

Taxi: Approved taxis operate from the Airport taxi rank outside the terminal building. Wheel-chair accessible taxis are available. The approximate cost of a taxi to Belfast City Centre from Belfast City Airport with our approved taxi provider is £10.00 (including £2 surcharge). All fares are subject to a £2 surcharge). For more information or to book a taxi, (028) 90 809080 or visit the Value Cabs website.


Stranmillis University College offers the only fully catered package for students in Belfast in our Halls of Residence. The College grounds provide a beautiful and peaceful rural setting in the heart of the university area of the City.  We encourage all our visiting international students stay in Halls and be part of our community. For further details see Halls of Residence Website.

For further information on cost and application procedure, please email Stranmillis Halls Accommodation at

Halls are not normally available for accommodation during the 3 week Easter break.  If a student wishes to stay in Halls at any time during this period, they must contact Halls Office ( and make arrangements in advance (as early as possible after arrival).

Keys are available from the Halls Office, Monday-Friday, 0900-1700.

If arriving after 1700 or at the weekend, please inform the Halls staff prior to arrival to make alternative arrangements.


Students can select modules from the following degree programmes:  BEd Primary, BEd Post Primary, BA Early Childhood Studies and BSc Health, Physical Activity and Sport. For the list of available modules please see course information section.

Yes. However, we recommend that students choose modules from one pathway and level to avoid disappointment as pathways run concurrently and therefore timetable clashes are inevitable.

Students select modules before arrival from their chosen course. Students should select modules for a maximum of 60 CATS/30 ECTS per semester or as per home university requirements.  Students should consider carefully their module choices as these cannot be changed except by the International Office due to timetable clashes.  Every effort will be made to accommodate choices in order of preference.

Stranmillis uses the CATS (Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme) points system, which is a UK recognised method of quantifying credit for a particular course within higher education. CATS converts to the European grading system (ECTS) and USA credit grading system as follows:

10 CATS = 5 ECTS = 2.5 USA credits


Full Year of Study: 120 Cats = 60 ECTS = 30 USA Credits

One semester of study: 60 Cats = 30 ECTS = 15 USA Credits

A number of modules have integrated placement requirements and international students (except EEA / Swiss citizens) taking these modules must have a Tier 4 Visa and provide a Police Check/Clearance Certificate.


There is plenty to do and see on-campus, Belfast and beyond.  Discover Northern Ireland website will provide you with many ideas.

While staying in the Halls of Residence you will receive breakfast and dinner every day.  However there are numerous places to eat or have a coffee within walking distance of the College – on the vibrant Lisburn Road, Queen’s Quarter and the Ormeau Road. There are also a number of supermarkets close-by to purchase any essentials.

Belfast is a small city and it is possible to walk to the city centre from the campus. The Metro bus service covers greater Belfast.  Ulsterbus and trains will take you elsewhere in Northern Ireland. Check the Translink website for more information and student discounts.  There are also Belfast Bikes which you can hire to take you to different parts of the city.  Currently, the closed bike station is located at Queen’s University.

Stranmillis University College Students Union has an on-site Scholars bar and social space, which is the place to meet and socialise and there are different events planned every week.  Further afield Queen’s University Students Union hosts many venues in the Queen’s Quarter, all within walking distance.

The College has a small gym with a nominal charge – the Students’ Union can provide more details when you arrive.  Queen’s University has a much larger facility which you can have access to as a student of Stranmillis.  Further details:

The Stranmillis Students’ Union run a variety of sport and non-sport clubs and societies such as football, rugby, GAA, Christian Union, drama, music and volleyball.  Students are also eligible to participate in Queen’s University clubs and societies as well.

Students are not permitted to travel during term-time and are required to attend all timetabled classes and periods of school based work. Travel is permitted at the weekends and during the three week Easter break.