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University of Ulster

The University of Ulster is a community-based, comprehensive institution that stresses academic programs, social service, and vocational, technical and professional training. It is composed of four campuses, each with its own distinct character: Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown, and Magee College. Students are placed at a campus according to their academic needs and it is not possible for students to study at more than one campus at a time.

The Belfast campus is the smallest of the four with only 1,200 students. A beautiful and impressive, new, multi­million dollar arts building was recently structured, though most of the classrooms and studios are in the older building next door. With a student enrollment totaling roughly 6,000, Coleraine is the second largest of the four campuses as well as the administrative headquarters for the University as a whole. It boasts a wide range of academic offerings, impressive library collections, indoor and outdoor sports facilities, and a water sports centre. Jordanstown is the largest of the four with over 14,000 students, a huge breadth of academic offerings, and an excellent sports and recreation center. With enrollment totaling about 4,000 students, Magee College is one of the smaller campuses, and is situated compactly on about two city blocks. The main historic building features beautiful, neo­Gothic architecture, while the other buildings span an eclectic mix of old and modern. A new state­of­the­art library was just built, which houses excellent computer labs within its modern, steel and glass exterior. There are also indoor and outdoor sports and fitness facilities.


Ulster is one of the provinces of Ireland, located in the north of the island. With a population of just over 2 million people, the province is quite urban. The biggest lake in the British Isles lies in eastern Ulster. Volcanic activity in eastern Ulster led to the formation of the Antrim Plateau and the Giant's Causeway, one of the UK's 28 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


There’s more to life than study at University of Ulster. Life at Ulster is about more than your academic experience. Sports and a variety of extra-curricular activities make up an important part of student life. Ulster offers its students an array of sport activities which take place throughout the year and are open to all students – but please keep in mind that not all sports are offered on each of our four campuses. Check out what’s happening in Sport and Recreation Services. Regular events occur both on and off campus throughout the year and are organised by the Students Union, International Department, International Student Society, these include day trips to the coast, cultural events, Students Union Ball, theme nights, etc.

Of course one of the reasons you’re coming to Northern Ireland is to enjoy the craic – our word for a good fun, good food, good music and good company.


The University of Ulster offers courses in many of the same study areas as UNC. Students will register for 3 modules (courses) equivalent to 15 UNC credit hours. You can choose courses from more than one area of study, but they should be located at the same Ulster campus.

View list of all modules. In some circumstances where the prerequisites have been met,students may be permitted to take final year (level 6) modules/courses but permission must be sought from the Studies Advisor at Ulster. Students will typically select modules between levels 1-4. Students will register after the on-site orientation.

University Time Tables


To be eligible, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and have completed at least one semester of courses at UNC.

University of Ulster is now a study abroad site but it is comparable to an exchange program.


Students must first complete the UNC Study Abroad Application. Once nominated, students will complete an additional online application for the University of Ulster.


Students will need to apply for a Student Visitor Visa if they study for less than 6 months in the UK, or a Tier 4 student visa if they plan on studying for the academic year.


Students participating in Study Abroad program will pay tuition and fees and all other expenses in the host country. The budget given in US dollars is an estimate and is subject to change dependent on international exchange rates. Student will not pay UNC tuition.

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  • Housing/Meals

    The University of Ulster has its own Halls of Residence on campus (although students studying in Belfast campus will be based at the Halls in Jordanstown campus) which creates a “student village” feel. Students from outside the British Isles are guaranteed a place providing their
    completed application is turned in by the application deadline. More information about University accommodation.

    Students attending the Belfast campus can choose to stay on the Jordanstown campus (7 miles north of the city) - excellent public transport is available. If International students require accommodation for the first semester only there will be a 10% surcharge on the cost of accommodation.

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  • Program Fees (billed to students account)

    International Health Insurance


    Study Abroad/Exchange Admin Fee


    Total Program Fees


  • Estimated Additional Expenses

    Additional expenses are not billed to a student account.

    The below estimated total expenses are used to help plan and prepare for the program, as well as calculate eligibility for financial aid.  Not all students will incur all the expenses above.  Note that the last line is not considered a necessary expense and is not included in the total for financial aid purposes.  All amounts listed are estimates and are subject to change depending on international economic factors, past participant reports, and on-site staff reports.  Student expenditures in-country depends greatly on personal spending habits, post- or during-program travel, and available funds.



    Housing and/or Meals (£100 deposit required upon registration)




    Passport/Visa/Required Documents/Photos/Immunizations


    Texts/Course Materials


    Essential Daily Living Expenses


    Total Estimated Additional Expenses (without spending money)


    Additional Spending Money & Personal Travel (not included in financial aid calculation)